06.30.12

Yippee! We’re Ready to Go Dad!

Posted in AC 24, Assembly, Batteries, DMOC, Design, Drive Train, Gauges, High Voltage System, Lets All Plug In, Lights, Low Voltage System, Relay Board, Road Test, Seats, Sub Frame at 4:22 pm by Administrator

C'mon lets go!
These are my helpers. They were protesting that I couldn’t take them to Laguna Seca with me. This is an old fashioned “Sit In” They actually slept in the car last night and would not come in (the car was parked in the garage) the house.
We are ready for the big event at Laguna Seca tomorrow. Robert has volunteered his time and car trailer to the cause and we will be loading EV1E on the trailer eeearly in the morning. The Electric Automobile Association California Central Valley Chapter will be represented tomorrow!
I drove EV1E today and she “feels like a different car.” Jack Rickard of EVTV made this statement to me in one of our correspondences about the differences between lead and Lithium. He said when I change from lead to Lithium that my car will “feel like a different car” I wasn’t sure what he meant by it, I mean how could the same car feel completely different? Now I know what he meant EV1E feels more solid more responsive … tighter. Don’t know how else to explain it. Tomorrow is going to be a great way to see just what she can do.

06.28.12

Long Week, 121 Gigawatts! what was thinking!

Posted in AC 24, Accessories, Assembly, Batteries, DMOC, High Voltage System, Low Voltage System, Relay Board, Road Test, Seats at 10:49 pm by Administrator

Ok here is the scoop. Today, The Day on the calendar wherein, in 1955 Marty McFly first went back to the future in Doc’s Delorean, EV1E received her first jolt of Lithium Power. A very historic day.
As I said it was a long week. I took Monday off thanks to the graciousness and understanding of my fabulous program manager. So what did I do with it? I finished wiring the Low Voltage system. I tested all the relays and made sure they all functioned properly. I re-read the instruction manual for my PL6 which is supposed to be able to discharge a battery at 40Amps. I went through all of the steps and the only thing I got was a message that said “Bad Cell Count” and no matter what I do that is all I can get. I called Revo and sent several emails but alas a good product is only as good as the support behind it. Given that rule I have to say that the PL6 is a bad product… only because of the lack of support, that and it wont do anything useful. Did I mention I called them… this started about three weeks ago and I have yet to hear from them.
That said and done I had to figure another way to balance my pack. This took some thought…
On Tuesday I hooked up the DC to DC converter and Willie the welder came over and we welded the new seat brackets in so that I could use the 914 seats… The seats were too high, 914 seats too high! We revisited the old bradley seats and made some modifications to them and that is what I am using. On Tuesday I we also put in the locking mechanism for the aft battery boxes. On Tues night I Started placing batteries in the boxes in the proper configuration. I also fitted the connecting cables which connect the front box to the aft boxes. Wed I spent most of the day trying to configure the PL6 to discharge more then 7.99Amps. Then Willie came over again and he took the seat brackets out so that the Old Bradley seats would fit. I also pulled the three point seatbelt system out of the Porsche 914 and installed it in EV1E. I used the roll bar for the harness attachment and the other two points are where I had the lap belt. Today was great! I decided I was going to hook up all of the main pack and check all the systems. They are working. I drove the car down the block and thought this car is sluggish… I drove back home and parked EV1E in the garage and went to apply the E Brake, it was already applied. I took off the E Brake and drove to the end of the block again this time with much more pep.
About balancing. I am going to charge the pack until the most charged battery reach’s 3.5 volts then, I am going to measure the lowest voltages and take the high voltage batts out of the string and charge everything up to 3.5Volts. Then reintroduce the charged batts which were removed and have a balanced pack. I can then run the car normally until the batteries are discharged to almost 2.75V then I can hand balance them. For Now I have just a little more to do and I am ready for Laguna Seca.

06.23.12

OK Say’s Autopilot

Posted in AC 24, Accessories, Assembly, Batteries, DMOC, Design, Drive Train, Gauges, High Voltage System, Low Voltage System, Relay Board at 6:32 pm by Administrator

I have connected 4 batteries in parallel and am bottom balancing them all at the same time. Since I have to be away for a few days I thought I would Let the machines take over and when I called to check up on it I was told that they had already finished… I guess I will see soon enough, but if that is the case I will be able to do these much faster. Only a few days left and all I have to do is finish bottom balancing, hook up the main pack, hook up the DC to DC converter, weld in the seat brackets, seat belts and shoulder harnesses, adjust rear brakes, and hook up the instrumentation. Piece of cake! (gulp) Then I have to charge the pack and I will be ready to roll.

05.09.12

More Wiring, Component Placement, Door Seals

Posted in AC 24, Body and Fender, DMOC, Design, Drive Train, Low Voltage System, Relay Board at 5:25 pm by Administrator


The big news is the wiring for the motor and the controller is almost complete. It is cleaned up considerably. I have a central buss bar for my ground wires and there really isn’t that much to hooking up relays. I moved the charger to the back firewall (if you can call it that) it is now tucked neatly into the back. Everything looks cleaner. The dash board is also being re-designed…more about that later. I have ordered some more weather pack 3 way connectors. I will install those when they arrive. I have been tripping over stuff in my shop and so as to not be one who dismisses hints from the universe, I am spending the rest of the day cleaning up. Oh one more thing, Rigo from American Glass came over and checked out the EV1E’s doors and windows for leaks. He suggested I add some fiberglass strips to the door frames so the doors can be lined up with the gaskets. I looked at it and decided the aluminum would be a better choice as you can see it turned out pretty nice. I will be re-enforcing all of the doors with aluminum. I enjoy working with aluminum but it is a new concept for me. If anyone can make suggestions as to what tools I need… I have totally fried the grinder wheel on my bench grinder. It appears that a lower speed of everything is used because of the lower melting point temp of aluminum.Cutting is a problem but I find shaping fairly easy, a hand file works well for that.
Well the th th thee Thats all folks!
Keep On Pluggin

05.03.12

Operation Cleanup

Posted in AC 24, Bradley GT II Electrical Diagrams, DMOC, Design, Low Voltage System, Relay Board at 7:54 pm by Administrator

This is the DMOC and wire harness… notice anything different? Where are all the wires? If you follow from the DMOC to the back wall you will see a black cable going into the wall through a gland nut. The new location of the DMOC (controller) has advantages. I moved the relay board into the car on the back wall. Actually I have lost the board and opted for a scheme which allows me to place the relay’s closer to where they will be used.

DMOC Connected to the motor

DMOC Connected to the motor

06.12.10

Mission Accomplished! (for real)

Posted in AC 24, Batteries, DMOC, Drive Train, Gauges, High Voltage System, Lights, Low Voltage System, Relay Board, Road Test at 11:59 pm by Administrator


I drove my EV1E to work in daylight conditions and, back at night. A total of 56 miles, 26 of which was freeway driving. I didn’t push the pedal all the way to the floor but I still got 60mph on the freeway….A great day

08.29.09

Some Mod’s

Posted in AC 24, Assembly, Batteries, Body and Fender, Design, Low Voltage System, Relay Board at 12:20 pm by Administrator

I have been asked to include some close ups of the modifications I am making. One of my alert readers noticed that I have eight or more pictures of Evie from the outside. She, the alert reader advised me , people want to know what makes Evie Tick. So Belia… This is what makes Evie tick. Pictures 1-3 show the Fuse block and and console with the instrument panel. Note in the second picture, The rear hatch cover is now hinged and fits properly. That is rubber around the inside edge of all the doors. Pic 4-6 are various stages of opening the Instrument Cluster. I did this beacuse i realized the if I didn’t I would have to crawl under the Dash to see what wire goes where. It will now be very easy to replace light bulbs. The hinge is an old T-Bird glove box hinge I had and modified for my purposes. Of course evrything will be cleaned up and trimmed upon completion. Picture 7 shows the placement of the charger. 8 and 9 show the motor, 1/3 of the batteries, and the relay panel which will be enclosed upon completion. Lastly we have the gas cap. Yup, that is a household 110 outlet. I hope this satisfies and refreshes. See you next time. Enjoy and “Keep on Pluggin”
Fuse Block Console from back window Closer IP Closed img_1052.JPG IP Open img_1053.JPG Azure AC24LS Motor and one third batteries Possibility img_1059.JPG

08.19.09

Evie Update

Posted in AC 24, Assembly, Batteries, Body and Fender, DMOC, Design, Drive Train, High Voltage System, Low Voltage System, Relay Board, Restore, Road Test, Sub Frame at 5:56 pm by Administrator

Here are more pictures of Evie. These were taken on the 17th after I readjusted the top and doors. The doors fit much better now. What you can’t see from the pictures, I had to shave off just a sliver of the inside fender well to allow better clearance for the wheels and tires. I have decided to mount the 12 Volt fuse block/wire harness on the center tunnel behind the emergency brake. This will give me easy access. This car has a center console and all I will have to do to check or change a fuse is lift the door on the console. The console also has channels built into it which I can run my harnesses through.
The push is to get her street legal so that I can start driving her to work. Some of the members of Team Evie are coming this weekend to help. There are many rivers to cross before we get there.
Needs Top adjustment Drivers Door Front Passenger Door Before Tail Lights Front and Low

08.04.09

Today We Ride!!!

Posted in AC 24, Aquisition, Assembly, Batteries, Body and Fender, DMOC, Design, Drive Train, High Voltage System, Low Voltage System, Relay Board, Restore, Road Test, Sub Frame at 6:43 pm by Administrator

Today August 4th 2009 at 1435 PDT Evie moved on her own power. I threw a seat in her (didn’t even bolt it in and a steering wheel on her (again, no bolt) and started her up and drove her down the driveway and down the street and back. Then I backed her up the driveway and into her stall. I did this a total of two times. It has been a long road to get to this point but we are here. Here are some photos of Evie on her Maiden Voyage Day.
Solo Seating Unbolted Seating Unbolted Steering Tucked In Right Tucked In Left

07.25.09

Yip, Yip, Yipeeee!

Posted in AC 24, Assembly, Batteries, DMOC, Design, High Voltage System, Low Voltage System, Relay Board at 10:14 am by Administrator

The motor runs and it sounds like a fu#kin jet engine! Awsome

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