Not an EV · 21 March 06
First off Darin asked that I add the disclaimer that he is NOT making an electric vehicle (yet).
Just because him and his buddy bought a used forklift (EV parts) and had it shipped, at some expense, to their house doesn’t mean they are making an EV (yet).
Sure, Darin has been asking questions on the EVList about turning the parts from a forklift into an EV, but that doesn’t mean he’s making an EV (yet).
Now that the disclaimers are out of the way let’s see what Darin is up to…
The theoretical donor & host… or beauty and the beast … or victim #1 and victim #2.
The donor motor-ectomies & electronics-ectomy will take place sometime this week. I’ve already stripped off some knick-knacks and gew gaws that I may be able to sell on eBay.
I’ve been trying to come up with a good domain name… [Jerry: right, first things first!]
I was considering metroEV.com, but the host is actually a suzuki swift (then again, my “metro” is really a “firefly”). Anyway, it’s kind of un-inspired.
We’ve toyed with suzukev, suzuki-vee, notswift, notsoswift etc., but nothing leaps out as the obvious, inspired choice.
Frankenswift? Suzukistein? Forkswift? Hey, I like that one! Ooo! Forkenswift! I just put in a call to my partner in crime and we had a good laugh over forkenswift.com.
As for the forklift: it’s 16,600 lbs without the battery*. The skinny rear wheels were slowly sinking into the driveway until we borrowed a jack that could lift it, and shored it up with blocks. Happily, one can fix a brick driveway relatively easily.
(* batteries not included. with batteries, it weighed 19,700 lbs. to turn it around and park it on the edge of the driveway, I hooked together a 36V string of 12v marine batteries)
Our disclaimer is that we’re refusing to call this a conversion project until after the forklift’s motor-ectomy – when we know for sure it will fit in the swift’s engine compartment. At this point measurements look tight, but not impossible.
We’ll know more when we see how long the motor shaft is, and what’s involved in removing the safety brake assembly from the tail shaft (at least, I assume it’s connected to a tail shaft).
Until then, we’re just calling ourselves part-time junk dealers!