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Electric Car II · 4 September 05
I’d like to introduce Eve, our next electric car.
We bought Eve yesterday and while cleaning out the old registrations in the glove box I discovered that she’s been lying about her age. She’s actually a 1990 Ford Probe, not a 1989. Bonus year!
There’s a little over 160k miles on her, almost all of it southern driving. No discernible rust, engine compartment is clean, and the tires have a few years left on them. Records show regular maintenance. All in all a very well cared for car.
It’s tempting to drive into the garage and start pulling out unneeded components; that’s what I did with the first EV. This time I’m going to try to do a little more planning.
Here’s a list of pre-teardown items before starting the electric car conversion. I’ll add to this list over the next few days.
- insurance and registration
- get her on a scale to get the pre-conversion weight
- thorough washing, especially under the chassis
- put an ad in the paper to sell motor, gas tank, exhaust
- buy a detailed manual w/wiring guide (i.e. Chilton’s)
- visit garage, have them drain AC freon
- make a list of what gets removed
- drain oil
- siphon gas
- drain radiator
- disconnect battery
- remove hood (mark outline for future alignment)
- disconnect throttle linkage
- disconnect all wires and hoses hooked from chassis to engine
- remove radiator
- pull engine out
- put car on jack stands, remove exhaust
- drain gas lines, remove gas tank
- remove all of the engine electronics:
- pull out heater core (in passenger compartment)
This should be fun!