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by Damon500
Yesterday, 18:11
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

The second engineering inspection has now been completed and i’m now in the final stages of dismantling the donor car- specifically cutting out the battery mounts and extra reinforcing brackets and crossmembers. This was tricky to cut them out as they were seam welded rather than spotted so I ended ...
by Damon500
Sun, 14 Oct 2018, 18:34
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Yes Terry that’s true and it does have the benefit of cutting around the weld rather than through it although interestingly I have never seen them used in a professional panel shop. The downside is that it does leave a much larger hole to weld, 12mm+ which in several cases would either overlap other...
by Damon500
Fri, 12 Oct 2018, 18:06
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Tempting as that is Brendon i’m trying to minimise the damage when putting it back together later...
by Damon500
Thu, 11 Oct 2018, 17:17
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Yes the existing crossmember seems to be close enough to leave in place with some relatively minor modifications to the boot floor. It will allow me to retain the Australian standard approved child seat anchorages which the engineer requested. Interestingly the RH rear inner guard is quite different...
by Damon500
Thu, 11 Oct 2018, 13:40
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Yes that’s correct Terry, there are actually two to swap- the one in the centre of the boot floor is absent on the petrol due to the spare wheel well and another is mounted directly behind the rear beaver panel. I will have to cut the chassis rails on the EV to remove the battery mounts to transfer ...
by Damon500
Thu, 11 Oct 2018, 12:46
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

School holidays are now over and back into the project again! Next stage was to remove the boot floor and centre section from the Petrol vehicle to trial fit the boot floor and for the engineer to inspect prior to modifications of the floor pan and welding.
by Damon500
Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 19:38
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Renault EV
Replies: 0
Views: 218

New Renault EV

This looks interesting although Chinese focussed at present...

http://autotalk.com.au/industry-news/el ... nault-year
by Damon500
Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 17:25
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Hi Terry, having driven the 500e - yes I do think it is worth it. There isn’t another EV available now or in the near future within my means that I would contemplate buying or driving - if my calculations are correct I should have a completed 500e on the road for around half the cost of a Zoe. I kne...
by Damon500
Mon, 01 Oct 2018, 21:12
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Several hundred spot welds later the boot floor is now removed exposing the additional bracing of the chassis rails which I will also need to remove and swap over into the RHD body.
by Damon500
Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 20:53
Forum: Tesla EVs
Topic: Elon stands down
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Elon stands down

Unfortunately it looks like Elon has tweeted himself into some serious trouble this time...

https://www.carthrottle.com/post/elon-m ... stigation/
by Damon500
Sat, 29 Sep 2018, 21:32
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Finally making some progress with removing the centre floor pan section. Next challenge is to remove the boot floor...
by Damon500
Tue, 25 Sep 2018, 22:02
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Yes, funny how amnesia seems to kick in when a new project comes along. Tonight I thought I was ready to lift off the top section then discovered there are two large reinforcing sections and a crossmember that I need to remove, another 80 welds on top and who knows how many underneath through three ...
by Damon500
Mon, 24 Sep 2018, 21:10
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

The tedious part of the project continues- another 110 spot welds drilled out and not even half way there yet!
by Damon500
Sun, 23 Sep 2018, 05:09
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Celica 1977 RA28 restoration + performance EV conversion!
Replies: 10
Views: 527

Re: Celica 1977 RA28 restoration + performance EV conversion!

Great project- I look forward to following it!
by Damon500
Sat, 22 Sep 2018, 05:41
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Hi Terry and Chris, Yes, it’s no small task despite their size! I always knew it wasn’t going to be a bolt in conversion although I figured that it would eventually be possible if enough was swapped over.. the frustrating part is that physically converting the LHD shell would have been much more sim...
by Damon500
Thu, 20 Sep 2018, 20:21
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Last day of progress before the school holidays kick in! Rear wiring and curtain airbags now removed from the 500e along with heater box and dash support frame. Now the tedious task begins of drilling out the individual spot welds on the floor sections to carefully remove them so they can be welded ...
by Damon500
Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 17:18
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

More disassembly today- this time the EV drivetrain so both are now rolling shells and first engineering inspection has been carried out. Lots to do but at least we have an idea of next steps!
by Damon500
Fri, 07 Sep 2018, 21:49
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

I remember now, why I left my Brumby on the road as is, the Suzuki became my paddock basher, and I wimped out and just bought a LEAF. When I used to repair and rebuild things, (before throw away electronics) most of the bits would fit in a shoe box. Even then, if I waited more than 6 weeks for part...
by Damon500
Fri, 07 Sep 2018, 21:41
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Yes, there has been a lot of research put into the project- it is complicated more by the fact that the US and Euro versions run completely separate online technical manuals and parts catalogues both with very different formats- part numbers are also completely different so can’t be cross referenced...
by Damon500
Thu, 06 Sep 2018, 15:47
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Thanks Terry- not really, i’m putting In about 2-3 hours each night after work although I was fortunate enough to get a 6 hour block today on my RDO. My VASS engineer is retiring at the end of this year so I have to keep moving. The disassembly is the (relatively) easy part, although it is important...
by Damon500
Thu, 06 Sep 2018, 15:15
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Busy day today removing the engine and transmission from the ICE vehicle and dashboard assembly so we can take a closer look at the differences in the body structure. Will be interested to see if the heater box requires modification once the EV dash comes out.
by Damon500
Wed, 05 Sep 2018, 18:59
Forum: Blade EVs
Topic: ANYONE RECOGNISE THIS CAR?
Replies: 2
Views: 293

Re: ANYONE RECOGNISE THIS CAR?

This Barina was on display at the EV expo and was nicely done- I had a talk to the gentleman displaying it but I don’t think he was the owner. i’m assuming somebody in the Vic branch of AEVA will know whose it is. It’a really good to see it out and about doing its job!
by Damon500
Mon, 03 Sep 2018, 20:37
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Tonight’s project was to refit the suspension to the EV to make it mobile and get it off the hoist. A seemingly simple task was impossible due to the inability of compressing the springs to refit the rear axle without the weight of the battery pack! Thankfully I had a spare set of 1960 Fiat 500 wago...
by Damon500
Mon, 03 Sep 2018, 17:19
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Yes Chris the power train was developed by Bosch and has full thermal management of the packs, two separate radiator systems for cooling motor/inverter and heating or cooling the batteries with heat exchanger out of the AC system.
by Damon500
Sun, 02 Sep 2018, 20:51
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Latest progress today, rear suspension has now been removed to gain access to the battery pack which I have also removed. Next task is to strip the ICE car also and determine how extensive the modifications to the floorpan and boot floor are.