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by Damon500
Sun, 30 Dec 2018, 06:16
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Hopefully the next generation 500e will be available off 5he showroom floor fully assembled without the need to bring your own tools.. https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/29/ne ... in-europe/
by Damon500
Wed, 19 Dec 2018, 19:58
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Hi Brendon, cost wise it ended up in the mid $30k range in vehicles and components (ignoring my unpaid sweat equity) I however still have the 5000km petrol Motor, transmission and other components I can sell in due course to recover some of that.. The conversion (ignoring labour) could have been don...
by Damon500
Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 17:29
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Thanks everyone for the comments and support along the way- i’m thoroughly enjoying the 500e and it has made my stop-start 45-60min commute each way seem somehow less tedious. The instant torque and smooth acceleration combined with good ride quality and all the usual things I like about a 500 such ...
by Damon500
Thu, 13 Dec 2018, 21:18
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Fully road legal now and registered as an Electric Vehicle- thanks Bryce for the EV labels as VicRoads wanted me to put Hybrid stickers on...
by Damon500
Sun, 09 Dec 2018, 20:28
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Was nice to see another EV out and about today in Nunawading- aside from a solitary Leaf in my street there aren’t many around in Melbournes Eastern suburbs. I have put my ICE Fiat 500 up for sale today and looking forward to more adventures in the 500e..
by Damon500
Fri, 07 Dec 2018, 20:32
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Thanks guys- it’s been quite a journey and certainly much more involved than my initial research led me to believe. No I wouldn’t do another one this way converting a Euro version to electric although a RHD conversion of a US version would be a relative doddle if the new SEVS regulations permit impo...
by Damon500
Wed, 05 Dec 2018, 17:14
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

It’s been a while due to many late nights in the workshop but here’s the latest progress report- just waiting on VASS final engineering inspection and Electrical certification to register for the road...
by Damon500
Wed, 14 Nov 2018, 16:18
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

I was excited today to find that a replacement telematics module and app has finally been developed for the 500e- http://my500e.com/home-en/ Basically it plugs into the OBD port and replicates the factory app (which only works in the USA for a 3 year period) This means I will be able to use the func...
by Damon500
Tue, 13 Nov 2018, 17:07
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Starting to make some progress towards putting the 500 back together. Passed engineering inspection of welding so tech primed, sealed, under sealed and painted. Now the bodywork is done the looms can be modified and reinstalled, all the looms need to be converted from left to right hand drive, unfor...
by Damon500
Sat, 03 Nov 2018, 16:25
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Francisco's Electric Pajero
Replies: 71
Views: 3430

Re: Francisco's Electric Pajero

I would happily recommend if you are in Melbourne except mine is retiring at the end of the year hence the deadline pressure... Ask around the AEVA members in your area- I was fortunate to meet up with the Geelong branch of the AEVA, they are a teriffic group and have been very helpful in getting me...
by Damon500
Sat, 03 Nov 2018, 03:15
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Francisco's Electric Pajero
Replies: 71
Views: 3430

Re: Francisco's Electric Pajero

Great to see your progress Francisco, looks like you have thought it out well. Have you found a good VASS engineer to certify your modifications for registration?
by Damon500
Fri, 02 Nov 2018, 18:39
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

A busy week of welding- boot floor and central tunnel modified and installed with reinforcing plates and captive nuts. Now for the next engineering inspection before sealing and paint.
by Damon500
Fri, 26 Oct 2018, 19:02
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Continued with more photos..
by Damon500
Fri, 26 Oct 2018, 18:58
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Busy RDO yesterday which resulted in some significant progress on the long road to reassembly. Started off with removal of the rear suspension and trial fitting of the battery pack to measure and position the mounting points prior to welding in. The boot crossmember had to be modified and installed ...
by Damon500
Sat, 20 Oct 2018, 18:11
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Damon’s Fiat 500e project
Replies: 65
Views: 4666

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: 65
Views: 4666

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: 65
Views: 4666

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: 65
Views: 4666

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: 65
Views: 4666

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: 65
Views: 4666

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: 594

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: 65
Views: 4666

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: 65
Views: 4666

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: 485

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: 65
Views: 4666

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...