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by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 09 Dec 2008, 05:18
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: HV in conduit or not? or what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2834

HV in conduit or not? or what?

Hello All, I've bought all the big ticket items, go the motor in and now I'm getting down to the finer detail planning of layout etc. However, in Canberra there is only one completed EV to look at. So I come to a question.... I have several meters of the 50mm2 cable from ZEVA, black and orange. The ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 08 Dec 2008, 23:46
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: changing habits and expectations
Replies: 29
Views: 2758

changing habits and expectations

Quote: Here is another example: Eighty years ago petrol stations were not wide spread but a horse could be fed in any paddock. Horse-drawn technology was wide spread and well understood. What were people saying then about the smelly, unsafe and unreliable petrol cars of the day? I read something on ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 05 Dec 2008, 19:21
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: EV Conversion Starting out
Replies: 6
Views: 1245

EV Conversion Starting out

On the other hand, I have been fairly careful with the budget but I am still up to $10K. The cells will be the same again since I am buying TSLFPs with US$s.
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 05 Dec 2008, 19:06
Forum: AEVA ACT Branch
Topic: Advice on EV conversion in ACT -
Replies: 1
Views: 2513

Advice on EV conversion in ACT -

Were you at our November meeting? In any case come to the December meeting. We don't have one in January. I and others will be happy to help with advice. We have several people part way through car conversions and one completed. Feel free to give me a call 62516213
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 02 Dec 2008, 16:52
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Kearon's EV Capri
Replies: 121
Views: 19843

Kearon's EV Capri

Hi Kearon, Your motor bay photos are very helpful. I have much the same kit of parts for my Charade. The motor has just gone in but not anything else yet and I now need to work out the details of the layout. Am I right that your shelf is supported by resting on the chassis rails as they extend forwa...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 14 Nov 2008, 18:12
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Heater-- Demister
Replies: 91
Views: 16922

Heater-- Demister

I would have thought that the most control you would want might be about three settings, low/medium/high heat. That might be arranged easily with a switch for three elements. I think the mains ceramic heaters have several elements in series if sold to 220/240V countries and parallel for 110/120V cou...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 10 Nov 2008, 15:32
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: How to feed an original tachometer?
Replies: 35
Views: 6972

How to feed an original tachometer?

Here is a picture of the device from Jaycar (actually a picture of one like it stolen from elsewhere).Image
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 10 Nov 2008, 13:28
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: mains power meter for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 378

mains power meter for sale

The meter is sold now.
Thanks,
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 07 Nov 2008, 23:02
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: tesla s 4 door
Replies: 31
Views: 2886

tesla s 4 door

I noticed that quite few other commercial electric cars (in shows, on web etc) have grills at the front. Perhaps for the air con radiator or perhaps just because they think people will find them "funny looking" if they don't look like other cars at the front. I would have thought electric cars could...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 07 Nov 2008, 22:22
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: How to feed an original tachometer?
Replies: 35
Views: 6972

How to feed an original tachometer?

Thanks for the help. With some further reading I found mention of a hall effect device at Jaycar (ZD-1900) for $19.95. It has a slot so that a vane can pass between two halves. If soft iron passes through the slot it changes the magnetic path in the device which turns a transistor on or off. It has ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 07 Nov 2008, 05:06
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Vac switch--- closed
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Vac switch--- closed

I got a vacuum switch from http://www.baccara.com.au/vaccum-switches.shtml It cost half of the RS price (that's normal). That have a good range of adjustable and set at various pressures, normally open or closed, different fittings, etc. I notice one is adjustable from 12-30"Hg which is pretty much ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 07 Nov 2008, 04:51
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: How to feed an original tachometer?
Replies: 35
Views: 6972

How to feed an original tachometer?

Would a reed switch be fast enough to switch, say 2x 5000/min? Wouldn't it fatigue and break pretty quickly if it could keep up? Do I understand correctly then that a suitable feed would be from 12V via a resistor with some sort of switch to ground that closes twice per revolution? I'm not sure what...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 07 Nov 2008, 03:07
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: How to feed an original tachometer?
Replies: 35
Views: 6972

How to feed an original tachometer?

Hello All, I would like to send an appropriate signal to my Daihatsu Charade's original tachometer if it can easily be done. One diagram I have shows a single connection called 'tachometer pulse' while another diagram shows the connection as 'from ign. coil'. I assume I could generate an appropriate...
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 29 Oct 2008, 02:33
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Daihatsu Charade adaptor plate and coupling
Replies: 6
Views: 2003

Daihatsu Charade adaptor plate and coupling

Thanks everyone. I have now had a good chat with Geoff and it looks like we can work things out from here!
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 27 Oct 2008, 21:09
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Daihatsu Charade adaptor plate and coupling
Replies: 6
Views: 2003

Daihatsu Charade adaptor plate and coupling

I hear there were several Daihatsu Charades at the AEVA AGM/field day. I have just got my engine out of my '91 G102 Charade and now I'm thinking about adaptor plates and couplings. I was planning to be clutchless. It occurs to me that someone may have already made all the crucial measurements for an...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 27 Oct 2008, 20:18
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: mains power meter for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 378

mains power meter for sale

Hi, I bought one of these mains power meters: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=140276368283 I had intended to monitor the total energy used by my EV but no longer plan to use it. It is new, pristine and unused in a box just as shown by the seller on Ebay...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 20 Oct 2008, 14:18
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 5046

Testing brake failure light

As indicated by others in this thread I suspect authorities will not be too pedantic about whether the lamp is tested at 'on' or 'start' so long as it is still tested by the actions that start the car. I think both authorities and the driver would also like to see the light come on if vacuum fails (...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 17 Oct 2008, 16:24
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Daihatsu Owners - Heads up!
Replies: 1
Views: 420

Daihatsu Owners - Heads up!

Yes, I found daiclub and joined and even offered parts that I didn't need to members that were sticking with petrol. The most useful things I found on that site so far were pdf copies of the Charade chassis manual and circuit diagrams.
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 13 Oct 2008, 21:26
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 5046

Testing brake failure light

Continuing on from above..... none of the various bits of salvage with electrical and vacuum connections had the right characteristics. A someone pointed out in an earlier thread there is a vacuum switch available from evparts in America (www.evparts.com/prod-BK2785.htm). This has a fixed vacuum str...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 12 Oct 2008, 14:29
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 5046

Testing brake failure light

After sleeping on it I had another idea. Among the salvage from the ICE are various vacuum switches. If I can find a normally closed switch that is opened by vacuum I could place that across the brake fluid float switch. When the car key is turned to start the vacuum switch will bypass the float swi...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 12 Oct 2008, 03:07
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 5046

Testing brake failure light

I did some guestimates about the size of cap I would need for the one cap and resistor suggestion above with the lamp in my particular car. Unfortunately it would take about a half Farad cap to keep the lamp on and fading over a second or two.
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 10 Oct 2008, 22:24
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 5046

Testing brake failure light

I have just put my dashboard back together and have just noticed my brake light doesn't come on. So here are my first thoughts: Wouldn't this work: Put a capacitor and high ohm resistance parallel to the brake fluid float switch. At turn on, 12V appears across the brake lamp and it lights then fades...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 23 Sep 2008, 19:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Government Rebates for EV's
Replies: 42
Views: 1784

Government Rebates for EV's

The ACT gives 10% off registration for electric vehicle. Not much but at least it's some gesture. That would apply regardless of home conversion, commercial conversion or any newly made EV that might appear. Perhaps we shouldn't make too much noise or someone might argue that electricity for EVs sho...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 15 Sep 2008, 21:22
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Heater-- Demister
Replies: 91
Views: 16922

Heater-- Demister

For what it's worth I was uncomfortable with the idea of enclosing 144V getting hot next to my feet and also the various low power 12V gadgets didn't seem sufficient for Canberra's winter. I am considering a purchase of the larger Iota 90Amp DC/DC converter rather than the 45 Amp one that ZEVA sells...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 04 Sep 2008, 04:35
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Heater for a cold climate
Replies: 14
Views: 2037

Heater for a cold climate

Thanks for the tips. I have my dashboard entirely pulled out and the heater box dismantled. My current plan (pun unintended) is to use two 240V wire elements with some modifications. I found two identical second-hand blower heaters with zig-zag resistance wire elements. I am crimping some copper str...