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Post by Brookie » Sun, 07 Dec 2008, 03:10

Hi, Just joined as have had discussions re converting a VW Kombi.
Have looked at some early posts but heard one has already been done in W.A.
Feel that 73 onwards would be ideal as they have bigger, excellent braking system and many can be found in good condition and they are relaively easy to restore.

Have a Kombi forum with members all over with over 150 in Perth and many have shown interest.

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Post by Thalass » Mon, 08 Dec 2008, 16:13

Interesting. Is it a ute or van Kombi? I suppose either way there'd be heaps of room for batteries somewhere. They're fairly heavy and unaerodynamic, but it shouldn't be too bad.

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Post by Brookie » Tue, 09 Dec 2008, 00:43

Thalass wrote: Interesting. Is it a ute or van Kombi? I suppose either way there'd be heaps of room for batteries somewhere. They're fairly heavy and unaerodynamic, but it shouldn't be too bad.

Go for it!


Kombis are quite slippery with Kamm effect tail and are more aerodynamic than a Beetle. See Link below
Bus or van would be better as they have massive storage under rear seat plus with motor removed there is a lot of space.

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Post by woody » Tue, 09 Dec 2008, 02:46

I think that the Cd needs to be multiplied by the frontal area before comparing. I.e the mini Cd x frontal area = 0.53 x 1.5 = 0.78 Cx whereas the Kombi Cd 0.46 x 2m^2 = 0.92 Cx I.e. More work to push through the air. ( the numbers are only approx)
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Post by Brookie » Tue, 09 Dec 2008, 03:07

Only until it gets moving - the Kamm effect starts to work at about 40k.


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Post by andy » Fri, 19 Dec 2008, 13:44

Hi Brookie,

We're currently in the process of investigating the conversion of our 73 Kombi Bus. There are many examples on the web, so I can't see any reason as to why it cannot be done. We would be interested to hear how your plans go and if you are able to tap into any info. We're planning a visit to Blade Electric Vehicles in Castlemaine (VIC) shortly to check out AC Motors and Lith Ion batteries. He also has an interesting small gearbox, although it may not be large enough for the Kombi.

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Post by Thalass » Fri, 19 Dec 2008, 17:34

Plenty of room for solar panels and wind turbines (the latter for when parked, of course) at least!


It'd be an ideal size for a camper EV. Not big enough to require tonnes of batteries, but still with room inside.
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Post by Brookie » Fri, 19 Dec 2008, 19:17

andy wrote: Hi Brookie,

We're currently in the process of investigating the conversion of our 73 Kombi Bus. There are many examples on the web, so I can't see any reason as to why it cannot be done. We would be interested to hear how your plans go and if you are able to tap into any info. We're planning a visit to Blade Electric Vehicles in Castlemaine (VIC) shortly to check out AC Motors and Lith Ion batteries. He also has an interesting small gearbox, although it may not be large enough for the Kombi.

Cheers

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Ps: will try and post pic of kombi


Be good to see pics- it is just a thought at moment and we may be able to get group together to do as project.

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Post by andy » Sat, 20 Dec 2008, 14:06

Hi Guys,

Have been trying to upload a pic of the Kombi, but keep getting error codes. Same problem I had when first registering on this forum, the system didn't want to send me my activation e-mail. Looks like somebody else has been having the same problems and has posted on it.

I will keep trying. Anybody got any suggestions?

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Post by Brookie » Sat, 20 Dec 2008, 18:23

Can Photobucket be used on here?


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Post by Andrew » Sat, 20 Dec 2008, 19:31

Yes you can upload files or use Photobucket or Image shack. Either click the 'Insert image' icon or you can upload an image directly to the forums. Make sure you goto the 'full reply editor' when replying to get the image options.

Just a note with uploads:
- image must be maximum of 100KB (any bigger you will get an error message)
- choose the Image upload option from the menu

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Post by andy » Sat, 20 Dec 2008, 19:38

Sorry Andrew but your suggestions re uploading to forum are simply not working. I have now tried on 10 occasions, (with a JPG file of 64kb) and continue to get error messages. I also tried 5 times to get an activation e-mail sent to me when registering and on the 6'th occasion (thankfully, otherwise I would have given up in disgust), I finally got my activation e-mail.

Clearly, somebody else has posted on error messages and SOMETHING needs to be fixed, otherwise people won't hang around.

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Post by Andrew » Sat, 20 Dec 2008, 19:56

andy, PM sent.

please keep forum Q&A and admin discussion to the Admin Notices section.

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Post by Rob M » Mon, 22 Dec 2008, 18:01

Hi Brookie, I'm doing a Kombi conversion at the moment. Have the motor mounted and have engineering approval for the project. The engineer suggested the batteries be put under the rear seat instead of where the fuel tank was so as to better spread the weight between front and back.
Otherwise a conversion made simple by plenty of space.
Call me on 0407152552 or email info@evwa.com.au if you want to check it out. It is in Kewdale.

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Post by Gow864 » Mon, 22 Dec 2008, 18:25

Rob M Any chance of publishing the Kombi conversion details? I'd be really interested in expected range/performance.

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Post by woody » Mon, 22 Dec 2008, 18:59

Have Kombi values recovered from the RTA drowsy driver ad where the kombi goes into the rear trailer of a B double?

Kombi looks as safe as a motorcycle.

(I think that YouTube vid is of a chinese Knock-off)

Anyway, I'm sure the Cortina is not much better.

The most important safety feature is the driver :-)
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Post by Thalass » Tue, 23 Dec 2008, 00:49

And the point defence lasers to vapourise anything that might be dangerous...

mwahahaha*cough*


I think most cab-over-engine vehicles have that same safety risk, woody, but you're right that the driver is the best safety feature.
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Post by Brookie » Tue, 23 Dec 2008, 02:12

woody wrote: Have Kombi values recovered from the RTA drowsy driver ad where the kombi goes into the rear trailer of a B double?

Kombi looks as safe as a motorcycle.

(I think that YouTube vid is of a chinese Knock-off)

Anyway, I'm sure the Cortina is not much better.

The most important safety feature is the driver :-)


You can still buy a cheapie but prices are up to $85,000 which is currently top asking price Image
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