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Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Mon, 23 Jun 2008, 01:21
by Kearon
Hi All,
I've put up a videoblog site showing the current goings-on with my EV conversion of a 1990 Ford Capri.

http://www.evcapri.com

There will be 5 minute video episodes as well [edit] (there are four now...more every week or so).

Have a laugh at my expense, or offer help - all good.

Cheers,

Kearon
(a new AEVA member)

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Mon, 23 Jun 2008, 22:06
by Benonymous
Looks good Kearon! Keep us posted on your progress.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Wed, 25 Jun 2008, 01:12
by Rattrap
Hey Kearon,
I love the site mate, i'll be checking in every week for sure. Just what i need to see what i'll be up against when my turn comes.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Fri, 27 Jun 2008, 21:50
by cs
Nice work Kearon,

A real motivation for the rest of us noobs to get started. Hopefully I can attend the next Sydney meeting and get enough info and contacts to start my own EV. Image

Keep up the good work
Cheers,
CS

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2008, 01:06
by Striker
Hey Kearon,
I've just watched episode three, and in follow-up to our email conversation, I'd like to know how tall you are.

I'm 6'4", so I'm thinking that a Capri may not be the car for me.

Time to look for alternatives. Possible a KC/KE Laser.

I love the video-blog format. Keep up the fantastic work.

--Striker.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2008, 04:50
by Kearon
Hi Striker,

I'm 6 foot, blond, 36D, and my friends think I'm a bubbly outgoing type who likes waterskiing and picnics in the park.

Your type?

(heh heh....)

Nah - but really - I reckon if you're 6'4" you'd pretty much be sitting at the same height as me.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2008, 15:56
by Striker
Hey Kearon,

Them's pretty big boobs for a bloke ;)

The extra 4" in height is a worrying thing.

Any chance I could drop over at some point, and check out the car (as well as have a sit in it). Promise I won't hit the brake pedal :P

--Striker.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2008, 22:53
by Rattrap
hey Kearon,
i'm Lovin following your little adventure, good luck with it!
I see that you're using your old gearbox. Will the clutch be operational?

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Sat, 05 Jul 2008, 06:11
by Kearon
Well, changing gears will be operational, but i won't need the clutch to do it!
The electric motor doesn't have inertia like the old ICE did - so all I need to do is take my foot off the accelerator and change gears.

So - no clutch. Not needed!

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Sat, 05 Jul 2008, 15:21
by Rattrap
Thats exellent. I never knew the gear box would work like that. I'm guessing that while driving you won't need all of the gears. prob 1st, 3rd & 5th?
I'm just wondering about the battery weight Vs the weight of the old ICE & components, do u have a rough figure for weight comparsion? Is there any reason you've chosen to put all the batteries under the back seat? I was picturing you putting some of the batteries in the front to balance the weight.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Sat, 05 Jul 2008, 18:17
by Kearon
Hi Rattrap,
I think you'll find the answerto all these questions in my 'EV Capri' videos on youttube (or on evcapri.com).
The only gear you'll need from 0 to 60 is 3rd, then you can try 4th or 5th. No need for 1st or 2nd(I have a gear ration table on evcapri.com).
And the batteries will be sunk into the floor under the back seat - they'll fit, and I have the added benefits of keeping all the batteries in one box (good for balancing the temperature of them) and kkeeping the weight between the axles (for better handling). Yeah, I thought I'd need to put batteries in the fron too, but it hasn't needed to happen that way.. And re weight, it'll work out about the same, give or take 50kgs.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Sat, 05 Jul 2008, 23:24
by Rattrap
thanks mate. got it bookmarked already.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Sun, 13 Jul 2008, 01:08
by Kearon
I got the Impulse 9 in the car today!! Now I need to make engine mounts....next weekend.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Thu, 17 Jul 2008, 05:06
by scuzzi
fabulous work, inspiring stuff matey ;)


Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Thu, 17 Jul 2008, 05:40
by woody
Hey Kearon, when are your batteries due?

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Fri, 18 Jul 2008, 04:29
by Kearon
Heya Woody,

Dunno. I'll email Rod Dilkes and find out.... I'm assuming another couple of weeks.

UPDATE: They'll be in the country 2nd week August - then I have to get 'em from WA to NSW, then pick 'em up....I'm thinking in my hands here at EV Capri HQ late Aug.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Wed, 23 Jul 2008, 21:40
by Kearon
Hey All,
EV Capri Ep 4 is up. You can see it on youtube, or at www.evcapri.com
On Ep 4 I'm installing the Impulse 9 motor, and talk a little bit about the vacuum pump, the heater, and a government-required battery pack cutoff switch. Cheers, K

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Wed, 23 Jul 2008, 22:41
by Striker
Hey Kearon,

Top video, as per always. I love the mix of humour and conversion content.

--Striker.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Thu, 24 Jul 2008, 03:56
by Rattrap
as always Kearon, a please to watch.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Thu, 24 Jul 2008, 16:27
by EV2Go
Another hugely entertaining episode, great work guys! Image – but you do realise that would have been a whole lot easier to have put that in from the top with some descent rope and a long bar or sturdy piece of wood.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Fri, 25 Jul 2008, 01:35
by Mr Camouflage
Would have been just as easy to sit the engine/gearbox on a trolly jack and use that to do the heavy lifting, while someone kept it balanced on the jack.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2008, 01:05
by scuzzi
excellent work again matey,

I show ur stuff to everyone i can get to listen, lol

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2008, 02:55
by Kearon
Heh....thanks mate!

In other news, I got the motor mounts finished today! I'll spray 'em tomororrow, in case anyone wants to visit the EV Capri after Brooky Pub on Tuesday.


Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Tue, 29 Jul 2008, 01:04
by Striker
I'll be up to see it man.

My first EV experience.

--Striker.

Kearon's EV Capri

Posted: Sat, 02 Aug 2008, 05:24
by diy
Hi Kearon,
Great work, I'm sure you will inspire heaps of people to follow your footsteps!! (hope you've cleaned up that break fluid)
I am thinking of converting an old ...wait for it....
volvo station waggon, Weird I know, but hey, no one would ever want to steal it. even thinking about putting solar panels on the roof - aka solar taxi style. That would disguise it a bit.
Waiting with anticipation for the next episodes and stuff Dr Who for a while!


Rgds

Peter [diy]

ps did the capri have power steering?
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