Here another video on Gavin Shoebridge working on his homemade electric car. This time, he is making the control panel shelf.
According to Gavin, the shelf will store some of the delicate components such the high amp fuse, circuit breaker, throttle box controller, emergency cut off switch etc.
When you watch the video, you can see Gavin gave a very useful tip on how to mark the drill holes on the board before drilling. A very handy usage of a 2 dollar lipstick on the garage.
The EV control panel has the electric controller sitting on it. To cool the controller, it is actually sitting on a piece of aluminum plate. The aluminum plate is raised slightly with space bolts creating better air ventilation to increase cooling efficiency. Pretty smart idea. Check out the video.
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Keeping Your Homemade Electric Car Warm
When you are converting a gasoline driven car to run on electricity, there are a few electrical accessories in your car that you may not get to use. If you are using a vehicle during cold winter months, you’ll want a heater to keep you warm. Unless you don’t mind wear thick clothing every time you get into your car.
When you are starting your Do It Yourself electric car conversion project, you have to get a donor car. Some times, due to the condition of the donor car, it may not have a heater or the heater in simply broken. How do you replace the heater with minimum cost? You can install one yourself by using the heating element of an ordinary room heater.
Watch the video below. Gavin Shoebridge of New Zealand modified a room heater that he bought from an appliance shop to be used on his electric car. What Gavin did was to remove the heating element and attached it to the existing water heater core in the air condition unit.
It’s a straight forward and simple process. Just cut a hole on the core, insert the heating element, seal it with some high temperature gasket sealant, hook it up to the power source and you will have a heater for your home made electric car.
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Installing The Electric Motor
If you are doing a DIY electric car conversion from your home garage, one of the main components for the EV is the electric motor. Getting the electric motor delivered to your house is an exciting feeling!
The next step is to connect the electric motor to the existing transmission unit. How do you do that? There are numerous ways to connect both the motor and transmission shaft together. You can custom made a metal bracket and then use a universal coupler. Alternatively, you also custom made an adapter plate.
The video below shows how Gavin Shoebridge of New Zealand custom made an adapter for his electric motor. He actually outsourced the work to a local engineering workshop. That is a good idea. Have you tried drilling, cutting and filing an 1 inch metal plate? It is not fun is you don’t have the proper tools and equipment.
When the adapter plate is done, all you have to do is bolt on the electric motor and connect is to the transmission unit. Make sure you have sufficient bolts. At this stage, it might be helpful if you have a hoist handy. The electric motor plus the adapter plate can weight quite a bit. When the electric motor is connected to the transmission, next you have to secure it the chassis of your homemade electric car.