From the monthly archives:

July 2013

Going Solar for EVs, Part 2

July 30, 2013

When I got home from work last night, I was happy to see that my MC-4 cable had arrived in the mail! The one thing I was missing from hooking up the solar panel to directly charge an electric vehicle is that fancy little cable. This morning, I pulled out my assorted pile of parts, [...]

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Going Solar for EVs and more!

July 26, 2013

About a month ago, I was at the MREA – the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Fair – where I was showing off my electric motorcycle and giving presentations of DIY Clean Transportation. But probably my favorite thing of that weekend was my cobbled together Vehicle to Grid display! Ahead of time, I had talked to [...]

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SuperTruck: Steering

July 21, 2013

So how DO you steer a DIY hybrid pickup truck without the engine on? That’s just one of the many challenges to figure out while working on a DIY project. In general, most cars nowadays use power steering. Power steering uses a hydraulic pump to assist turning the wheels, and that pump runs from a [...]

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SuperTruck: Water Pump

July 21, 2013

Last week, my buddy Steve stopped by, and we were able to get the diesel running. The bad news was that the water pump was seized-up, and the priming pump leaked. So, I ordered a new water pump, which arrived by mail the other day. I’ve never done anything with a water pump before, but [...]

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New favorite online car videos

July 20, 2013

I was taking a look through online videos to find a little basic instruction on installing a water pump, when I cam across this one: I like this guy’s style. Fun, but straight to the point. I took a look at another video or two of his. For any future car work, I might have [...]

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