From the monthly archives:

August 2014

Electric Scooter Review: 2014 Flux Mopeds EM1 Electric Scooter

August 18, 2014

This weekend, I had a chance to take a Flux Mopeds EM1 electric scooter out for an extended test ride. This is the 2014 model, which features a few upgrades from their previous version, including a higher voltage battery pack, regenerative braking, and improved motor control. Overall, this is a very likable vehicle. The scooter [...]

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Plywood Transmission Adapter Plate

August 13, 2014

I know what you are thinking, and NO it’s not the permanent or final version… I’ve always liked working with full-scale models, templates, and mock-ups. While CAD (cardboard aided design) is often my first go-to, plywood is even better when something structural is needed. I really wanted to start figuring out what I needed to [...]

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SuperTruck: Bell-Housing

August 12, 2014

Yesterday, I got to tinker with the transmissions some more for my diesel-electric hybrid truck project. Not having actually DONE any transmission work before means that this is all pretty new to me. However, since I took the Mercedes transmission apart, it made working on the Chevy S-10′s T5 transmission that much easier. Only four [...]

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SuperTruck: Mercedes Manual Transmission

August 7, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I made a trip up to a salvage yard several hours drive away. The reason why is that I finally found a manual transmission that would match my diesel engine out of the 240D. My original concept for the “SuperTruck” hybrid was to mate up the old 4-cylinder diesel to [...]

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Salvaging Lithium

August 5, 2014

  Today, I was trying to get some cleanup done in my garage. It’s pretty hard to work on a hybrid truck or electric car when the garage is packed pretty solid with junk (although cool junk), camping equipment, and yes, even dead electric car batteries. The Mitsubishi iMIEV batteries have been kicking around for [...]

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