From the monthly archives:

May 2013

SuperTruck: Fitting Engine & Tranny

May 27, 2013

Nothing quite like trying to fit together two things that were never meant to go together! I mean, I know it CAN be done, I’m just not sure how… I spent some time in the garage today trying to get my Hybrid Truck diesel engine and manual transmission to fit together. I already loaded both […]

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So THAT’S how a clutch works!

May 22, 2013

Later this week, I’m planning on dragging all my SuperTruck project parts (engine, tranny, other tranny, bell-housing, OTHER bell-housing, clutch, flywheels, etc, etc.) over to show to Hot Rod Jim. Jim made the adapter plate for my Geo Metro, based on the oily tagboard tracing I gave him, and also helped out chopping the motor […]

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Redneck Battery Lifter

May 16, 2013

I found myself today to be terribly frustrated. That is, until I took the Redneck approach to battery upgrades! Spring is finally here and the grass is growing…. FAST! Last week, I mowed, and could tell that my old electric riding lawn mower battery pack was getting old. I couldn’t mow for more than 15 […]

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SuperTruck: Clutch and the Milwaukee Electric Car Club

May 12, 2013

I was down at the Milwaukee Makerspace today, as the second Sunday of the month is Electric Car Club meeting today. It was also Mother’s Day, so I woke up early to make from-scratch waffles for my wife, before sneaking off to play with cars and batteries. Tom L. was there with his Electric El […]

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Charging the eLIMO

May 8, 2013

I recently got to have a bit of fun charging somebody else’s EV. Nope, not a Leaf or a Volt…. A Ford E350! It’s not very often I have a 13-passenger van roll into my driveway WITHOUT any internal combustion engine noise! A little while back, Dr. George Corliss of Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) called […]

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I-MIEV Battery Pack Air Cooling

May 5, 2013

Since I’ve been shooting a number of YouTube videos about the flood-damaged Mitsubishi i-MIEV, I’ve starting getting REQUESTS from viewers. Things like “Hey, can you show us how the Fast Charge port works?” A commenter yesterday was asking about the location of the cooling fan for the battery pack. I could have just written a […]

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How to build an electric car, REALLY

May 3, 2013

One of the most questions I get is “How do I build an electric car?” Um, could you be a little more specific? That’s a bit like asking “How do I build a house” or “How do we put a man on the moon?” Well, it’s a lot of small steps… So, why don’t you […]

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