Back end of CorvairConversion BeginsEngine CompartmentCockpitMotor MountedThrottle configurationFront BatteriesMotor Mount
OwnerBill LaRiviere
LocationBirmingham, Alabama US map
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Vehicle1964 Chevrolet Corvair Spider Convertible
4 speed manual transmission.
Motor HPEVS - AC50-1 1- or 2-Phase AC
I chose to go with the ac system
due to
the amount of hills in my area.
I am
hoping to capture some of the
energy on
the down hill slopes to help
with the
range.
Drivetrainyes
ControllerCurtis 1238-7501
Rated to 108v with cutoff at
122v. I will
be running at 96v.
Batteries8 C & D Technologies Powerware 12500, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
Decided on powerware battery
based on
talking to someone who had used
them with
great success. It also reduced
the
battery weight by over 400lbs.
System Voltage96 Volts
Charger HF PFC3000
AC Charger
HeaterPTC Heater Core
DC/DC ConverterElcon 96VDC Nominal Input
Operating voltage 84-120V
InstrumentationCurtis 840 Display
Top SpeedNot tested yet.
Watt Hours/Mile350 Wh/Mile
I am using 350 Whr/Mile for
calculations.
Seating CapacitySeating capacity is two adults in
front
bucket seats, and three small to
medium
bodies in the back bench seat.
TiresPirelli 195/70-14 P4 All Season
Radials
that are low rolling resistance.
Conversion Time9 Months, due to Electro-
Automotive.
Extensive delay for motor
adapter.

Many interesting hours learning
a lot
about cars, welding, painting.
Conversion Cost?
Additional FeaturesBluetooth device for streaming radio, and phone
conversations from Android phone.


Load shocks model: Monroe 58263
2Aug2010 - Electric conversion parts
received.
Now I
need to work on electronic parts and where
they will
reside. I am working on battery racks.
Another fun
process, in that I am learning how to
weld. I
originally
wanted to keep the internal pieces as
original
looking as
possible. I have seen some different mods
that look good
that I am thinking about.

12Sept2010 - Engine has been removed and
battery brackets
are welded in place. Controller, DC-DC
controller,
Battery charger mounted. I struggled with
the
throttle,
but made necessary parts as a link and all
is
installed
and wired.
Fortunately the Curtis gauge fit in the
dash
for the
Spyder guage cluster. Unfortunately the
cable
from the
controller to the gauge is too short, so I
will have to
extend it. Minor problem.

27Sept2010 - Low voltage wiring is
complete.
I have
installed the inertia switch and Emergency
Off
switch.
The Emer Off switch is located next to the
accelerator
pedal. There is no mistaking it, a big
red
button in
front of black carpet. My next hurdle is
to
figure where
and how I want to mount the plug for the
battery charger,
mount the inertia switch, install the
dash.
Once that is
complete, I will be ready for batteries.
That
may take a
while. I will start with five batteries
to
get the wires
from front to back installed, and the
wiring
for the
controller and battery charger.

31Dec2010 - I had to modify the battery
racks
for the
change in direction on battery selection.
I
have
installed the batteries and finished off
all
the wiring.
HV and LV wiring complete. First test,
was,
well funny.
I powered up, and the controller was not
programmed for a
Corvair (reverse rotation engine). You
got
it, first
gear, a little gas, and backwards I went.
Well, I had to
get it out of the garage, so down the
street I
went. I
was in reverse, driving forward. I have
changed the
wiring on the controller to tell it the
motor
should be
in
reverse. I now had to start on the
suspension. The
tires
rubbed when I turn. I have installed some
coil spring
helpers for now, ordered new shocks. I
have
driven it up
the road in forward gears, and have found
another bug.
The clutch is not releasing. Problem,
yes.
But she is
alive now.

May 2011 - Well the new direction for
batteries did not
work out. I did not do my homework on the
battery that
was suggested, and it cost me. Lesson
learned. New
shocks for a 1972 Monte Carlo, clutch
fixed,
ammeter,
and new tachometer installed. Off she
goes,
quietly
cutting into
the wind. She gets alot of looks on the
road.
Fun to
drive.

July 2011 - I have returned the batteries
due
to lack of
range, and am going to
put 16 6volt golf cart batteries in. I am
wanting to get
at least 240ah batteries to get me closer
to
the 40 miles
per charge I have as a goal. She is
parked
for now, batteries and hold downs in the
spring.

12 April 2012 - New Interstate 125xc
batteries
purchased locally. Still fun to drive. I
hope to get out soon to do some range
testing.


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