|Location||San Lorenzo, California US map|
|Vehicle||1963 Ford Falcon |
|Motor||Netgain WarP9 Series Wound DC|
|Drivetrain||Ford Dagenham four speed transmission with Hurst shifter. Original drive line and rear end. No clutch.|
|Controller||Curtis 1231C 8601|
Squeals at low speeds, but works fine.
|Batteries||12 US Battery 12V XC, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
When I have a complete charge it is around 156 volts because each battery goes over 12 volts.
|System Voltage||144 Volts|
|Charger||Quick Charge 144 V|
Good solid charger for the money. Takes about 8 hours to fully charge my batteries on a 110 outlet.
|DC/DC Converter|| Battery Tender Jr.|
I wired in a battery tender that charges my auxillary battery while I charge my main pack.
|Instrumentation||I have a state of charge gauge from Westach that is similar to my voltage, but not exact.|
|Top Speed||75 MPH (120 KPH)|
No problem getting on the freeway and it cruises along pretty good. High speeds take the batteries down faster though.
|Acceleration||Feels like what I would imagine the six cylinder felt like. It's not a race car, but not a slug.|
|Range||30 Miles (48 Kilometers)|
I was hoping for more but we'll see how it does in the summer heat. Winter cold really does reduce range.
|Seating Capacity||4 adults|
|Curb Weight||3,440 Pounds (1,563 Kilograms)|
Car originally weighed right around 2500 lbs. The original 6 cylinder weighed 356 lbs.
|Tires||Bridgestones that came on the car when I bought it.|
|Conversion Time||I bought the car in April 2009 and had it on the road in Nov. 2009.|
|Conversion Cost||I spent about $8300 on conversion parts. Total cost about 10,000. I also wrote off the cost of the conversion on my taxes and got 10% of the conversion cost back.|
|Additional Features||I set up a watering system for the 8 batteries in the trunk so I can top them off without having access to them.|
|This is a fun car to drive around in. I'm really happy with the project and the overall results. Some day I hope to put in the Lithium Ion batteries, hopefully the technology keeps getting better for more range. Thanks to my Dad and brothers for the help putting it together. Thanks to Jim Ramos at American Battery in Hayward.|