OwnerJohn Foster
LocationVancouver, British Columbia Canada map
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VehicleDodge Omni
MotorPrestolite MTC 4001 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainStock manual 4 speed
ControllerCurtis 1231C
Batteries16 Trojan T-875, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage128 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3
120 VAC
HeaterPTC core and 12 Volt blower mounted under hood
DC/DC Converter
separate charger and auxiliary battery
Instrumentationonly a wind-up wristwatch on dash right now!
Top Speed87 MPH (139 KPH)
Accelerationabout 30 seconds!
Range40 Miles (64 Kilometers)
(mixed 50 MPH highway / hilly city driving
Seating Capacity1 adult, 3 kids and a baby
Curb Weight3,256 Pounds (1,479 Kilograms)
TiresHRR "mud and snow" tires pumped to 40 psi
Conversion Timeabout a month's work, done over a year
Conversion Cost$10k CAN including used car c/w motor etc.
Additional FeaturesLots of trunk space, especially with the rear seat removed. Good appearance of "solidity" for crash protection
This car was originally converted by "JML Electra Car" in 1980 as a new glider from Chrysler. They put in a nice motor, but in the crudest way possible. It has had several owners, I bought it from Roger Stockton, who gave lots of help and advice in fixing it up. I got the comm turned and balanced, stripped and cleaned oxidation off everything, changed to 8 Volt batteries, ditched the old SCR controller for a Curtis, and added fancy dancy things echewed in its first incarnation... like over-current protection. It's been quite reliable overall, getting the kids to school everyday, groceries and visits to the grandparents - anything we need except escaping the city. We've had lots of breakdowns, some from my workmanship, some from the low quality of the car, but it's a fun hobby. The 8 Volt batteries and 500 Amp controller make the car about as peppy as the original gas version, and are holding fine so far (two years) contrary to some other's experience. It's still a beater, long list of improvements to be made: from rust spots to finally finishing the instrumentation, to replacing a wobbly half shaft. Will I ever get around to making that "Soundulator" to make the thing go "Vroom" when I push the pedal? Well, the car's users never complain.

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