EngineBad crimp
OwnerAndrew J Kasznay
LocationMiddletown, Connecticut United States map
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Vehicle1980 Ford Pinto
Give away. Friend attempted to reclaim Car (painted, fixed interior, new brake lines. ETC) Determined engine wasn't worth redoing so deal was worked out to convert to Electric.
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC
Drivetrain4 Speed Standard, no clutch
ControllerCurtis 1231C-8601
That annoying hum at low power but works well
Batteries12 US Battery US 12VXC, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerQuick Charge sco14410
First unit had a problem (hummed loudly, never fully charged the batteries, and then stopped charging at all) Replacement has been fine.
HeaterWife's converted hair dryer (Which proceeded to burn up) Replaced with 1kw 240v scrap heater core wich at voltage consumes ~600W Added 200W aux heater. Still cold in this 20deg weather even with preheating car in garage.
DC/DC ConverterMeanwell sp-300 13.5
Found Scrap - Not large enough for all 12V loads I expect to add another one (have several). First one bit the dust 8/2010
InstrumentationShunt on battery , System voltmeter, 12 voltmeter
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
Range40 Miles (64 Kilometers)
Only regularly drive it ~15 miles
Batteries do not have the original range
EV Miles
Start:67,750 Miles (109,009 Kilometers)
Current:69,625 Miles (112,026 Kilometers)
Total:1,875 Miles (3,016 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight2,650 Pounds (1,204 Kilograms)
Conversion Time6 mo +
Conversion Cost~ $7K
Additional FeaturesNo more exploding gas tank....
The pictures on the site are during the build process. The overall picture was when we were trying to get the car to ride flat with the appropriate amount of spring reinforcement in the back for the added weight. Top Picture is current

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