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Thatís cool
And this is cheap to my mind, too far away, perhaps just as well!

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And this is cheap to my mind, too far away, perhaps just as well!

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That is a good buy for the Tesla motors/diff. Curious about their controller. That would work great in a IRS car like a Datsun Z...

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More bodywork. As much as I would like to do all of the painting myself, I just don't have a clean enough environment to spray the final base/clearcoat. I am doing all of the bodywork and priming. Here are some progress shots.
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Once the body filler was sanded to 180 grit, I followed up with glazing putty. Glazing putty is a basically a light-weight body filler that can be applied in a very thin and controlled coat. In the past, I have skipped the glazing putty step and had to put 3 to 4 applications of 2k primer on (3 coats each), most of which ended up on the floor in a pile of dust after all the blocking. The glazing putty allowed for fewer coats of 2k primer and less blocking.

Once it all is blocked out, it is wet-sanded up to 400 grit. At this point the primer almost takes on a sheen.
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Looking really nice!

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Throttle Bracket
Most EV conversions use some sort of potentiometer based throttle pedal. I am installing a Toyota Prius throttle. This "fly by wire" set up, connects the potentiometer in the pedal assembly to the motor controller. The programming of the controller can be altered to adjust variables like throttle sensitivity. In order to mount the throttle to the Alfa's firewall, I designed a simple adjustable bracket. I can adjust the angle of the pedal, the spacing between the brake pedal and center console and the distance from the firewall. I always felt that the 105 Alfas had an odd throttle pedal position, so I am taking this opportunity to make an improvement!
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It's been a while since my last post, but I have been busy with the project. The exterior is nearly done (need to source some nice chrome bumpers.) The front suspension was completely rebuilt with all new ball joints, tie rod ends, and Centerline performance springs. Fortunately, this car already had Koni Red shocks and adjustable upper control arms.

Pictured are the two battery packs located behind the seats. 14 Nissan Leaf modules in the rear, 24 in the engine compartment. The leaf batteries need to be mounted under compression, so I had some 1/8" aluminum plates water-jet cut with a snazzy logo. The packs are held together by 4 5/16 threaded rods. The unit is then bolted to the chassis. There will be a wooden upholstered cover that will keep hands and debris away from high voltage components.

Motor mount parts are being made by the machinist, more to come soon!
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Nice work! Can't wait for the next update... looking really great, congratulations.

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Love what you are doing with this project. I have some front bumpers if you are interested. They need the rear bracket and new stainless bits, but the main part and rubber is sound. I am in Australia, tho'.
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Love the project and the progress! My only minor critique has nothing to do with the EV: I am surprised you didn't add Carello headlight covers! Pretty easy to convert the USA buckets to fit inside and Alfa even left the studs there for the conversion!

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Love the project and the progress! My only minor critique has nothing to do with the EV: I am surprised you didn't add Carello headlight covers! Pretty easy to convert the USA buckets to fit inside and Alfa even left the studs there for the conversion!

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I like the headlight covers too. I would like to round up the parts to convert them eventually. I was told that you really need to "mold" the bodywork to the covers to make them fit well. I didn't do that, so hopefully they fit! Rich - I think I read an article about your shop in the Hagerty magazine - If that was you, congratulations!

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