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Electric Conversion
Posted by: appraiser ()
Date: March 13, 2019 06:41AM

I am planning on doing 66 Corvair electric drive conversion. I have had many Corvairs (can you say addicted?) and always wanted a high performance one. I have a couple of stock Corvairs now and have had 2 V8s and while fast, not as usable as I would like. I know GM did a conversion and have seen a couple on line. My goal is a 50-100 mile range. I tried to contact the gentleman in Florida who did ElectorVair 3 but no response.My plans are almost complete and I have leads on donor cars to convert. Anyone know who has done this before and how to contact them? I am over 70 and this is going to be my last big project due to physical limitations. Any help would be appriciated.
Larry in CT
AKA CarGuy

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Re: Electric Conversion
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: March 13, 2019 06:55AM

The electric Rampside guy Tim in La Cresenta, CA is very helpful.

[www.evalbum.com]

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Re: Electric Conversion
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: March 13, 2019 09:09AM

A company in Calif. has been converting VW bugs to electric. Faster than stock and they keep the manual transaxle. You can shift for fun, or just leave in gear around town if you don't want to shift. [www.zelectricmotors.com]

Considering the lower maintenance I can see electric conversions attracting the younger crowd to old cars.

With the growing number of electric cars with performance as good, or better, than gasoline cars the acceptance of electric cars is growing.



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Re: Electric Conversion
Posted by: wv-geo ()
Date: March 13, 2019 09:11AM

Here's a couple of sites that might help except they're on the wrong coast from you:

[www.ev4unow.com]

[www.e-volks.com]

Dan Stark
Hurricane, WV

1961 Lakewood 500, 80HP, PG
1964 Corvair 500 Coupe, 140HP, 4spd (Christine)
1965 Mustang Coupe, 6cyl, 3spd

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Re: Electric Conversion
Posted by: appraiser ()
Date: March 13, 2019 09:29AM

I've seen pictures of the Rampside. Extremely well done. I think it is for sale at $35,000!

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Re: Electric Conversion
Posted by: appraiser ()
Date: March 13, 2019 09:35AM

I see electrified classic cars as replacing restoration-mods. Resto-mods technology becomes outdated very quickly. A car covered to EV is simpler and the upgrades less often and easier to implement. I do not propose every classic car be electrified or resto-modded. Retaining the original configuration is historically very important. I have a 66 Corsa 140 convertible and it is just too nice to make any changes to it. I plan to keep it as-is. There is a place for everything in the hobby. I am excited to make the EVair a high performance example with decent range.

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Re: Electric Conversion
Posted by: appraiser ()
Date: March 13, 2019 09:37AM

Thanks, I will check them out. It was amazing that just about all of EV conversion firms here in the Connecticut area had disappeared. Would't be nice to have EV West do a EV Northeast!

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Re: Electric Conversion
Posted by: appraiser ()
Date: March 13, 2019 09:38AM

Thanks Dan. Will check them out.

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Re: Electric Conversion
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: March 15, 2019 07:32AM

These guys, Mind Drive have one nearly complete.

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible
1966 Custom two door/four door

KC0SKX
Olathe, ks
HACOA

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