Thursday, August 11, 2016

Zilla and Warp9 forsale:

Plans change again. My son crashed his E46 (gas powered).  He bent the frame beyond repair.    Due to scheduling and things we really needed an extra car.  My plan was to buy a inexpensive overheated E46 and drop his engine in.  We shopped for a couple days but then I looked at my EV in the driveway.  It looked almost identical to the car he crashed.  So....

Yes you guessed it.  We pulled out the EV stuff and tossed in his motor and trans.  Had him up and running pretty quickly. 

Long story short my EV parts are forsale.

If someone wanted to come to the house and pick it up  I'd toss in some other EV bits I have.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fuel tank out

Not much to show. Saturday removed the fuel tank. My son refined the zilla to e46 interface some more. Has the status messages appearing on the radio now.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It lives...Again

Finished hooking up the zilla last night.
Connected the rpm sensor at lunch and took it for a little drive.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Déjà vu

Turns out my daughter claimed the red bmw as her ride. But later when it needed a new engine I bought another E46 that had a bad clutch.  Got it for only a little more than what a used engine cost.  So project car for me :-)

After doing some other projects, I finally took some time to work on the ev. The look is so familiar. Same parts, different car. Still need to mount the controller and do some wiring before it can drive.

Used steel for the battery racks this time.  Took too much work to weld Aluminum with my equipment.  Much quicker and easier for me with steel. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Been very bad about updating this blog.  The car has been driving around some as you can see in a few of the videos.  It is kind of a beat up chassis that have seen some hard times.  The dingy worn interior is getting to me.  I saw this forsale:

So I bought it.  A 2000 323i.  Might make a good EV.  I haven't seen it in person yet as I'm out of town at the moment.  Will be interesting to see if it is a good EV candidate.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

EV driving in my yard

I like this clip as in the grass the car is really quiet. Not sure why everyone worries about EV's being too quiet. A lot of car noise comes from the tires on the road or gravel.