25
Apr

Radiator / cooling system

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Here is the cooling fluid filler inlet that I machined custom for this situation.

The main issue was to secure a hose barb fitting to this radiator inlet. The original radiator cap was on a remote reservoir that I am not using so I needed a compact alternative. As per usual, I had to make it. The gold cap has an O-ring seal. The temperature peaks will not be anything like the original ICE type levels, so will need much less accommodation for thermal expansion.

20
Apr

What I’ve been up to

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Here is what I have spent my time on in the last couple weeks, confirming things, discovering swapped wires, burning up a few wires…  But all is shaken out now and all but the Air conditioning has been fired up and tested.

The first real world test… I pressure washed the car then opened up the hood to inspect the water presence. All electrical zones, including this cavity were bone dry, the gutters and drains all worked nicely.

25
Mar

Vehicle wiring / Control Center

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Here is a look at the quantity of signals that are involved with my electric drive system. 

I didn’t hold back; I even embedded wiring for monitoring energy and heat transfer, for “data mining” to fully understand the system details for further refinements. 

Also included is the LED RGB bus that runs front to back for special lighting purposes.

25
Feb

Water Runoff Management

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Another little detail that I took care of to keep the motor compartment dry. The cowling below the windshield is where the intake air comes into the interior, it also needs to deal with water that can come in at any time from rain or washing.

I machined this pair of “downspouts” from ABS block to replace the original gray rubber flap design (image below, bottom right) that simply dribbled water into the engine compartment.

Tubing that slides onto these barbed fittings route the water down and through the new bottom pan to keep the inside of the motor compartment completely dry and clean.

25
Feb

Aerodynamic Drag Reduction

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For an incremental reduction in aerodynamic drag, here is the main bottom pan in place.

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