Monday, October 20, 2008

Vacuum Pump

I am still putting the motor back into the car, but I also ordered a Thomas Vacuum pump for the brakes. I found one on eBay for a steal at $98, so I bought it and hopefully it will be here end of the week. I will make up a vacuum chamber and get a vacuum switch so it's not running all the time. The pump only draws 4 amps, so it's a real minimal load, and runs on the 12 volt system so won't impact my traction pack.

This afternoon I am putting the motor back in. It's already lined up hanging on rope, but I was busy cleaning up the compartment and went off to visit relatives.


Dean said...

I stumbled upon your blog and just finished reading the entire thing from the beginning. You have made a lot of progress. Although I don't think I would even attempt to build my own controller I really want to try this EV conversion for myself. It sounds like an awesome project. I have worked on electric golf carts so I guess its similar to that.... just on a larger scale. The only part that I am having difficulty understanding is the adapter that you had made in order to allow you to connect the motor to the car's drive line. Is there a place you can buy prebuilt connectors or do you have to make a drawing and get a machine shop to make one?

Your posts have ALMOST convinced me to go out and try to find an old civic or something to that effect to try this on. I really should probably continue to read a little more before I go an do that though. lol

Anyways just thought I would say your doing a great job and I cant wait to read future posts on the progress.

David Harrington said...

Two places that sell motor adapters are EV of America and ElectroAutomotive. Since my car is an automatic transmission none of the companies out there would make a coupling or plates so I had to do it on my own. It was about $200 less than the prices of the EV suppliers, but it took months of work, so next time I make and EV I will probably just buy one.