Oh boy oh boy oh boy the workshop has started and we have a great class of 10 who are already beginning to click together as a group. Broke our previous distance-traveled-by-a-student record (JJ from Florida in 2009) when we learned that current participant Ben hails from Albuquerque NM! I'm looking forward to introducing all the students in a later post but for now, just shots and impressions from Opening Day:
Desk interlude: preliminary paperwork, introductions, & a slideshow introduction to the process of EV conversion kept folks in their seats for most of the morning, but after that we had a lot of time up and around the Miata and the e-Van,
in which Bill had brought the Miata's Warp 9 motor!
So exciting that he is using the e-Van as transport & commuting to the workshop location!
The class gathers around the clutch/adaptor disk assembly
for an overview of the measurements & process by which the clutchless transmission is created.
The motor will mount to the transmission bell-housing shown here.
Next the low-voltage wiring to the vacuum pump & DC-DC converter had to have quick connects created, so there was stripping & crimping of wires to be done.
Another crew worked on securing the rear battery box in the trunk.
Placing the forward components.
Both groups were able to work simultaneously , yay! Good thing we have such a friendly crew!
By the end of the day we had successfully situated the vacuum pump/switch & DC-DC converter, installed the rear battery box, and resolved to add a structural member underneath to secure it. We also got a lead on a low-cost material to fashion a complete under-body cradle from-- this is optional, but will help protect our investment and also make the finished car more aerodynamic.
Did I mention oh boy?! More tomorrow!