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Old 02-04-2007, 05:13 PM   #411
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Old 02-04-2007, 05:48 PM   #412
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Very, very nice. I am properly impressed. You do make it look easy.
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Old 02-11-2007, 03:12 PM   #413
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Nothing to report this week/end. Didn't get a welder. The weather has put a serious crimp in my desire to do a quickie road test. And I have a cold.

Spent a little time looking for angle iron for battery trays. A free bed frame would be nice (though I know some EVers say "proper", thicker angle iron is preferred). Had a couple of leads through the local freecycle group, but nothing just yet.
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Nice job it looks like it's coming together! Any thoughts of mounting some batts in the rear for weight distrib?

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Yeah, definitely. Remember the batts we have are 6v, so those 4 in the front represent only 24v of our 48v goal. So we'll be putting 4 in the hatchback, or under the rear seat if there's enough room - we're thinking of making a batt box that extends down into the space that the gas tank will be vacating. Probably not enough room though.
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.. A free bed frame would be nice (though I know some EVers say "proper", thicker angle iron is preferred)...
Bed frame sounds perfect to me, good reuse of materials and plenty strong.
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Bed frame sounds perfect to me, good reuse of materials and plenty strong.
I did that once and learned afterwards to make sure the angle iron isn't plated with zinc or something before starting to weld; it can produce poisonous gases.
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Yes! I actually learned about that this summer when researching building my bicycle trailer (from zinc coated electrical conduit).

Breathing the fumes can give you "metal fever".

It's better done outdoors, with a good breeze. (Or not at all.)
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where abouts in easter ontario are you? ive got an old bed frame laying around. if you're not too far away i wouldnt mind seeing the forkenswift in exchange for the frames. i could bring my mig welder along too if need be.
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PM'd you, Nathan.
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