On testing the loading on the batteries, could you just get a set of jumper cables and put your coat hanger load across the other ends of the cables, so that your not trying to hold anything with your hands?
Bill - actually, someone doing a 240 conversion inquired about it. And I agree - I would think a small pickup conversion would be an ideal candidate for this motor. Or a Volvo - had an inqury from a someone thinking of de-icing an old Volvo 240 wagon as well.
Gary - yup, that's how I did it. We may build a dedicated rig for load testing. Something we could put on a shelf, rather than a tangle of jumper cables & coat hangers...
Took a 35 minute break before lunch and aimed the torch at the frozen brake line nuts. Worked like a charm.
I got both brake lines off, and I've been to the parts store for the right number of new lines, nuts & unions to reassemble it.
We'll still be using the flare tool to re-use the forwardmost section of the original lines (because that area wasn't corroded, and has a bunch of jigsaw bends & turns in it that would be hard to duplicate).
38 bucks later... it'll take a trunkload of recycled batteries to recoup the cost of this repair!
This brings up something to me - maybe it's been asked before and I overlooked it - is it difficult driving without the power booster on the brakes? How do manufactured EV's overcome this? Do they use a non-assisted master cylinder that has a large diameter?
I heard from the prospective motor guy again tonight - sounds promising. But I'm not going to say another word about it until I have the cash. Don't want to jinx it.
It's supposed to rain tomorrow, so that would be good "garage" weather. I'd like to get the tranny oil leaks completely sorted out. Plus need to remove the e-motor and rotate it 90 degrees to get its terminals out of the way of the battery rack that will sit over top.
Once that's done, we can look at continuing with rack fabrication. Now that the welder is broken in, I'm eager.
And of course: drive it around the neighbourhood to "test" each little repair/mod