The Journey!

The journey through my conversion. As I do more to the machine, I learn more about mechanics, electrics and more.

The grin returns

The grin returns

Airing on the side of caution I did my test. Interesting how you get wise to things and the term 'flying test bed' comes to mind when I thnk about what I did. Instead of making metal framing to ... Read On...
 

the grin was short lived...

I tried to mow the lawn in June. One of the batteries (the 12 volt one) fried, it literally boiled dry. My chief technical advisor advised that it was probably a fault in the battery that caused it. ... Read On...
 
Static Testing

Static Testing

The Emow project still brings in new surprises for me. It was raining yesterday and I was bored. So I went into the garage to tidy up and sort things out and I got to thinking. Hmm, how long ... Read On...
 

Project Complete!

This is a strange entry to write. It is done, finished, ready! After weeks (months) of thinking, planing, cutting, welding, screwing, unscrewing, screwing, wiring, and finger crossing, Emow is ... Read On...
 

The EV Grin

No one warned me... I read on other blogs about the high, but nothing can prepare you.... I flipped the switched, I drove emow from the shed and it was such a buzz. I drove around the garden ... Read On...
 
Power turned on

Power turned on

Today was filled with deep joy and deep despair I learned the true meaning of the phrase 'For a ha'penny of tar'. I collected all the parts yesterday, the shaft extender is now complete. But when ... Read On...
 
Well, the paint job is done!

Well, the paint job is done!

It only consists of about 12 wires but the wiring has taken more than two solid days. The main reason being my paranoia at getting it right. With the circuit being provided by brother Stewart who ... Read On...
 
Getting Close

Getting Close

The battery tray is now complete. Much swearing and muttering whilst drilling steel. This weeks learned skill was drill sharpening. Bought a cheap machine from Bunnings, but it did the job. I ... Read On...
 
Batteries, Batteries, They're Everywhere! - June 2012

Batteries, Batteries, They're Everywhere! - June 2012

This week has seen a lot of progress. With the help of the collective minds of Waikato Bearings we created the solution for extending the drive shaft on the new motor to accommodate the electric ... Read On...
 
The build begins (at last) - June 2012

The build begins (at last) - June 2012

This week the pace of work has increased. I spent last weekend testing, charging and testing the batteries as an array. I got some 160amp cable and created some connecting cables, wired them up ... Read On...
 
New Begining - May 2012

New Begining - May 2012

I am sorry I haven't written for a while, as with many of us, life got in the way. There have been a few developments since I last wrote. I now have all but one of the components I need to make ... Read On...
 
Under the hood - Feb 2012

Under the hood - Feb 2012

As I am still waiting for a delivery from the USA, I have decided to put my newly relearned 'Skill' in welding to use to build the battery frame. This will support the batteries in the old engine bay ... Read On...
 
Welding 101 - Jan 2012

Welding 101 - Jan 2012

When I was sixteen I did an awful lot of ‘night school’ classes, car maintenance, Welsh and welding to name a few. Fast forward 31 years… I know enough about car maintenance to know the number for my ... Read On...
 
Seems like an interesting project - Nov 2011

Seems like an interesting project - Nov 2011

I am not sure myself how I decided to do this. A combination of rising fuel prices, the noise when I mow my lawns, the challenge of the project, I really don’t know. That being said, as I type this ... Read On...