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    Thread: What Non-EV Vehicle Would You Want A Shop To Electrify?

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      08-13-2019 10:12 PM #1
      It can be old or new. But follow Rule #1 and you must post a picture of it and why. For me, it would be a 64' Impala Lowrider. Reason? It'd be sick!

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      08-13-2019 10:24 PM #2
      Any small sports car. Saab sonnet, MGs, bugeyed sprites, lotus Europa, etc. Wouldnt want 400 miles of range and an additional 1k pounds, but maybe 100 miles and keep as much weight off as possible while dramatically increasing HP and tq.

      Also, 60's Lincoln's and caddys.
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      08-13-2019 10:27 PM #3
      1990's Ghibli.

      Would make sense too, it would probably be cheaper and less complex than keeping that TT V6 going

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      08-13-2019 11:02 PM #4
      As much as I’m enamoured by the idea, I think for as often as I’d actually drive a classic car (ie not every day) it wouldn’t make sense to put money into electrifying it. Part of the appeal is the sound & rumble of the engine, after all.

      I’d consider doing it to a more recent car with a blown or money-pit engine. Even IMS-failed 9x6s aren’t a common find anymore though (most have been retrofit at clutch change). RX-8 with poor compression maybe? There isn’t even novelty to saving a Focus with a failing DCT as Ford already did their own electric Focus.

      Maybe a cheap Nissan Titan or Armada since their 5.6s guzzle so damn much. Cayenne? FX 35/45?

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      08-13-2019 11:12 PM #5
      I am currently looking into what would need to be done in order to make my 94 Golf electric. I have been putting off making a decision on replacing the engine after I dropped a valve. Now seems like a good time to play with electricity.
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      08-13-2019 11:22 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by NeverEnoughCars View Post
      I am currently looking into what would need to be done in order to make my 94 Golf electric. I have been putting off making a decision on replacing the engine after I dropped a valve. Now seems like a good time to play with electricity.

      Quote Originally Posted by Mike! View Post
      As much as I’m enamoured by the idea, I think for as often as I’d actually drive a classic car (ie not every day) it wouldn’t make sense to put money into electrifying it.

      Checkout what EV West says they do for customers. They aren't taking apart minty classics but cars without engines usually in rough condition. They are many times saving bodies from getting tossed.

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      08-14-2019 12:18 AM #7
      I think it would be pretty cool to take one of the lame non-VTEC del Sols and retrofit it as a 200hp RWD EV. The S and Si models really didn't have any collector value like the B16A DOHC VTEC ones. An aftermarket brake kit or even Integra brakes would take care of stopping power, any old 15x7s would give you the ability to run a decent enough tire, any old coilover kit or just a decent spring & shock kit and the RWD EV setup. You could have the electrics at the rear and maybe split the battery pack between the front and rear to get decent weight balance.



      I think it would work and be fun. Like a baby Tesla Roadster.

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      08-14-2019 01:15 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Tommietank View Post
      It can be old or new. But follow Rule #1 and you must post a picture of it and why. For me, it would be a 64' Impala Lowrider. Reason? It'd be sick!

      Then you can run the batteries down with the hydros!

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      08-14-2019 02:38 AM #9
      A shop near me is currently transplanting Tesla power into a Porsche 997 and a Gallardo.

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      08-14-2019 07:22 AM #11
      International Scout, Jeep Willys Wagon, 60's Ford Bronco/Chevy Blazer/GMC Jimmy.

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      08-14-2019 07:31 AM #12
      Electrifying classic cars will be a huge market in the next 5-10 years.

      It is Pro Touring taken one step further. Imagine a 10 second '69 GTO that is quiet, comfortable and efficient?

      I know the sound is a large part of the muscle car experience, but it is not the only part of it, and as the "speedy" muscle cars get beat at the stop lights by kids in a silent Toyota, people will start converting.

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      08-14-2019 09:44 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Karl_1340 View Post

      I know the sound is a large part of the muscle car experience, but it is not the only part of it, and as the "speedy" muscle cars get beat at the stop lights by kids in a silent Toyota, people will start converting.
      This is why EV trucks can't get here soon enough. The day EV trucks start taking coal rollers to Gapplebees, it wont be cool anymore to roll coal all while getting 8 mpg.
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      Because they're cool and I like them, but there wasn't really anything "unique" about their engines to justify keeping it. Just the boxy, utilitarian, solid, rear wheel drive wagon shape.
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      08-14-2019 09:56 AM #15
      As much as I like the noise of my aircooled flat 4, I'd EV swap my super in a heartbeat. Having the instant torque and speed would be awesome in that little car.

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      08-14-2019 10:10 AM #16
      I trailer it to any of the fun places it goes, the woods would be quieter, my passenger seat would be quieter about the leaking gas smell, and instant all-the-torque.


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      08-14-2019 10:25 AM #17
      I want to go to EV West and get my old Comet converted to Tesla power...



      I want the style, but the power and silent luxury of the electric drivetrain. In fact I'd probably do it to the convertible version as having a convertible EV would be fun. The Comet is only 2400lbs in stock form, so with the EV conversion, it'd probably still be under 3000 lbs. So even a basic Tesla drivetrain would be quick and should get decent range.
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    19. 08-14-2019 10:26 AM #18
      DMC Delorean: bad engine to start with and was mostly electric in BTTF.

      https://www.elmofo.com.au/electric-delorean-dmcev


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      08-14-2019 10:33 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by NoGrip61 View Post
      DMC Delorean: bad engine to start with and was mostly electric in BTTF.
      Ooh, I like this idea.

      Anyone doing it not in the Upside Down?

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      "Like a fine Detroit wine, this vehicle has aged to budgetary perfection"

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      08-14-2019 10:36 AM #21
      AWD Tesla Model 3 motors for some real performance I feel would do this car justice more than any of its non-RSI drivetrains ever did.

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      08-14-2019 10:39 AM #22
      I like this a lot:

      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post


      Because they're cool and I like them, but there wasn't really anything "unique" about their engines to justify keeping it. Just the boxy, utilitarian, solid, rear wheel drive wagon shape.

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      08-14-2019 11:10 AM #23
      1965 Buick Riviera. It'd make my perfect classic car for my dream Palm Springs MCM home, alongside another luxury EV (all powered by a PV array and storage battery, of course).

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      08-14-2019 12:10 PM #24
      I'm considering electric for my 69 beetle. Wild general estimates are 3k for a good vw engine, 3k for a Subaru, or 5k+ for a junkyard diy electric build.

      Almost entirely off topic, but if you put tesla bits in a 69 beetle/bronco/continental, do you get to use superchargers? Do you register as the tesla that you scrapped?

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      08-14-2019 12:16 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Tommietank View Post
      This is why EV trucks can't get here soon enough. The day EV trucks start taking coal rollers to Gapplebees, it wont be cool anymore to roll coal all while getting 8 mpg.
      This will be the true EV tipping point.

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