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Hello everyone, I'm a newbe here, but have been visiting often. I built the Mother Earth electric G.T. years ago, and it ran quite nicely. The batteries were the biggest problem, not to mention the greatest weight. I mention this because someone here asked if anyone had ever done this crazy thing a few weeks ago and I finally got permission to speek - so to speek.
 

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I am presently reverting back to petrol - a V6 conversion to be exact. My secondary intention as I was building the electric was not to burn the bridge back to its original state, and I believe I have succeeded. I still have all the controls and drive train. The batteries sulfated and died after a couple of years, but I could drive it most anywhere within ten miles of my home. I reached 72 miles an hour once in it. I live in a rural location, and dogs kept walking out in the road in front of me. Unfortunately the only thing on the car that didn't work was the horn.
 

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If there are any photos around of your electric GT, I'll bet I'm not the only person who would like to see them. Also hear a little bit about what the conversion kit you used. If the price of gasoline keeps climbing we will all might be replacing the fuel tank with a battery bank.
 

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No conversion kit here. Started from scratch..didn't like the idea of a giant rheostat for a speed controller. Went solid state with parts from a place called Solar Car Corporation in Cape Canavoral, Fla. (no longer in business) I designed a system that allowed the use of the clutch, and I could also shift the gears. It made little difference, as I came to learn, which gear I took off in, or ran in. The 11 hp motor actually liked running in third best. The only advantage to keeping the clutch is that I could rev the motor and take off without spiking the amp meter. Yes I do have many photos, when I get them scanned, I will post them.
 

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Photos of Electric Opel G.T.

I hope these turn out o.k.
 

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Funny, I was just thinking about this mod a few days ago. I remember reading the article in Mother Earth news back before they became so commercialized. Seems like you used a landing gear motor out of a B17 or something like that? I'd like to see the photos again, Sorry to hear it is no longer a hybrid.
 

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Pictures of Electric Opel

Hope these pictures get through
 

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More Pictures of Electric Opel

This is how it looked back in 92' Forth of July parade
 

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Electric Opel

One more, and Yes, that is a 1969 Mustang brake rotor in the drive train of an Opel.
 

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MSn alternative fuel show off article

There was an article on the MSNBC site the other day about some sort of show off race of alternative fuel automobiles. The reason I bring it up is one of the vehicles was using banks of Lithium ion Laptop batteries. I think his entry was some sort of truck (versus GM High Wire and Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid.)
Pretty ingenius if you ask me, wish I could find the article. --wonder how many batteries he had????----LOTS----
 

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Plans or issue?

Can anyone tell me what issue this hybrid was featured in?

The plans are no longer available..Does anyone have a copy of the plans for sale?

Thanks in advance,

Mike
 

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Question about using a gas generator to increase the range. Would it be possible to install a small say 800-1000W 8.5-12 Amp gas generator in the engine compartment that charges the batteries while you drive to increase your drivin range. Reason being is that I have an opel body that i'm considering for this conversion, however I drive between 60 and 90 miles a day to and from work. I'd likely be able to charge it at work, but would still like to know that I can make it to town and home again on one charge.
 
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