ICE Breaker - converting a 1967 split to electric drive

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mocking up the fan/rad support bracket in one of the two 'cooling cabinets' :)
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fan/rad support bracket in place... still to come are the side panels that will seal the 'cooling cabinet' and some splash protection for water thrown up by the rear wheels (we've taken the precaution of using IP67 fans and will use boots on the light fittings).

The basic idea is that cooling air will be sucked in from the slots on the side of the bus, travel down through the radiator (not fitted in the photos), through the fan, and finally exit via the hole behind the rear wheel. At this time we've no real idea how much/little cooling the electrical systems require so this is an experiment to say the least :wink:
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If you'd like to see the bus or talk about electric drive, I'll be at the Fully Charged Live show in June 8)

https://www.ssvc.org.uk/phpbb/viewtopic ... 0&t=121683

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3D printing the prototype water pump mounting brackets... another great example of open source and design sharing 8)
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Zero EV (here) have just announced a LSD for the small Tesla drive unit... not something I will fit initially but with ~350HP available it might be needed when I step on the gas at Santa Pod :D
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Frame for twin chargers and HVJB ready for mounting under the rear seat :)
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Loving the updates Kevin - one question - HVJB???? High Voltage Junction Board?? - total guess - hahahahaha:)

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ted698 wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 11:14 am
Loving the updates Kevin
Many thanks, hopefully people find it useful :)
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one question - HVJB???? High Voltage Junction Board?? - total guess - hahahahaha:)
Sorry, we just love acronyms in the tech world :lol:

"HVJB" is the High Voltage Junction Box and we have two in the Bus (one in the front and one in the back). The HVJB's distribute the High Voltage (nominaly 375V) to the components that use it such as the battery, motor, charge port, etc.

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Change of plan on the cooling... I found a couple of CSF Drag Race Radiators which at 14.5" x 10" x 3.5" (~6" with fan fitted) are a good fit for the 'cooling cabinets' 8)

Will be a shame to have such beautiful items out of sight :D

http://csfrace.com/the-king-cooler/
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Heated windscreens arrived today :D More information in this thread;

https://www.ssvc.org.uk/phpbb/viewtopic ... 53#p912253

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I'm reusing the steering wheel/column and switchgear from a 1980's Rolls-Royce. Includes 'gear' selector and cruise control for the Tesla drive unit and supports wide range of steering wheels including heated 8)
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Unbelievable...

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JonnyCJ wrote:
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Unbelievable...
Yeh, I sometimes pinch myself that this is now possible with OEM parts :)

I heard yesterday that a colleague has been commissioned to convert five Bay Window Vans to electric drive so it's clearly moving into the mainstream 8)

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I sit back and watch in awe...

Me - I’m happy if I can fit IRS and swap over tinware :roll:

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Great thread, thanks for all the updates. First thing I look for during my morning coffee break.

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