Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wheels are Turning!

We had a good-sized rainstorm this week, so I wasn't expecting Jerry to drop by. Imagine my surprise when he was waiting in the garage with a smile on his face. With the car still on jacks, he started it up and ran the wheels forward and backwards. It's only a matter of time before we'll have it on the road, now! A few finishing touches with the electrical system when Jerry is back in town and I'll put the seats and hoods back on and make a run.
Jerry had run into a few problems getting the controller to work and eventually called ElectroAutomotive. He actually spoke with Mike on the phone and Mike talked him through the wiring, so apparently the customer service of EA has improved. If anyone still checks out this blog, I hope to be on the road with the car in the next couple of weeks and will try to film the occasion (I don't have a movie camera at the moment, but this might be just the motivation I need to buy one).

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Could it happen?

As anyone who has been following this blog knows, it has been a bit dead in the water for some time now. So it's time for an update. Jerry the "Car Doctor", in a flurry of inspiration has made some serious ground on the car and hopefully it will be running in the next few days! I will keep you posted. He called me over the weekend and said, "Let's get the batteries and finish this." So the batteries arrived today and he loaded them in.
(I know the blog started out with easy instructions for the beginner and I apologize that I haven't had the time or talent to complete the job myself, but below are a few updated pictures).

This is the front with the charger folded up. Jerry plans to run the wire to the front behind a flip-up license plate to attach the charger.

This shows the charger folded down. The charger is very different than the one found in the EA instructions and was easier to install (according to Jerry)

And this is the rear loaded up with batteries. The suspension seems good. It's a little tight in the back with the replacement coils from EA. I can't wait to see how it runs. This blog now reminds me of an old comic strip someone had hanging up at their desk when I worked as a computer programmer. It showed a complicated flow-chart all leading to a step that said "A miracle happens" before getting to the finished program.