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1973 Leyland Mini S to EV Conversion
#1
It's time, EV TIME! 
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It's taken a while to find a jumping off point but here she is! 

Shes a 1100cc 1973 Clubman Mini not driven since the early eighties. Some rust on the rear left side of the valance, and an older repair around the top left door hinge. Other than those spots and surface rust it's got a great floorpan, boot and very rust free given its age. 

It comes with a motor with a blown head or head gasket and it is removed and in pieces. Not a deal-breaker because EV! but I'll rebuild to sell off to recoup some monies.

What do you all think?


First thoughts to upgrade the look - Clean it up and clear coat it, add some whitewall tires, powder coat the rims dark brown & add a power logo/icon on the roof either ghost painted on or a wrap! 

 



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awesome Pete!!!!!!!
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#3
Many hours of eBay 'research' and my budget has doubled Tongue

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Still, shopping figured I'd start with eBay and work backwards to recommended sellers
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#4
18650 packs? Wink
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(01-29-2020, 09:43 AM)frnandu Wrote: 18650 packs? Wink

I have considered it however laptop batteries aren't high drain. There are a few options - i like tesla batteries best as they will fit quite well with their profile and shape.
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#6
Maybe Nissan Leaf/e-nv200 modules are better suited?
- Less volatile chemistry, but at the expense of energy density
- better passive cooling(?), no need(or possibility) of liquid cooling
- smaller individual modules, more space efficient when stashing into various nooks like fuel tank space, around the motor, under the seats, etc.
- more BMS choices

Care to shed some light on what you're aiming for, in terms of performance, range, 2nd life batteries? Hot rod or something more practical?
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#7
Nice one Pete... This'll be fun to watch, are you planning on filming your progress? :-)
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#8
Oddball here. Have you got a chassis weight goal? What does it weigh now? Are you building for comfort or milage? Light wheels and tires are always a big and easy savings. Trade all interior items for a couple of fiberglass race seats on light brackets. These are items I would have on my hunt down/wish list. What type of motors are you planing?
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#9
Just dropping in quickly to upload some more detailed photos, many more to follow. I'll get to all the comments above after some family time Smile 

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#10
One word: N I C E .
I have the same idea with a fiat 126, good luck, i will follow this one with a close eye.
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