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1973 Leyland Mini S to EV Conversion
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(02-27-2020, 06:04 AM)hbpowerwall Wrote: Been looking at this option

Given the Honda D Series engine bolts in to this frame it would be super easy to use the Honda Gearbox for extra strength and bolt in swap (well kinda) 
Thanks ERBU

Yeah, there's a ton of different ways people are doing it. I've thought about using the mini gear box, but I don't have any CAD skills to design a vertical mounted adapter plate & coupler. I also wasn't sure about what to do with the oil in the gearbox. Since the motor & transmission shares oil, do you just leave oil in there and close it up?

The person with that pick up truck conversion is on the diyelectriccar.com forum. I don't know if he's still active there. There are also one or two guys that are in the middle of their mini conversion in that forum.
https://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/sh...hp?t=67066

Did you see the install manual for that minitec subframe? There's a pdf link of it at the top of this page. It shows the cuts you need, but I'm not sure which cuts are needed for the sub frame vs cuts needed for the honda engine itself.
https://www.minimania.com/VTEC_Conversio...ion_Manual

Also, candian ev makes sells the adapter for the honda transmissions. It just comes down to cost & ease of buying + shipping vs having a local shop do it.
https://canev.com/product/honda-4-cylinder/

I'm excited to see which route you end up with. It'll be awesome either way! I'm really hoping I can find a suitable mini soon so I can start my project like you.
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Quote:Yeah, there's a ton of different ways people are doing it. I've thought about using the mini gear box, but I don't have any CAD skills to design a vertical mounted adapter plate & coupler. I also wasn't sure about what to do with the oil in the gearbox. Since the motor & transmission shares oil, do you just leave oil in there and close it up?

With the gearbox all you'd need to do is blank off the end with some tricky autocat *just downloaded it and the learning curve has started) stick the stock dip stick in and you're good to go. 


Quote:The person with that pick up truck conversion is on the diyelectriccar.com forum. I don't know if he's still active there. There are also one or two guys that are in the middle of their mini conversion in that forum.
https://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/sh...hp?t=67066

Spent quite some time on diy electric car, but it prompted me to reinstall an adblocker - The ads on diyelectriccar dot com make me want to cry - popup video ads should be reserved for porn sites. Moving on it's a great resource and there is some cool older projects i can draw inspiration from for sure. 

Quote:Did you see the install manual for that minitec subframe? There's a pdf link of it at the top of this page. It shows the cuts you need, but I'm not sure which cuts are needed for the sub frame vs cuts needed for the honda engine itself.
https://www.minimania.com/VTEC_Conversio...ion_Manual

Having a good look at the minimaina kit, not for this build but i'm thinking if this project gains tracksion on YouTube i'll be doing a van next and take everything I learn from this process to build the perfect conversion next time.

Quote:Also, candian ev makes sells the adapter for the honda transmissions. It just comes down to cost & ease of buying + shipping vs having a local shop do it.
https://canev.com/product/honda-4-cylinder/

I'm excited to see which route you end up with. It'll be awesome either way! I'm really hoping I can find a suitable mini soon so I can start my project like you.

Those adaptor plates are cheaper than having one designed so yet another awesome share bud THANK-YOU!
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#53
Who would have thought getting laid was frustrating... I guess I shouldn't have gone with the cheapest option.

But wait it was actually PREIUM molded carpet - unfortunately nothing molded or premium about the fit. 

First four photos are the front carpet - back fits fine.

Hopefully, the seller sent the wrong model carpet and we can get it sorted quickly. Not that I need carpet yet but it arrived first and needed to be fitted so figured why not. It won't be staying in the car till its complete. Had to remove the heater box to fit the carpet so also took the chance to remove the pedals & 70s AM Raido (That still works well) 

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At least you checked now instead of after it would of been too late to return/exchange them.
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@kori - yes, kinda why i've done it - finding out getting parts that actually fit as described is a touch harder on a 46yr old car.. lol 

In other news, front subframe is out and pressure washed ready to be stripped, blasted, powder coated & rebuilt with all new parts



Also found a neat piece of history under the bonnet reinforcing pieces. Was blasting with the leaf blower and it poked out a little - ended up being a 46yr old piece of paper from the factory that recorded defects in the paint. 

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