Three days ago, my dad cooked up an Excel spreadsheet that will help us keep track of the weight distribution as we add and remove parts. Basically, we will weigh each part we take out, and then measure how far back and how far to one side or the other the part is from the tip of the front bumper. Then all we do is add those measurements into the spreadsheet, and it adjusts the measurements I have from back when I had the car weighed on a set of racing scales. Here's a quick picture of the regular bathroom scale I'll be using.
So yesterday was actually the first day of taking the car apart. After a trip to Harbor Freight for jack stands and latex gloves, I got to work. I put the car up on the stands,
disconnected battery and the ignition coil,
removed the splash guard from underneath the front bumper,
took off the radiator fan,
and drained all the radiator fluid.
I filled up two 1 gallon cartons with the green car-juice. So far it's all been prep for the engine pull. Next I want to remove the exhaust system, because it looks like that will free up a lot more space in the engine compartment.
Hi, my name is Cory. I created this blog as a way to keep track of everything related to my electric car conversion project. The plan is to take a 1996 BMW Z3, take the internal combustion engine out, and replace everything with electrical components. Once finished, car has to be able to go 100 miles on a single charge, because my dad is going to drive it to work everyday. It also needs to be fast, so it doesn't get laughed at like other "golf cart" ev's, and finally, it needs to satisfy all of the requirements of my Senior Project, which means I have to finish it before I graduate High School in 2012. Let's get started.