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Throttle Back

March 19, 2014

Recently, I began experiencing hiccups in the main drive power stream. My console display indicated the motor current was randomly spiking up and down, even when I tried to hold a steady cruising speed. The motor also started fluttering during slow acceleration in low gear. After perusing the EV forums, I decided my throttle had […]

Getting Good Console

March 18, 2013

Here is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 seven inch tablet that I picked up from Best Buy at a $20 discount. It was a backlogged holiday husband gift that I finally redeemed after 3 months. As you can see above, I am setting up the Android Torque app per the instructions on the Ewert Energy […]

Torque My Console

February 25, 2013

I’m having lots of fun driving the little electric 914 around town – to work, to the store, to meetings, to visit friends, to movies and to restaurants. I always daydreamed about converting a gas vehicle to electric, but I never thought it would actually come to pass. I’m growing accustomed to the novelty, but […]

Play It Cool

July 12, 2012

These brackets on the driver side of the engine bay played an important role in their previous life by supporting the relay board. The board will no longer be needed, but the brackets are perfectly suited to support the liquid cooling system for the Curtis controller. Another bonus is that the original engine electrical harness […]

Blades of Glory

June 26, 2012

When the wiring harness was refurbished and replaced, the original fuse panel was swapped out for a new JWest Engineering upgrade. The old Bosch type torpedo fuses can now be updated to modern and convenient blade fuses. The shot above shows the original fuse box sitting on the floor, and the underbelly of the new […]

Junk in the Trunk

April 5, 2011

Behold the classic Porsche 914 rear deck.  Like the front hood, the coiled metal springs were replaced with pneumatic air springs.  While the installation on the front lid was pretty easy, the rear trunk lid required some cutting and drilling.  Hopefully I can give enough detail and some suggestions for a satisfying install. . Pictured […]

Power at Your Fingertips

March 28, 2011

This is a followup to the window motor install, focusing specifically on wiring the window toggle switches.  Finding the relevant schematic in the manual from SPAL was a little perplexing; much like trying to decipher the menu at Barney’s Beanery.  It aggregates wiring diagrams for several different window motor kits into one manual, with instructions […]

Incandescent to LED

February 5, 2011

As you might suspect, designing an electric car includes eliminating every little possible drain on the batteries.  A good place to start is replacing all of the light bulbs, top to bottom.  The entire car will run low wattage LEDs (except for the headlights), and will save valuable electrons – especially when night driving.  Above, […]

The Red Shoes

July 30, 2010

Here are the disc brake calipers for all four wheels, resting in the box I used to carry them home from Otto’s Porsche in Venice.  I hired Otto’s to rebuild the brakes because they have way more experience than me, and they also have a bead-blaster to get them spotlessly clean.  After blasting, the metal […]

Check the Bling

June 26, 2010

    The lettering above will replace the stock “914 1.8L” lettering on the rear fascia. This will be one of the rare deviations from a perfectly stock restoration (aside from an electric motor, of course). These plates took almost 3 months to arrive.  I stood in line at 7am for an hour to collect […]