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Drivetrain transplant

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:12 pm
by jray3
With a sub-50 kilomile car now on offer at $3995 (in Utah), our cars are worth more as parts than as working cars. Not necessarily a bad thing. I'd love to transplant a full set of i-innards into a classic small car such as my Karmann Ghia Cabriolet. We've seen a LEAF fully disassembled and functioning on a wall, then transplanted into another vehicle. Anyone attempted this with an I-MiEV? It would be a superior EV conversion to the usual Curtis AC51 retrofit costing $19k in parts alone........

Re: Drivetrain transplant

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:33 am
by Don
I think it would probably all fit quite well in a first generation Miata too . . . . and you can pick those up considerably cheaper than the Ghia's I'll bet . . . . but since you already own one and it's looking for a new drive train, why not?

We actually bought our first iMiEV when I was running the numbers for converting a Miata to a BEV. The completed Miata would have been very low tech compared to the iMiEV and doing it 'right' would have cost nearly as much back then when the iMiEV was about $23K after the tax credits. Why go to all that work for a car with no regen which would only go half as far when you could be driving a much higher tech car with A/C, power steering and regenerative braking?? I gave up on building my own from scratch then and there - Too little sugar for my nickel for sure! :lol:

You are oh so correct that transplanting the innards into anything interesting is soon to be a popular use for older iMiEV's. I can't wait to see what creative minds come up with!

Don

Re: Drivetrain transplant

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:11 pm
by JoeS
Thoughts regarding transplanting everything vs. just the drivetrain and trying to hack the MCU vs. trying to match a controller to our motor and, if so, which one?

Re: Drivetrain transplant

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:53 pm
by 1kaspars
I-miev + motorcycle...
They transplanted everything. Had problems, if there is no vacuum pump, ABS etc.

https://youtu.be/dKzkij3Gk-Y

Image

Re: Drivetrain transplant

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:55 am
by JoeS
1kaspars wrote:I-miev + motorcycle...
They transplanted everything. Had problems, if there is no vacuum pump, ABS etc...
1kaspars, thank you very much for linking us to this video. I'm afraid I need to see if I can find a Voice-->Text-->Translate (or a fluent friend). Too bad there is only a small amount of i-MiEV detail in the video showing off the finished product.

The image link didn't work for me, but copying the URL into a browser worked fine. It's a snapshot of the video at 3:57 showing the i-MiEV instrument cluster beautifully integrated into the housing just behind the steering. Here it is:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/yH5rRtTFiMYEmHP39

I don't know if he actually got the display to work.

All in all, a fantastic accomplishment IMO, and certainly right on topic with this thread!

Re: Drivetrain transplant

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:04 am
by 1kaspars
I'm afraid I need to see if I can find a Voice-->Text-->Translate
in youtube subtitle automatic translation (set to english) worked acceptably. There were no much technical info in Russian language also.