As some of you may recall, I have a raspberry iMiEV which I had purchased through an auto auction with "Water Damage".
It turned out that the car only had 50 miles on it, but it was at the Staten Island Mitsubishi dealership when SuperStorm Sandy came through.
I did a little work on the car, such as removing the battery pack - and the Atlantic Ocean fell out....
Unfortunately, all the electronics in the car are shot. I took a look at some other auto auctions for damaged iMiEVs that could use a new body, but the ones that I found were always oddly high priced.
The body on this car is nearly perfect.
I've sold a few parts off of it, namely the wheels/tires, and a few interior plastic panels.
I also tested the motor using an external 240V variable frequency drive and was able to get the motor to spin, although it drew more current than we thought it should. I'm not sure that the VFD was exactly the right type for the car or not. For example, I don't know how well (or not) one designed for an induction motor would drive a PM motor...
As it is, the car is sitting in my driveway (along with too many other project vehicles....) Also, I'm trying to rebuild my garage. Which means I need as much stuff OUT of my garage and driveway.
This past Thanksgiving, I bought myself a nice used white iMiEV, and have been loving that. Theoretically, if I ever get in a fender-bender, I have a spare set of fenders (and any other parts I would need!)
My brother in Las Vegas just bought an iMiEV too.
So, I'm trying to figure out what to do with this "parts" iMiEV.
1) Keep it. Lots of nice parts, and it's not really worth selling anyways.
2) Sell it to one of you. Anyone want to buy an entire iMiEV?
3) Strip it of doors, hatch, fenders, etc and store those. Drag the shell to a junk yard.
4) Donate it. There are tax deductible "donate your car" programs that will accept cars in any condition, working or not. The car might be worth more as a tax deduction than an anything else.
5) Build the world's nerdiest camping trailer from it, and tow it with my running iMiEV.
6) Other? What else could I do with it?
The other issue is that the key is corroded into the ignition. I can't unlock the steering. Makes it hard to push around in my driveway. I'm pretty sure that I could at least unlock the steering when I first had it. It's easy to get at the transmission under the car and manually put it into neutral.
Your input needed! Please give me some suggestions here.