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Tesla Motor in DeLorean frame 2 Driveunit Mounted - Mounts for the Tesla drive unit (motor, inverter, transmission) completed (although not painted yet). The welding is ugly but functional. I used the existing engine and transmission mounting points for the new front and rear brackets. The Tesla motor has rubber mounting bushings built-in front and rear. I attached the Tesla side mount to the […]
Tesla DCDC Converter – design insights - “Houston, we have a problem”.  I’ve been messing around with the DCDC converter from the Tesla 2015 70D.  In this configuration the DCDC is a simple device.  It steps down the 400v from the battery pack to provide the 12v supply for the low voltage devices in the car.  In earlier Teslas, the DCDC converter […]
Battery Pack with Cover Off A123 Battery Pack from a 2014 Chevy Spark EV - Well the battery has landed!!  It is a A123 battery pack from a 2014 Chevy Spark EV.  The 2014 Spark EV was the only year that carried the A123 battery modules.  The pack contains 4 modules of 92.4v each with a total of 24 kWh capacity. The pack essentially is in three parts 1) the neck, […]
Brusa ChargeStar Window Resizing Brusa NLG513 High-Voltage Charger Programmed - Got the Brusa NLG513 charger set up successfully (after a long lead time getting ports and connectors ready).  The Brusa charger can take 120-240 volts AC and charge up to a 500 volt DC battery.  The charger can be programmed to handle different charging profiles (as different battery chemistries need to be charged differently). I’m […]
Tesla Technology Tesla Steering Wheel Controls – Decoded - The goal is to use the Tesla steering wheel in the TesLorean (in place of the stock DeLorean wheel).  The Tesla wheel is much nicer!  But it would look pretty silly to have the Tesla wheel, but be unable to use the steering wheel buttons.  The Tesla has 4 buttons, 2 scroll wheels, and a […]
rear-fascia-removed-6311 Ready for frame-body separation - A key step in the conversion from Internal Combustion Engine to Electric is the removal of the original Engine and Transmission.  This can be done without separating the DeLorean body and frame (upper and lower halves of the car), but since I’ll be refurbishing the entire frame, it was worth getting them separated to get […]
Rear Suspension Rebuilt Upgraded and Uprated Rear Suspension - Today got the LHS rear suspension reassembled.  Every component of the rear assembly was updated and upgraded.  The rubber bushings were all replaced (trading 35 year old rubber for new rubber),  with updates to the critical trailing arm bushing and bolt.  The bolt is now inconel steel (a super alloy that is very unlikely to […]
Power Coat on Rear Parts Powder Coating Rear Suspension - DIY powder coating is a slow but very satisfying process.  The paint coats are super hard and if done correctly very even.  The parts from the rear suspension have been cleaning up well – really just surface corrosion, oil, and mud.  Hard to believe how good a condition everything is in after 35 years. To […]
Two steps forward, one step back - Rebuild of the DeLorean front suspension – Check Cooling/Heating design and drawings done – Check Interrogating the Tesla steering wheel – No Check The Tesla steering column has been a challenge.  It is a Mercedes Benz column – at least mechanically – with some apparent redesign of the inputs and communications.  The column appears to […]
CANbus kit Received new CANbus kit - In order to operate at the CANbus speeds necessary for Tesla CAN and to take advantage of configured SavvyCAN software, I ordered the CANKit from EVTV.me. The kit comes with an Arduino Due and a shield made by EVTV to provide convenient connections to a CANbus network. It can link to two CANbus networks simultaneously […]