[ausev] Commercial mini cooper conversion braking
bytedawg at bytetamer.com
Sat Oct 10 20:09:34 GMT 2009
The concept I'm working with is converting a small (100-250cc) 4 stroke
to propane or CNG to be my generator power plant.
> Tying into the truck's existing transmission would be the easiest. Otherwise you'd have to rip out the transmission and all its associated parts and fabricate interfaces to the differentials for the two pairs of wheels. I imagine it's not an easy task, and the way they configure it might be even more complex than my imagination. If you want separate motors per wheel, it might actually be easier to modify a 2WD instead of deciphering a 4WD transmission. But I'm no expert on transmissions and maybe it's easier than I make it out to be.
> The smaller generators tend to be 2-cycle ICEs which are much more pollutive than 4-cycles. The trick is to get a small, efficient 4-cycle, and your best bet there would probably be a fuel-injected motorcycle engine. A 600cc bike engine should be sufficient, though you might be able to go with a smaller one running at its optimal RPM (more noise). Still a fair bit of work to bring in the cooling system, fuel, exhaust and electric generator with sufficient output. Would be nice if there were a self-contained module on the market with all that wrapped together.
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> "Jim Watson" <osious at gmail.com>
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> was hoping to do this kind of thing to my truck. Only with a motor for
> the front wheels and a motor for the rear wheels (its already four
> wheel drive). 1 battery pack a couple of ultra caps and a small
> generator for range. The thing I couldn't get passed is the small
> generator. I have heard that they release more emissions than a regular
> car. And how in the world would I connect a motor to the front drive
> train and the rear??
> Anyway, a motor in each wheel would be even better,... less moving
> parts. My question is does the company that is retrofitting the cooper
> sell kits for people like us?? I bet their controller is worth a lot of
> $$$$$. I would like to know what the emissions of their generator are
> like compared to a car's emissions?
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