Saturday, February 24, 2007

More Tools (i.e. toys...)

I've been mulling over some ideas for the past few days. The 914 doesn't run well at all when its cold and after going to the DEQ, I realized that I'm going to need a lot of work to get the car to pass emissions (it's a rather gross polluter right now). So, given that it's cold and rainy for a few months and I have the suspension, I decided to start the conversion, despite not having all the parts from ElectroAuto yet.

You know what that means: Time to buy toys! (er... tools) Most of my battery management research has been done at work using the equipment there, so I decided to bring the experiments home and analyze them with a cheap analog oscilloscope ($390 from Frys). I also ran out to Harbor Freight and got a 2.25 ton floor jack. Since I'm working out of a one-car garage (tight!), I need to use only half the handle to jack up the car. In fact, I jacked up the back end of the car this afternoon to poke around under there. I regret not taking more photos, but things look pretty clean.

The next step is to go back to Alan at A & P to replace the suspension and steam clean the engine compartment. Maybe I'll take a day off to go to A & P as well as Farwest Golf Carts to pick up some old 8V golf cart batteries for desulfation testing.

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