Sunday, March 11, 2007

Days 3 and 4

I spent yesterday (Saturday) disconnecting all the cables from under the car in preparation to drop the engine. The shift linkage was especially hard because it moved around so much. My friend John (above) held the shift lever still while I yanked out the linkage earlier today. I also drained all the engine oil and transmission fluid. My buddy Pete is providing some 2x4s later today to hold up the car so I can drop the engine this week.

Yesterday was a bummer because I got really sick. I suspect I got stuck in the closed garage with all the fumes from the fuel system sitting out on the floor. Having transmission fluid dumped on my shoulder also stunk wretchedly. I got so sick, I vomitted twice. After completely airing out the house and a good night's rest, I feel much better today.

My biggest concern now is blazing through all this work only to have to wait for more parts from Electro Automotive to continue. In the meantime, I'm going to be working with Lee Hart on an improved battery balancing system (see link to the right). Lee is well known in the EV community for making practical, effective circuits for EV owners. I feel privileged to work with him (even if he does use a ten year old DOS copy of Orcad to design his circuits :)

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