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Old 09-27-2014, 06:00 PM
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1978 308 GTS EV Conversion

Anyone done this?

This is getting interesting. Picked up a 308 w Salvage title... go figure.... fuel leak and subsequent fire.... put out quickly. Perfect iconic conversion to EV. Reducing total weight for rebuild and found a little fender bender history..... really moderate and simply some metal crunching...... working with EV West in San Marcos (San Diego) and rebuilding with 270HP (@Euro standard) using 3 AC 50 electric motors and tractor belts. V formation for engines......

More details to come..... specs are looking great! recycling all unneeded parts for other 308's and putting this back on the road for daily driving!
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Old 09-27-2014, 07:17 PM
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I think that you may be the first to try this. Should prove to be an interesting thread. Don't forget to set up a speaker and a recording of a Ferrari engine to play as you're driving.
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Old 09-27-2014, 07:19 PM
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Bravo! I think you found a really good one to convert. I chickened out doing my Dino after my engine rebuild went better than expected. But we'll see.... I'm converting an MG now. Its a 79 with a poor old over-smogged 47 HP motor that had to go.

I would love to see your pictures and progress to see what could have been...

The EV west guys are pretty cool too. You will have a blast.
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Expect another fire.
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:29 PM
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Cool idea but...

... are these guys serious?
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:26 PM
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Cool, Cool, Cool.

Looks like you found the perfect donor car. Salvage/recycle what you can and then let's see what comes of it. Once you get it done...bring it to Earth Day up here in Santa Barbara.
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It must be a thing with modern mechanics. Here's my son after we pulled the engine out of my GT4. I'm wearing my steel-toed Red Wings, and not standing on a rotating chair.
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:34 AM
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Wow, that's going to be an interesting project!



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Old 09-28-2014, 02:11 PM
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It sure is fun....... there will be posts in the EV West Facebook site updating progress... tons of work to do!

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Cool, Cool, Cool.

Looks like you found the perfect donor car. Salvage/recycle what you can and then let's see what comes of it. Once you get it done...bring it to Earth Day up here in Santa Barbara.
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... are these guys serious?
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It's California. We all wear sandals. I did for a while in the dealership but you feet just get too dirty.

They do need some Hawaiian shirts though.
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"Oh, but that will KILL resale!"
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:30 PM
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It's California. We all wear sandals. I did for a while in the dealership but you feet just get too dirty.

They do need some Hawaiian shirts though.
To each their own (says the certified environmental compliance and safety officer with over 30 years of experience)

However, you didn't address the swiveling chair with non-locking castors.

Otherwise, it's a fascinating project.
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Two things.

Awesome project; good luck!

LOL @ sandals...I would not allow that in my home garage...haha.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:16 PM
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I just saw an episode of "Boys Toys" where they were doing the same thing with a Delorean that got 0-60 times of 4+ seconds with a 100 miles range.

But I had another thought for a regular, still working 308. Use the half shafts from a rear suspension in the front attached to an electric motor where the spare tire well and battery currently are. Put a bank of lithium batteries in the trunk and use a computer to control acceleration and braking in conjunction with the rear wheels. This would aid in acceleration and the regenerative braking would give you reduced braking distance and help charge the batteries well. When cruising at highway speeds you could use the electric motor if necessary to charge the batteries. It could also and give you the equivalent of 4-wheel drive if that would be a benefit. Plus you would still have that Ferrari exhaust note instead of the golf cart whine.
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Cool as hell and a great way to put some life back into a damaged 308. What are your battery specs, and what kind of range are you expecting?

And are they converting a 914 too? I have a real soft spot for those cars.
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:59 AM
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I just saw an episode of "Boys Toys" where they were doing the same thing with a Delorean that got 0-60 times of 4+ seconds with a 100 miles range.

But I had another thought for a regular, still working 308. Use the half shafts from a rear suspension in the front attached to an electric motor where the spare tire well and battery currently are. Put a bank of lithium batteries in the trunk and use a computer to control acceleration and braking in conjunction with the rear wheels. This would aid in acceleration and the regenerative braking would give you reduced braking distance and help charge the batteries well. When cruising at highway speeds you could use the electric motor if necessary to charge the batteries. It could also and give you the equivalent of 4-wheel drive if that would be a benefit. Plus you would still have that Ferrari exhaust note instead of the golf cart whine.
No one wants All-wheel-driveryourself ; )

Cool idea.
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:04 AM
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Here are some better photos of the Car-B-Q.

308 Motor Photos Pre Removal - Imgur

Specs in the works but will provide more detail on EV design soon.
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:54 AM
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308 EV Update Photos

Had to post another sandal photo and a few others! Why not, it's CA. Printed shirts possible later along with Detroit Tigers hat and mustache!

A lot of extra weight coming out of the 308 & fire damage removal & prep/engineering for new Motor(s). Tesla S? No thanks to $100k... Nissan Leaf... NFW! Time to make a Roadster... Chop Chop Mr. Musk!

Thanks to lots of threads about specs and past experience with the 308... it's helping a-lot! spec updates on EV West FB page. I defer technical intel to MB at EVW. He has some great design ideas that fit the midrange $!....


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Anyone done this?

This is getting interesting. Picked up a 308 w Salvage title... go figure.... fuel leak and subsequent fire.... put out quickly. Perfect iconic conversion to EV. Reducing total weight for rebuild and found a little fender bender history..... really moderate and simply some metal crunching...... working with EV West in San Marcos (San Diego) and rebuilding with 270HP (@Euro standard) using 3 AC 50 electric motors and tractor belts. V formation for engines......

More details to come..... specs are looking great! recycling all unneeded parts for other 308's and putting this back on the road for daily driving!
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I think I'd rather watch it converted into a faux 288GTO.
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