This blog documents the restoration, and conversion, of a 1965 Humber (Singer) Vogue to a fully electric vehicle. The Vogue will be powered by an 11kW(modified), 3 phase industrial AC motor, controlled by an industry standard Variable Speed Drive (VSD) or Inverter. To be able to produce the 400 volts phase to phase the VSD will need about 600 VDC of batteries. A big thanks to the contributors on the AEVA forum:

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Cardboard Motor and Removing Steering Box

We made up a cardboard motor with the same basic dimensions as the real one. That way it's easy to play around with mounting positions.

The first thing I found is that I can't have it as far back in the transmission tunnel as I'd hoped. It fits OK but the rear cross-member gets in the way. I need about 50mm clearance from the motor to the cross-member.

I have wasted an enormous amount of time trying to remove the steering box. The reason that I want to remove it is that the lower seal leaks and it will make it a lot easier to clean around it if it isn't there. I am unable to get the steering arm off the tapered spline on the steering box. I may give up and leave it to a professional once the car is on the road.

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