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:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rear 1/4 Light Windows are In!

We installed the rear 1/4 light windows this afternoon. These are the ones where I returned the rubber seals to have them shortened because we just couldn't get the windows installed.
It still wasn't easy but at least they are both done.

For anyone with a Vogue Mk3 or Super Minx Mk3 Sedan, the trick is to put the bottom and vertical (front) sections in first and work toward the rear, hardest corner (the opposite of what seems intuitively correct). We use three 3.5mm pull cords - one along each side. Getting the top right angle corner in is tough and getting the rear under-right angle corner in is REALLY tough. I honestly thought that I'd torn the rubber seal on each corner, but I hadn't.

The finished product.

From the inside with the rear parcel shelf fitted (carpet not fastened down yet).

I managed to scratch one of the rear black pillars a bit but that's easily fixed as they are enamel that I applied with a brush - probably why they scratched as enamel is not as hard as auto paint. I hope I can get the same finish though because it was perfect before.

After our evening meal the whole family fiddled with the windscreen for an hour or so before we decided to call it a night. The pull cord will work OK (we had concerns about ther area just above the dashpad) but we had trouble getting the screen low enough for the rubber to go over the metal lip (see dashpad install).
I think it was because the outer rubber lip was folded under, so our strategy will be to use another pull cord on the outside lip as well.

Here is a sketch of the windscreen rubber and how it has to be fitted.
The inside pull cord is slotted in where I have drawn the purple lines for the car windscreen metal lip. The red arrow shows where the seal on the outside is folded in normally and has to be pulled out so the seal can drop down to the purple line (car body). The actual seal that we are using has the outside rubber lip tightly curved in and touching the rest of the rubber seal. It's quite difficult to coax out - a real finger wrecker.

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