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bwjunkie



Joined: 11 Sep 2014
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Location: Denver, CO

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:03 pm    Post subject: EV Mk1 new member! Reply with quote

Hi Everyone, I'm glad to find this site.

I recently purchased a 1965 Mk1 that was on eebay some of you may have seen it. It was previously converted to Mustang Trans/Drivetrain with V8 302 , but I removed the v8 motor and have been converting it to electric!

Here is a couple pics and I have a blog if anyone wants to see the progress. I realize this car is far from being a purist Cortina lovers car, but it is what I have, and I'm happy with it.

I look forward to learning more about Cortinas from this forum.

Josh (Denver, CO)






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peteleo



Joined: 24 Aug 2008
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Location: San Mateo,California

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum. Car looks in descent shape.

A guy in Palo Alto, Ca converted a Cortina MK1 to an EV years ago i don't remember his name off hand maybe someone on this forum may know him.
Driven by lead acid batteries with a long range of 20 miles.

Pete
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Brett Wilkie



Joined: 16 Sep 2012
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Location: Vancouver British Columbia Canada

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do recall the vehicle, never thought of converting one of these to electric but who knows, it might work well??
Here is the original ad. I hope that you got it for a reasonable price?
http://www.enfostuff.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2238
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bwjunkie



Joined: 11 Sep 2014
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Location: Denver, CO

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:46 pm    Post subject: hi Reply with quote

Hi guys. Yes I feel I got an okay (not great) price for it at 9k, and got some $$ back selling the 302 boss motor. It was a track day car really, not setup at all for a daily driver. The T5 borg warner transmission seems to be in nice shape, and brake/steering systems seem to be smooth and functional. I'm aware of the various body issues this car has had in the past and have spoken to the previous CA owner before it changed hands through 2 dealers and an auction.

For EV: it has 60 mile range with Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries and a 9 inch DC motor (Netgain Warp9) which can produce 200+ ft-lbs torque but my design is for mellow daily driving and decent range, and I won't be exceeding 350amp (120v),

For Cortina!
I am supremely happy with this model of car. After I decided to ditch my previous EV chassis ('85 VW Cabriolet) I really wanted to own my first American car, but I wanted a '60s vintage and most stuff in the states was boat size, muscle or sports car, none which I fancied, finally learned about the existence of the British Ford, hehe, perfect!

I've tried not to modify the body, other than drilling a few 5/16 holes here and there. But I have to block up the old gas tank hole which is already all chewed up as someone previously installed a race tank in there. I'm not putting batteries that far back. The 12v system is working nicely (wipers blinkers running lights) but I'll need to install a defroster system of some sort. Denver has lots of sun, but those bad days are BAD.

The 8" wide 13" wheels are far too wide for my needs, they will reduce range a little due to rolling resistance, so eventually I'd like to get back to 5 or 6" so I can run a 155 or 165 tire.

Also I'm not really an Orange lover, this car will be a daily driver, so I hope to paint it some soft of blue based color scheme. Still undecided on keeping the trim. Any ideas? Also I'd like to chrome the currently white bumpers.

Thanks for the welcome and any and all comments!
Josh M
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bwjunkie



Joined: 11 Sep 2014
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Location: Denver, CO

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:01 pm    Post subject: palo alto cortina Reply with quote

that would be really cool to see the Palo Alto EV cortina. I hope he surfaces.
josh
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zephyrgary



Joined: 03 Aug 2007
Posts: 756
Location: cave creek,az

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If that car could talk...
I am a firm believer that if you own, you can do what you like to it. Well done and keep us up to date on progress.
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joeyramone30



Joined: 23 Jul 2008
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Location: Denton TX

PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Josh,

If it is not too much to ask, how much do you think you will spend on the conversion. I have thought about doing this to my Mk1, but my quick math put the cost twice as high as dropping in a V8. If I did this for a commuter I would need a minimum 60 mile range. Thanks in advance.
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bwjunkie



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Joey, sorry for the late answer, I'm not setup to get emails on thread replies.

The conversion is done (or 95% done anyway) and it cost around $12k for the EV specific parts not counting the Cortina chassis. this cost is before Tax credits which differ from state to state. I should receive about 6k in tax credits. (we shall see!)

It greatly depends of course on how much of the fabrication work you are doing yourself. Building battery boxes and mounting systems for the new motor and batteries takes lots of time and some materials and tools. If you pay a shop to do the conversion your price will probably double.

My system is a bare-bones, meaning I don't have Air Conditioning, no brake booster (so then no electric vacuum pump needed), currently I don't even have a small electric defroster, which will need to change for winter, and currently I don't even have a system to keep my 12v charged (called a DC-DC converter). These aren't huge expenses but they add lots of time to the job.

josh
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