P9311 Diary

Note: In the diary, left and right always refer to the driver's viewpoint.

  • November 1993 - Begin removing the useless Internal Combustion stuff.
  • December 1993 - The engine and a few other things come out. Awful cold!
  • January 1994 - Too cold to work; Pulled the flywheel off of the engine.
  • February 1994 - Solve the firewood problem.
  • March 1994 - Still too cold to work much; Removed the right fender.
  • April 1994 - Ordered conversion kit; Cut fuel tank in half; Start battery box.
  • May 1994 - Weld new bottom on the right-side Porsche battery box.
  • June 1994 - Continue repair of the battery box.
  • July 1994 - Attach motor to transmission; Reinstall fender. Design motor bracket.
  • August 1994 - Get motor bracket fabricated; Install motor/transmission in car.
  • September 1994 - The sample battery arrives.
  • October 1994 - Work on the front battery rack and box; Build the rack.
  • November 1994 - Build the front battery box and holddown.
  • January 1995 - Get the front battery rack and holddown painted.
  • May 1995 - Finish-up in the front compartment, temporarily.
  • July 1995 - Begin removing rear seats and trim.
  • August 1995 - Design the rear battery rack and begin building it.
  • September 1995 - Finish rack and get it welded together; Build battery box.
  • October 1995 - Design rear battery box holddowns; Get them fabricated.
  • November 1995 - Begin work in engine compartment; Make the parts.
  • December 1995 - Mount electrical stuff; Begin wiring; Install instruments.
  • January 1996 - Install high-current wiring; Make pot/relay assembly.
  • February 1996 - Install motor controller and heatsink; Work on throttle cable.
  • March 1996 - Install battery box vents; Start building rear battery loader.
  • April 1996 - Assemble battery loader; Car to bodyshop; Paint battery boxes.
  • May 1996 - Put metal strapping bands around the battery boxes.
  • July 1996 - Car back from bodyshop; Reinstall some car parts; Work on doors.
  • August 1996 - Continue to install and work on various car parts.
  • September 1996 - Get 1972 alloy wheels; Buy new tires and get them installed.
  • November 1996 - Install batteries; Finish wiring; Do tests; It moves! Install seats.
  • December 1996 - Adjust suspension; Weigh it; Get licensed; Get tach working.
  • January 1997 - Replace Battery #8; Start 120 volt upgrade; Build new rack.
  • February 1997 - Continue work on the 120 volt upgrade.
  • March 1997 - Complete the upgrade; Ground faults; Replace leaky Battery #3.
  • Evermore - The continuing saga of EV ownership. The batteries pass on.
  Copyright 1996-98 D. M. Brockman - November 15, 1999