Converting a 1967 Austin to Electric

drag racing my 67 austin

Converting a 1967 Austin to Electric.

A few years ago I purchased, sight unseen, a 1967 Morris MK1100 to the Horror of my Husband, Steve Clunn, who, so I am told,  is the Electric Car Guru of Florida.  That being said, we drove to Arkansas and Picked up what would become our COMPANY LOGO, COMPANY CAR and CAR SHOW DIVA… our  GREEN BEAN and I blog Converting a 1967 Austin to Electric.

This can be done with any car or truck.  Find out MORE.  We sell all the parts on our web pagehttps://greenshedconversions.com/electric-vehicle-partsproducts/

Converting a 1967 Austin to Electric, is a HOW TO with Pictures and a description and is blogged below.  Also see our ASSISTED PROGRAM, if you want to Come to our shop and do this yourself, with our help.  https://greenshedconversions.com/conversions/

67 Morris              I have to give alot of credit to my dear husband, who truly wanted to get his hands on this cute baby and convert it HIMSELF, but, being a  really good sport, LET ME do the whole conversion my self !   Yes folks, a  GIRL did this. Steve stood back, DIRECTED and Took Pictures!.. what a guy !

Old GAS engine OUT.

This yeas  model has HYDROLASTIC SUSPENSION, something unfamiliar to us, described as:  “The system replaces the separate springs and dampers of a conventional suspension system with integrated, space efficient, fluid filled displacer units which are interconnected between the front and rear wheels on each side of the vehicle.”   Thanks to the guys from Dr. Mini at Yahoo, we were able to save this feature.

suspension

Transmission.

My dear husband sends me up in the back woods and says… ” there is a Toyota Tercel up there with a good Tranny and Linkage.  THAT would be a fun thing for YOU to do”,     NOT !    I got it out, got it back to the shop, power washed it . . .

Just so you know,  I am not saying my husband may not have told the whole truth, but the Mosquitoes almost carried me away!   Not fun !

ADAPTER PLATE.

At the time, unable to find an Adapter Plate for this year, Steve showed me HOW to make my own.  I do have to say THAT was FUN !

Adapter PlateTapping out the holes and shape with a ball peen Hammer.               making adapter plate template

 

 

 

Cut out 2 Templates, to put ON a piece of 1/4 drop Steel and Plazma Cut both.  Drill Holes, all FUN things to do, and its ready for the next step.

Line up the Bell housing on top of the plate to make sure the holes line up.

tanny on top of Plate

Welding the two plates … Yep THAT WAS FUN!

welding

audrey welding

 

 

Audrey

THE HUB:

Fabricating the hub is a job for the “Master”.  So, Steve did this part for me.  Using a Lovjoy Connector, a spider and the center piece from the Clutch Disc, which Steve Machined out on the Lathe to fit the Spline of the Transmission.

Lovjoy Connector

 

 

 

 

spline

 

 

 

 

 

spline

 

 

 

 

Transmission, Motor and Adapter Plate.

Time to put them all together.

Motor Tranny and adapter plate

Linkage.

Steve drilled a hole in my car and installed the shifter and linkage.

Linkage

Getting the Motor, Adapter Plate and Transmission on to the Sub-Frame of the 1967 Austin.  Mine is an 8″ motor we had. We sell the full line of NETGAIN MOTORS, see our web page:  https://greenshedconversions.com/electric-vehicle-partsproducts/

install motor and tranny on sub frame

Steve helping get that heavy sub frame back UP into the 1967 Austin.

getting motor into sub frame

its IN !!

motor in

THAT was not so much fun, but  the motor, transmission, adapter plate all fit on the Sub Frame and we did get it in with a lot of help from the overhead hoist.

Auxiliary Battery

Steve showed me how to use his BENDER and make and weld a “house battery Box” which will run the 12V system in this car.

I painted the Motor Housing Black to match.  ( We now have a Dc to Dc Converter and have eliminated the 12V Battery all together).

House Battery box

Installing the “Auxiliary Battery” .

house battery

Installing the CONTROLLER:

At the time we did my 1967 Austin, The “MIGHTY ZILLA” company was down, and not producing Controllers.  A young man from St. Petersburg stepped to the plate and designed and started producing the EVNETIC Controller. I got the very first SOLITON JR. Controller.  A 600 amp, cutie and put it in my Austin. Some quick specs:
Max Current 600 Amps Continuous With Liquid Cooling
Rated Power: 180 KW
Input Voltage 8-342 Volts
Length: 13.750″
Width: 7.750″
Height: 5.209″
Weight: 7 Kg, 15 Lbs
Adjustable Max Output Voltage: Yes Up To 300 Volts

Evenetics controller

Side View:  with Evnetics Throttle, specifically designed for this unit.

soliton side view

Throttle:

Throttle

Controller Installation complete.

controller complete

The PLATE light !   I got my ANTIQUE Plate for my car and I ordered a New “boot” (Trunk) emblem.

The plate light insides are all rusted.  Steve taught me how to fabricate a “board” and install  LED lights so that I could keep the old plate light housing that came with the car.

bread board for lights

BATTERIES !!  We have had 3 different sets of Batteries in this conversion.  Back when we first did it, the China HiPower Batteries were all the rage, and I had a set of those.     Then the WINSTON’s came out, and I was able to get a set of those…

2018,  You got it,  VOLT BATTERIES !

 

New batteries in bean

VOLT batteries

This is about a 50 mile range pack. Two Banks of  42 Cells in Parallel.

batteries IN the car

Steve has designed a BMS system,   See our Web Page:  https://greenshedconversions.com/bms-2/

drag racing my 67 austin

YES..  we RACED my little girl down at the BRANDENTON Race Track.

YES I am hooked.

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Nedra logo

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Assisted EV Conversions

assisted EV Conversions

Assisted EV Conversions are a great way to save money.  Society is transitioning away from petroleum fuels to more energy independence, and vehicles that emit less harmful pollution. Assisted EV Conversions is just one of the more practical solutions that should be considered.  YOU can participate in an “ASSISTED ” conversion.  Here’s how it works. YOU bring your vehicle to our shop, use our facility and our tools and basically do the assisted EV conversion yourself with Steve’s input and guidance.  Here are some pics of assisted EV conversions we have done. Learn more about assisted EV conversions here…

assisted EV Conversions
Here it comes! Into the SHOP

 

 

 

 

 

Motor, Transmission and Adapter Plate
Motor, Transmission and Adapter Plate going INTO the S10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electric Motor

 

 

The Motor and Transmission are now in, and the Adapter Plate is in place.

 

Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning going BACK in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EV CONVERSIONS
A/C Completed

 

Some Conversions are set up nice for A/C.  this S10 was especially a nice set up.

Remember… when you are sitting at a Street light, your Electric Motor IS NOT turning, so for a brief period of time, the A/C is not working, but that changes with the LIGHT changing to GREEN and your assisted EV conversion is moving ahead.

 

180ah CALB cells
Batteries are here !

 

THIS baby is going to ROCK AND ROLL on all these cells !!

 

 

EV BATTERY BOXES
Taking the BED off the Truck to get it ready for Battery boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

assisted EV Conversions
Back Battery Boxes are fabricated and Cells are IN !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This ASSISTED EV CONVERSION  took 19 days from Start to Completion!  These two guys WORKED 8, 9 and sometimes 10 HOURS in a day to get it done on our customers time frame !

We are so Proud of Phil !!     He really did a great job getting this done!

Let us help you with your assisted EV conversion. Learn more HERE…