|The old engine and transmission|
removed from the truck
Well there's no turning back now. The internal combustion engine (ICE) is gone, gone, gone. Ripped that baby out, threw it in the back of my friend's, pickup (along with a lot of other stuff I won't need now: gas tank, exhaust system, radiator . . .) and made a deposit at our local auto recycling center. It was pretty cool pulling up to the recycling center and saying we wanted to make a donation.
|All the stuff we no longer need|
All that's left is a nice large space awaiting an electric motor, controller and some batteries. The bulk of the batteries will be going in the back, under the truck bed, but there will be some up front under the hood. I still need to figure out exactly how the battery pack will be installed.
|All this space just waiting |
for an electric motor
The transmission will need to go out for a rebuild. I noticed while driving it around that the synchronizer from 1st to 2nd was shot. With all the work to do the conversion it seemed like a good idea to go ahead and have the transmission rebuilt. I thought about doing it myself, but I think I'll leave this to someone who's done it more than once. I'm still finalizing my engine and battery pack selection. I should be able to make a final decision this weekend and place the order first thing next week.