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A Creative Conversion in Atlanta

Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:08 pm

I hope I'm not duplicating an existing posting.
https://youtu.be/jrqg7Ndttp4
- Chris
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Re: A Creative Conversion in Atlanta

Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:22 pm

There are businesses in the Pacific Northwest and in Sweden that convert classic cars via electric drive motors but using the OEM drivetrain back from the motor. This is the first Leaf drivetrain transplant I've seen, although I know that they are being done. I hope they are using at least 30kwh packs, but the "Guess O Meter" in the Mercedes read 50 miles on about 2/3 of a charge, so I guess that's more likely a 24kwh pack. Thanks for posting it.
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Re: A Creative Conversion in Atlanta

Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:14 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:22 pm
There are businesses in the Pacific Northwest and in Sweden that convert classic cars via electric drive motors but using the OEM drivetrain back from the motor. This is the first Leaf drivetrain transplant I've seen, although I know that they are being done. I hope they are using at least 30kwh packs, but the "Guess O Meter" in the Mercedes read 50 miles on about 2/3 of a charge, so I guess that's more likely a 24kwh pack. Thanks for posting it.
That looks to be late 60's/early 70's Mercedes-Benz W108, 280 SE.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes- ... nical_info

In stock form, it had a 3,439 lb curb weight. Given its weight and shape and (probably) conventional tires, I wouldn't be surprised to see a 50 mile range estimate @ 2/3 of a 30 kWh pack.

Amateur implementation of air bags is a little alarming though.
- Chris
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Re: A Creative Conversion in Atlanta

Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:27 am

I'm in awe!

1972 Benz 280 SE, 24 kWh pack. Front-wheel-drive, I presume.

The F-450 in his shop also looks like an incredible project--it retains the Ford transfer case and drive axles but uses a Tesla drive unit and batteries.
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