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    Tadpole
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    Default WTB Citroen DS or Renault Floride/Caravelle for electric conversion project

    Hi
    Looking for classic cars with good bodies and interior, engine not important as looking to convert to full battery electric.
    Closer to Brisbane the better, but will freight / travel for good options!
    Thanks!

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    GS .... I reckon a GS would be the go. no power steering, only a single cylinder pump. Already has no A/C or heater ... or radiator. You could spread the weight of the battery packs across the car ( it will just ride better due to the hydraulic suspension) Possibly half of the batteries where the fuel tank lives and the other half where the gearbox currently reside ( very low in the vehicle ... excellent weight distribution).

    You would need to power the hydraulic pump somehow ... possibly three C5 electric pumps running ? (three as you want a secondary backup unit as your brakes are dependent on it).
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    Thanks for the suggestion - what do GS's go for? Any around for sale? They don't quite have the same aesthetic appeal to me as the DS, but willing to have a look at one.

    A DS in Sydney has been converted and he found a solution with a low-rev, high torque electric pump that keeps the pressure in the hydraulic system. With an AC electric motor you also have regen braking so he devised a system where the hydraulic brake system is only called upon in emergency / hard / fast braking.

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    No-one can reply to adverts here, that is why your thread is being ignored. I suggest moving this thread to one of the main forums!
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    '85 Series II CX2500 GTi Turbo I
    '63 ID19 http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90325
    '72 DS21 ie 5spd pallas (last looked at ... about 15years ago)
    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


    Modern Junk:
    '07 Poogoe 407 HDi 6spd manual

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