Re: [DML] Re: Electric DeLorean Conversion
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Re: [DML] Re: Electric DeLorean Conversion

I would agree that removing the floor in that area would probably have little negative effect, but I fully admit it is wild speculation!  The floor there is very thin, and I would suspect that the majority of any load in that vicinity is handled by the frame and the "perimeter" fiberglass.
I do slightly disagree with David though.  My opinion is that you could safely increase the weight to the point of "fully loaded" specifications.  The car is designed to handle the gross vehicle weight (fully loaded with gas, passengers, and some luggage).  You should be able to increase the weight on the front axle to the weight listed on your driver's door VIN tag, without sacrificing the designed handling characteristics.  Removing the spare tire and jack also gives you a few more pounds to play with.
Jake Kamphoefner

----- Original Message ----
From: David Teitelbaum <jtrealty@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, September 4, 2007 9:04:01 AM
Subject: [DML] Re: Electric DeLorean Conversion

I see no problem removing the floor. In fact you are probably better
off putting the weight directly on the frame, not the body. The only
caveat I would mention is not to add more weight in the front of the
car then you would have had with the gas tank full and the weight of
whatever fiberglass you remove. Remove or disable the gas fill so some
idiot can never try putting gas in! Remember to ventilate the
batteries and allow for some cooling airflow. Try to balance the
weight of the batteries front-to-back trying to keep the same weight
balance as the origional car or you will have to modify the
suspension. You will probably end up with a net increase in weight.
One of the main factors is that as you use up battery power you do not
loose weight as in a conventionaly fueled vehicle. Add a shield around
the batteries for crash protection. It doesn't have to be much more
than a thick piece of plastic. Pieces of the gas tank cut up may even
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@yahoogroups .com, doctorDHD@.. . wrote:
> Well Tom Neiland and I removed the cooling system and gas tank
yesterday in 
> further preparation for the conversion to electric power. Now a big
> I am thinking of removing the "floor" of the front bonnet compartment, 
> including the recess for the spare tire, to allow more room for
batteries. Anyone 
> have an opinion as to whether this will have any structural impact?
I plan 
> to leave about a 2 -3 inch border of fiberglass around the perimeter.
> BTW the engine and tranny are already out and the new electric motor
> arrived....
> Thank you,
> Dave Delman
> 1981 Electric DeLorean Project

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