But at long last the motor and controller have arrived from America. But I’m unable to get cracking with Car No. 2 (the 1933 Austin 10 ‘Barn Find’ off EBAY) it isn’t stopped raining for weeks??? . I only have one garage and working in the rain and cold is just incompatible with this hobby……
Above are the main components, the huge 15-20hp DC motor, 2 relays, 2 fuses, the regulator and the huge controller. Wiring is ‘plug and play’ (they say 😉 but it really is simpler than the European mixed components.
When this motor arrived via FedEx, the driver asked if I had a fork lift truck? WHAT!!! – No – it’s a private house 😉 but I do have a 1 ton engine hoist….. But he couldn’t wait and asked my to help….. the box weight stated “235lb” (which is 106 kilos!!!!) Jeeeeez I’m only bloody human. I couldn’t budge it, but the driver had to drop it off as it was blocking the rest of the van’s contents and he was in a hurry. In the end he just lifted it by himself and plopped it into a trolley!!!! (I’m sure H&S suggests a max; of 25k for one man???) I dread what his back-ache will be like next but one day (it’s never the next day, it’s always 2 days afterwards….).
Just by looking at the nearby door handle, you can guess how BIG this DC motor controller is. The motor connection cables are ‘0’ gauge – which is a massive 300 amp current capacity, and now I have to think WHERE this monster is to go (compared to the European controller – this is twice as big). I suppose It really has to be in the engine bay and so its a good job Vintage Austins have a lot of space under the bonnet.