Last Updated 12/27/99
My Electric Honda Project
Lovely rust caused by battery corrosion.
Look what the blasted battery did.  It ate all the paint off the inside of the fender well.  Yuck.  Also notice the nicely oil coated transmission.  This car was a rolling toxic waste hazard.
Hmmm, something seems to be missing.
Now that the engine and all are out, you can see where it all will have to fit.  Honda didn't make it too easy, did they.  Also it was a pretty nasty mess.
Not here either.
Maybe too many pictures?
What a difference cleaning and painting make!
Three runs through with my el-cheapo power washer, a few shoots of some touch-up paint and voila!  Gee this is starting to look nice.  Notice the condenser stayed in.  This baby is going to have air-conditioning.
A shiny new motor.
One of the guys on the EV Discussion List decided to upgrade his MG Midget conversion project from an Advanced DC XP-1263 to an XP-1227.  He listed his XP-1263 on the EV Tradin' Post, and after watching the price drop for a couple of months, I bought it.  He had never actually installed it, so it was a new, un-used motor.  Honda engines rotate backwards from almost everyone else, so I had to readjust the brush timing for reverse rotation.  I lucked out, as Advance DC had already drilled it for this.  I didn't even need to tap the holes, as the end bell mounting bolts are specially hardened self tapping bolts.  It worked out rather well.  The large plate under the motor is the adapter plate.  I bought it made to order from Gary Flo at InnEVations.
Resetting the brush timing.
The motor in its new home, with battery racks growing around it.
I had to have the flywheel machined down to clear the adapter.  While they were at it, I had it lightened and balanced.  The end result was barely larger than the pressure plate.  With that done, the motor, adapter, clutch, and transmission went in.  By now my batteries had arrived, and I was able to design the battery mounting racks.  There are actually four racks, with three of them tied together as a kind of bridge over the motor.  They are made to allow the motor and transmission assembly to be dropped out of the car from below for servicing.  The big headache of designing the battery layout was the extremely low hood line of the Civic.  Just not much room to make it all work.
Another look.
Trial fit.
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