Adventure EV

ICE… Out!

by on Nov.11, 2009, under EV Land Rover, ICE, Tear Down

Today was a good day.  It took awhile but the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) is out!  Probably don’t really need a video for this…

The job ended up taking more time than expected.  Maybe I should expect that.  The biggest stumbling block had to do with something I did over ten years ago, when I originally rebuilt the Rover.  I used silicon gasket goo between the engine and transmission.  I was young and inexperienced.  It sounded like a good idea at the time… keep liquids from getting into the clutch bell-housing.

But the older, more experienced me, knows the error of my ways.  The silicon gasket goo basically welded the two units together.  I had the engine crane in place, all the bolts out… nothing.  No separation.  I couldn’t even get a razor blade between the two pieces.

Luckily I thought of using two 800 lb racheting tie-down straps to forcefully pull the engine away from the still-mounted-to-the-frame transmission.  It worked!  Happy days!

Don’t seal the transmission to the engine with gasket goo.  It’s not a good idea…

ICE Out!

ICE Out!

Removal of the ICE also revealed some other good news.  The motor adapter from Can EV seems to fit both my Kostov motor and the Land Rover’s clutch housing.  Very good news.  Tomorrow I must go downtown to pick up some mounting hardware… then it’s in with the new.

But let’s just recap some of the installation differences between the ICE and the EV motor.  I had to disconnect a lot of things to get that motor out; fuel line, throttle cable, temperature gauge wire, ground wire, alternator wiring, starter motor wire, oil pressure gauge wire, oil pressure switch wire, distributor wire, coil wire, exhaust downpipe, fan thermostat wiring, upper cooling hose, lower cooling hose, heater output hose, intake manifold heater hose.  And I left most of the ancillaries on the ICE.  That’s a lot of stuff!  It gets worse with more modern vehicles.

As far as I can tell, when I install the EV traction motor, I have to hook up… a positive cable, a negative cable, a thermistor (temperature) wire,  and that’s it.  The thermistor is optional…

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