I started researching electric vehicles by talking to my brother Tim. He had converted an S-10 pickup truck several years ago. He gave me some internet links and some practical knowledge. His conversion used lead acid batteries so his range is fairly limited.
|No turning back now|
Getting edumacated in EV has been difficult. There is so much stuff on the internet. Quite a bit of it is getting dated. Additionally, quite a few people converted their vehicles for very short trips. While this is pretty cheap, it doesn't serve my purpose which is to use it as a daily driver, April - September. Since my commute is about 40 miles round trip, I started looking at fancier solutions.
I also started looking into body shops. Although I've become more skilled at building and repairing things over the years, I have also learned to realize when I'm in over my head.
For the quality of restoration I wanted, I needed a pro. The first quote was $25,000! Yikes. However, I was then led to a much more reasonable body man.
|New floorboards and undercoating|
I have nothing but good things to say about Tim Everson. He is doing a bang up job. He has cut out all of the rust and welded in new metal.
|Back together for fitting|
Dents are removed and he blocked the whole truck.
It's looking great. Tim will be wrapping up his work in the next week or so.