Thus I started putting in the steering column, emergency brake, firewall mounted brake pedal, transmission...
Here I have a cardboard model of the 8" motor, as I don't have my real one yet. There is not much room for anything larger, so while I thought a of going with a 9" motor to get more performance, the option was not really there.
A criterion of my design is to group all the batteries together in an insulated box, as done for the rear batteries, so I really can't stick my batteries here and there wherever there's a spot, as seen in some conversions. Here I'm trying out simple box arrangement that would hold 4 batteries in a 2x2 arrangement. It doesnt fit that well and doesn't provide clearance in critical areas.
A second arrangement. Clearance is a bit better, however the batteries sit a bit higher up.
This is a different arrangement that will make more room about the brake linkage components. This will require hammering back the wheel wells a few inches in the front, however, here the batteries will sit lower. This layout should work.
The start of the front battery box(es).
Back to the heater. There is quite a difference between the old heater core and the ceramic element taken from a $25 heater that will replace it.
Making a metal shroud to accomodate the smaller size. I knew the cover from the old BetaMax VCR would come in handy some day.
The completed shroud.
The element mounted on the shroud.
more parts assembled...
And the finished heater.