End of year update, plus some Tesla gear for sale

2022 is coming to an end and looking back, it’s been a bit of an up-and-down year for my EV projects. There were a few highlights (e.g featuring in a TV commercial; and getting the Kombi engineered and registered), but the second half of the year has been pretty frustating. Both the Cortina and Kombi have now been laid up in different workshops for several months with seemingly endless troubles denying them the opportunity of escaping the hoist for the open road.

The Cortina went in for a routine brake service in mid September in advance of the Distinguished Gentleman’s drive – I thought it would be a good idea to get the brakes serviced and the universal joint re-greased and everything checked over to be in top shape for the long run through the mountains north of Brisbane. Instead, we gradually uncovered some mechanical issues which, in the end, resulted in a whole new rear end build using a shortened Hilux diff. Almost 3 months later and its still on the hoist waiting on some custom parts to be completed. I’ll post more about that soon.

The Tesla Kombi has suffered some misfortunes that have caused considerable delays to it getting finished. It’s been almost 3 years since this kombi started its EV transition. It seems every time it’s on the cusp of getting close to leaving Traction EV’s workshop, something goes wrong and I have to re-schedule all the remaining activities that I had planned for its completion. The most significant setback was when the Tesla SDU somehow suffered a major failure and had to be replaced. Then the whole kombi had to be rewired again. Then the newly installed aftermarket motor controller failed, and had to be returned to Canada for repairs. I’ll write a full rundown on that soon too.

Since they’re both racking up exorbitant bills for parts and materials to get them back on the road, I’m forced to sell some of the top quality stash of Tesla conversion parts that I’ve been accumulating for the 1949 Pontiac EV conversion. After years of salvaging wrecked Teslas, these parts are the cream of the crop and are all fully tested. Sometimes its a risk buying Tesla motors from wrecks as the motor windings can blow upon impact, or they’ve been submerged if its a flooded car. No such risks with this one, it’s already bench tested with an Openinverter control board installed (original Tesla board also included)..

Send me an email if you are interested in the best and most powerful Tesla motor available in the world (and very hard to come by in Australia) – a large Sport / Performance rear drive unit from a Model S, with up to 475kW (645hp) of power! $12k gets it (look up how much they cost in the US!).

Also have the following available for sale:

  • 75kWh Tesla battery pack (14 modules)
  • Full rear subframe (everything minus motor)
  • 3 phase on board charger
  • DC-DC converter
  • random other Tesla bits and pieces.

Email enquiries to: info AT chargedgarage DOT com