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Everything but the same old cars

1969 Honda Electric Rear Driver

Posted by Mike Bumbeck On February - 2 - 2010

nikolai360_leadGarage talk concerning engine swaps or drivetrain transplants is plentiful. Thousands of instant message windows, forum posts, and Facebook updates are populated at any given second with declarations of Hayabusa powered mid-engine rear-drive Ford Festivas (or similar) with induction systems managed by MegaSquirt. And so on. Some folks actually go so far as to get the pieces. Far fewer fabricate the pieces into something that works. A 1969 Honda N360 is a perfect foundation for such great transplant ideas. How about a 60HP electric motor? Yup. Rear-wheel drive? Sure! Volkswagen GTI transaxle with limited-slip differential and Volksubaru Ground Control hybrid suspension? Oh yes. If your name is Forrest Koogle, you not only gathered all the required pieces, but are building this very car at Hectors Chop Shop. Forrest says that one of the their credos over at Hectors is that they can do anything. We believe it. These guys are well on their way to constructing a 100% electric rear-wheel-driver into the shell of a sixties front-wheel-drive Honda kei car. Fabricating the chassis and making everything fit is far more involved than merely saying it. Follow along with the ongoing transformation and unfolding story of Nikolai360 the E.V. over at the world of unforgiving tolerances.

More: Turning a front-driver into a rear-wheel-drive BEV over at Hectors Chop Shop

2 Responses

  1. Hemmings Auto Blogs » Blog Archive » Four-Links, bonus edition – vans, trucks, roadsters, Retromobile Said,

    [...] Finally, via our pal Bumbeck at Clunkbucket, the ongoing efforts of a shop to entirely gut a 1969 Honda 360, fab an entirely new suspension and [...]

    Posted on February 6th, 2010 at 8:50 am

  2. Paulo Becker Said,

    Wow, now I have a plan for my Ford Ka some 15 years from today.

    Posted on February 10th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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