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Electric vehicles are in use everywhere. They have proven to be efficient, quiet, economical and clean. The price, range, speed and load capacity of electric cars today fit as much as 80% of the driving needs of commuters in the United States.
Basics: it has to go, steer and stop. Regardless of the propulsion system, the tires, wheels, bearings, brakes and suspension components will have to be in working order.
All of the tires are in similar condition: junk. The wheel covers are surprisingly unhurt and just need to be polished. The center bolt holding the wheel cover needs to be rechromed. The wheel will need to be sandblasted and painted.
The original wheel paint survives under the wheel cover.
The paint still shines on the inside center of the wheel where it was mounted!
The right rear brake drum from which the above wheel was removed. You can see a ring of ivory paint where the wheel was mounted. The black in this photo is not grease, it's paint.
This is the left rear wheel, still mounted on the car. Note the unusual oval parts under the nuts. (Brightness and contrast have been enhanced quite a lot in this photo).
The fuel tank was easily removed after I blocked the car up to remove the rear wheels. Just 3 bolts hold it on (which seems to be a recurring theme with the old Renault).
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