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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.

This is a journal of my attempt at...

A 4CV to 4EV Conversion

4 - 6 May 2005

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.

1959 Renault 4CV, wheel and wheel cover
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.

1959 Renault 4CV, wheel
The original wheel paint survives under the wheel cover.

1959 Renault 4CV, wheel
The paint still shines on the inside center of the wheel where it was mounted!

1959 Renault 4CV, right rear brake drum
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.

1959 Renault 4CV, left rear wheel
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).

1959 Renault 4CV, fuel tank
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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