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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


20 November 2005


Disassembly continues.

1959 Renault 4CV, door hinge pin 1959 Renault 4CV, doors removed The doors were easy to remove. I've kept the hinges well oiled since starting the project so the hinge pins were easy to drive out. The only minor problem was finding a tool to use as a driver which would match the diameter of the roll pins.

The "suicide" front doors and the rear doors share hinges, resulting in 2 hinges per side of the car. Each lower hinge protrudes farther than the upper, to compensate for the curvature of the body.


1959 Renault 4CV, upper bolt, front fender The front fenders of the car come off as a unit which is held on by 3 bolts at the top, 3 bolts along the lower front, 3 bolts deep inside and to the rear of each front fender, 3 bolts along the upper front, and the trunk latch. The screws holding the headlight buckets refused to let go, so I left them in place to soak with penetrating oil.

1959 Renault 4CV, lower front fender bolts 1959 Renault 4CV, front fender bolt, inside 1959 Renault 4CV, front fender bolt, inside 1959 Renault 4CV, front fender bolt, inside 1959 Renault 4CV, upper front fender bolt

1959 Renault 4CV, front fenders removed


1959 Renault 4CV, chassis number 3600110 1959 Renault 4CV, vehicle type R1062 number 875964 Chassis number 3600110, vehicle type R1062, number 875964 is a little closer to being disassembled.


1959 Renault 4CV, right front suspension 1959 Renault 4CV, rust damage, lower front 1959 Renault 4CV, rust damage, driver's side lower front 1959 Renault 4CV, rust damage, driver's side lower rear 1959 Renault 4CV, rust damage, passenger's side lower 1959 Renault 4CV, rust damage, passenger's side lower front

There is a lot of repair work to be done, including quite a bit of welding. It's getting colder and my garage is not heated (the new addition doesn't even have a floor, yet!). The little car will just have to hibernate another winter.


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