The Electric Car. My car gasoline days are over . . .

The Electric Car. My Pontiac Sunfire hopefully . . .

Hello All! My Pontiac Sunfire engine finally gave way. It has a blown head gasket a little while back and now the engine is knocking very loud like it threw a rod. I’ve decided to keep the car and attempt to covert it to electric since it has been very good to me in the 205,000+ miles it ran.

I had contacted someone in Canada that sold conversion kits and he told me it was not worth it because it was an automatic, but online I read about the 1972 Datsun White Zombie that does not use a tranny and is direct drive. The fact that it broke the speed world record for a 1/4 mile three times already is really appealing. What really surprised me was that it had a range of 90 to 120 miles with this electric power plant. I thought for sure that a car that can go over 120 miles per hour (most of it in a quarter mile) would deplete the batteries after about 1/2 mile but I was wrong.

It would be really nice to have an electric car that went that fast but I would be satisfied if I could just convert my Pontiac to electric with a range of at least 75 miles since that is over 95% of my driving range anyway.

When I found out that we spend over $700 a month on gas I think this would be very worthwhile. You can currently get a $7500 rebate from the government for buying select electric cars and in some states another rebate. The state of Michigan knocks off a small percentage of a home charging system if you want one but does not give a discount for buying an electric car like the government does.

My first step was to buy the book, “Convert It” by Michael P. Brown and Shari Prange which is the most recommended book to read if you are a beginner according to the forums I checked out.

I unsuccessfully tried to talk the local mechanics into learning how to convert cars to electric stating that I would pay for the kit itself (about $6000?) and they do the labor for free if I advertise their business on my car and brag them up wherever I go.

Reading this book is the first step of probably a long journey that I am anxious to learn. Wish me luck!

Michael Rock

The “Grounds for Entertainment” Room Is under construction

    As my amazing husband embarks on his newest carpentry project I have been daydreaming lots about how the room will be used.  The stage will have acoustic musicians playing as often as I can cajole them to come play in our little backwoods venue.  I imagine baby showers filled with games and laughter.  I can see birthday parties that range from babies to our favorite elders who have so many stories of this area and much wisdom to share from their years of experience on this beautiful planet.  I even hope to host some swap meets of various types.  I think a Halloween Costume swap would be a great way to socialize help and each other out.  The one common denominator in this room will be a sense of community.  For me its the one thing that I crave most in this hi-tech world.  There are 2 reasons I visit my favorite social network so often.  To “feel” like I’m staying in touch with people and broaden my world view.  I mean to be able to post to Lucy Lawless’s page is quite a thrill for me, but that is a whole other blog.  Until next time….I will be dreaming of baby showers, birthday parties, family reunions and dare I hope……A small wedding reception.  OOOOOOH the decorating possibilites.