Electric / Turbine Powered Rover MGF - (8)

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The standard silver wheels were not in bad condition, but they were not in the best either, so I decided that a refurbish wouldn't go amiss and the colour would be anthracite. The wheels were sent to a company in Telford that apparently specialise in wheel refurbishment and this is the best that they could do, I had all the excuses about how it was the wheels fault etc and they were sent back again for a second time (pictured above), slightly better but still a very poor job.

Then after a browse on the internet I found a company in 'Burton on Trent' called 'The Wheel Specialist', I dropped the rims of with the main man Alan and two days later, hey presto a nice and tidy refurbed set of wheels, the price was very reasonable to. Thanks to Alan and his chaps for doing a great job in such a short time!
Whilst I was on the subject of the cars look, I also asked 'The Wheel Specialist' guys to powder coat some of the chrome parts that made up the exterior appearance of the car, keeping the colour scheme the same as the wheels.

Looking good.
The above picture shows the battery packs lower supporting bracket, made nice and strong to support the weight of 48 12volt battery's. It also has to be mentioned that the battery packs mount slightly right hand side down, this is to allow clearance of the brake master cylinder & Servo.


I have also decided on a different enclosure to house the DC fuses, a bit more room for the internal wiring, also the quick release connections have now been soldered and attached to the fuse holders.
As the car has no conventional engine installed, there is now a lack of a vacuum that will be required to power the brake servo under the bonnet. This is overcome in electric vehicles by adding a vacuum pump, the one I have is ex USAF and conveniently runs on 12 volt dc, the pump becomes energised when the key in the cab is turned to either position 1 or 2 via a power relay.

It is also good practice to have a vacuum reservoir installed to help add to the volume of vacuum available. Mine is made from 110mm drain pipe with removable screw caps either end, bulkhead fittings are inserted in to the end of the reservoir and then connect to a distribution manifold.
To control the vacuum pump a 'Square D' adjustable vacuum switch has been added in to the electrical circuit, this switch will activate the pump when the vacuum falls below 14Hg and turn it of when it reaches 18Hg.

Complete brake vacuum installation.
A video of one of the vacuum pump tests can be seen on the media page, but don't bother looking at it if you are tired or feeling sleepy.
300volt battery pack retaining bracket.
There were some fairly serious scratch's on the windscreen caused by wiper blades that were never replaced when they wore out, unfortunately for me this means a new windscreen, best to keep things legal me thinks.

The front of the car used to house the radiator, this of course has been removed and as the vacuum pump and switch are now in its place I thought it would be good practice to blank off the air vent intakes on the faring, helping to protect the vacuum components from bad weather.
 
This should now conclude the work carried out on the front end of the car.

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