Phase 2 Electric / Turbine Powered Rover MGF - (Page 4/ Transmission)

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The upgrading of the transmission required the purchase of another MGF, mainly for use as spare parts, it's going to be handy to have spare panels and fittings from this donor. So a late night session ensued and the donor car has now pretty much been stripped bare.

We had a sunny day and as the evening set in we made a start, as we are just coming out of winter and being the last day of february the vibe was good, everything went to plan, not one seized bolt!
This image shows the rear sub frame with the engine removed, the plan will be to get the four motors hooked up front to back and connected to the gearbox input shaft. First the next job is to give the sub frame a good clean with a power washer.

At this point I was in two minds whether to keep the clutch in the final assembly so that easy gear changes on the move could be implemented, however the extra work required, not to mention the cost made it my second choice, I now have to concentrate on connecting the electric motor's drive shaft to the shaft on the gearbox.

Anyone that likes building these types of things will tell you that splines are a pain to replicate, however I already have one, just a matter of stripping the original drive plate to it's component form.

And hey presto, a bit of work in the lathe and this will act as the drive coupling and it didn't cost a penny, which is unusual, more on this later.
The Lynch Motors had to be stripped down so that I could replace the drive shafts for the multiple drive units. Somebody said to me be careful when working with the magnets on the Lynch, I brushed this of as a bit of Bull, but then I got my fingers clamped in between the armature and the magnets, the pull they produced was unbelievable. It was almost a trip to hospital, but not quite - Ouch.

Pictured are one of the three replacement drive shaft assembly's that enable you to hook up the Lynch Motors front to back to give you more power.
The rotating assembly with the new shaft in place, actually the shafts are fitted through the front of the motor plate, this was just a test fit.

The four motors lined up to give me an idea of spacing's and the total size that will be required to mount them.
I got my friendly neighborhood CAD Man Will to draw me up some motor mounting plates, these will support the motors in the final assembly. The Laser Cutting was carried out by Rednal Pneumatics in Oswestry.

Plates in place, supported by some 35mm aluminium tubes that I had machined by my local engineer. Next I will look at fabricating a bell mouth cover plate that will support the motors.

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