Tidying up the driveway…

A close up of the Citroen 2CV axles and suspension components, and the caravan axle in the front of the trailer.

…by sorting out some of the scrap, and useful metal into one of the trailers ready for reorganising the space.

I seem to have collected a lot of stuff over the years, one of which was a Citroen 2CV rolling chassis as a potential project. Unfortunately the chassis was so rotten that it folded up under its own weight during the the trip hone with it. I saved the useful axles and suspension parts, along with drive shafts and gearbox.

The other big thing was a 6 burner range cooker that had failed in use. That was worth a careful strip down to recover the sheet steel and other useful components. I figured that I might need some sheet steel, and stainless steel to make up boxes for some of the conversion components.
I also had a big pile of steel from an electrically adjustable hospital bed. It was thrown out from a local nursing home so I asked permission to take it. There is a lot of heavy steel box section, grilles, and a lot of working electric linear actuators. All now ready for reuse in some project.

There will be a lot of random steel stock needed when doing a car conversion of any description. This will help create a useful pile of steel stock to work through and save some cost in buying new.

An open car trailer measuring 1700mm wide by 2000mm long and 300mm deep. There is a pile of scrap metal in the back of the trailer covered with a plastic sheet, and at the front of the trailer there is a caravan axle and the complete set of axles and suspension from an old Citroen 2CV car. IN the background is a hedge and some wooden pallets leaning against it.
That should balance!
A close up of the Citroen 2CV axles and suspension components, and the caravan axle in the front of the trailer.
I should EBay this lot…

This electric car conversion has been just the nudge I needed to start tidying up the drive so that it no longer looks like ‘Steptoe’s Yard‘! I can sort out the useful reclaimed materials, the saleable items and scrap, and the rubbish. It will then be easier to pull the trailers out and put the project car at the top end of the drive, under the car port, where it will be easier and safer to work on.

Now if I dismantle the old electric tractor project then that will gain me an extra 600mm of space with Beryl‘s cab pushed up to the edge of the car port roof. The tractor parts will be reused in Beryl at another time.

A compact electric tractor next to a brick wall covered with a builder's bulk bag and a gree wheel barrow. The yellow cab of Beryl The EV is next to the tractor.
It could be ‘bye-bye tractor’.

No time like the present, while it the weather is cooler. I uncovered the tractor and assessed the disassembly.

The electric tractor rolling chassis with plastic over the dash panel to keep the weather off the electronics.
Ahh, there you are again!

First the steering push rod was removed and then the front axle unbolted and pulled off the central pivot.

The front axle of the tractor has been removed.
Front axle off!

Disconnect the back of the oak dashboard….

The dash panel has been unwrapped and unbolted from the chassis.
Looks a bit mad scientist doesn’t it!

….And put it to one side.
The digital screen is a high current Cycle Analyst used for showing all information regarding the voltage, current, speed, Wh/mile, battery capacity, etc. But for a quick visual reference there is a vintage voltmeter and ammeter. The switch on the left is the forward/neutral/reverse switch. Above it is a socket for a remote hand held throttle. Centre top is the display mode for the cycle analyst. Bottom left is the battery isolator. And bottom right is the power on/off switch.

The oak dash panel removed and propped up for a photo. There is a digital screen, a giant vintage voltmeter, a small vintage ammeter, and some switches.
Gotta love those vintage analogue meters!

The steering column was then removed, it is a shortened Series 3 Land Rover unit with an Austin Mini steering wheel. You can also see the twin brake cylinders, one for each rear wheel.

 

The steering column has been removed and is lying across the chassis.
Never turn back… …Or just never turn.

Under the seat area is a thick aluminium slab and the gear stick. You an also see the Albright reversing contactors.

The seat has been removed showing a big aluminium plate heatsink . The reversing contactors are also visible.
The things you an do with a lump of aluminium.

Under the aluminium is the 9″ motor from a 2 ton forklift truck….

The wooden cover panel under the seat has been removed showing the electric motor and some very big cables with orange ends connected to the speed controller.
A 9″ diameter forklift motor under the speed controller.

….And the Curtis 1214 speed controller.

The aluminium heatsink flip forward showing the controller bolted underneath it.
The brains exposed! A Curtis 1214 speed controller.

The gear change linkage was fun to make, it converts the sideways ‘H’ shift pattern of the Wheel Horse transaxle to a conventional straight ‘H’ shift pattern. The gear stick is a Toyota MR2 cable shifter.

The electric motor mounted in front of the transaxle with the gear change lever mounted to the right. The image shows the convoluted linkage between the gear stick and the gearbox.
Hello old friend! What a complicated gear change you have!

So with all the electrics and the motor removed I was able to unbolt the chassis from the transaxle. I have pulled them apart but the rain started so I packed away tools rather then take photos.

The bare chassis unbolted from the transaxle ready to be removed.. The rear tractor tyres are still fitted on the transaxle.
Almost apart.

Next time I will have the wheels off the transaxle and all the parts stashed at the side of the house. Everything can then move up the drive a bit.

Edit to add:
The next day I managed to finish the tractor dismantle and stash the parts at the side of the house. The ground was swept and Beryl’s monster sized tyres were moved over, her old axles were moved over, and then her cab was moved over. The wheel barrow holds space for storing garden stuff and allows me to access the side of the house.

The space where the tractor was is now narrower, with a wheel barrow on end, and Beryl's cab moved over into the space.
“Peak-a-boo” says Beryl!

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