How to Buy Cars at Auctions Guide
Automobile / 01/10/2016

How to Buy Cars at Auctions Guide   Due to the economic crisis in the USA and around the world, it’s not only houses that are being repossessed in record numbers; it’s also CARS, TRUCKS, SUV’s, MOTORCYCLES, BOATS, & MOTOR HOMES. Banks, finance companies, bailiffs, and repo companies are all overstocked with record numbers of stock, more than they have ever had before! They have to get rid of them to recover some of their losses. Their ONLY GUARANTEE of actually selling them is at auctions where everything sells to the highest bidder, even if that is only pennies on the dollar. Automobile dealerships are hurting like never before. It has become very difficult for the average person to get an automobile loan today. Without any sales, dealers are forced to dump some of their stock in auctions. They know it is the only place where they are GUARANTEED A SALE! They know they will get nowhere near their asking price at an auction, but they have no choice. Many of them are near bankruptcy themselves. They are desperate. They have to sell something every month, even if it means an auction. Imagine buying a new car, truck, van, sports…

Electric Truck Conversion
Blog / 03/21/2015

Electric Truck Conversion By Les and Jane Oke, Authors of Build Your Own Electric Car   So you’ve decided to do an electric truck conversion and now you need detailed plans to get you started. Doing it is not that difficult, as long as you follow these simple steps. – Find a place to work – shop, garage, etc. – Get your tools ready: saws, cordless drill, wrenches, etc. – Locate a small truck that’s still in good condition, with little rust – Get detailed electric truck conversion plans It is a good idea to use a small truck for this conversion, because they are light and strong. Unlike small cars, they also have lots of room for battery placement. Since the number of batteries determines your effective range, this makes a small truck a good choice. We recently completed a conversion on a Toyota Tacoma and it worked great. Remember that you will need a standard transmission truck to start with. Automatic transmissions just don’t work with inexpensive electric motors. Don’t worry, though, if you only know how to drive an automatic. After the conversion, your electric truck will drive just like an automatic. Just put it in gear…

Electric Car Conversion
Blog / 09/16/2014

Electric Car Conversion By Les and Jane Oke, Authors of Build Your Own Electric Car   It isn’t really a complicated process to do an electric car conversion, but you will need to obtain certain specialized parts. You will need: an electric motor, deep cycle batteries, a controller, a battery charger, an adaptor kit, and various other small parts. But first, you are going to need a vehicle that you can do your project with. Any vehicle can be used for this project, but some work better than others. Heading the list are small cars and trucks, as they are light and strong. Your first consideration as shown in the detailed plans is to find the lightest vehicle that will still do the job of hauling you and whatever cargo you carry around. Next, you will want a large DC motor that will produce power for your project. The larger the motor, the more power your electric car will have. Don’t worry that it will be slow either. Many people have the wrong impression of electric cars; they accelerate as fast as any vehicle on the road and travel at least 50 mph. What about batteries? You will need to…

Painting and Bodywork – Spray Paint a Car Like a Professional
Blog / 05/07/2014

Painting and Bodywork – Spray Paint a Car Like a Professional   You will be surprised to see just how to spray car paint really can be easy. That doesn’t mean that you can just grab a tin of paint and go at it. There are some basics you need to know. Both in the preparation and application. Step A: Prepare by gathering all of your items that you are going to need. Make sure your surrounding area is protected against any possible over spray. Any parts that do not need to be sprayed and that can be removed then do so. For other areas cover well with paper and masking tape. Step B: You will have to examine the car carefully for any rough spots. These will need to be sanded with 300 grit sand paper. This will smooth out the rough spots. It also allows the spray car paint to adhere better. Once you have finished sanding, make sure all of the dust dirt and debris are removed from the vehicle. It’s imperative that the car be perfectly clean. Step C: You will need to apply a primer. This will make sure that you get an overall even…

Proper Paint Guide: Learn Car Spray Painting Techniques
Blog / 09/14/2013

Proper Paint Guide: Learn Car Spray Painting Techniques   In this short space, it is impossible to go into detail at any length, so the following is a brief guideline to ensure quality workmanship and minimal negative comebacks. Of course, guidelines must be established, but they also must be strictly followed. Setting the Guidelines and Expectations: Good training is reflected in quality work, as bad training is reflected in bad work, and prohibitive costs result due to comebacks. It is important to make sure that the training is top notch. Many paint manufacturers have excellent training standards and it is a good policy to follow and enforce those standards. The following is a good example of good prep guidelines as given by a good paint company. Contaminates that float around can ruin a paint job, and that applies to the surface, and the shop as well. To do this make sure, there is adequate filtration, and that it is frequently cleaned to the point of being almost sterile. Minute dust particles and hair are the worst offenders, making technicians walking dust magnets if the filtration system is inadequate. Every day, and before each job, the shop must be thoroughly cleaned,…

Build Your Own Electric Car – Review
Blog / 08/19/2013

Build Your Own Electric Car – Review   Build Your Own Electric Car is offered by a Les and Jane who have been living “off grid” for the past 15 years. They drive their own homemade electric-car and use solar and wind energy to run their house. Their book reveals the method that they used to convert their vehicle to run on electricity at a cost that they, as regular people, could afford. The cost of the whole process is a few hundred dollars. And they will also show you how to complete a 100 miles with one charging. You will learn in a step-by-step the method of converting your vehicle to electric-power and how to reduce the money that you pay for fuel to nearly zero. This method is not only an effective way to get great mileage for less, but it also helps the environment. The use of fuel increases the amount of harmful gases in the environment which has a negative affect on the overall environment and particularly on the local environment. By adapting to this method of running your vehicle you are also doing a favor to our environment. You will be pleased to learn that…

How to Build Your Own Electric Car
Blog / 08/18/2013

How to Build Your Own Electric Car By Les and Jane Oke, Authors of Build Your Own Electric Car   Learning how to build your own electric car is not really that difficult of a project. We did our own conversion of a 1995 Toyota Corolla at a cost of only five hundred dollars. How did we do it? Well, it really turned into a family project after it began. Here’s how you can do it too. What you will need to get started: – Detailed plans – You can use any vehicle – gas or diesel – A garage, shop or barn as a work space – Simple tools every home workshop has – wrenches, drills, etc. First off, you will need a large DC motor (9 inches or larger) and a source of batteries. Note that AC motors can be used as well but they are a bit more expensive so we went with DC. They are easier to install too. You can, of course buy all these parts brand new but this is the heaviest cost of the whole project so we suggest using the sources of free DC motors and free industrial batteries listed in the…