I needed a way to locate how the rear cross bar is positioned relative to the electric motor. The geometry is important to ensure suspension travel and drive loads are the same as with the gas engine. Taking measurements on the gas motor proved to be difficult, so I made a jig that connects to the transmission mounting flange on the gas engine block, wraps around the engine, and bolts to the cross bar.
The jig is then mounted to the transmission flange on the electric motor adaptor plate. The cross bar is held in the correct position and I can connect the electric motor to the cross bar with a metal bracket.
|In the lower left corner is an additional cross member that will be welded in between the two "L" brackets, once I test the fit, and fully welds all of the joints.|
The motor and transmission were installed in the car. After checking the alignment, I will remove the parts, weld them up fully, and paint them.
Here is a video of the wheels spinning for the first time under electric power. The motor is connected to a 12 volt battery with jumper cables.