The guys that complain about the deficiencies of the electric car must
think that the gas-powered internal combustion engine vehicles sprang up
fully developed in the early 20th century. The reality is that it took
about 50 years to get it right. Those guys deserve to drive horse carts.
You still don't grok the reality of modern transportation. My favorite
small car was my 1967 Renault 10. It had an 1108cc four cylinder liquid
cooled rear engine and was a great deal of fun to drive. It weighed
1730lbs and would be a great candidate for a DIY electrical conversion.
I could hop in the munchkin mobile and drive it a minimum of 300 miles
without refueling but there is no "electric only" car I know of that can
accomplish such a feat. To me, time is money and I can't screw around
waiting for my transportation to recharge it's batteries when someone
calls for my help. I'm actually looking for a small vehicle to zip
around in but an electric vehicle would still not be suitable for that
purpose. Understand this, I like electric vehicles for the jobs they're
capable of doing. They are not a panacea for an energy shortage by any
means and if you knew the whole story of the real cost of electric cars,
you know that they're not as Green and nonpolluting as you may have been
led to believe. O_o
The Renault 10 was on the same level as a VW Rabbit Diesel.
Small quick and easy on the pocket.
All the government regulations have pretty well killed building cars like
Even the new Fiat 500 is a pig compared to the original.
The VW Beetle at the time was a much heaver car I think over 2,000lbs
and had nowhere near the handling of the little Renault which was
actually a four door sedan. It had 4 wheel disk brakes and rack and
pinion steering along with independent suspension. Even though it had
swing axles in the rear, it had camber straps to keep it from
misbehaving. The little car was very comfortable and could be driven
long distances without wearing you out. It had a 10 gallon fuel tank
behind the back seat but with the tiny 1.1Ltr engine you could get over
300 miles on a fill up. I wound up with a 73 R10 and a 71 R16 which were
wonderfully funky small cars. I wish I had a nice R16 right now. ^_^
On 02-26-2013 01:55, Vic Smith wrote:
> I had a '64 Bug. Two guys could lift the front end and slide it into
Ours was a '61. I removed the front wheel by myself while my sister
walked home to get the jack. And I was only in high school.
Four junior high guys lifted the band teacher's bug four feet off the
ground and set it on the back porch of the cafeteria where it just
“A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature, and as a
Oh no, I know there's a difference. I know The VW Rabbit wasn't in The
U.S. in 1967 which is why I mentioned the VW Beetle but I was off on the
weight. Someone pointed out that the Beetle was only a bit heavier than
the R10. The R10 is a rear engine, rear drive while I believe the Rabbit
is a front engine, front wheel drive? When you write that they're in the
same class, would that be the same weight class or mileage class? O_o
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