Firebrid: The Prius v Powered Hybrid Convertible

Discussion in 'Prius v Technical Discussion' started by Bill the Engineer, Jul 4, 2017.

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    The 17 year old cooling coil (a.k.a. leaking block of ice and refrigerant.

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    New system is running fine, which is a good thing since we are on our 4th straight day of 90F weather here in central Ohio. I could really use those ocean breezes about now.

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    brutal, amazing heat wave for late september. (let's not mention you know what:censored:)
     
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    Took today off from work. The brutal heat continues. I got out into the garage in the morning to work on the project as long as I could. Too hot to scrape and grind stuff, and certainly too hot to weld! I decided to start some part fabrication for around the kick vent areas to channel rainwater away from the interior.

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    At least now I feel like I made SOME progress this past weekend!

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    Most people use heat to weld. Do you use cold?? :LOL:
     
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    LOL!

    I weld with a sweatshirt on. I learned early in life not to weld in short sleeves. It can give you quite a sunburn on your arms.

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    This image from last year shows why the kick vent areas need to be partially enclosed while the body is still off of the chassis. There are areas that are completely inaccessible once the body is mounted.

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    Measure twice , cut once... or in my case, measure lots of times because I can't remember what the number was the last time I measured it... :confused:

    I discovered on Saturday that there is a lower firewall brace on the Prius v chassis that would interfere with the lower portion of the kick vent chamber pieces that I was fabricating. You can see where the Firebird body scraped by them when it was dropped onto the chassis the first time.

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    So, doing what any red blooded engineer would do, I revised the design to go around them. Saturday was spent fabricating the revised parts out of the old ones. I also created drip gutters to go over the kick vent opening, (something Pontiac should have done to begin with to eliminate kick vent water leaks.)

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    Sunday was final fit-up and welding day.

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    Next weekend will be seam sealer and primer weekend, with any extra time going back to scraping out the rear wheel wells.

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    Slow progress this weekend. Taking it step-by-step. Tropical storm rains moved in Sunday afternoon. Hopefully next weekend will go well.

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    Panels welded in, welds ground, sealer applied and primed.

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    We'll see how much else I can get done.

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    How many weekends you got left before the garage is closed for work?
     
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    That's entirely up to the weather. I may be welding on thanksgiving weekend...

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    Had some time to photo-document what I need to do before the body drops onto the chassis. These are just a few of over 50 images I took. The modifications of the body are done, but I have a LOT of clean-up and seam welding do do underneath before it becomes inaccessible. I also have a few tasks on the chassis to handle, mostly having to do with rerouting the parking brake cable.

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    Big dirty job. Glad the coming weekend is supposed to be dry.

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