TY News: A team of enthusiastic Transition Years are taking over our vehicle electrification project, which started back in January but was placed on hold during lockdown. Our keen TY students are continuing the restoration process on our donor off road .
First step is to prep the base chassis for shot blasting to remove surface rust, then prep for painting and then reassembly with new/refurbished parts to a rolling chassis.
The second major aspect of this project is the purchase and installation of an electrical propulsion system (motor, battery and charging system).
Our TY team are planning a series of fundraising events to facilitate this stage of the project, details of which will be revealed shortly. This project represents a great learning opportunity for the TY's in the areas of green energy technologies, basic automotive engineering, entrepreneurship and company financing - all support in realising this opportunity is greatly appreciated!
They were hard at work recently refurbishing parts and prepping components for paint. Lists of jobs completed included sanding of the front hub assemblies, rear hubs and trailing arms and rear anti roll bar. The steering rack has been rebuilt and previously jammed seat runners were "gently coaxed" back to fully working order!
The buggy chassis will be shot blasted and primed for painting over the coming days so there are some busy weeks ahead getting all the painting completed prior to assmbly. Thankfully the enthusiastic team are up to the challenge!
11.11.20: It was all hands on deck for our TY EV Development team this evening carrying out some final prep and painting of some of the mechanical components on our electric off road machine - front and rear hubs, rear driveshafts, steering rack and even engine mountings received careful attention from our team members.
As with all restorations, the devil is in the detail and the TY team are leaving no stone unturned in striving for a top quality outcome. Well done all!
23.11.20: The Transition Year EV development project took a significant step forward following a recent visit by Peter Nea from Midland Shot Blasting to assist in the chassis restoration process. Peter proved to be highly courteous and deeply knowledgable in his field and with his fully equipped mobile workshop made short work of the old paint and surface rust on both chassis and frame. Sincere thanks Peter for a highly professional job!
With the chassis and frame now shot blasted and primed, the next step is to complete painting of the chassis and components followed by reassembly, so some busy weeks ahead in the run up to Christmas.
A sincere word of thanks also to our latest sponsors for their recent generous contributions to project funds, namely Jonathon O’Neill & Sons Agricultural Contractors, Rathganny Pre-School and Rathganny Rare Meats. Your support is greatly appreciated!