More Parts Needed
To continue with the project, I needed more parts. When I made a trip to Bob’s Metals, it turned out to be my lucky day. A power plant nearby was decommissioned and there were lots of scrapped electrical parts from the power plant. I bought 36 lbs of parts you see in the pictures below: gauges,relays, capacitors, power bridge rectifiers, transformers, switches, and heavy wires. All for $18 total.
All of them worked without any problems.
There was no need for the gas compartment any more, so after I took out the gas tank, I installed an electrical plug that will fit into a standard extension chord. You can see the modification in the pictures below.
Pictures after the modification.
The picture below shows the block wiring diagram. There are two battery banks of 10 battery each. In the ‘Run’ mode, they are wired in series to produce about 240 volts DC. In the ‘Charge’ mode, each battery bank is charged separately from a simple rectifier. In the regeneration mode, the Hitachi controller provides the power and this power is redirected into batteries via 2 diodes.
I used an old extension chord to carry the power from the truck bed and the charging port into the engine compartment of the truck. I connected all three wires together to increase the current carrying capacity. Here are few pictures showing these wires.
One of the switches I picked up from Bob’s Metals was a two-position switch with many connections. I wired them in parallel so it can carry enough current. Here are few pictures showing the switch.
Connected the batteries.
Switches and Gauges
The switch on the left has two positions: ‘Charge’ and ‘Run’. The switch on the right is connected to the Hitachi controller to spin the motor forward or backward. The interesting side effect of this switch is that it is possible to drive the truck backwards while in first or second gear by flipping this switch. You could also put the gear in reverse and drive forward with the same switch. ICE engines spin only in one direction.
There are two analog meters on the right far side: The one on the right displays the voltage, the one on the left displays current.