Andrew Baker’s 1989 Suzuki Vitara

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1989 Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki Vitara not running – $2000AU

Electric Motor – $2800AU

Expect around AU $15000 total.

5/12/2009 – Removed engine, done over two days, spent

total 8 hours to achive. Could do it quicker a second

time i think.

20/12/2009 – Removed gearbox and transfer case. Seperated

gearbox from transfercase. Surprised how light the

gearbox is, was going to do a direct drive to the

transfercase, however, might keep gearbox for now. This

took 4 hours and one squashed little finger. bugger.

22/12/2009 – Went down to the local transmission place

today. To my pleasent surprise, they see the adaptor for

the Electric Motor the easy part. providing i have direct

shaft to connect to the gearbox. So, the plan from here

-Easier to manufacture adaptor and coupling.

-Should save around 30kg off the build.

-I will still have L and H range gears, Low range is

equive to about gear 2.5 with the normal gearbox anyway.

-Because it is a 4WD transfer case, using the Low range

9/03/2010 – Got Transfercase shaft engineered by a local

guy to take a taper lock for the motor coupling $150.

Then went down to a transmission joint and purshased the

coupling parts $131.

1/05/2010 – Spent a lot of time cutting the gearbox in

half thinking it might be useful for a adaptor bell

housing, only to discover that it probably wasnt strong

enough for the torque of the motor and the engineer felt

it was better to make a whole new one. So the motor and

transfer case are off for two weeks getting that done..

21/05/2010 – Got the now coupled transfercase and motor

back from the engineers. Looks great, cost $420 to get

done. Not too bad i rekon. Thanks Wodonga Engineering

12/06/2010 – Motor finally went into the car. Relatively

easy job. Went very well. New pic is now up.

6/08/2010 – Found and ordered manual steering box to

replace the power steering. This will save having to

power the steering.

1/08/2010 – Tested Motor using 12V source. Should have

done this much earlier, so this was a very nice feeling.

8/08/2010 – Tried to remove steering box, failed, need to

go get the right tool.

10/08/2010 – Purchased Warp-Drive Controller, on

28/1/2011 – The arrival of my first son has slowed the

project a little, but I have had time to take my car down

to the engineer and chat about a few elements of the


1/08/2011 – Still working on the battery boxes.

Prototype 3 has won, which is angle iron brackets

suspended from the chassis directly underneath the car.

This will lead to far better handling, lowering and

centralizing the weight. And before I hear you say, but

what about keeping the weight over the front wheels now

the engine is gone. Remember that big box at the back

which holds the bang liquid. Well that weight was behind

the rear axle, effectively lifting the front end. With it

gone, my weight distribution will be almost perfect.

10/10/2011 – Installed Brake Vacuum Pump. Very easy

process. Is Nice. Bracketing all made up for controller

and charger, charger is about to arrive, all getting

17/07/2012 – Bracketing almost complete for holding

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