Archive for March, 2009

Reshaping the tail end

Restoring and Building | Posted by admin March 25th, 2009

The original Valkyrie had a rounded back end. This rounded shape was by far the worst part of the car. The best discription I have for it was a “duck ass”. It has to go. The plan is to widen the back, lessen the curve, add a bumper, and skirts over the wheel wells.

Out of the garage

Restoring and Building | Posted by admin March 23rd, 2009

Electric vacuum pump for brakes

Restoring and Building | Posted by admin March 15th, 2009

The car is outfitted with power brakes. Since there isn’t an engine to provide a vacuum, an electrical vacuum pump is being used. This feeds into a resivour to hold enough pressure for multiple brakings. A pressure switch turns the unit on if the pressure drops below what it needed.

Worried About Cost and Emissions of Charging Plug-In Hybrids and Electric Cars?

Restoring and Building | Posted by admin March 10th, 2009

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EarthTalk is a Q&A column from E/The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: If you have an electric or plug-in hybrid car, you’re paying for electricity rather than gasoline. How does that cost compare to a gas-powered car? And since the electricity may be generated from some other polluting source, is it really better for the environment? — Kevin DeMarco, Milford, Connecticut

When you compare battery to gasoline power, electricity wins hands down. A 2007 study by the non-profit Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) calculated that powering a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) would cost the equivalent of roughly 75 cents per gallon of gasoline — a price not seen at the pump for 30 years.

The calculation was made using an average cost of electricity of 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour and the estimated distance the car would travel on one charge, versus a car that gets 25 miles per gallon and is powered by $3 per gallon gasoline. Change any of those variables and the relative costs change. For example, substituting a car that gets 50 miles per gallon doubles the comparative electrical cost (though it still works out much cheaper than gasoline). On the other hand, in some areas where wind or hydropower is wasted at night — likely when the PHEV would be charging — the utility might drop the kilowatt hour cost to two to three cents, making the charge much less costly.

And don’t worry that we’ll run out of electrical power: A 2005 study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory estimated that three-quarters of the country’s current small vehicle fleet could be charged by our existing electrical grid without building new power plants. (And if all those cars were replaced by PHEVs, it would eliminate the need for 6.5 billion barrels of oil per day, or 52 percent of current U.S. oil imports.)

Regarding environmental impact, charging up your car with electricity from the grid also wins handily over filling up at the gas station. In the most comprehensive PHEV study to date, released in 2007 by EPRI and the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), results predict that all greenhouse gases will be reduced as PHEVs begin to penetrate the car market. Estimated cumulative greenhouse gas reductions from 2010 to 2050, depending upon how fast PHEVs take hold, range from 3.4 to 10.3 billion tons.

More than one half of our national energy grid is powered by coal, and in areas where PHEVs are charged through coal-provided electricity, says NRDC, there is the possibility of increased levels of soot and mercury emissions. However, charging up can be much less of a guilt-ridden affair where cleaner electrical sources like wind and solar are available. The website points out that as more power plants are required to develop green power and emit fewer greenhouse gases, the environmental and health benefits will further increase.

GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk, c/o E/The Environmental Magazine, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; submit it here or via e-mail. Read past columns here.

Parts For Sale

Uncategorized | Posted by admin March 9th, 2009

Parts For Sale

Mustang or Falcon door handles

$10 plus shipping

These handles are in good condition but should be re-chromed for show quality.

1968 Ford LTD 4 Door Side Front Side Glass – left and right. Perfect for use on a Fiberfab Valkyrie. In perfect condition.


Ford Mustang Side windows – Perfect for use in a Fiberfab Valkyrie

VW Gia regulators and glass clips.
$65 plus shipping

Door hinge set taken off a Fiberfab Valyrie – were replaced with Lambo hinges.