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1941 Electric 3 wheel bicycle by Bob Peterson

“War Buggy”

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Member Name: Bob Peterson

Project Title: 1941 Electric 3 wheel bicycle

Project Status  3 - Almost Done: checked

Owner: Bob Peterson

Owners Other EV: None

Location: 3232 Vine Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

System Voltage: 6v and 12v

Vehicle: 1941 home built electric 3 wheel bicycle

Web Page: none

Motor: 1912 Dodge generator

Drivetrain: Belts to a custom friction drive jackshaft with differential gears

Controller: No true controller. Original switch and terminal block was home made.

Batteries: Two 6v batteries

Battery Management System: Battries are wired in both series and parallel to the switch and terminal block

Charger: 1941 homebuilt charger.

Heater: Jacket, gloves, and hat

DCDC Converter: None

Instrumentation: None

Top Speed: 6 mph on 6v and 15 mph on 12v

Acceleration: 0 - 6 mph  2 seconds and 0 - 15 mph 10 seconds

Range: 25+ miles on 1 modern deep cycle 12v battery

Watt Hours Mile: unknown

Seating Capacity: one person

Curb Weight: 120 lbs approx.

Tires: 2.125" x 26" bicycle tires (qty. 3)

Conversion Time: 4 months

Conversion Cost: $15 in 1941

Additional Features: special handmade differential gears for each of the two drive wheels

Project Comments: I have restored the bicycle to its 1941 configuration except for the main switch and terminal block that were lost many years ago. I need the help of the club members to recreate the switch and terminal block. I have the original fabricated 6v battery charger.

Submission comments: I hope to be able to complete the restoration of this bike with the input of club members on the missing switch and terminal block. My Father created the bike from scratch to beat the gas rationing of WWII. He rode the bike in the spring, summer, and fall during the war years. The bike was in an article in the April 1945 issue of Popular Science (I have a copy of the magazine). I have written a 5 page article about this project.

 

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