Hard sell

harryS

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He changed out the rear motor to some generic Chinese wheel. There's no collector value, unless it comes with a bike rack fitted to a 64 Mustang.
 

FlatSix911

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Region
USA
City
Silicon Valley
Just as good or better than today's ebikes!:rolleyes:
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He changed out the rear motor to some generic Chinese wheel. There's no collector value, unless it comes with a bike rack fitted to a 64 Mustang.

Interesting design... what was the orginal motor spec? SLA batteries... no thanks. ;)

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Sierratim

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USA
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Nevada City, CA & Paradise Valley, AZ
Just as good or better than today's ebikes!:rolleyes:

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When I was volunteering at the loacl 'bicycle kitchen' a retired Chrysler exec donated several of these early ebikes. Their original SLA batteries were long gone. We replaced those with Ping branded Li-ion battery packs that were custom made to fit these bikes. With just a few other minor updates they were ready to go.

Apparently the original design relied on the high internal resistance of the SLA batteries to limit power to the motor. With the much lower resistance Li-ion batteries these bikes went literally like bats out of h###. I put a Wattsup meter on one. The motor would pull up to 1KW at full throttle.

Mechanically, they were nothing special, esp with their stamped sheet metal frame, but boy would they go with new batteries 😎