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Tesla rebel mechanic Rich Rebuilds is electrifying a Ford Model A ‘Rat Rod’
August 3, 2019  Dacia J. Ferris

Rich Benoit working on his Model A Rat Rod EV conversion







I’m building the most BIZARRE electric vehicle conversion

Rich Benoit of the popular YouTube channel ‘Rich Rebuilds’ has a reputation
for breathing life into Tesla’s electric cars long after the company left
them for dead. However, his most recent project has him playing Dr.
Frankenstein (electricity inference intended) on a different kind of vehicle
altogether: A classic Model A Rat Rod. Using his electric vehicle know-how
and gearhead ambition, Benoit is converting the Model A to run off the power
of an electric motorcycle.

As part of a detailed video exploring electric vehicle (EV) conversions
posted on his YouTube channel called, “The UGLY Truth Behind Electric
Vehicle Conversions,” Benoit removed the Chevy 305 engine from a 1930s Model
A Rat Rod he’d purchased for his own attempt. Since using Tesla replacement
parts for the car would be incredibly expensive, he decided a budget EV
conversion using junk parts would be a better route to take for the sake of
his and his audience’s wallets. Then, as part of a separate effort, Benoit
purchased a salvaged Zero motorcycle for $3,200 intended for restoration,
much like his Tesla salvage projects. Unfortunately, he gradually became
uninterested in the project for both personal and practicality reasons
thanks to the condition of the bike.

The motorcycle and the Model A combination eventually became Benoit’s new
source of project inspiration, and he’s currently in the process of
combining the Rat Rod body with the electric motor parts of the motorcycle.
In a video released today titled, “I’m building the most BIZARRE electric
vehicle conversion,” Benoit revealed the process taken to create an adaptor
plate to mount the electric motor to the Model A’s transmission and a
coupler to connect the motor shaft to the transmission.

Although at first glance, a hot rod conversion might seem unusual for a
private mechanic who built a reputation on raising the ire of the best
selling electric vehicle brand in the world, Benoit is really following the
latest trend in the DIY automotive crowd. While discussing his Tesla
projects with Joe Rogan on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast in April, Benoit
described the value of Tesla parts from salvaged vehicles.

“They’re so valuable, man, because…you know why?” he explained. “The battery
technology and the motor technology Tesla’s using, everyone’s just dying for
that stuff, man.” Rogan then asked whether those electric car parts were put
into older vehicles, and a resounding ‘yes’ was the answer from Benoit.
“Absolutely. It’s the new generation of hot rodders.”

A number of electric conversions have made headlines in the last few months,
including a Ford Mustang, F-150, and a Porsche 912. One shop, in particular,
EV West in San Marcos, California, has turned the hobby into a profitable
art form with well-engineered conversions of classic cars for customers
around the country. The popularity of the hobby has even led EV West to
develop a conversion kit product line. Of course, the spirit of Rich
Rebuilds is decidedly unenthusiastic about the kind of money involved in an
off-the-shelf conversion, hence the budget Rat Rod approach.

Benoit has worked on a Tesla-specific conversion himself recently alongside
another famous YouTube personality, Simone Giertz. Together with a few other
knowledgeable collaborators, Giertz and Benoit converted Giertz’s Tesla
Model 3 into a pickup truck aptly named the “Truckla.” The Rich Rebuilds
star was specifically tasked with building the truck bed and working on its
high voltage components, safety systems, and other electronic features
[© teslarati.com]

First Croatian Electric Race Car Reaches 100 km/h in
Three Seconds
12 August 2019  But the last car that has been made by them stands out the
most ... each project comes a shift of generations. After the project is
over ... mostly new, ''fresh'' people come and start working on new
projects. We always try to transfer the knowledge and technical solutions
from the previous cars to the next generation ...

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