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December 2004

While December was a very productive month, I didn't take many photos...

 
1. The front battery rack is a work of art. It holds six 12V deep cycle batteries and the original ICE starter battery. In the foreground is the front support bar. 2. This photo shows the front battery support bar in-situ just behind the A/C condenser.
3. This is the complete front battery rack in-situ, bolt holes into the front support bar can be seen at the bottom of the photo. No bolt holes were drilled into, nor any welding onto, the chassis rails. The whole assembly can be removed in ten minutes with barely any indication of the installation apparent. 4. Drivers side (Right Hand in Australia) bolt holes to the bracket under the engine mount on the chassis rail.
5. At the top of this photo you can see the battery rack leg which bolts to the front-end cross member assembly using the existing exhaust system bolt positions. 6. This is the passenger side (Left Hand in Australia) bolt holes. The two at the top of the photo existed in chassis rail already (original use unknown). The lower one is through the original ICE battery mount base.
 
7. This is the finished modified version of the rear battery rack support bracket. It bolts up under the back seat where the fuel tank used to be and will support the rear battery rack. 8. The hardest job so far...pulling out the old water heater core from behind the dash (it's the shiny thing in the middle of the picture, just touching the windscreen). Up until this point I thought the Toyota Echo was a beautifully engineered car for maintenance purposes. This job however requires a small amount of plastic explosives to be kept in the tool box.
9. The new electric (250 Watt) cabin heater on the left, old water heater on the right. This was a rush job and is not really required here in the sub-tropics. I think the electric core is way too small and won't work very effectively. I will re-visit this later...

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