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Lincvolt Rebuild Underway
This is a long story about perseverance in the face of adversity. As Lincvolt rises Phoenix-like from the ashes, she still lives. The spirit of Lincvolt will not be stopped. The reason for Lincvolt's existence is still right in front of us and even more important with each passing day. We continue to compromise the earth's fragile defenses by building cars that are spewing Greenhouse gases.
Lincvolt will be the same car with new configuration of components, re-invigorated for the long road ahead.
This week Lincvolt will have the UQM prime mover and the Capstone Micro-Turbine removed and tested to make sure they are both in excellent shape. While the fire did not appear to harm either motor, both will be tested by their respective manufacturers while Lincvolt undergoes an extensive body rebuild in Sacramento California. Lincvolt's body will be completely straightened to new condition and primered before returning to Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco in February, 2011. 475 hours of work are scheduled for this stage of the rebuild.
During this time, the other Lincvolt systems will be planned and purchased, many with improvements made possible by the extensive nature of the rebuild and the fresh start it provides. Every detail we have learned along the way will be taken into consideration while laying out the car's schematic. We will be openly sharing the schematic and its evolution here on the LV site.
We are now in discussion with a major Canadian Energy company to receive batteries for Lincvolt. The batteries, integrated with their new battery management system, will be mated with a Battery Charger by the manufacturer and delivered to us as a package. We will be announcing details and test results during these next 3 months.
The car interior will look different with a console running through the center and bucket seats for the driver and front passenger. The original Continental instrument cluster will be retained and customized to accommodate the electric instrumentation. This will retain the original look of the dashboard and controls.
One of the great things about this rebuild is the fact that it will all be done under the direction of Brizio Street Rods. Everything is being planned in advance. The wealth of our experiences, good and bad, will be applied in every way possible.
Driving tests are anticipated for the summer of 2011.
Stay Tuned for updates. Our web camera will be back.
Thank you from the Lincvolt team.
As we reported last month, on November 21, Pegi Young and The Survivors performed at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA. For this show Young was joined by her husband Neil on electric guitar, harmonica and backing vocals as well as Spooner Oldham (keyboards), Kelvin Holly (electric guitar), Rick Rosas (bass) and Phil Jones (drums). Then on Friday December 3, this same band appeared in San Francisco at Cafe Du Nord.
On Tuesday the group performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing the song “Body Breaks” from Pegi Young’s second album Foul Deeds. Neil Young joined his wife and her band once again last night at Brooklyn, NY’s Bell House. In addition to material from his wife’s albums, Neil Young offered an unreleased original song called “Doghouse” that he’s performed occasionally since the late ’80s. The show is believed to be the Young’s first Brooklyn concert.
By Jaan Uhelszki December 15th, 2010 at 7:00 am
A condensed version of this interview appears in the January/February issue.
Serious, intense, with hooded blue-gray eyes that always seem capable of pinning you to the wall, Neil Young looks like a man who has forged an uneasy peace with himself and the choices that he’s made. Gone is much of that early restlessness and ire; the kind of discontent that found him pitching televisions out of third story windows into southern California canyons, or scowling onstage amid a 15-minute version of “Down By The River,” without ever acknowledging his audience. Two months from his 65th birthday, there is an air of quiet acceptance about him as he sits with perfect posture in his smart white Panama hat, trimmed beard and green military jacket. His lived-in features – chiseled and defined – give him the air of an aging leading man, and as you take a step back and squint, he resembles no one so much as Gregory Peck, with the same mixture of obsession and righteousness.