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PHILLIPSTON been two years since Bob evicted squirrels living in his electric car, cut down a tree growing through the and repaired the odd-looking vehicle to get it running for a Phillipston Historical event.

The car was patched up then as as was needed to get it running for the event, but now the of rust and rot is one final coat of away from looking and better than when he and his son Jim it in 1973.

The car, a 1957 2CV with a roll-up cloth was turned into an electric car in by Mr. Hurst and his then 11-year-old It was an amazing accomplishment then, how little was being done electric cars at the time. Mr.

now 73, had no blueprints to work with he converted the old French car, ideas running around in his He put it together from junkyard using his self-taught engineering It was built during the 1970s oil embargo that squeezed the of oil so much that gasoline rose dramatically and gas had to be rationed.

He then ran it back and forth to and around town from to 1976.

After the gas crisis Mr. Hurst parked his clever out behind his house. He went to driving more traditional for about 30 years, until Gariepy of the Phillipston Historical convinced him to give a talk on his built so many years in the

Again enlisting his son’s they brought the long-neglected car to life, even replacing a frame.

After the talk, Mr. did not put the car back out to pasture, but kept with it as time would continuing to work with his who now earns his living in electronics and Even two years ago it seemed a novelty to outsiders, but now, in the 1970s, it is a practical and timely

Gas reached more than $4 a this year, before the retreated some recently.

saving $50 a week on gas,” he

The car is fuel-efficient, non-polluting — a completely vehicle and everything car companies be dreaming of. Mr. Hurst said the that electric cars are not yet a sight, 35 years after he and converted his Citroen, is puzzling to

“They should have way down the road on these by he said.

Mr. Hurst said his car not saves him money — the original only cost him $300 — but he driving it. It makes a slight sound going down the enough to catch people’s It can reach up to 55 mph, plenty enough for Mr.

Hurst, and he loves he spends only the cost of to fill it up.

“It’s a fun thing,” he said. “I to drive it. I thumb my nose at the gas as I go by.”

The car does not have a lot of between electrical fill-ups, but he can it from his home on Ward Road to Athol and back any problem.

“I could probably go to and back,” he said.

The question of how far the car go is complex. Mr. Hurst explained he has the vehicle set up so that traveling or using the brakes charges the If there are a lot of downhills on the route, the car more mileage.

He actually driving to Athol, but the return is almost entirely uphill.

of the improvements to the car include changes boosted the capacity of the car from 36 to 48 and a new controller that improves but requires that the old controller in the vehicle. The new part does not the system to generate power down hills.

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One of the more interesting changes two years ago was added by Jim Hurst. is a universal serial bus computer attached to the car. The younger Mr.

said it allows him to plug the car and collect real time when it is driving down the The data can be added to spreadsheets and them to see how well the car is running.

The car is a clever creation, Bob Hurst be excused if he bragged a little, but he

When asked how he came up the design of the car, he simply “I kind of winged it.”

By it, he means he machined parts, diodes from an X-ray and generally created designs engineers from General would admire.

Mr. Hurst is not an He has simply been a very and skilled mechanic for 54 years, for many years for car repair and dealerships in the area. His out-of-the-box was apparent when he was a young man for Motors of Gardner, a Chrysler

A customer came in several complaining that her new car kept a fluttering sound. The problem even company experts, Bob discovered a fender that was not enough and was making the sound as the car He received a letter of commendation the car company.

Equally commendable is the of cobbled-together creations he has at his house and at a at another family’s property on Road. He had a bucket-loader that had a engine, so instead of finding a to replace it, he rebuilt the vehicle to a Volkswagen engine. That to be a common theme with of his vehicles.

The engines were so rather than take the way out, he re-engineered the vehicles so engines would fit.

When the Citroen is painted, Bob to register it if he can find all the paperwork to satisfy the state Registry of Vehicles. In the meantime, he doesn’t to ever declare the project There are always new and better

He’d like to find a way to the miles he can drive on each

“Everything needs to be tailored and over,” he said, as a smile over his face.

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