Originally Posted by sandrock
If you were to do such a thing....it would definately have to be w/o a 4T-60e...maybe a 4T-60 or a 440T4, or do a manual conversion, which now that I think about it, would be better suited for an electric motor...otherwise the motor would have to spin constantly to feed trans fluid to the circuits.
I'm wondering if you would need any form of transmission at all beyond a planetary/reduction gearbox to tie the motors together and improve their torque. I'll have to take a closer look at our lift motors to see how they work. On a diesel-electric locomotive, the power is handled by connecting additional windings on the alternator...I wonder if the same idea would work on these motors...turn on more winding to up the power output.
Also, I don't think you would want a clutch of any sort involved...under deceleration you want the vehicles momentum transfered back through the motors (now generators) to be fed back into the batteries.
Actually, the more I think of this...you could probably make the entire assembly into a cradle-sized pancake that takes the place of the existing engine & transmission.