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    Go-cart "for the kids"

    Cheap and cheerful project for my kids. Making it as a roller, but with room to bolt on the motor once they get the idea of driving and stopping the roller.

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    Mock up to see how it looks


    As a kid I made a trolley, it had no brakes and was made from wood and old lawnmower wheels...let's just say H&S wasn't high priority for parents back in the 70's... but I survived. I wish to give my kids similar, but slightly safer opportunities, so this one has pneumatic wheels and brakes!

    Mini quad axle, modified to accept a huge disc brake caliper I already had.






    Will hopefully get some more free time this weekend get a bit more done.

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    One of those would have been the bees knees when I was a boy!
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    One of those would have been the bees knees when I was a boy!
    As parents I think we tend to try give our kids the things we didn't have. For my dad, he wanted me to get a university education (regardless of if I wanted to our not), so I studied mechanical engineering...and then became a goat hunter :-)

    My kids...well I want them to have a real go-cart. Hmmm maybe I need to raise my expectations a little?

    Kj
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimjon View Post
    As parents I think we tend to try give our kids the things we didn't have. For my dad, he wanted me to get a university education (regardless of if I wanted to our not), so I studied mechanical engineering...and then became a goat hunter :-)

    My kids...well I want them to have a real go-cart. Hmmm maybe I need to raise my expectations a little?

    Kj
    What a great dad !!!

    Tell them after this one is done they can help you with your one, mention it will be a bit bigger so you can drive them around in it, paint it blue

    A big fast bullet beats a little fast bullet every time

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    Heavy leads on that welder
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    Cool
    I had a gocart when i was a mite. Pe 80? Centrifugal three speed with no brakes......so many memories and less lawn to mow as a result
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    Make up some sort of bar to stop it rolling, in my experience someone will roll it sooner or later!

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    Great project kimjon. Many a good honest stubbed toe was had pushing a wooden cart around in the 70's.
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    I always wanted a nice AR so now that I have one (cheers for selling it to me kimjon) it's time to build one for the kids.
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    Good stuff Kimjon! I always wanted a gokart as a kid too, never got one..... so when i was finally old enough to pay for one myself......i got one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matto1234 View Post
    Make up some sort of bar to stop it rolling, in my experience someone will roll it sooner or later!
    Good advice. Will give it some thought

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    More parts arrived today. Some steel

    And some cool pedals, long length of braided line and a brake reservoir. All trademe cheapies...


    It's going to be all stations go at night when normal people sleep :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWH View Post
    Good stuff Kimjon! I always wanted a gokart as a kid too, never got one..... so when i was finally old enough to pay for one myself......i got one!

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    Nice wheels

    How do you get on getting that wagon up to the Makahu Rd car park?

    Suppose you could also strap your deer on the tail at the rear?

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by P38 View Post
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    Nice wheels

    How do you get on getting that wagon up to the Makahu Rd car park?

    Suppose you could also strap your deer on the tail at the rear?

    Cheers
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    Yeah it'd be a struggle (it was hard enough getting in and out of some driveways) got a shitty old Vitara for that ;-) Although I have had a couple of deer in the S4 wagon tho (much to the wife's disgust)

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    Looking forward to seeing the finished gokart Kim, ive always been keen to build one for the kids too, might have to upgrade my crappy little mig before that tho, it struggles on anything more than panel steel.

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    Argo sheild will give you a bit more grunt on that mig if you are only running co2

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