1166 forum posts
Many years ago I built a go cart using a Villiers twin 2T 250cc engine. Spent too much money on it & gave it away some years later. How many of you guys have owned a go cart.
Bet yours was not like these.
|Dave Halford||06/04/2020 10:58:40|
|705 forum posts|
True mine had pram wheels held on with bent nails round the axles.
|Martin Connelly||06/04/2020 11:03:54|
1265 forum posts
I once started to build a flat bed pen plotter but printer technology caught up and passed me (and got cheaper) before I got very far into the build.
|Robert Atkinson 2||06/04/2020 11:25:41|
617 forum posts
Had one with Pram wheels
5145 forum posts
I built the typical pram wheel soap box cart. Fortunately I never took it on the steep road outside the house and never crashed as the steering by feet on the front axle would have meant serious ankle damage.
At school a friend named Hugh made a powered cart out of a moped back end on one side, the front wheel making the other back wheel, body part of a barn door. He charged sixpence or a bob to ride it round the playing fields. He went on to found Diggerland.
|Howard Lewis||06/04/2020 12:15:56|
|3154 forum posts|
Two incomplete Stirling engines are not in the same ball park!
|Dave Smith 14||06/04/2020 12:30:36|
|93 forum posts|
Spent the years 13 to 19 racing 100 Junior and 100 National karts (not go-karts) as it was then. University, wine, women and my road car curtailed that, but then marshalled with the BARC for 8 years, including the British Grand Prix. Then built and raced 750 Formula cars for a long time until the costs of a family stopped that as well. Returned to running events and scrutineering, built another 750 Formula car for a friend, then a hot road Westfield for myself, now I just act as a design judge for the IMechE Formula Student Competition and play trains!.
|320 forum posts|
When I was a kid we built 'soap-boxes' but we called them billy-carts, usually made from scrap bits of timber and recycled pram or stroller wheels. We had some good hills around home, little car traffic, so plenty of action. Very few spills, the fear factor kept us safe (not fear of being hurt, fear of facing mum with torn clothes from coming off at speed!) As our skills and budgets improved some ended up with rear suspension (trailing arms using gate hinges, old valve springs from Dad's Morris 6), brakes (a pivoted lever bearing against the back wheel), and 8-wheeler that would seat 3 kids, and one of my mates even had a steering wheel set-up using recycled vee-belt pulleys from a washing machine. That was a trick billy-cart as he put the ropes on the wrong way so to turn right you had to steer left and vice-versa. Fun times.
|Howard Lewis||06/04/2020 12:50:56|
|3154 forum posts|
Do "Elfin Safety" approve of such unapproved, untested and patently unsafe vehicles and practices?
You might hurt yourself! But possibly acquired a better sense of speed and distance in the process?
|David Noble||06/04/2020 13:25:06|
171 forum posts
I had a short and non-illustrious career racing karts. Class 4 standard with a 197cc Villiers engine. Gas flowed ports 10.5 or 11-1 compression ratio and 3 speed box.
|Chris Evans 6||06/04/2020 13:38:20|
1631 forum posts
Long distance trials cars where what held my interest, a Dellow followed by a Cannon sporting trials car then on to making my own. My love of motorcycles took over and still does so now.
|Neil Wyatt||06/04/2020 14:10:24|
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The nearest I came was as 'mechanic' for my grandson. The kart was a Comer 90 Cadet; fast enough for 8 -11 year-olds. Only at club level. His dad (my stepson) has about as much mechanical aptitude as bull in a china shop. If I hadn't stepped up, the kart would have turned up at meetings wearing the same coat of dirt and grit picked up at the last outing. I also rescued it from being carried to and fro in the back of a van half full of brick rubble, sand, cement etc. For a couple of years, My wife and I enjoyed every other Sunday at the track and, seeing Adam win a few trophies (never a 1st, unfortunately, because that honour always went to the lad with the 4-stroke Honda Cadet - hardly fair). To give him credit, his dad was always full of encouragement, enthusiasm and praise for Adam's successes; just mechanically useless! Sadly, it was to be a transient interest, as is often the case with youngsters.
No, I never got to drive the Kart. Too small for an adult.
|David Noble||06/04/2020 15:26:18|
171 forum posts
I love the jet kart. Absolutely insane.
|Dave Halford||06/04/2020 16:56:10|
|705 forum posts|
My old neighbour had a proper 125 cart he used to race, one day I caught him cleaning a tyre mark off the back of his helmet after someone rear-ended him. His missus never found out.
|Harry Wilkes||06/04/2020 16:57:08|
875 forum posts
Along with others of my age I built a soapbox cart and we would go down to the bottom of our street which it;s self was an hill, at the bottom was a long twisting downhill hill alley we called it 'snake alley' it was not for the faint hearted and I must admit i came to grief a few time.
|Philip Burley||06/04/2020 18:06:29|
177 forum posts
I remember the old Villiers 197, I made a jig to hold the head on my ML7 face plate to machine a bit off . The guys I was doing it for wanted a bit more off each time till the performance fell off , Nothing technical take about a 1/16 off please !!
|Bob Unitt 1||06/04/2020 18:47:48|
|103 forum posts|
Fascinating. Are those speeds mph or kph ?
|old mart||06/04/2020 18:55:34|
|1557 forum posts|
I made a soapbox cart with 1 foot diameter pram wheels, it could carry at least 3 CWT and lasted for years. In my 20's, I was the mechanic for my friend who had a Barlotti Dino with a 9E Villiers engine. It managed about 20hp and always got into the A finals. Well mostly, the big end went bang on the Brands Hatch short circuit once, which meant only one race that day. These days, there only seems to be 125 karts racing. Go cart is a kids term for toys with motors, a world away from karts.
Edited By old mart on 06/04/2020 18:57:28
|Mike Poole||06/04/2020 19:13:47|
2547 forum posts
Maybe an R1 engine is a bit too much engine for a go Kart
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