this is the complete build thread of Brandon vinings 3rd tot rod so he has got a record of it which will be cool to look back at as he gets older ,
he has been lucky that I built his first one when he was 5 to the point he grew out of it so it was sold on for a new one which then got him in to run what you brung at shakey and loved every minute of it .
anyway he has now grown out of the second one so build 3 will hopefully last him till the real thing starts !!!!!!
number 2 is now sold so the money from that has gone towards buying this little lot http://imagehosting.rodsnsods.co.uk/...32e85aea45.jpg
it works out cheaper to buy a go kart as buying all the bits needed can get quite expensive , so we bought this go kart and the first thing he did was test drive it to so how well it went .
we measured out a long bit of off road land where the 1/8 mile is and then taped my phone to the steering wheel after downloading a GPS speedo app.
the first flat out run did 27mph so we took it home and removed the governor then tried again which gained to 30mph .
for the looks we needed bigger wheels and tyres which would also help with gear ratio so we changed the rear ones from 4.10x3.50x5 to 15x6.00x6 which then took it to 37mph .
the kart still revs out before the 1/8th so ive had some plates made up to adapt his hubs so we can now fit 8" on rear and 6" on front .
this is where we are now and hope to test it tomorrow to see the outcome http://imagehosting.rodsnsods.co.uk/...32f52b58b1.jpg
Looks like a cool project, the last picture weirdly looks really cool
I would go for the last pic,make a new body Ed Roth style
MMMM now you got me looking at go carts.
My dad is in sheltered housing now and gave up his driving license last year. He treated himself at Christmas to a new mobility scooter and gave me his old one so now I'm hunting down a 56 F100 tot rod body. I know they are made as I've seen them on the internet before
Very clever, Go cart into Tot Rod and your making it all look nice n easy
Nice one Chris.
Love threads like these
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cheers jeff ................ ive been studying your threads so I will be trying some of your fibre glassing skills later on in the build .
managed to get front and rear roll hoops on today and mount the steering , so plan to have brakes pedals and seat fitted tomorrow http://imagehosting.rodsnsods.co.uk/...17b8a3addd.jpg
kool build Chris, wish I had done this when my kids were (much) younger. They had go karts, quads and dirt bikes and my son also has a petrol chopper, but at 20 he woulld now look silly on any of them but we still have them all stored in the shed.
Liking the ideas, Maybe half fenders on the rear. keep them pics coming Chris, Great thread.
Anything I can help with just give us a tab
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cheers :tup: got pedals in today with extra anchor points so they can be put further forward when he gets taller ( I call it dad setting ) so now have go , stop and turn .
also fitted quick release steering wheel boss ready for butterfly wheel which ill make now .
body mounts are made and ready to fit and a few lengths of tube ready for cage http://imagehosting.rodsnsods.co.uk/...a9de6ca2fe.jpg
wanted to start on the grill and as about to start it until I ran out of mig gas !!!!!!!!!
so as I didn't like the way the rear just finishes with an edge and make the rear of the chassis in view I got some trusty guttering that I fibre glassed on to give a rolled pan effect
This is continuing to give me very naughty thoughts.......
Love this build.
Coming together really nice, Grill looks fun Chris.
Great build, that's gonna be a fun little totrod. I used to run a go-kart track and will be building a totrod for my boy in the next year or two so it's good to get some ideas- especially the steering wheel which came out sweet. The only thing I can suggest is where your cables wrap around the peddles you may want to put some sheaving(?) as you'll find like we did that the cable will fray and fail there regularly. Also we always doubled up on the cable clamps as a precaution. And the teeth on the dry clutches wear like buggery so chain wax and check chain tension regularly- does your engine slide/clamp down so chain tension can be adjusted? Keep up the good work. Steve.
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cheers for that .......... all the above are the things that I will do after its stripped painted and re assembled , I might ask you some more tech questions at a later date on the gearing as you sound like you have the experience :tup:
" Boring Glass Work ",,,,,,Never. Butterfly wheel looks the business Chris are you putting grips on it
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once all the important stuff is out the way then I will be doing the finer details like that along with a custom seat cover of coarse ;)
my mate just bought these chrome caps for me from the states today as well http://imagehosting.rodsnsods.co.uk/...7b11b16969.jpg