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Old 09-19-2010, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Scored this project at a local swapmeet for 40.00. It's everything you would expect from a used 40.00 go kart

Not as vintage as we wanted, but that stuff is CRAZY money. This is for my 6 year old son(hes gonna have to sell alot of legos for parts)

So far we are thinking about the following
- 40's washing machine engine
- white wall tires (if we can find them )
- gold flaked frame
- gold flaked steering wheel or black butterfly (not sure yet)

Basically going for the same theme as the gold kart below except a tad bit tammer for a 6yr old.




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Old 09-19-2010, 01:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I ordered another die for my bender last week so I can get started on a kart for my daughter.

I cant wait to see what you come up with.
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hmmmmm... Not sure if this has the umphh though.. Old maytag maching machine engine
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you can't find whitewalls, try Hooten tire on Marysville Blvd.,
They have the ability to add white (or red, or gold) stripe.
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I give up when Choppermans kid has a cooler ride than me. Dammit. Can't wait to see the finished project!
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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hmmmmm... Not sure if this has the umphh though.. Old maytag maching machine engine
That may have been bolted to a Maytag washer but it looks more like maybe a Clinton engine to me. I've never seen a Maytag with an enclosed fan.
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'll be glad to store the Studeewacker for a long time cheap.
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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1 spark plug and a can of carb cleaner later and we have VIDEO !!!

YouTube - Old washing machine engine on KART
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Very cool please dont let the kid ride that with flip flops on... not a good idea.
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Very cool please dont let the kid ride that with flip flops on... not a good idea.
Were a few months out from riding.
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Screw that the kid needs dual chainsaw motors.
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Old 09-19-2010, 04:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Screw that the kid needs dual chainsaw motors.
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:55 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Let me talk to my kid , when he was about 12 we found a cart with a HOT
engine, we pulled it and put a B&S 5hp POS on it. He may make you a hella deal. J.B.
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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That is a Briggs and Stratton washing machine engine, I have one just like it, with a cool history.
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I had a Kart growing up, and we just used a good old 5 HP Briggs and Stratton. It would still get up to about 35 or 40 mph on the road in front of the house. Super fun growing up. We had hydraulic brakes on it too, it would stop like a champ! The only down fall was a solid axle rear, so if you weren't able to spin it around you'd have to get off to push it back.

It was an excellent way for us to learn about working on engines. During the summer we'd run it while Dad was at work. If we broke it and still wanted to play we'd have to fix it before Dad got home. If we couldn't make it in time, Dad would simply show us what we'd missed and off we'd go again. The frame is still sitting in Dad's garage, waiting for the next set of boys to use it.
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i have a real old 4hp kohler with a top tank on it that would look good on there, already has a clutch on it.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:32 PM   #17 (permalink)
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So, as cool as it would be to run this engine,it might be out.

Reasearch shows its only rated at 1/2HP... errr 2.5 to 3.5 would be ideal for him and give him some room to grow before going into a 5
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like i said, i have a 4 hp for now, what i didnt tell you is that i have a 24hp 2 cylinder for later
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like i said, i have a 4 hp for now, what i didnt tell you is that i have a 24hp 2 cylinder for later
I'll let ya know... If I take it, I'm guessing a 50 spot would cover it..
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depends on what blower parts you want to trade.........
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:20 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I had one when I was about his age. Frame was simliar to the gold one. 5hp Briggs moved that thing pretty good around the 2 acre dirt track in the backyard. I put so much time on it the corners ended up banked from sliding around it all the time.

Shit just typing that put a smile on my face. That thing was fun!!
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I ordered another die for my bender last week so I can get started on a kart for my daughter.

I cant wait to see what you come up with.
You can use a hickey to bend that tube.
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:56 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Karts are fun as shit. Had an older one as a kid, 6hp briggs. Fried the auto clutch in that bitch every few months, burned up brakes on it... It was fun.

The scary part about this pic, IIRC from the article, is it was a street legal kart... Registered to drive on public roads in Cali.
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Screw that the kid needs dual chainsaw motors.
Yea, some daul 100CC+ McCulloch kart motors. Or the old 440 Rotax's were fun on karts
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What? No frame stretching and a 125cc 2 smoke dirt bike engine? The boy's got to learn to use a clutch some day.
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