Go Kart Just For Fun

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Project by CanuckGal posted 10-03-2009 03:56 AM 3659 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In June my 4 year old grandson asked me to build him a go kart. I looked online for plans but didn’t find anything other then “soap box” carts. I wanted to build a pedal kart. So basically I just made this thing up off the top of my head. I had to be a little innovative with the pedals and steering assembly but I managed to get it all working. I finally finished it yesterday. The grandson and the spouse are going to paint it tomorrow. That should be
I think the biggest boasting feature of the kart is the one piece solid walnut steering wheel. They just don’t build them like that anymore eh? :)
It was a fun project and took some imagination. The most important tool in this project was my Dremel Multi Max for making those post assembly cuts.

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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#1 posted 10-03-2009 05:11 AM

Cool. Make sure that we see it all painted and with a happy driver.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 10-03-2009 05:18 AM

Chevy? Looked more Ford built… LOL… With a walnut steering wheel… okay, Mercedes?

Like Karson said… post a picture of the paint job, pit crew, and driver.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 10-03-2009 05:58 AM

I see that you’ve planned for growth of the driver with an adjustable seat, or is that so you can use it too? LOL! Neat project and great that grandson gets to paint it.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#4 posted 10-03-2009 06:14 AM

sweet ride .

looks like you had as much fun,
as the grandson will !

great job !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 10-03-2009 06:23 AM

Thanks! I will update the photos as it progresses:) P.S. I tried to test drive it but there just wasn’t enough adjustment in that seat! LOL

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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#6 posted 10-03-2009 06:35 AM

Nice Convertable. All you need now is a horn. Kids love to make noise.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#7 posted 10-03-2009 11:54 AM

hmmmmmmm…... where have I seen that before? LOL

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#8 posted 10-03-2009 01:34 PM

Great job CGal! I know he will have a blast with that. The steering wheel is very cool. Are there any future plans for a cupholder or GPS?

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#9 posted 10-03-2009 03:40 PM

I don’t think GM is going to hire you as a body designer, but it’s an engineering masterpiece, and that steering wheel really IS a thing of beauty.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 10-03-2009 03:46 PM

Nice job CG. Your grandson should have a great time with it.And I agree with the others nice job on the steering wheel.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#11 posted 10-03-2009 04:56 PM

Very cool and fun project

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 10-03-2009 05:23 PM

Reminds me of my Soap Box Derby building days….....only much more ingenious. Great job, I’m sure grandson will get many hours of enjoyment from your efforts.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#13 posted 10-03-2009 08:32 PM

You need to draw up plans to sell, I know at least one guy that needs a set.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#14 posted 10-04-2009 06:09 AM

Well as it turns out this is a real “Muscle” car in that you need a LOT of muscle to get it going. It rained most of the day but Kaydin got to test drive it a little anyway. Seems I need to work on the steering a little more. Need some kind of turn ratio reduction???
He got to put the paint on and now it’s a real “Red Runner!”
Thanks for all the kind comments folks! It really was a fun project :)

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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#15 posted 11-04-2009 11:16 PM

That’s really cool!

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