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Old 09-15-2019, 06:08 PM
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Hello sources of kart enlightenment!

First time kart owner, long time wannabe, finally dragged one out of a friend's barn to rescue it from neglect. This is a father (me) & son project, should be interesting.

My son thinks this is a Manco Quicksilver. Someone along the way has replaced the engine and was in-process of converting it from double to single seat. What you see is what I got. The engine started after draining the fuel system and replacing with fresh gas. Beyond that, I have no idea what I'm working with here.

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Old 09-15-2019, 06:11 PM
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More pics. . . .
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:34 PM
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It is a Manco but not Quicksilver. Those would have been one wheel peel. And I don't know the name but someone else will probably chime in soon. And for that torque converter, it'll need to be cleaned. No rust and if possible 100% smooth.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:42 PM
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I agree with Dingocat; it's a Manco and a good, solid go kart. We can probably do a decent 99.9% ID on it but before we try, see if it has a Manco model # decal on it.


Aside from that, what is it you wish to do with it? Are you trying to make it a two-seater again or continue with the single seat modification?
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:48 PM
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If the Manco decal was silver and on the floorpan in front of the driver's seat, then it is no longer legible. I didn't locate any other manufacturer markings, though all the safety and warning labels are legible.

The wish is to finish the single seat mod and get it driveable.
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Old 09-15-2019, 08:44 PM
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Yep, that would be the decal. In any event, I am fairly certain it's a model 485B-1X or 486C-1X. The only difference I think is the engine sizes on the originals. The 485 had a 5HP, the 486 had a 6.5HP.

Both karts are covered by this manual: https://americanlandmaster.com/pdfs/...5b1x486c1x.pdf

Feel free to peruse other manuals in the lineup (480 series) at this link and compare parts and shapes:
https://americanlandmaster.com/manua...karts-manuals/ ...in the event my ID is incorrect.



You're going to need a welder to mount the steering column and brace to the frame. You might need some tie rods too. I didn't see them in your pile of parts. Otherwise, the gas and brake pedals seem very straight-forward.
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Old 09-16-2019, 11:18 AM
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Thanks for the links.

I have access to a Miller 125, which will be perfect for this project. As far as the known parts I'll need: tie rods and ends for both sides, a throttle cable, drive belt, materials for a seat, and random flat, angle, and square metal stock.

I'll start a build thread soon. . . .
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Old 09-16-2019, 06:30 PM
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This thread is already the start of a good build thread. PM one of the moderators and have them move the thread into the main Go Kart Discussion forum, or perhaps the Photo Gallery & Project Log is better.

This sub-forum is just for hellos and welcomes but you already fumbled that up, didn't you?

"Manco Migraine" is a great custom name for a go kart, by the way. I can already envision a custom decal for the floor pan in the form of a head or skull with small lightning bolts all around it (signifying pain). T'would be cool.

Maybe with a helmet?
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Lightning around the helmet
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Or fire....
I know firsthand what it's like to have multiple migraines in a week.
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