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Old 06-04-2019, 02:40 PM
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Hi there, i'm Faman, from France, i apologize in advance for the strange english you will read coming from me.
I'm totally new to this hobby, but thinking about making my own GK since...well a long time...i'm 43 now
my father used to get a business on lawnmower selling and maintenance, farm machines and gears...so, since i was a kiddo, hanging around the stock and the workshop, i was dreaming about making something on my own from old rusty parts of wrecked lawnmower, tractor...
I always wanted to weld, construct,and do something with wheels, drive and engines...B&G, Kubota, Honda, Tecumseh or else...
but, hey life goes never where you except. My father was more the manager style than the mechanical one and so he was not feeling it the same way i did and never permit me to work on the workshop...too bad. (he's got over quality)
it's only after 3 decades, 3 kids, 1 divorce, that i'm curently able to take a peak at this hobby.CAUSE I HAVE NOW A WORKBENCH IN MY GARAGE !
want to do something with my 7 year old son now, want to have it and plan it as a son and dad weekend activity. the overall plan is to recycle a maximum of things, wrecked or not, rusty forgotten piece of steel, wheels for cheap...i actually get an old Briggs from a power generator, just have to do some light restoration on it. for me the fun is to do something really personal and cheap not buying a kit or looking for perfection (not for the moment). First i need to learn the basics from the masters here
Sorry for the long and boring story. Sure i will find useful informations as i start absolutely from scratch here. Also i praise for understanding, patience, good advices and welcoming from people around here. seeya

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Je parle un petit de Francais.
Not a lot, and not very good, but un petit!
I honestly can't think of any better father-and-son activity than building a go kart!
You will find a LOT of helpful info here!
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Merci JTSpeedDemon.

Yeah, i fell the same about this. Hope we could achieve such a project together.
Thanks for the welcome
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Merci JTSpeedDemon.

Yeah, i fell the same about this. Hope we could achieve such a project together.
Thanks for the welcome
I forgot to say:
Bienvenue.
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ouais, accueillir (I Googled it)

Yup, pretty much a whole kart can be made out of used riding lawnmower parts
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ouais, accueillir (I Googled it)
Merci copain !

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Yup, pretty much a whole kart can be made out of used riding lawnmower parts
True. My ambition is to use a maximum of parts coming from used machines. Recycling is a good thing and also challenging (and a money saver )

By example, i saw several YT vids about converting vertical shaft engines to horizontal in order to make it simple for GK or minibike projects. Not so simple to realize (it's always easy in the vids) but maybe i could give it a try someday. I have one or two blocks from ruined mower only waiting for this.

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The number of threads on this forum is awesome. As i'm not familiar, could you show me a sort of "where to start" thread ? Maybe there's a topic for the beginners, to get on the basics, like "how to design/draw your first frame when you're totally unable and have no pen" ? Do's and don'ts ?...this sorts of thing.
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Welcome to the forum!!!! Your english is better than some of the english speaking people on the forum.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with. We will help you with whatever questions you have. Start a new thread in the projects section when you get going
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Thanks Landuse
My english is sure more sort of globish than pure english but i appreciate your kindness. The worst is certainly hearing me.

Of course when i'll get myself "into the wild", the forum will heard of it (and laugh)
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To answer most of your questions, a good place to start is the FAQ and Articles section: http://www.diygokarts.com/vb/forumdisplay.php?f=23
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