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Old 08-19-2019, 02:01 AM
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Yeah, yeah. Use them whichever way you want, I was just saying.

Ideally they were designed to arc away from the driver and the upright portion also acted as a foot rest or guard even, keeping your feet away from those whirring wheels.

I think the pedal style predates Manco and can be seen on the earliest rear-engine karts (the racers).
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JUST acquired this gem for the box of parts it came with, seems home-made but almost too well made at the same time, is she worth building, or a good donor for spindles and such?
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Old 08-24-2019, 08:39 PM
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I'd like to see more pics of that one, like some side and isometric views.

Definitely has that vintage flavor. Looks worth fixing up to me.
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I'll get a few more tomorrow. After looking at the underside it looks like it's a well done home made cart, the axle beams almost look like a hacked up handyman jack. It's definitely been around the block a time or two, big nasty welds here and there, the throttle linkage however is very interesting, goes under the engine to behind the cart, I'm about 90% sure it had a 5hp briggs last time it ran, it's pretty rough, so maybe one day I'll get to it.
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The paddle brake is worn out, welds like that are all over the place, tried to show the throttle linkage. I'm almost thinking it's a ton of home repair on a badly damaged cart, maybe.
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I was just thinking the same thing. Not homemade, but the booger welds are!

It’s got a neat ladder frame for sure. Is it ridiculously heavy? What’s the length and width—and is it obviously designed for juniors or adults?

It might be a vintage something. Very intriguing.
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It's almost identical in size to the small frame dingo, so I can fit my 6' into it, knees at my chest of course. Strangely enough it's actually lighter than the small dingo! Between the booger welds, and a spot where the square steel tried to go round and split, on top of whatever else I may find wrong, she may sit for a while. I'm fixing up the little 400 for my niece and nephew right now, that one is getting a honda gx180 and maybe a live axle since the drive side is bent pretty bad. Always something to do!
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With that ladder frame I just got, a 5hp flathead came with. Turns freely, good compression, good spark, but fuel system was full of a powdery rust like substance, probably 50/50 rust and dirt. It's been draining a water and oil mixture the consistency of thick milk for almost a half hour, we all know I like a challenge, so I'm going to try to get it running, should be possible with the other 4 engines I have all needing various things. Might port and polish, replace valve springs ect.

What would i need to build it as a stroker motor? Is it just a different crank and rod?
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More than anything, yes.
The cheapest flathead stroker crank I've seen is a brand new one from DynoCams for about $350!
I would love to build a stroker flathead someday, but I need MUCH deeper pockets first.
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More than anything, yes.
The cheapest flathead stroker crank I've seen is a brand new one from DynoCams for about $350!
I would love to build a stroker flathead someday, but I need MUCH deeper pockets first.
Couldn't you take a 5hp crank and rod and install them into a 4hp block to achieve the same stroker affect? I know small bock chevy you could do the 400 crank and rods into a 350 with a few other mods and end up with a 383 stroker, slim chance the small engines are the same way?
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The Murray explorer is finally coming home today, it needs a deep clean and rebuild. It's been sitting in the same spot for at least 15 years so the steering column is rusted in place, chain is rusted in place with no flexibility left to it, but it does still have the original comet and jackshaft, and one tire still holds air after all this time, I think the other three might take air too. My father in law wanted the pedals and linkage, but when his is done I get his old gy6 and clutch stuff from his crossfire buggy in running condition. I'll get some pictures either later this evening or tomorrow morning for you guys, it could be much worse for the time it's been sitting for sure!
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Here she is in all her glory! I got the steering all loosened up last night in the dark, and looks like all of the steel on the frame, rear axle, and spindles are all in pretty good condition and I've noticed the rear tires are in pretty good condition too. Other than the front tires being bald I don't see any weather checking on them, I'm going to put air in them shortly and see if they even have a little life left. I want to take my time putting this one together for sure. I'll start a build thread specific to it when I start getting into it, need to finish 2 or 3 others first for other people before I do another one for me.
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