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Old 08-15-2019, 08:46 PM
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So I’m new to this whole “forum” thing, but anyways, I have a Manco dingo se that I am looking to either restore or keep mostly original, and one of the original purple hubcaps is missing. I have looked around on eBay and a few other sites and can’t seem to find them. I looked inside the cover l, and I found a place called “cycle country” in Milford Iowa. It also had a date code from 1983. Just wondering if anyone knows of a place that sells or still makes these darn things. I have a picture of what the kart looks like with the caps on it, except mine is the purple model.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:24 PM
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I doubt you'll find replacements tbh..
I mean we talk 35+ years here, right? and a plastic part on an outdoor toy...
So you need to find the one guy that lost one or two himself and kept the remaining ones.

Pure chance and luck is the only thing that'd come to your rescue here..

except for an idea, if you are willing to spend some money on it that is:
You can recast your own!

In order to do so you need to clean them as good as humanly possible, dust them with babypowder and cast them in mold making silicone.
(a two part mold would need to be made.. tutorials en masse on yt )

then some semi-flex epoxy in the desired color (purple I guess)
to cast a positive from it.

OR reprint your own
take several terribly exact measurements
(every little detail in and out needs to be referenced exactly)
then make a 3D file and get yourself a 3d printer large enough to make one
purple filament and patience and you have as many hubcaps as you want.

Yeah I know... but finding them on the internet
takes almost twice as long I'd say

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I didnít think of making a mold, which just may work. Was about to buy a big ol 3D printer and just make them, but itís probably not worth $500+ dollars just to get a hubcap for a little yard kart lol
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I'd take the rest of them off and set them aside for safe keeping. Cast a new one from resin if you must, but the remaining are a fragile and rare commodity.

That's the only go kart that comes to mind that had hubcaps (or wheelcovers to be precise). Can you think of any others, Sid?
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I didnít think of making a mold, which just may work. Was about to buy a big ol 3D printer and just make them, but itís probably not worth $500+ dollars just to get a hubcap for a little yard kart lol
To get the measurements to make a exact copy from 3D printing is going to be super difficult. A mold would be the easiest IMO
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That's the only go kart that comes to mind that had hubcaps (or wheelcovers to be precise). Can you think of any others, Sid?
first coming to my mind:
Muskin Dune cat had nice chrome mini moons..
(70s)

But some karts with body came with hubcaps too (wheel covers)
I think even some Carter bros with body had hub caps for a brief period of time.

other than that I can't remember any either..
but surely the nineties was a time where plastic wheel covers like that should'Ve been on every other kart *shrugs*

Doesn't need to be a 500 dollar printer..
I think any with a 300x300 bed should do
a CR10 should work well (~300 bucks)

Making a model isn't "super" difficult, it's just tedious..
it's still highly symmetrical (being round and such)
so it's essentially mostly some concentric circles, some various extrusions of those
and a few bevels...

Also you might even be able to "123D catch " it [free software using a ton of pics of the object to generate a 3d model of it]
And just tidy that up 'in post'

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PS with a 3D Model you can have it printed by someone else.. like shapeways,
Or one of the hubs that bring printer owners and people who want prints together
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To get the measurements to make a exact copy from 3D printing is going to be super difficult. A mold would be the easiest IMO
Nope, they have scanners that do that. And check around on who has a 3D printer. I could get that done at the library for the cost of materials.

EDIT: Not sure if my library has a scanner, my point was they will at least print it for the cost of materials.
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dingoman.. would you post a straight pic of the hub cap (front and back)
with some measurements alongside
just a few diameters spoke length and thickness...

I now want to see how close I can get within an hour hitting the keyboard.

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i took a couple pics to give you an idea on what to start with. i can get more detailed measurements in the next couple days as i have been super busy lately.
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