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Old 03-25-2019, 09:28 PM
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Don't get me started on Ford at the moment. I have been a Ford guy my whole life until a year ago when I got hit full force with the TRITON debacle. We have plans to add verbiage to the sign about how bad Ford sucks now :-(
I had a Ford minivan, and a 12 year warranty helped punish Ford for making such a ****** car. There was at least 1 torque converter replacement and 3 times the computer got shorted out....so a 6K warranty paid out at least 10K, and that was not even the start of the list! Maybe if they replaced the stupid 15$ rubber seal around the hood, 3 computers wouldn't have shorted out!
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Old 03-30-2019, 02:32 PM
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Sorry to hear about the Ford issues. I have had similar bad luck with Chevy, Dodge and Volvo, but after 11 good Fords, this one has such inexcusable design flaws on the engine, that I won't have another.

We hit a setback on our build this week. I needed to cut six donut shaped rings out of 1/4" for rotor mounts and wheel flanges and before getting them close to round, my ancient Harbor Freight 14" chop saw finally gave out. A new one is $80, but a new cheap plasma is $220, so you can guess which route I am going. A coworker was nice enough to lend me his brand new Everlast plasma, but without the recently sold generator it is pretty useless on 120V. Finally, the boy said our new deadline is Summer break since we missed Spring break. The net effect is the go-kart has been set aside for various other projects for a little while. We'll see how long it sits idle, I have until December 31, 2019, right? ;-)
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:12 AM
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Woohoo work has recommenced! I got tired of waiting on power for the plasma so I broke out the oxy-acetylene torch. Had not used one since school but it cuts like butter. Too bad I canít keep a steady curve to save my life, but the lathe can hide that just fine.




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Old 06-07-2019, 11:19 AM
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:22 PM
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Design decision time, move engine back and to side to line up sprockets or make custom jack shaft so I can center engine on frame?




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Old 06-11-2019, 12:45 AM
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Design decision time, move engine back and to side to line up sprockets or make custom jack shaft so I can center engine on frame?

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Old 06-12-2019, 09:31 AM
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Easiest....lol. I is a enginerd:-~

Nothing like doing it twice due to misreading a dimension.

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Engine mounted milestone, yippee!



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Old 06-14-2019, 11:23 AM
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Turning the custom jackshaft (I love my lathe)

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Old 06-14-2019, 12:56 PM
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Pretty sure we need an outboard bearing and support.




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Old 06-18-2019, 12:34 AM
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:12 PM
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Another milestone!!!!

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Another milestone, first drive today. Hooked up brakes and throttle and threw the seat on. The good news is it works and seems quick enough. No doubt that two wheel drive could tear up the yard in minutes. Bad news is there are lots of improvements to make. The brakes are horrible, the turning radius is awful and although the hand controls are cool, they don't work great. A few refinements and we may just enjoy it for the summer. Potentially leave other mods until the fall/winter.


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Old 06-20-2019, 12:07 AM
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Another milestone, first drive today. Hooked up brakes and throttle and threw the seat on. The good news is it works and seems quick enough. No doubt that two wheel drive could tear up the yard in minutes. Bad news is there are lots of improvements to make. The brakes are horrible, the turning radius is awful and although the hand controls are cool, they don't work great. A few refinements and we may just enjoy it for the summer. Potentially leave other mods until the fall/winter.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:06 PM
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Finally some more work this week. Needed a timeout to install A/C in the garage. We addressed one of the two major drivability issues, turning radius. I gave up on proper Ackerman and decided max angle was more important. Ignore the fact that I completely forgot how to use a protractor.






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Old 07-21-2019, 09:11 AM
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Steering fixed and new calipers fitted....woohoo. The boy will have a nice surprise waiting for him when he gets back from Scout camp later today. Now that it is running and completely functional, I plan to leave any mods and upgrades for him to plan out and execute. My hunch is he will be putting miles on around the hood until school starts and then worry about finishing the cosmetics or any upgrades.
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Old 07-22-2019, 12:08 AM
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Steering fixed and new calipers fitted....woohoo. The boy will have a nice surprise waiting for him when he gets back from Scout camp later today. Now that it is running and completely functional, I plan to leave any mods and upgrades for him to plan out and execute. My hunch is he will be putting miles on around the hood until school starts and then worry about finishing the cosmetics or any upgrades.
Excellent!!! I bet he was happy when he got home
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:33 PM
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First carnage on 2nd full day of riding. Not sure why I thought stamped steel could hold the full torque on the extension of the jack shaft.




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Old 07-23-2019, 08:51 PM
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Too cheap for a proper pillow block and too lazy to fab the wider bolt spread....so we get a flat plate base added for support.



Next job, the front seat bolt is tearing the seat off from added torque on acceleration and added rider weight.


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Old 07-23-2019, 11:51 PM
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Ugh!!! Like a pretzel! I think you might be looking at a proper pillow block in your future. Those stamped steel ones aren't going to cut it.
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