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Old 09-29-2012, 01:30 PM
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Who out there can tell me about these karts?
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:08 PM
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:19 PM
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IIRC they are just manco knockoffs. try googling it....
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The only thing you'll find in a web search is a few pictures - like of DIY member "Orange Krate's" old kart. Or of my virtually-perfect example as well (not even any scratches on the floor pan vinyl graphic).

Orange Krate says he got his as a kid. Wondering what year that is.

I concluded long ago that Manco must have made these for Sears, as the wheels, frame, pedals, steering wheel, etc., are classic Manco - and virtually identical to their "American Express" model.

I'd like to find out when Sears sold these, and perhaps find an add from an old Sears catalog. A copy of an owners manual would be cool to have as well.
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The only thing you'll find in a web search is a few pictures - like of DIY member "Orange Krate's" old kart. Or of my virtually-perfect example as well (not even any scratches on the floor pan vinyl graphic).

Orange Krate says he got his as a kid. Wondering what year that is.

I concluded long ago that Manco must have made these for Sears, as the wheels, frame, pedals, steering wheel, etc., are classic Manco - and virtually identical to their "American Express" model.

I'd like to find out when Sears sold these, and perhaps find an add from an old Sears catalog. A copy of an owners manual would be cool to have as well.
Just tried to add a pic. We'll see if this works.
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From my research, I found that they were sold in the 70s.
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More Mancos..I saw another Orange Krate like mine on the HAMB go-kart thread. Only other one I've ever seen
An Orange Krate was my first go-kart! I bought it used from a small engine shop in 1987 and it had seen plenty of use by then. Only recently have I seen any others. My research shows late 70's/early 80's.

Gimme some time, I'll drag up my old posts and pics on it and link them here.
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They were sold by Sears Roebuck and Co. (as identified by a serial number tag on one of mine) as well as Western Auto stores. Sometime during the early 90s they were sued when a girl got her hair wound around the live axle. There was (and still is I think) a massive recall and that is probably why they denied it as being theirs.

According to Wikipedia, "In the 1970s, the name "Roebuck" was dropped from the trade name of the stores, though not from the official corporate name."
So mine, at least, might be pre-1980.
Here's what I got so far. Don't know the year on that literature..it's not an Orange Krate but it is the same Manco kart. I have more pics of mine I can post later but it's pretty sad shape...keeping it in its current condition for reasons yet to be revealed

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O.K.,

Thanks for reply.

I have a 1979 Sears Spring/Summer catalog coming that may have the Orange Krate in it.

Like I say, I'd love to have an actual owner's manual.

The picture I posted is that of my near-perfect Orange Krate.

I have another identical chassis (very rusty, but intact) that I am going to turn into a full-blown race kart, with Mac 91a kart engine, hydraulic disc brake, etc, etc.
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O.K.,

Thanks for reply.

I have a 1979 Sears Spring/Summer catalog coming that may have the Orange Krate in it.

Like I say, I'd love to have an actual owner's manual.

The picture I posted is that of my near-perfect Orange Krate.

I have another identical chassis (very rusty, but intact) that I am going to turn into a full-blown race kart, with Mac 91a kart engine, hydraulic disc brake, etc, etc.
Here's me at Adams Motorsport Park in Riverside in February, pulling some G's in my 1965 SAE with a West Bend 820. Have twin 820's on it now. Can you say "drifting"?
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Industrial Archaeology!!! One of the cool things I really like about this site is the amount of Team Work that can be brought to bear to sort out a question.
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Sears 1979 Spring/Summer catalog arrived.

Orange Krate is in there. Only it's a model with slightly different paint scheme, different steering wheel, different graphic on fairing, and steel front wheels.

Now I'm trying to guess if this model was before or after mine.

If I get a moment I'll photo the cover and page of the catalog and post it.
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Just received a Sears 1978 Spring/Summer catalog. Orange Krate is in there.

Have a 1976 catalog coming. Will let you know if it's in there too.

Anyone got an owner's manual?
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Just received a '72 Spring/Summer catalog. Not in that one.

I'm gonna get this "bracketed".

P.S.: Anybody want to buy some slightly used Sears Spring/Summer catalogs?
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Just received a '72 Spring/Summer catalog. Not in that one.

I'm gonna get this "bracketed".

P.S.: Anybody want to buy some slightly used Sears Spring/Summer catalogs?
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P.S.: Only if they have the Orange Krate in them!
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