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Old 07-26-2010, 02:08 PM
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First project. Been here for about a month now reading all I can and learning a lot along the way. Decided to document my build if it is of any benefit to others. Purchased plans online a month ago. Purchased steel, bought what I could off Ebay, ordered the rest from several of the sites that were suggested here. Majority of parts from BMI (hope it OK to mention this). Parts finally arrived today after clearing customs. Main frame section is started. Using 1 1/4 and 1" square stock that is .10 inches thick. Since there are quite a few angles to cut I made templates from wood to set up the chop saw to the appropriate angles. Working outside using Fluxcore because way to much sawdust in my shop. Pictures of progress to date attached. I shrunk all pictures to 640X480. First is 40 feet each of 1" and 1 1/4 square steel. Second is body section cut and checking alignment, 3rd is welded outside section, 4th is internal sections welded on and 5th is components that arrived in mail today.
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:25 PM
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now this is going to be one sweet build, if you put them on photobucket you can just cut the link and we can see it via photobucket, its alot easier.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:52 PM
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Thanks Kieran, I will look into that

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are you making the arachnid from spider carts because im building the scorpion which im pretty shure has an interchangeiable rear swing arm with your kart if im correct
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:37 PM
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oops: sry i just wen on spider carts website and realized i was thinking of the wrong kart, but then i saw what you were building cool:: eek:: this thing is gona be crazy. i gues your testing spider carts off road desing and im testing there rubber burning desing. any way good luck with your spider cart

p.s. check out my thread http://www.diygokarts.com/vb/showthread.php?t=8501
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Spam much!? LOL just kidding. I'm also building a SpiderCart, the black widow just cause I wanted a bare bones simple first homemade kart.
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Spam much!? LOL just kidding. I'm also building a SpiderCart, the black widow just cause I wanted a bare bones simple first homemade kart.
Nice build! I'm glad to know that other people are building spider karts. I'm working on the recluse myself. Can't wait to see your build progress.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:48 AM
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i didnt know this many people were building spider carts on the forum. i thought i was one of the only people on this forum who wanted to buy plans and mess with them a bit for there first kart. lol
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I'll start up a new thread to talk general stuff about spider carts so that Silver's thread stays on track.

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Old 07-27-2010, 10:43 AM
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good idea because i think we can officialy say this thread is fftopic: lol

by the way silver grizz how much was the shipping for all that stuff?
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nope not off topic at all, its perfectly on topic, when a thread starts with an engine question and changes to food then its off topic
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i see what your sayin but ill talk about food any day lol

oh and grizz how many spindle brackets did you get!?
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by the way silver grizz how much was the shipping for all that stuff?[/QUOTE]

Well, I took a kicking on this order. I had it shipped to Canada and it cost me $166 US. I subequently learned about having orders shipped to a US address who would hold items for a nominal charge till I picked them up. I did this with the rest of my stuff. Drove over today, picked up 5 additional orders to complete project. One 1 order I saved over $90 Us shipping by having it done this way. I also discovered in the process that USPS shipping to a commercial address was about 1/3 of shipping to a home address. Total shipping on all other purchases from Texas, California, Arizona and Tennesee was just under $130. That included tires and Mag wheels. I figure I saved over $300 in shipping fees alone, not even taking brokerage fees into consideration as some dealers will only ship UPS or FedX to Canada.
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i see what your sayin but ill talk about food any day lol

oh and grizz how many spindle brackets did you get!?
Got 22 plans only call for 20
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ooooh that stinks with the shipping, i may try to arrange having stuff shipped to my uncles buisnes office branch in boston
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ooooh that stinks with the shipping, i may try to arrange having stuff shipped to my uncles buisnes office branch in boston
Depends on what kind of business. The rate keeps dropping based on access to loading dock, forklift for offloading and stuff like that. This place I get my stuff shipped to is a warehouse right next to US customs. Get on the USPS website and punch in your uncles street address and check commercial to see the difference in costs
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:20 PM
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Update: Cut the rest of the steel for the mainframe and started welding piesces together today. Lot of angles on this section, so I made up a couple of jigs. First one was just a board cut to the inside width of the back risers, so I could keep them parallel and square. I welded the very top piece together first, since it is all on the same plane. Then I clamped the two uprights together at the appropriate width and clamped to top piece to it and welded this together. Finally, I clamped a piece of plywood to the side of my workplatform to form a 90 degree angle (verified by clamping two squares in the corners. Finally welded back to base and called it a night. Had to try the seat though to see how it was going to look. Next section involves compound angle cuts, which my chop saw cannot do. This joins the back to the front section. Will have to make a jig to accomplish this. Closeup shot of welds (not cleaned up yet)
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Guess I can only upload 5 pictures at a time. here are the others that I mentioned.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:33 PM
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yea the plans i got also have a ton of angles, and a few compund cuts.
ps nice seat you got there
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