Carter Super Wheels floorboard decal reproduction

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Hey guys, I'm talking with a sign shop here in the Birmingham AL area about reproducing the big floor decal that was on many Carter Bros. Super Wheels go karts over the course of their production run. I have seen some subtle variations of this logo but for the most part they seemed to have this basic look with the star and the three colored stripe. The guy told me that I'd be looking at $15-20 for the decal itself but the artwork reproduction would be where the real cost is so all told he estimated a $50-60 investment. He said he could produce several of them that I could sell to forum members and such to help split up the artwork cost and bring down overall price tag per unit. If you'd be interested in this please let me know so that I can get an idea on how much interest there might be for this. The image of the blue kart below is from forum member 123SlowKart. This is what I believe we will base the new one off of as it is about the best preserved and intact example that I have been able to find so far.

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Jason P

The red kart's sticker is another variation that I have found online (owner unknown unfortunately) that still is in reasonable condition. Not sure if this is an earlier or later version.
 

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fwiw the red kart decal is going to be an early 90s to maybe a 92-93 kart. I remember riding in a 2 seater one vividly during that time.
 

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Lol I’m Interested.I Just Havent Been Able To Get Measurements

I made an attempt to approximate the dimensions using the “ghost” markings on the floorboard of mine. I had never noticed it until it was just recently media blasted and powdercoated. The metal had pitted likely due to chips in the original paint job. It was repainted by my dad in late '86 so the decal disappeared after that. I guess the decal was just one extra level of protection to the metal surface that was underneath it.

Here's what I was able to guess so when you get a chance to measure yours double check it against this to see how close I got. Then again, based on production changes over the years its possible the decal size may have changed somewhat over time. The height from where the top of the stripe comes out of the right hand of the star to the very bottom of the stripe is about 10”. The star itself is hard to make out but to the top of it appears to be about another inch higher (I think). The base of the stripe where the “Super Wheels by Carter” name is about 6-1/2” wide.

-Jason
 

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Ok so far I've got 4 takers for a decal:
Myself
Clark125
123SlowKart
Smiddy85

The artwork is getting done now so if anyone else wants to jump in please let me know.

Take care,
Jason P
 

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Just an update on the situation. I've sort of given up on getting any results out of the local shop. I've reached out to a guy Jaret Varholick on one of the kart Facebook forums who has been reproducing various minibike and gokart decals. The pictures he has of previous work looks pretty good. He is saying that the Carter decal looks very much doable. I'll pass along any progress as he works on it.
 

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Got the first one in the mail yesterday and put it on this morning. Jaret said that he apologized that he hasn’t put it on his website for purchase yet but it will be soon. I have to say I like it a lot. I think you guys will as well.

Jason
 

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