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Hello Everyone,
This is my first DIY go kart project. I've been inspired lately by the Grind Hard Plumbing and Cars and Cameras YouTube channels on the Modified Power Wheels. I have worked on a 1953 Pontiac Chieftain, so this should be a lot easier and less time consuming. Currently I have a Power wheels Corvette and a 4x4 truck that I'm hoping to do a front engine mount. I'm here to learn and share my progress.
 

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Has potential to look awesome. Look forward to the progress!! I too have been watching CC’s 4x4 and lifted kart projects as I want to build similar too… are there more of these builds out there to get ideas from?
 

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Has potential to look awesome. Look forward to the progress!! I too have been watching CC’s 4x4 and lifted kart projects as I want to build similar too… are there more of these builds out there to get ideas from?
I've seen a few. there some face book groups called DIY go karts, Power Wheels racers for adults, go cart and buggy builders to name a few. I went with an 8HP 301 cc predator engine because anything over 8 the torque converter doubled or tripled in price and did a jack shaft in the middle. went with a 41 chain and sprocket and used old roller skate wheels for chain tensioners. welded up my own frame and welded the bolts in the steering wheel to keep the original but sturdy enough so it wouldn't break. Haven't driven it yet, just finishing up the kill switch, muffler (straight pipe) and working on the electrical for the lights.
 

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It’s looking wicked mate nice work!!! I just need to wait to come across a body to use and then I’ll start welding a frame up to fit inside… I’ve got a honda generator engine to go on it so we’ll see how it goes…

ok cheers for the info I’ll have a look about see what ideas I can get
 

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It’s looking wicked mate nice work!!! I just need to wait to come across a body to use and then I’ll start welding a frame up to fit inside… I’ve got a honda generator engine to go on it so we’ll see how it goes…

ok cheers for the info I’ll have a look about see what ideas I can get
Thanks man. I watched a youtube video of a guy who wanted to use a generator motor for a go kart. he had to do some mods to the output shaft because it was tapered. heres the video.
I just went with a new engine. less hassle. Good luck, let me know how it works out, even if it is a year down the road
 

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Thanks, I’ve seen a couple vids on how to get around it being tapered so shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

im trying to see if I can do this project with as close to zero spend as possible. I know I might have to spend a little but so far I’ve got the engine free and the tubing for the frame free from my work so it’s a good start haha!!

I’ll start a thread somewhere if I can, when I do I’ll link you bud.

keep up the good work 👍🏼💪🏼
 

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ok, i wanted to make sure you knew what you were getting into with the tapered shaft. I tried spending zero bucks on a seized 74' El Tigre snowmobile. got the engine running but quit soon after. it was a charlie foxtrot of one thing after the other going wrong. Ended up using the steering from it for this build.
 

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i have a police car i wanna build i used to have a caddilac escalade power wheelsgo kart but i cut it up and threw it away because it was super jankly build by the people who built it. im looking for an old junk go kart to build
 

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i found that with old junk karts it was hard to find parts for and was always trying to find where i could get replacements, or that they didnt make it anymore. Thats why i figured id buy all new and know what fit what and could enjoy the ride instead of fixing something every day.
 
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