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re: Building a junkyard kart

Postby Faithful Old Road Dog » Sun Jul 09, 2006 12:43 am

Keith, Isn't that wagon gonna be a bit heavy to load and unload off your truck?

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Postby FORDification » Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:15 am

Now THAT is the #1 consideration for anything I add to this. (OK, #2, after 'overall sturdiness'). As it sits right now, it probably only weighs about 50-60 pounds. It'll probably be pushing closer to 75-80 lbs. by the time I'm done with it, but that'll still be manageable. I'll have to empty the trailer into the back of the truck, then lift one end of the kart up into the truck and then the other end and push it in.

If I were to ever quit my job and start doing this full-time like I'd like, then I'd definitely invest in a small single-axle cargo trailer, something like what you'd use for transporting lawnmowers, with an end ramp, so that I could just pull the kart up onto the trailer and lift the end ramp.
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re: Building a junkyard kart

Postby FORDification » Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:56 pm

Well, I spent the better part of the day today working on the kart. Most of the modifications made were just me winging it....I had no idea from minute to minute how this thing was going to turn out.

Started off by moving the rear axle as far back as it would go, about 12". I decided to keep the larger rear tires, so moving the axle back would allow me more room up front. The lawnmower had a small pickup-type box in the back, but since the axle was moved back, I also had to move the box back to match, meaning that the box now was hanging over the end of the frame. I had to add a new bottom to the box and reinforce the floor with some small angle-iron. Here's a shot taken while I was fabbing up the bed:

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The bed actually had a working drop-down tailgate, but I decided it wasn't needed....plus I figured that by bolting it down it would help make things more sturdy. After the bed walls were done, I cut a piece of steel from the lawn-mower's hood to serve as a bed floor.

Then I decided to use a pickup bed floor to serve as the deck on this kart, so I cut out a section to use, making sure I kept the floor supports. Got that bolted in, and then started running some 1" angle iron around the deck lip, to give it more rigidity and to give the deck a lip along the edge, to keep things from sliding out. I was going around the lip drilling holes so everything could be bolted together when my drill started smoking and then locked up solid. :x So that pretty much put an end to the day's activities. I guess I'll be getting a new drill tomorrow. Anyway, here's a couple shots taken at the end of the day:

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I'd say it's a little past half done. Still need to finish up the angle iron around the deck, fab up a handle and pivot bracket for the steering and fix a flat. :D
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Postby 71 LONG BED » Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:55 am

The small "pick-up" bed looks like a good place for an electric motor and battery. :thup:
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re: Building a junkyard kart

Postby cooltoolguy » Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:24 pm

dont tempt him longbed, some kid in fordifications neighborhood may wake up to find his power wheels toy gone. :D
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Postby rjewkes » Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:39 am

heep70 wrote:That will be handy.

One of these would be cool too (minus dog). Its a M274 Mule.


kinda what i was thinking :lol: Great minds............:D
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Re: re: Building a junkyard kart

Postby 71 LONG BED » Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:06 am

cooltoolguy wrote:dont tempt him longbed, some kid in fordifications neighborhood may wake up to find his power wheels toy gone. :D

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Postby SmokeyBear » Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:23 pm

About 10 years ago my grampa had a monument business. Some of the graveyards around here are literally on the side of a mountain so he build a cart out of an old hand cart (like the ones you see at lowes or home depot) with pneumatic go-cart size tires. He attached a small 2500 ramsey winch and a deep cycle battery to it. We pulled 900-1000lb headstones all over the mountains with it. When it was time to go it fit easily into the back of the truck and he had cables ran to the alt to recharge the batt. in the back of the truck.
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re: Building a junkyard kart

Postby CJ,s 67 F100 » Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:46 pm

OK, I have been following this from the start. With that Ford Bed piece in it, that qualifies it as a Ford. Now with it being a Ford, I think Ford Blue will have to be the color. And then since it could be a Ford Blue Junk yard cart. Keith could add a big white number to the pick up bed side and back and enter it in the Brand new "FORDIFICATION Junk yard cart Derby" coming to a hill near you. All proceeds of course going to Keith for Site expenses.
Hows that? :D

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re: Building a junkyard kart

Postby 71 LONG BED » Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:59 pm

You might be on to something Charles! :lol:
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Postby willowbilly3 » Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:51 pm

I have thought about one with some dc power too. I pull a wagon a good bit with all the swap meets and flea markets. I have my modofied Radio Flyer Sport Custom woody just about wore out and I am in the process of gathering parts for a new homebuilt low rider wagon.
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re: Building a junkyard kart

Postby CJ,s 67 F100 » Fri Jul 14, 2006 8:12 am

WillowBilly3, I bet you even load that Modified Radio Flyer Sport Custom Woody if your headed to Canton for First Monday Trades days.

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Re: re: Building a junkyard kart

Postby splavin90 » Fri Jul 14, 2006 11:57 am

CJ,s 67 F100 wrote:OK, I have been following this from the start. With that Ford Bed piece in it, that qualifies it as a Ford. Now with it being a Ford, I think Ford Blue will have to be the color. And then since it could be a Ford Blue Junk yard cart. Keith could add a big white number to the pick up bed side and back and enter it in the Brand new "FORDIFICATION Junk yard cart Derby" coming to a hill near you. All proceeds of course going to Keith for Site expenses.
Hows that? :D


oh no....

now i've got to drop a 428 in my garden cart
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re: Building a junkyard kart

Postby CJ,s 67 F100 » Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:52 pm

OK Splavin90, I told myself 5 times I should have posted the Brand New FORDification Junkyard Kart Rules.
1. Its a Derby, no powered vehicles.
2. The race starts at the bottom of the hill and you have to pull it to the top before you race down. ( this eliminates those with that 800# 428 weight advantage )
3. I'm just kidding but put that hoss in it and post the pics cause we all want to see that one :D

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re: Building a junkyard kart

Postby CJ,s 67 F100 » Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:45 pm

Keith, Wouldnt this cart be a good candidate for your roller paint project.
I know it would be faster and easier to spray, but if this cart turned out ok, you would have plenty of practice to take on those fenders. Just a thought


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