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I seem to be stuck in scaled cars - 1/4 and 1/2 midgets, karts (long ago), one-offs .... An open-wheel midget friend introduced me to cyclekarts. If I had time, I'd build one. I'm lucky to complete a car in 10 months, got four of them backed up right now, so.... Anyhow, I save the build photos. Here's a car that was inspired by a second, long look at the 'Birdcage' Maserati Tipo 61 chassis. Scaled cars don't allow the luxury of volume, meaning they're usually exo-skeletons with skin - because the human body doesn't shrink. I acquired an NOS Moss 1/2 midget body and decided t...

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I have built a body buck on to the scaled model of the frame and I have made a paper mache body. Based on it I have decided not to take the back of the body to a point like Bugatti, it would make it to long.

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So the Gore Kart begins. I want to list some goals before diving in further. 1. Suspension sag and spring rates that allow some control over weight transfer. 2. Front and rear suspension without a jackshaft. 3. Composite Leaf Springs 4. Lower investment bodywork The area I have available to ride is rough, and untamed. The landscape is beautiful and hilly, to be specific its the Driftless area of Wisconsin. Not only is the land nice but the roads that criss cross the area are second to none. So the Gore Kart needs to cope with some light trials work while also traversing...

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Frame design drawing and scale model of frame based on early Bugatti race car is done. Next step is the body design, i am going to build a buck scaled down to fit the model frame.


The Office Just need that Cavllino Rampante cente
I will add to this section as I wrap things up.


Honda ANF125 Front wheels with disc rotors
I had a look at a few different 17" wheels which were available. I opted for Honda Innova ANF125 front wheels and managed to pick up four of these for GBP £190 complete with tyres and disc rotors. The ANF125 front wheels have a 1.40" x 17" rim and use 32 x 12mm bearings. 12mm spindles are not going to be man enough for single sided support on front hubs therefore I am changing the bearings to 32 x 20mm angular contact versions. I will make my front hubs with 20mm spindles to suit. At the rear I will use the same ANF125 front wheels but will utilise the (4) M8 disc rotor mountin...


DKW F5 from the website linked
I have been doing some research recently trying to find old cars I like that would fit into the cyclekart category. I think I may have found one that would work. The DKW F5 Front Luxus, or Front Luxus sport roadster was a car built by DKW of Auto Union in 1936 and '37. It was a front wheel drive 2-cylinder 2-stroke with a 3-speed manual. It has front wheels covered by massive fenders that could be taken off maybe, but the back wheels are close to the body and have small fenders over them. The actually measurements are 98.4"WB 147.4"L 56.7"W 55.5"H and the F/R track is 43.7" and 48" res...


Connetti 1958 Ferrari styled
First-time user here ... I build, restore, and in another lifetime raced open-wheel cars. Retired to the garage. I know vintage quarter midgets pretty well. A 60-yr-old scaled fiberglass body showed up for repairs - never saw this one before. About the same size as a quarter-midget, measures a 48" wheelbase. It's a full-body (with a removable decklid for engine access), dropped onto a purpose-built chassis. The dating of the car precedes go-karts, so it is by no means a 'yard-car'. It was sold for kid use. The more time spent with the body, the more it appealed to me ... excel...


The new database servers are performing well under load, so I'll be continuing the database conversion process to the new layout for all websites, which will pave the way for better replication and backup systems. Please expect to see the "Scheduled maintenance" message on Friday night, February 17, 2017 starting at 9:00 PM Pacific time. I expect the work to take 4-6 hours as I want to take a full backup of the system for safety before making any changes. Once the websites are back up, there should be no visible difference in the operation or performance of the website. Schedule: Jan...


Disk brake installation My caliper is swapped aro
More about the chassis build.


If anyone knows how to delete the first Ferrari in my title I would be obliged.


I spent the afternoon making the eyes for my DIY front springs. Bent some 3mm thick steel bar round 19mm turned steel bushes and welded these together. Fitted the eyes to the leaf springs and drilled for 8mm fixing bolts through the flanges of the eyes and through the springs. Followed by a lick of paint. The springs were cut from an old Series 2 Land Rover multi-leaf front spring. The overall width of the leaves was reduced to 48mm by slicing with a thin cutting disc. It was possible to set both leaves to the same camber by cold bending in a vice. The eyes are 670mm apart...


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Here's a few sketches i've drawn. more small car/cycle car than cyclekart maybe. The open top one with the less than superb wheels is okay. I've given it a very sharp nose that won't help with down force. the air will go more under the car/kart and cause the front to be lighter. I've sketched a straight 6 with a transmission and jackshaft leading to a chain between the wheel and jackshaft. this isn't very feasible in a cyclekart because most engines are in the rear and just how everything is set up it wouldn't work. There is room in the back for the engine though, and would leave plenty of...


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Body is clad in1.2 mm aluminium chassis is 3x1 inch steel section

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