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Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, Illinois, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
Yep, strange hours indeed. Sometimes I'll sleep for a couple hours,
and sort out a problem I'm having with a project. Lots of times I'll wake
up with the solution. I'm usually good for about 5 or 6 then I need to lay
down and grab a couple more hours of shut eye. I've been found curled
up on the work bench or desk when I'm working on a project.
I'll just be glad when the growing season is over, them the pressure will
ease up and I'll be able to get a bit more done in the barn. Sure hope I
can get the gas run out there this summer. The wood burner takes the
chill off as long as it doesn't get below 20°F, but it's a lot of work to keep
it fed.
I know it must seem like I spend a lot of time in front of the computer, and
I do. But in between I'm working out a problem on the CAD or researching
something on the net.
Woke up a few minutes ago to sketch up a dolly for the oil quench tank. I'll need
to have it mobile so I can keep it near the forge, which I'll be using outside
the barn when I'm running a heat.
Coffee's ready, of to work.

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Delta, BC, Canada   CAN
It may not be applicable here Dennis, but I put my heavy bins and derusting tank on wooden Harbor Freight moving dollies. They're about $6 or $7 bucks and you can't even buy the wheels for that price.


Woodysrods Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
I have the Princess Auto facsimile under all of my heavy storage boxes that roll under my benches.
Yes, cheaper than buying wheels.

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Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, Illinois, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
Got a dozen of those in storage as I need them.
The quench tank is gonna hold 15-20 gallons of
hot oil (120-160 pounds US) so it will be on a dedicated
stand with 250 lb. 3" x 1.5" rubber casters. It's mate,
the Forge/oven, probably weighs twice that much and
it's on a heavy 1/2" x 3.5" angle iron stand with 500 lb.
5" x 2" casters.
If it's worth doing's worth doing right.


Delta, BC, Canada   CAN
It holds my double lined 27 gallon electrolysis tank very well. However, like I said it may not be applicable for your situation.

Have fun anyway,

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jcny Silver Member John Corey
Melrose, New York, USA   USA
1927 CycleKart French "Sam"
Well, speaking for us boys out East - even a few CKs and other interested parties makes a fine, fun day. Also, we will be showing our CKs at the upcoming Maker Faire/Steampunk Festival in Troy, NY on September 16: Troy Maker Faire 2017 I know that will generate some real builder interest, as well as more gawkers.

Builder: John 'the Fierce' Corey, aka Lord Emile Salmson (or Lordy Miles On Some)

Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, Illinois, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
Well John, I know from following you the last year, that
you're doin' your damnedest to get something going out east.
Someone who can make the time to organize and get the word
out is exactly what we need to get these little pockets going around
the country.
I'm not in any way an organizer, I've shunned supervisory positions
all my life, in the service and on the civilian jobs. Even though
I have been forced into that position on several occasions, I just
feel real uncomfortable negotiating and keeping the troops in line.
There's always someone in opposition that speaks louder than
me and I get tongue tied. Being a little guy, I was never "King of
the Mountain." So I'm not the one to get the Mid-West Cyclekart
Chapter up and running. But....I do make a good follower!
I'm hoping that some day the hobby gets someone on board that
has the ability, time and interest in forming a national sanctioning
When we can offer answers to questions like, Where do you
race them? Where can I get a rule book? Where can I buy one?
Then, the general public will get seriously interested in Cyclekarts.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-08-03 07:31 AM by Denny Graham.

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bobwilcox Gold Member Bob Wilcox
Riverside, MO, USA   USA
1925 Ford Model T "Speedway Special"
1934 Austin America "Austin American Special"
Here's something you might try Dennis. Looking at your post #19 I think it was. I built a cyclekart several years ago and made a self powered mower attachment with a 16 hp mower engine and two mower decks. It cut an 84 inch swath and made short work of the open areas of a two acre and a half acre yard. Maybe you could try this and get a lot of support from the wife. Bob

Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, Illinois, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
Thanks Bob, but I got a JD855 with a 72" deck and to mow the
four acres that I keep cut plus a couple more that adjoin mine
down in the neighbors flood plane. Usually only takes me 2 1/2
to 3 1/2 hours depending on how high it gets. Gotta keep after it
every 3-4 days with this hot humid weather. I trim every around
the edges every other time, which adds another afternoon to the job.
But....then there are the trees to keep after. About 100 of them.
And about the same number of landscape bushes around the house
which take up one day several times in the summer.
It's nice work and I feel good when it's all done and I can sit back
in the evening with a beer and enjoy the view. Beats the crap out
of what I had to look at over the fence in the city for the past 70 years.
Yep.....lots of work, but it really Shangri la, which I longed
for my whole life. Hopefully I'll get to keep it for the next 25 years.
But, if the state of Illinois keeps digging into our savings with increased
taxes to pay for their mismanagement and waste,, we may have to look
for greener pastures. I hate to think about that at my age..

Denny G
Sandwich, IL

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cyclefreedom Brian C
Naperville, IL, USA   USA
1928 CycleKart French "Bri-gatti"
Hey Denny,

A friend of mine Just finished The frame of his kart and, is also actively seeking a place to run.
He is also in this area, He has family in Wisconsin with land and is looking into that as well.
If we get a good place to run I well let you know.

Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, Illinois, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
Here I thought you abandoned me after our one meeting Brian. Thought
maybe it was something I said or maybe that I needed a bath or some
similar thing.
I've been posting to the forum about the .7 mile kart track down at Norway
for a year and haven't heard as much as a peep from any of the "Midwest"
guys, of which there are at least a dozen out there. What about your buddy
Jim from Max Torque??? Thought he was building a kart? With his extensive
connections with the Go Kart community I thought he would have something
to say about using the track either in a positive or negative way.
Although, when I think about it, Cyclekarts are probably way to tame for him
after running Go Karts all these years.
Then there's Angel up north, what's he built now...something like three CK's?
Well.....I'm not there yet, but I'm gettin' there.....if I live long enough! And
I don't think it would be much fun unless there were at least a half dozen
or more karts at a get together.
Denny G

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-08-19 12:59 AM by Denny Graham.

Woodysrods Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
Any number over one, can be fun!
Only takes twit race.......ask any of those who drag race?
I was back in yakima again this weekend for a Rod Run, and as an exhibition they had a Lawn Mower Racing group set up
100 foot drag strip.
All I can say is WOW!
0 to100ft in 1.7 seconds.
They can't race any farther than 100 ft. as that is about where the lose complete control if they were to keep accelerating.
Was good fun to watch for about 5 most Drag Racing.

Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, Illinois, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
Oh, I go back to the 50's Brian when we were drag racing on old abandoned WWII concrete
landing strips and out back of farms on the dirt drives alongside the corn fields. Hot Rod,
Rod & Custom, Car Craft, Honk were just starting to show up on the news stands. I still
remember a short time later when my brother came back from a trip out to California and
brought back the first set of slicks I'd ever seen, which he put on the 'A' Altered he was building.
It was only fun racing the same guy once or twice. Three strikes, your out and me or him
would be looking for someone else to joust with.
As I've posted before,the first gokarts me and my buddy built, we would have a blast with
them in the evening chasing each other around the factory parking lots. But the real fun
came when I'd take it out to the gokart track where I was part of the pack.
I think a lot of us started out with street drags, and they got boring to me quite early on.
That's about the time I put my first gokart together. Then came the midgets, which once
I spent some time driving, sent me in search of more of a challenge. Had to wait a few
more years before I discovered that turning an airplane every which way in an
aerobatic dance was really fun. In the end, that just proved to be, to dang expensive for
a blue collar stiff like me, even when I built and maintained my own bird. But... now a days,
so is real racing, to expensive that is.
So that's why I've ended up here, almost come full circle back to square one where I was
60 years ago. Building a kart with a lawnmower engine for power and living a dream that
gives me reason to wake up in the morning.
Oops, coffee's ready......out to the barn now.

Denny G

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