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Maigret Luc L
Senlisse, Yvelines, France   FRA
Yes Rhys,
Good idea !
Done,
Luc



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018-02-09 07:28 AM by Maigret.

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chrisenamels Silver Member Chris Brown
Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, UK   GBR
Thanks Luc, that could be one of the most useful things posted for some time, I downloaded it straight away..

Chris

Maigret Luc L
Senlisse, Yvelines, France   FRA
Attention please ! cool smiley
I noticed that one important drawing concerning the driving positions for different types of cars (sedan, sports ...) is not in this free version.
You'll find it here.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wJOVXln2isw/TgcyNJhNHEI/AAAAAAAAAAw/Vy7XsJXJXZY/s1600/Picture4.jpg

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littletex Blake Martindale
Azle, TX, USA   USA
Little Tex Here,
Thanks luc Still trying to interpret all the numbers but I see valuable information in it I'm getting a good idea about seating position now.

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CmdBentaxle Dave D
Federal Way, WA, USA   USA
1950 CycleKart Italian "1950 Ferrari 166 F2"
I recommend a cheap lumber cockpit mockup to make sure it works for you.

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littletex Blake Martindale
Azle, TX, USA   USA
Little Tex Here,
I have been out for a while due to medical stuff thank goodness I don't have the big C in my lung but still have issues with the lung. Thanks to mobile devises kept an eye on the goings on around here. And now that I'm back home I can get back to fiddling with my kart. I see some folks going like gangbusters kicking a$$ and taking names. Kinda makes me feel like I'm sitting still on progress but it has given me a spurt of motivation to get out in the garage and get something done. Started working on my frame rails today , about half way done got some more to cut out of ply. Sticking to my original plan of 3 layers of 5 ply wood shaped to mimic the miller frame design. Then need to epoxy it all together forming kinda like an engineered beam should be plenty strong while still being just flexible enough not to create to rough or stiff a ride. When I get the pieces all cut out and start to bond the together I'll try to get some pictures and put them up. Wish I had more progress to report but as it's plenty hot here now in Texas makes it hard to work for any length of time. Plus working with wood for every one hour I do something I have to spend twice as much time cleaning up just an inherit drawback but I'll take it Well till further progress that's it for now thank's for the shot in the arm of motivation fellas lets hope I can keep it up Little Tex.

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A.J. Foyt Joey Verpoorten
Battle Ground, WA, USA   USA
Might I recommend the Total Boat Epoxy system for the epoxy over the wood. Its the same system I used on my kart. For the money it was a great product. I would HIGHLY recommend to toss the stupid pumps. I had fits with mine and ended up using paint mixing cups form my local auto body paint store. At the cost of .42 cents a pop it was cheaper to mix and throw away, rather then buy a solvent to clean. Of course you can go that route and clean the cups. If you use any fiberglass, I would also recommend a 6oz. cloth for the ease of working with and its flexibility. A heavy cloth would work great for flat surfaces, but those are typically wood and don't need it. I did end up glassing my plywood with 2 layers of cloth. Just my few cents worth of knowledge. Here is a link to my kart build page if ya haven't seen it. you can see the Total Boat system and my process for making the curves of the body with foam. Body starts near the bottom of page 4.

https://www.cyclekartclub.com/phorum/read.php?2,7257

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littletex Blake Martindale
Azle, TX, USA   USA
Little Tex Here,
Well I finally got back out in the oven and worked on my frame rails. Bond set up pretty quick in this heat had very little time to get it positioned right. I still have some final sanding to do to pretty them up a bit will try and work on that this weekend. Then I can move on to using the all thread at both ends to set up width and start laying out the cockpit / body measurements etc. I have attached photos, did it just as I planned and described. Next time I'll pay a shop to CNC this for me I'll get better quality in a shorter time. Listen to that already talking about a second kart and I haven't finished the first one (kart before the horse lol) isn't that how it goes. Was telling my older brother about what I was doing now he's getting the bug plus he lives in Washington around where a few of you live so he could make it to some of the events more so then me. He's still in the watching videos stage but knowing him it won't be long before it go time for him. well till more progress by for now.


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littletex Blake Martindale
Azle, TX, USA   USA
Little Tex Here,
Plugged along on my frame rail some more. Sanding is done still have a couple of spot to go back and fix but I think they are oky doky. so I bolted them up (mock up) to see about sizing. I got the length at 90" with another 4-6" to be added for the boat tail looks and feels good, and though 18" was recommended for the cockpit width it seem a little small even for me so I went with 20 " and I think it's a little better. Now I just need to work out how much cow belly to have while still maintaining an ascetically good look for the body on top. The 3D picture I'm working from with a scale legend on it makes the width and height of the body about 1/5 the length so for my cockpit width I'm pretty close. It;s like raising a baby elephant in your living room it fit when you first started but as it grows you run out of room hence forth why I'm out side Attached photos of the mock up till further progress by for now.


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littletex Blake Martindale
Azle, TX, USA   USA
Little Tex Here,
Question for you folks across the pond, anyone ever use or know of the Clarke Weld 130EN MIG/flux core welder. Is it any good for just basic light work or what? Not to be exclusive if anyone on this side knows anything you can pipe in as well its just the Clarke's are made in the UK and figured they would know first any help will be greatly appreciated.

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chrisenamels Silver Member Chris Brown
Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, UK   GBR
It's a reasonable quality DIY / light industrial welder, my Clarke lasted 15 yeare or so regular use. The only reason for replacing it was the wire feed gave up, probably just needs the power transistor changing. I needed to do some welding so urgently so I bought s gas / gasless one off ebay. I'll replace the transistor when I get chance, and if it works sell it on, likelihood is that 2 years stored in a damp garage didn't help matters.

Chris

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littletex Blake Martindale
Azle, TX, USA   USA
Little Tex Here,
Thanks Chris makes me feel better about my junk hunting/find welder. Had to order a #35 tip as that's my wire and it only had a #30 with it also had to make a part for the spool holder a piece was missing now it works like a champ. Now all I need to do is find some scrap steel to get it and me dialed in then I can start working on the metal parts. I'm slow going but steady and sure again thanks.

Rhysn Rhys Nolan
Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK   GBR
Junk hunting and finding is what this hobby is supposed to be all about smiling smiley

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chrisenamels Silver Member Chris Brown
Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, UK   GBR
You're welcome,my new one is gas / gasless, tried it gassless, didn't get on with it. Gas is much easier to get a smooth weld with, so I got myself a cow bottle for when I get chance to start, looked at the argon mixtures, but they were too expensive.

Chris

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littletex Blake Martindale
Azle, TX, USA   USA
Little Tex Here,
Worked some more on the kart today again slow going with the heat and all had to work in short spurts. Made the seat back and dash cowl, roughed out still some final finishing to do but the basic pieces are there. Still fine tuning the seat back angle and cowl placement to get the cockpit just right. the firewall is next. Till I get some sort of grill shaped out can't make the radiator support. Thinking of using the stainless steel sink idea if I can get one for real cheap or free I'm on the hunt need the right shape and all. I'll try not to be too picky but I want it to look right not to much to ask of junk is it?. Then comes the sides and floor to complete the basic box (coffin). Here are some pics of the progress up to this point


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