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Dalerich Dale R
GR, USA   USA
Hi all.
Just joined, but have been watching posts for a few years. Currently in West Michigan, but would love to move to Arizona if I ever build a CycleKart. I know old Hondas and Mopars, and have the tools to build, just need to find the time. Love the projects I have seen others build, they are all great works of art really. Should I start a build I will post about it.
Cheers! Dale

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Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
Welcome Dale
Get building.
There was a group racing on the Ice in Michigan a couple of years ago.
Woody
PS
I will bump my Ice Racing CycleKarts thread.... you should watch the video!smiling bouncing smiley

KiwiKart John S
CHCH, Canterbury, New Zealand   NZL
Hi All,

I have been browsing here now and again for awhile. I have a general interest in cars and are fortunate enough to own several 'toys'. I have always want to restore/build one but the reality is that I don't really have the fabrication skills for that. So I have come to CycleKarts as and interesting relatively low cost/low risk test of that. Just beginning on the journey and the current intention is to:
1) Decide in the wheel options. Ideally I would find a solution available locally. International freight is killer in terms of costs.
2) Decide on the preferred engine/drive train
3) Decide on the chassis structure. Realistically I have more wood working skills (basic) than metal work skills (none) so probably a wooden chassis
4) Once I have all of that decided I will worry about the body shape that will fit. I have a long list of cars that I see as 'iconic' so I am happy to leave this decision to last

That is the theory and it seems to make sense to me but it is only a plan and plans are made to be changed!

Cheers

John

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Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
Welcome John
Not to change the plans you have already formulated in your mind and on the above list.
But, I found CyleKarts 3 years, 2 Days and 48 minutes ago, and since then I think about them or work
on them every single day!
Plans Change!
I am a car builder (and have been for 51 years!) and I have all the skills tools, equipment and shop space
required to build almost anything.
But, what I have learned from CycleKarts is that........Plans Change!
I have learned so much about these small engined simple machines the past three years.......but the most important
thing I have learned is to pick an inspiration car that will truly inspire you to keep going, do your research, stick with
the Stevenson Formula, don't over think the project, set some definite time lines, and find someone that you can
communicate with or build CycleKarts with. IN THAT ORDER!
Your list seemed backwards to what I have found to date.
Watch all the You Tube videos you can.....Dennis Thomas, Tieton, Argentina, France, Arizona, etc.
And Wheels........there should be lots of Honda CT90 17" wheels in NZ.
There is very little that you need to ship, I would guess.
And find Mike!
Good Luck with you new adventure!
Woody

Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Welcome to Cyclekarting John. Brian and I found this spot almost the exact same time, cept
I here was lookin' here 4 days 29 minutes before him. He's given you some good advice as
and I'm sure you'll here from a lot of others that have been thru the same experience. Keep
your first build basic or it could drag on for years. If you over think it and have a short
attention span.....you may never get wheels on the ground.
Go to My 'Account'---'Member Map'----'Search' at the bottom of the page, type in 'New Zealand'
and you'll find five pages of links to past Kiwi activity here on the forum. The map shows 68 members,
and with NZ only the size of our state of Oregon.....you might just find a Cyclekart builder living
right next door. We here in the states are so spread out that we need to take a plane, train or bus
to find a like minded builder. A couple of your mates have even packed up their karts and made
the trek over to the big summer event at Tieton, WA a couple of times.
Denny G
Sandwich, IL USA

KiwiKart John S
CHCH, Canterbury, New Zealand   NZL
Thanks for the welcome.

Brian, I have no doubt you will see my list as backwards, having been building cars for 51 years you will have a depth of mechanical understanding I will never get, so I need to understand the various components first and make a plan. I have a lot to learn before I can start actually making something! I am honestly not fussed what specific car at this stage but have a soft spot for Italian & British vehicles so something in there would be likely.

Interestingly, there are lots of CT's in NZ but there is a growing interest in their restoration so values (well prices anyway!) are increasing whilst availability is diminishing.

Denny, Yes I had found some of the NZ members, including a couple of active ones not too far from me so will try to make contact in due course.

Thanks again.

Cheers

John

Rhysn Rhys Nolan
Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK   GBR
Denny, according to google, Oregon state is 295 miles north to south at longest distance. NZ is 1295 driving distance, just a bit different!

Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
But Rhys......I get 990 for NZ and it's only 250 at it's widest. I'll drive that far sometimes
for a good steak. And with 10,000 miles of beach......well that's gotta crowd ya'll into the
middle, right? And consider Oregon is 400 miles wide also, and ya might have to drive
around in circles a few times to find anyone in Oregon.
But, all kidding aside, the point being, I think it would be a lot easier to find a Cyclekart
buddy in NZ than in Kansas. We really are separated by a lot of distance here in the
states.
dg

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Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
Hi John
You might want to price CT wheels available to you in NZ.
And then compare them to what it would cost to get a set of 4
from VKC in Arizona. And at the same time get a price on
Jack's, front spindles, rear hubs, leaf springs, bearings, etc.
His pedal assembly is too heavy (make your own), and get a
combined shipping rate.
You will be light years ahead on your build if you do!thumbs up
Also, you might find a few mates that would like to do the same,
and make a mass order in one container.
Again....Welcome to the madness!
Good Roads
Brian

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CaptJimmO Gold Member James J O'Donnell
Abbotsford, BC, Canada   CAN
1972 BMC Racecar "BUGSPRY"
2001 CycleKart Lightweight "Dag"
2006 Other Custom "BandAid Car"
John, Brian

Before I left NZ last year I tried to find CT wheels in Auckland, Hamilton and ChCh. I had no luck what so ever. I even tried a couple of places in Australia, no go. It would seem that the 'Postie Bikes are so popular, none of them are broken up, all are repaired and most are sent off to the Pacific Islands. I had one as my transport on the landing ship I was Captain of in Vanuatu.
I have a brother here in Vancouver who has a collection of wheels from CT100, CT110 Hondas so I am lucky. I did buy an engine and the CVT in NZ and they are in the crates on their way here now. FYI, I priced a new wheel from Honda in Auckland and was quoted $630.00 each !!

I went out to the workshop in Mission this afternoon and it is looking real nice. We should have it all complete this coming week. I have also found a lather for $1200, so all in all I am pretty happy.

Stay safe

James



"just another colourful stitch in the rich tapestry of life"

CK Skunk Werks, Mission BC

Rhysn Rhys Nolan
Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK   GBR
In reply to # 37439 by Denny Graham But Rhys......I get 990 for NZ and it's only 250 at it's widest. I'll drive that far sometimes
for a good steak. And with 10,000 miles of beach......well that's gotta crowd ya'll into the
middle, right? And consider Oregon is 400 miles wide also, and ya might have to drive
around in circles a few times to find anyone in Oregon.
But, all kidding aside, the point being, I think it would be a lot easier to find a Cyclekart
buddy in NZ than in Kansas. We really are separated by a lot of distance here in the
states.
dg

I did say "driving distance" Denny, awful hard to travel from tip to tip across the Tasman sea, and even straight line is a whole lot more than the 295 you quoted originally smiling smiley
Why would you live away from the sea and lovely beaches? The widest part is totally impossible to drive, it's a very mountainous country. Total population of about 5 million means that there aren't a whole lot of crazy enough people to meet up with that often! Christchurch has more than most parts though.
Freight of anything out of the US to NZ is horrendous, I priced it all before I left and just work on doubling the price (or more) from VKC and you won't be far away.

Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Had a friend that treated him and his wife to a two week trip to NZ when he retired.
Brought back a bunch of pictures and stories.....man that is a beautiful place.
Talk about Shangi La!!!
Why would you want to leave there, cept maybe for financial reasons. Or In your case
Rhys, maybe because your son's in the UK???
What was it that drew you away James J??
Denny G

Rhysn Rhys Nolan
Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK   GBR
I moved away for 3 main reasons;
1 Son and his wife live in the UK
2 We have a lot of travel still to do, last year Greek Islands, Sicily, Lakes District, Seattle..., 2019, Spain, Malta... Travel is a whole lot easier, cheaper and we don't have to have 24 hours of flying each way before we start.
3 Vintage and historic motorsport, almost none in NZ
then we were pretty sick of the tropical storms/cyclones etc. (at our place we had 1780 mm of rain in the 11 months of the year prior to leaving, not an unusual year, statistically wettest place in Britain has less than 1/4 of that.)
Loads of history here, NZ European settlement is still a long way from 200 years.
I could throw in that the area we lived in has a fair bit of racial unrest.

Everyone can justify choices.

Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Yep, I guess the icing doesn't always tell you what the cake is gonna taste like.
Just goes to show ya, no place is Shangri La all of the time. Now.....I'm all warmed
up again, so back out for more of my Snow Therapy. It taint Shangri La 'round here....today!
dg

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CaptJimmO Gold Member James J O'Donnell
Abbotsford, BC, Canada   CAN
1972 BMC Racecar "BUGSPRY"
2001 CycleKart Lightweight "Dag"
2006 Other Custom "BandAid Car"
Hi there Denny G

well I moved to NZ from here back in 1996 after living here for 10 years. My career path is a Foreign Going Ships Master and there was a posting down there that sounded real good. It was. Originally for only 3 year contract, this turned into near 15. We were deciding to return, however with two kids in High school, it seemed to be a bit silly to pull them out of there and try and have them re-introduce into the Canadian system. I was at home on rotation when a friend suggested I meet him at his office, he had a project for me to look at. This company is involved in the construction of water treatment plants for towns, cities and industry, Diary etc. and again it was to be for a defined contract which turned into a full time job on shore, company ute and all the stuff that goes with being staff.
In this position I was the Project Specialist. Which really means, I was sent in to sort out the problems left behind by the construction crew who had trouble reading the P&ID. This also allowed me to use my machining skills (and improve them) in turning out custom parts to allow us to produce some very smart looking chemical dosing control boards. 'G' thread instruments just don't fit your standard NPTT fittings and the adaptors are not made in PVC, so I made them, very satisfying.
However, during 2018, there were a couple of set backs with contracts, which saw my section run out of things to do. My wife had moved back here to BC, 4 years earlier along with my daughter, my son opted to stay in NZ. No work, no pay, no way to support myself so after talks with family, here I am. back in BC. Nice home ( two of them ) and the support of my family. Yes NZ is a beautiful country, The South Island is very much like BC, almost the same Latitude as BC south of the equator. I have traveled all over NZ, probably have seen more than the average Kiwi, and enjoyed it all.
BC Canada is now my home.

Sorry for the small novel here but you did ask. I need to start on my build . . . . . .

James J.



"just another colourful stitch in the rich tapestry of life"

CK Skunk Werks, Mission BC

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