- Are you looking for a father son project that is fun to do?
- Have you been searching for great father and son wood project but you are tired of furniture and little knick knacks?
- Do you have an old tractor, or at least some tires sitting around and you were wondering if it were possible to make something with those components?
- Do you have plenty of wood, but little money? Maybe you have a nice set of tools, such as a table saw, a drill, and a saws-all, but you are wondering what project, or what you could make this weekend.
Many have been asking the same question. They have plenty of wood, wood tools and some tires and miscellaneous parts sitting around and have been wondering in the back of their minds if it were possible to make something, something radical and exciting with the boards, tires, ropes and engine.
The wood go kart is one project that you may want to consider. In less than a weekend you can develop a working gravity powered go kart that will keep the kids excited for quite some time.
In the next weekend you can put an engine on it, and believe it or not all you have to do is buy a belt and maybe a pulley for your engine. All in all, less than 50 bucks is a reasonable cost for making a wood go kart that looks fantastic, and leaves everyone shaking their head in disbelieve and amazement.
You may be wondering how that is possible? You may also have seen numerous wood go karts on the internet and have seen go karts that are less than impressive. In fact they are down right uncreative and unimaginative. Usually they compose a simple steering system and flat board. To top it off they aren’t safe and lack brakes of any substance.
The main considerations for a sound go kart are:
- Safety - Brakes - Acceleration - Cornering - Center of Gravity - Durability
When we think of moving vehicles we want something that doesn’t look like it is a death trap. That when you step on the brakes the hand brake just rips off in your hands, or worse yet, doesn’t work at all. You may apply the brake, but to no avail, the go kart just keeps going forward.
We also don’t want a go kart that is so unstable that it is hard to control. The last thing we want is a go kart that is doing flips and rolls because the center of gravity is too high and imbalanced for good cornering.
Many of us think wood splinters when we think wood go kart. Wood cracks and breaks, so that must be what a wood go kart is all about. It is a piece of splintering junk not worth five minutes of consideration.
Those are unfortunate preconceptions, because they don’t apply to the Wood Go Kart that the Go Kart Guru has put together.
What most want in a go kart is one that is fast, durable, safe and agile.
The problem is the price tag. Most go karts are around $500 to $1000 for a mediocre go kart. Many of us just don’t have that kind of money. In fact if the whole idea of having a go kart was to buy one, it would never happen.
So we are left with making our own, and that becomes a dilemma as well because just to make a go kart can cost upwards to 400 dollars especially if we are considering making a metal framed go kart.
It need not be that expensive. A wood go kart is a solution that can bust that berrier of high cost, but can bring the durability, safety, agility and overall great go kart performance that you are looking for.
What the Go Kart Guru is offering is a wood go kart package that includes a set of books and a video.
You may be thinking to yourself,
"Okay books don’t do me much good I am looking to make this go kart, a book doesn’t cut it for me!"
Well the it is not just books, it also includes plans and a video. The plans give you the layout, but the video shows you the ins and outs that are required to get to the final product.
For example in order to save money on the drive system some innovative an not so obvious solutions are needed. The brake system, the steering system and the drive system all use innovative cost saving but very reliable and durable solutions. The books and the video show you how to do develop these solutions.
In case you are not a believer and really wonder if a wood go kart has any performance to it, you should watch the following video.
As you can see the wood go kart has some sure fire results. It corners like a champ and accelerates well too. And to top it off, it doesn’t look like a piece of junk at all.
We’ve had this wood go kart plan out for awhile now, but one of the biggest requests was:
1. A fully printed book 2. A How To Video
So we got to work and this is that product.
What the product includes is the following:
- Wood Go Kart Building Book I - Wood Go Kart Building Book II - Go Kart Drive Systems Book - Wood Go Kart Plans - Wood Go Kart Video
Wood Go Kart Building Book I The Book I is the first in a two part series on building a wood gokart from junk. In this book the over all layout and the design for a wood go kart that is gravity powered is developed. In it the frame is made, the steering is developed and the brake system is implemented. With this book the go kart is purely gravity powered. This go kart can be made in one weekend, no problem.
Wood Go Kart Building Book II Wood Go Kart Book II is about adding the gas engine. This may sound simple enough, but there are tricks to the system to get it to mount up and to work properly. In entails a simple belt drive system, throttle system and on/off switch system. Because the go kart is being developed to handle an engine the undercarriage is beefed up a little bit too, but that is about it. On the second weekend the drive system can be developed and implemented.
Go Kart Drive Systems Book
The go kart drives systems book is added to give understanding to drive systems, because one of the biggest complaints by go karters is that the clutch smokes, or in this case the belt smokes. The go kart drive systems book shows you what to look for when designing your drive system so you are not left high and dry without a clue as to why the go kart is not performing. In fact you won’t be left shaking your head, but will be out bopping around on your fantastic go kart.
Wood Go Kart Plans
The wood go kart plans are just that, plans and layouts for the overall go kart design. Each part is labled and layed out in the 4x8 sheet of plywood and the across the 6 2x4s that you will need. The wood go kart plans are printed out and bound in with the rest of the other three books.
The three books and the plans are professionally wire bound together in an over 90 page booklet that includes pictures and diagrams for easy reference and understanding.
Wood Go Kart Video
The wood go kart video is a step by step process of the go kart development and design. In it the Go Kart Guru works with his boys on this family project and explaining as he goes what is going on and why it is happening. This is pretty important especially when he is doing some pretty weird things with pulleys and boards. The video explains and details the wood go kart from start to finish.
As you can see the wood go kart is a fantastic way to spend a weekend. It uses every day materials, two by fours, plywood and some basic metal components such as axel rod that can be gotten from a simple hardware store.
So if you are considering having a fun filled weekend or even spending the winter months indoors...
The wood go kart is the project that brings high returns. Many fond memories and practical hands on experiences will make this project well worth the effort. And just think all for under $50 bucks.