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« on: 28 October 2020, 10:35:57 pm »
Welcome to Mark Under.

Please reply to this post and share a little about yourself especially location (not your specific address though!), interest and experience in cycleKarts, any particular skills you might be happy to share...etc

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« Reply #1 on: 29 October 2020, 10:07:06 pm »
Hi

Thanks for the intro.

I have been aware of cycle karts for a few years, last year a friend of mine asked me to make the running gear for a soapbox, very much in the style of a 1920s racer.

I built the chassis using Austin healey 3000 wire wheels, steering box, trailer brakes where used along with some very small leaf springs from another old trailer.  The rest was fabricated.

Recently I was shown a picture of a yellow cycle kart and thought it would be fun to have a go at making one.

My workshop is fairly well equipped and I live in Alton Hampshire.

Not really sure what type of thing to build yet, I think a bit of research is needed!  Any advice would be great.

My son is 13 and loves being in the workshop so he will probably get drawn in.

Mark

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« Reply #2 on: 29 October 2020, 11:10:20 pm »
Hi Mark, welcome. It's a great father and son hobby with many things to learn and share.
An inspiration car is difficult to settle on but it's worthwhile selecting a known marque rather than something generic. We hope to hold future meetings at vintage car venues, where the effort to field CycleKarts of origin (however loosely interpretted) will feel appropriate.

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Re: New member Mark Under
« Reply #3 on: 30 October 2020, 07:28:28 am »
Welcome Mark.
My son and I enjoy cyclekarting together.   You’re only about 20 mins away, so if you and your son want to pop over and see our ck’s you would be very welcome.
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« Reply #4 on: 30 October 2020, 10:09:30 pm »
Thanks,

There is obviously a huge choice of car designs to choose from.  Would something like the Hudson Race Car be suitable?  Any thoughts from experienced builders would be interesting before I get to carried away.  Hopefully there is a picture attached!

Stefan, It would be interesting to see some cycle Karts before I start to build so I may well take you up on your offer soon.  (just in the middle of a house move so times tight for the next few weeks) [ Guests cannot view attachments ]

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« Reply #5 on: 30 October 2020, 11:05:35 pm »
Looks entirely suitable.  Key thing will be to get your weight low and more central if you can.  Should work as a Stevenson ply monocoque build or lots of other build techniques.

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« Reply #6 on: 31 October 2020, 11:08:18 am »
Would it be worth looking for a car with a lower centre of gravity as a starting point?

I was going to build a welded steel chassis Of some description. 

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« Reply #7 on: 31 October 2020, 11:48:45 am »
From my experience so far. when welding a chassis try and avoid angles in 2 directions at the same time as they get very fidly. if the main side rails slope up, don't taper them together at that same angle. some low cars which could make good cyclekarts that havent been made in the UK are any of the frazer-nash race cars, sunbeam tiger, bugatti tank, aston-martain razor blade, delage 2lcv, pacey hassan bently, hawkeye special bently and many many more.