[Kartbuilding] Child kart.

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Mon May 4 21:55:24 IST 2009

Hi Louis-Charles,

Yes, you will be able to reduce the speed of the kart using that lawnmower 
engine. You'll need a small pulley wheel to go onto the engine shaft. 
You'll need a very large pulley (5 times bigger than the one on the 
engine) on the rear axle. You can connect the two using a belt (v-belt 
pulley). There won't be any shifting/gears. It'll be a direct connection 
from the engine to the rear wheels. Once you start the engine the kart 
will take off. (You can add a third pulley wheel after the kart is made, 
and you can use this 3rd pulley wheel to act as a clutch).

Best of luck,

On Thu, 30 Apr 2009, Louis-Charles Bourassa wrote:

> Hi Stephen,
> Thanks for your quick response.  I found this engine for the kart.
> Will i be able to reduce the speed even if there is no shift ?
> http://montreal.kijiji.ca/c-ViewAd?AdId=124318359&FromEmailAddress=lcboubou%40gmail.com&MessageId=MSG.VIEW_AD.REPLY_TO_AD_SENT&NotifyMe=unchecked&ilIds=124318359%2C124356711%2C124118131%2C124117165%2C122449340%2C123855736%2C123828481%2C123802407%2C123584088%2C123561814%2C123267484%2C123452626%2C123348457%2C123331151%2C123325922%2C123302510%2C123270115%2C123266211%2C122226507%2C122315455&ilNext=2&ilPrev=-1&ilProvider=SearchIdListProvider&ilqcKeyword=tondeuse+essence&mpname=R2S&mpname=Activity-R2S&mpuid=80002%3B19%3B124318359%3B-2395192704%3B%3B&secev=AQAAASD0UhAAAM0AAAACACIxMjBmN2NkZDkxZi5hMjBiMjc2LjFkM2ExLmZmZmU5MTU3AAAAAAdo8pcBAAAAAgAAAAAEeGjAWme%2F3fOVKJMZXL0nzC4zQTTIDFQ
> *
> Thanks in avance for your time !
> Louis-Charles.
> On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 3:02 PM, Stephen Burke wrote:
>> Hi Louis-Charles,
>> Yes, you can put a small motor/engine on the wooden kart. The basic wooden
>> kart will be the same.
>> On your motor/engine the drive shaft may be horizontal based. Therefore
>> things would be easier, just connect up the two pulley wheels using a V belt
>> (see image at bottom of:
>> http://www.kartbuilding.net/woodenkart/chassis_explained.htm )
>> Its safer and easier to use pulley wheels and drive belts. You can get
>> these from an old car (or a car service garage). Chains are noisy and come
>> off a lot.
>> If you have any other questions, just drop me an email. If you get the kart
>> made, feel free to foward on a photo for the kartbuilding.net/gallery
>> It will be a great fun activity for yourself and your son.
>> Best of luck,
>> -steve
>> On Tue, 28 Apr 2009, Louis-Charles Bourassa wrote:
>> Hi,
>>>  First of all, the site http://www.kartbuilding.net is really nice !
>>> Second, excuse my english... ;-)  Third, i want to construct a kart and i
>>> don't know anything about engine.  My objective is to learn how it works
>>> and
>>> take quality time with my 7 years old boy.  Since he's 7, i want him to
>>> participate and that's why i'm focussing on a wood kart.  Did the kart
>>> design here http://www.kartbuilding.net/woodenkart/chassis_explained.htmcan
>>> be run with an old 49cc motor ( small pocket bike one ) ?  I don't want
>>> the
>>> kart to go very fast but i want it to be functionnal....  Using a 49cc
>>> pocket bike, i think i could use all the peaces ( chain, engine, breaks,
>>> shift.... ) to construct the kart.
>>> Thanks in avance for your time...
>>> Louis-Charles.

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