Sup /diy/. I stole a stolen shopping cart out of the ditch the other day and i want to motorize itwith an old pushmower engine but because the pto is vertical and the wheels (which will be replaced) are horizontal plus on top of that i need a way to engage the wheels and give it variable power.
>power to the ground
You'll need to either add wheels or replace the rear ones with some kind of axle setup. At the simplest you could have a gear mounted on the axle with a matching worm coming from the engine.
>variable power to the ground
A gearbox of some sort is really your only option without modifying the engine to have some kind of throttle control. A small used tranny could be picked up for relatively cheap at a local junkyard, or a throttle body even cheaper.
Not a problem. Before you go out and drop $100 on a tranny though, make sure you can fabricate some kind of coupler to connect the two. It should also go without saying that you'll need a manual one unless you're a master at electromechanical wizardry.
Made this senior year. Scavenged most from an old go cart we had. Put a live rear axle in it. No brakes. Throttle control was done with a lever like an airplane. Centrifugal clutch and chain for drive train.
Dangerous and bitching as shit
This was over a half decade now at this point. Long before I became a mechanic. These days, I would be tempted, but I wouldn't know where to start back in high school.
Definitely thought about making another one with a V-Twin I got off a generator. Bigger shopping cart, Costco sized? They sell a bunch of high speed suspension and shit I'd love to put on one. Money is tight though, as always
This entire thread. I don't know whether to be terrified or inspired. I even have a Walmart closing near me I could get a cart from.
This one time.... In highschool. I got a gokart. Was gay blue in color. Was working out the kinks and had a friend who was standing on the back working throttle control. And i was steering. No brakes. He stopped to talk to some girls from school... And the throttle raddled open the thing took off at full speed. The scariest part was there was some jackass at a stop sign at the bottom of a hill that was just sitting there (was in a neighborhood) anyways... Yeah was fun and it finally rattled itself closed.