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DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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05/14/2010 03:06AM

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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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He's 3 so I may have some time.
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: April 17, 2018 03:16AM

Ok so my grandson has turned 3. Clearly it's time that he learned how to drive.
His 5 year old sister has a 6V pink Mini that we jacked up to 36V and it pulls awesome wheelies on 4" slicks.
I have a 37 Willy's hood, 18 horse B.S. stripped down twin. some 20/10/8 rear tires and random 8"wheelbarrow tires for the front.
I want to turn this mess into a cool little pickup truck for him to have fun with and show with my son by law's 32 roadster.
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The idea is to narrow the hood and put a small fabricated box on it to turn it into a pickup.
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We would expose the air cooled fins of the twin through the hood , throw down the exhaust into some side pipes. And basically have some fun with it.
We have some time to refine the design.
I'm looking for some cool ideas to help the project along.
What does the collective think?


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
(935 posts)

Registered:
11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: He's 3 so I may have some time.
Posted by: Dan B
Date: April 17, 2018 10:22AM

Make it big enough so he doesn't outgrow it. Could be a handy item to have around. I love the idea.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5544 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: He's 3 so I may have some time.
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: April 17, 2018 10:50AM

Yep, set up the drive so it can be easily geared up later. That B&S will only run so fast so it makes a handy speed limiter. It should be capable of 45mph or better geared up. Maybe you could use a light weight 4 or 5 speed and block the gates to all but 1st and Rev. Maybe a lawn tractor axle.

I used cable steering on my son's go-kart but I've seen an exposed rack and pinion used, that's probably the way to go.

It'll be a bit wide, but that'll be handy later.

Jim


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1259 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: He's 3 so I may have some time.
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: April 17, 2018 02:53PM

I want it to be narrow enough to fit into a pickup box. So that will kinda set the width limit.
And the cockpit needs to be large enough to accommodate grandpa, you know, just in case!
! hadn't considered a transmission, but that's a good idea. Was going to use a CV belt drive to a driveshaft then into an angle drive at the rear. I've got an old Alfa transaxle/clutch combo from a Milano that might fit well.
For steering I was thinking of a side steer just for the looks.
Thanks for the input, that's why I ask you guy's.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2497 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: He's 3 so I may have some time.
Posted by: rficalora
Date: April 17, 2018 11:41PM

It'll be a while before he can learn to shift with a clutch. He'll have way more fun with it if you set it up where he can drive it... But you might want to consider an extra brake pedal on the passenger side.


dchilds
Don Childs
Cass City, Michigan
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Registered:
09/03/2009 11:17PM

Main British Car:
1976 TR6 Ford 302

Re: He's 3 so I may have some time.
Posted by: dchilds
Date: April 18, 2018 09:49AM

Love it!!
Don't know about real side-pipes for kids though......they bite hard when hot (ask any Cobra owner)......would recommend fake side-pipes for safety.........also a kill switch mounted on the back where an adult can get to it


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3402 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: He's 3 so I may have some time.
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 18, 2018 10:31AM

Remote control kill, like they use at the go-cart tracks. ;)


bsa_m21
Martin Rothman
Vancouver, Canada
(201 posts)

Registered:
01/06/2009 11:41AM

Main British Car:
1980 TR7V8 Rover 3.9L

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Re: He's 3 so I may have some time.
Posted by: bsa_m21
Date: April 18, 2018 02:03PM

For a 3 yr old, I'd use a centrifugal clutch. Low maintenance and simple. Press the gas and go!

M.


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