This post is dedicated to parents and grandparents who are looking for a super way to spend productive, quality time with a youngster. Even Big Brother pals can find this very useful for connecting with their ‘li’l bros’. The project may be old-fashioned perhaps, but the value of quality time is timeless, and so is the enjoyment of building something together.If there’s one thing that exemplifies that, it is building a pedal go kart! With the information here, you and your partner should be able to build your own go kart with relative ease.
For decades, adults and kids have shared the enjoyment of building go karts. Go karts used to be crafted from wooden vegetable or soap crates with, usually, wheels discarded from old baby carriages. If luck prevailed, the wheels would even be the same size.
If the dad was clever and knowledgeable enough, even a steering wheel might be included, one that actually steered. However, even if there was no direct connection between the steering wheel and actual direction control, a go kart was always the hit of the neighborhood.
Go Out And Build Your Own Pedal Go Kart!
Kids have always loved go karts and spending glorious weekends pushing each other around or challenging the local hill. Building them with a parent not only added to the memories, the experience gave kids something to build on, something to build character with, and a valuable lesson to pass on to their own kids.
These days, adults and kids are fortunate to have the Internet for information. It’s easier than ever to get information and locate resources to help design and create pedal go karts beyond the wildest dreams of builders in the past. This post is designed to help you get in the right direction, something you might even be able to get a steering wheel to do!
Building One ‘A La Kart’, Or With a Kit?
There is more than one way to go with this: you can get ideas or plans and handcraft a zippy li’l go kart; you can buy the basic tools and raw materials, or you can buy entire kits. Regardless of your plan of action, from conception to realization the project will be a memorable one for both of you. Be aware that baby carriages are much more expensive these days and less likely to be abandoned and available for wheel-scavenging.
As mentioned previously, there is a number of websites with information and resources available for the eager adult & child team. Here are a select few along with some basic information about what to expect:
This ambitious website is dedicated to and inspired by a very stylish Bugatti race car. The owner is supercharged about Bugatti-styled go karts. The site is laid out in a series of chapters, each chapter being about a specific aspect or stage of development in his go kart project.
There are brightly colored vibrant images and an easy-to-read text describing the various elements and steps in the process. It reads almost like a journal and is packed with tips, ideas and observations gleaned along the way.
This exciting website is all about the love of their brand, CycleKarts. The text and images support both mechanically powered and pedal powered go karts. The images are very cool and there are many links to YouTube videos and other points of interest. Geared mostly for inspiration, this unique site is all about the love, not the commercial aspects. There are no vehicles pictured for sale here, just the thrill of the ride. It’s a great place to see exactly what all the buzz is about.
Dedicated to the DIY individual who simply longs for old-fashioned, traditional ways, this charming site steps back nearly a century in spirit. It is subtitled “Free Wooden Go-Kart Plans :: How to build a simple wooden go-kart.” Full of charm, illustrations and love, this site provides detailed plans including measurements, basic tools required and intelligent, simple instructions.
For the go kart building team who wants to create something out of the past that will create enduring memories for the future, this is an ideal place to start.
This site is by the same people as the previous site, and is subtitled “Free Cart Plans :: How to build a simple Wooden Cart with a Steering Wheel.” Colorful, instructional images accompany the text and, once again, everything is very simple to read and understand. Tools and detail specifics are provided for an easy, fun project for adult and child.
Unlike the model described in the previous website, this model cannot be adapted to a mechanical engine or motor. It is truly for the purist and the inner child who can think inside the box and be totally content with an imagined engine while making “V-R-R-R-O-O-O-O-M-M-M” sounds.
Designed for the go kart building team who can’t wait to get vrooming down the road, this site features entire kits, plans and individual hardware parts. It features several charming, old-fashioned models, all very colorful and well-crafted.
Each one would look awesome in the driveway, in the park, or in a local go kart rally. Prices are very reasonable and ideal for a go kart team building their dream on a budget.
This ambitious site features truly unique, exciting projects from Bugatti pedal cars, to a pedal MG TC, to a pedal bi-airplane, to the Vector, a land-sailing, windsurfing vehicle sure to raise the pulse of any mini-vehicle, speed enthusiast. There are also several other projects for land and water. The site features an extensive list of FAQs to address all concerns.
The Pedalcars forum is a go-to place for information, tips, and help from other go kart enthusiasts. The forums are divided into two categories: “Racing Type Stuff” and “Non-racing Forums.” Like other forum sites, this one has members from across the globe offering their thoughts and helpful info on all things go kart. It’s a great place to go to get jacked up about go karts and to get some pre-build help, ideas and suggestions.
Metalmeet.com is a site centered around go kart building with an eye to the pedal with metal. These metal heads are serious about all aspects of go karting. The site features an extensive number of forum subjects and metal threads for metal heads. For the enthusiast looking to hook up with the latest ideas and information about scale models and pedal cars, this is an excellent place to put the brakes on, grab a cup o’ Joe and check out the scene. There is a very comprehensive FAQ list to help get you deeply involved and informed.
Speaking of metal, this unique site: http://www.spiller.si/pedalcar/en/index.htm, features an all metal, four-wheel “bike car” that looks as much futuristic as it does classic. Featuring square aluminum tubes and metal screws, this go kart is definitely a go-getter designed to last and last.
It sits high on bicycle tires so it will go very well in fields, on trails and on a quiet, safe, suburban street. Designed for the serious enthusiast, the site includes a disclaimer stating that there is a certain element of danger inherent with this model. This awesome item is not for the timid, the weak, or the squeamish!
Getting back to the roots of pedal car building, this delightful website features the perfect selection of go kart kits for the littlest tot to the more experienced driver. Here you can order entire kits, or the die-cut wooden parts to create your own go kart. Their simplest, Bargain Priced Pedal Car Kit is a great sale item and allows your go kart building team to paint your prize yourself.
An excellent option for the traditionalist who wants to introduce their young partner to the total experience, this kit is also very reasonably priced. This particular model would be an excellent first model for the team on a budget looking to build a fleet!
So go out and build your own pedal go kart now!