Drill Powered Go Kart

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Drill powered Go Kart for kids.

Video of build and Go Kart in action:

Part list:

  • 21mm plywood
  • cordless screwdriver
  • wheelbarrow wheels
  • skateboard wheel bearings
  • screws
  • tubes
  • old bike parts - wheel hub, chain, chainrings

Tools used:

  • Jigsaw
  • Drill/ screwdriver
  • Router

Step 1: Steering and Frame

At first I made frame/ steering part template on cardboard and checked if front wheels moves as expected. Then cut our frame parts and steering wheel out of plywood.

Step 2: Drivetrain

  • In wheels made groove for bearings and pressed them in.
  • Drilled 4 holes in wheel disc and screwed bike chainring.
  • Heated up axle bolt and melted it in acrylic. Then cut acrylic round and screwed chainring. Drilled hole between axle and bold and put screw there, so it don't unscrew.
  • Put chain on.

Step 3: Screwdriver Holder

Measured screwdriver dimensions and cut holder out of plywood.

Step 4: Seat

Seat also is made plywood

Step 5: Painting

When everything was tested, took everything apart and painted in grey / black.

Step 6: Closeups / Details

Other projects you can find on my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu7-pEsvU_GNoOkYGADyB3w

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jjrussell25

Question 10 months ago

Hey, love the idea of this. My 5 year old son and I would like to make it, do you have exact measurements anywhere?

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AurelieMarchaljjrussell25

Answer 5 weeks ago

Hello,
Have you manage to make it without the exact measurements? If yes, could you please give me the measurements of your pieces? My 11 year old son would like to make it as well and it would be indeed much easier to have the exact measurements to help him.
Thanks a lot for your help

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torxAurelieMarchal

Reply 4 weeks ago

Sorry for the poor quality of the image; I hope you can still be useful

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AurelieMarchal

5 weeks ago

Hello,
I would like to know if you could give us the dimension of the different pieces for my son and his friend of 11 years old who would like to make your kart.
Thanks a lot for your help.
Best regards,
Aurélie

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torxAurelieMarchal

Reply 4 weeks ago

Sorry for the poor quality of the image; I hope you can still be useful

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torx

9 months ago

Done!! Thanks for the Nice project!

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AurelieMarchaltorx

Reply 5 weeks ago

Hello,
I would like to know if you could give me the dimension of the different pieces of the kart you made. My son and his friend of 11 years old who would like to make it as well.
Thanks a lot for your help.
Best regards,
Aurélie

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JON-A-TRON

Tip 1 year ago

As NightHunter300 said below, you could have a reverse setting! Just make a c-shaped part on a post so it can swivel back and forth. The ends of the C push the reverse switch on either side with a brake cable, just like you did with the pedal.

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simplerandomLuby

Answer 1 year ago

In left bottom corner there is pdf button - that should work.

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PamelaM76

Question 1 year ago on Step 6

Do you think this possible to do with beginners?
How long would it take to make?
How much would it cost?

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simplerandomPamelaM76

Answer 1 year ago

Yes, we buid it with 3 years old.
I guess it can be done in 2 days of slow work. Can’t say how much it took for me - build it in free time randomly.
Cost depend on do you have any parts for build or not. I bought only wheels and some screws spending on total under 20eur. Was trying to use/ reuse parts and materials I already had.
Before build I suggest to make prototype from cardboard - it helps a lot later.

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ganeshmahajan1985

1 year ago

This is fantastic.
I would like to build one.
Any plan for adding breaks to the cart ?

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OrienteeringGuy

1 year ago

You are a master at making things work in the simplest way, often thinking outside the box. My only suggestion would be to add some kind of guard to keep little fingers away from the chain and gears.

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JohnW51

1 year ago

That is SO cool!! Wish I'd seen that when my grandson was about 4 or 5. He's too big now.

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grapenut

1 year ago

As I am watching the build video, I begin to wonder- 'I wonder IF he is going to use the SAME drill that he's been using for the build to....'
NICE...very nice touch.

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rokuraku

1 year ago

Nice idea!
You are a Wonderful master.