Having grown up with an old Sears go kart, i’ve always had a soft spot for anything go kart related. I’ve thought about drawing up a set of plans that show the overall dimensions and layout of the go kart that i had. It would make a great how to project that’s fun and pretty easy to do. But like a lot of things, I can never seem to find the time to do it. Luckily, i ran across these go kart plans. They’re extremely detailed and thorough. And the best part is that this go kart is very similar to the one that I had when i was a kid. So if you’ve been looking for tips on how to build a go kart, or plans for a go kart, you’re in luck. This project is also good in that it’s a fun way to hone your welding, fabrication, and metalwork skills.
Even though it’s somewhat dated, it’s still a very detailed set of plans that show you how to build one from start to finish. I’m not sure i’d do everything exactly as they demonstrate, but it’s a great starting point if you’re thinking about building one. The frame plans are great and easily scalable in case the adult kid in you wants your own toy. Imagine putting a motorcycle engine on a scaled up version of this. Scary fast!
I also don’t think I’d waste my time with the headlight assembly, or the electrical assembly for that matter. My old go kart had nothing more than a kill switch, which was basically just a button that was wired to the spark plug. When you pushed the button, you grounded out the plug wire causing the engine to stop. Simple and pretty foolproof.
You could also simplify the braking system quite a bit. Instead of using drum brake assemblies, my old go kart used a rather primitive system that was basically a set of plates that pushed against the tread of the tires. These plates were hooked to a common shaft. When you depressed the brake pedal, the shaft would turn and push the plates against the tires. It worked very well and i never had any braking problems.
So if you’ve got a spare horizontal shaft gas engine lying around and you’re looking for a fun project, this is a great idea. And these plans are a good starting point. Have Fun!