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Slow and steady as she goes. Yore just used to driving Fords. :)

Tom Nields jumped in my Zip Kart at willow without ever being in a Shifter Kart and was rivaling the times of Scott Pruett and his shifter kart. Tom drove it like he stole it.

You might not recognize the name while the Margay guys will.

The Kart I was driving at Willow was Hayabusa powered...

What was your Zip Kart powered by again? ๐Ÿค”
 

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The Kart I was driving at Willow was Hayabusa powered...

What was your Zip Kart powered by again? ๐Ÿค”
Another friend , Tom Kistler was clocked at Daytona going just under 170 mph using the same 250 Rotax. You might have made a lot of noise but like a Ford it was fastest while on a trailer. ๐Ÿคฃ

What did you do to cause the Tom Brown weenie thread to get the axe?
 

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If anyone sees one of these, let me know. This is the only one I've seen, and it was in the garage of the guy who designed and built them. He was a competitor of McCullough, but also the guy that figured out how to make small crank assemblies a much easier way. He patented the process, and ended up selling it to Ryobi...for a metric shit ton. He also had pics of a buggy he built with a 2stroke ob for power!
Homelite had their version but discontinued in 1966.

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Fuck that, have it at your place!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ



I got to drive a shifter cart One time. It was ridiculously over powered, and I could never keep it stuck to the ground, on the curves! The slightest push of the throttle and it would spin right out.

I suppose it would take some serious seat time to learn to drive one properly.

A blown flat would be Way more fun. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
There's a real nice track right across the street from Denny (skyskier)

@foxfam312 knows where it's at.
 

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Homelite had their version but discontinued in 1966.

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The Kart I was driving at Willow springs๐Ÿค”
The closest that you've ever been to Willow springs is the time you snuck into the ladies room at the Willows restaurant at the bluewater casino then proceeded to push that button on the toilet and shot yourself in the face with spring fresh water! . Willow springs your ass! ๐Ÿ˜‚
 

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The closest that you've ever been to Willow springs is the time you snuck into the ladies room at the Willows restaurant at the bluewater casino then proceeded to push that button on the toilet and shot yourself in the face with spring fresh water! . Willow springs your ass! ๐Ÿ˜‚
Oh so you know joe do ya?? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
 

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When I was driving Formula Fords in the early 80โ€™s, I picked up a 125cc dirt cart to keep my reactions and car control in practice.
Carlsbad Raceway, which was 8 or so miles from my house, put a dirt oval in and Iโ€™d go run it on Saturday nights.
The power to weight ratio really made it fun.
It definitely kept your skills sharp!๐Ÿ‘
Sure had slot of fun out there. Started running street cars there at 16, raced 4 wheelers on the dirt course, the Kart stuff and SCCA even put road races on there and we raced the FF.
As they say, the good old days are gone for good๐Ÿฅฒ
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When I was driving Formula Fords in the early 80โ€™s, I picked up a 125cc dirt cart to keep my reactions and car control in practice.
Carlsbad Raceway, which was 8 or so miles from my house, put a dirt oval in and Iโ€™d go run it on Saturday nights.
The power to weight ratio really made it fun.
It definitely kept your skills sharp!๐Ÿ‘
Sure had slot of fun out there. Started running street cars there at 16, raced 4 wheelers on the dirt course, the Kart stuff and SCCA even put road races on there and we raced the FF.
As they say, the good old days are gone for good๐Ÿฅฒ
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Looking good Dave!
 

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How the neighbors must of longed for radios and barking dogs on the job site. ๐Ÿ˜‚
In the later 60's the damn Ma Bell job site phone cable rough in crews started using 2 stroke drill motors to drill the studs and plates. In those days Ma Bell's crews were performing the residential and commercial pre-wiring.
Those damn drills were so friggin obnoxious, we started sabotaging them, often by adding piss to the fuel tanks when they'd leave one sitting out when they went to piss or grab something off the roach coach. ๐Ÿ˜
 

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Thanks Dave had 10 of them worth about 5 in the day restored now 20- 30 as wall hangers funest stuff Iโ€™ve ever driven
 

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While cleaning out the hangar I found this 'Mack in a Box'

Think I'l get it running and use it as Halloween prop. or find some sucka in Havasu to buy it! :)

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Good memories any of you remember butler kart track it was right behind ascot my dad would take us there myself and Dennis and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys
 

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Good memories any of you remember butler kart track it was right behind ascot my dad would take us there myself and Dennis and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys
I imagine you were from the south bay, Hawthorne maybe?
 

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First motor I ever built was a 3 1/2 techumsa. Some of the kids were getting into 5 hp Briggs. I had no money.
Pulled the gas tank/carb off and made a manifold about three inches long for a float bowl carb. Ported the block . Made a straight pipe from a VW exhaust tip that flange mounted and ground out all the threads in exhaust port for the thread in muffler. Spent hours sanding the head for virtually nothing, but got an aluminum pie tin and made a head gasket.
Didnโ€™t have money for a clutch, but could afford a sprocket, and changed the ratio.
The 5hp guys would pull me from the start but about half track I could catch them and pass them then they would lift and say they beat me.
Those guys all bought jet boats.

I did the pie pan gasket trick myself. Also on a 3 1/2 Techumse. And of course replace the governer spring with a piece of paper clip.
 

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I have so seriously thought about getting my 7 yr old into carts on a track. the issue I have is having raced before, the entire family's life must revolve around that activity for the season. We camp and off road already. how do I maintain a season?
 

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I have so seriously thought about getting my 7 yr old into carts on a track. the issue I have is having raced before, the entire family's life must revolve around that activity for the season. We camp and off road already. how do I maintain a season?
if he's already in the lead by large margin missing a couple of races won't hurt besides that ten dollar trophy ain't gonna last forever but the memories will. Do it all!
 

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Yup Hawthorne now manhattan Beach last 40 years cofounder of Kona bay surf club
Just thought I would mention that Bill Rowan of R&I trailers is into vintage go karts. Just thought you might know him.
 

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That must be Mikes son Mikeโ€™s dad started Burco made kart clutches in the 60s mike started Burris industries which makes makes the tires ect mike drove a twin sidewinder in vintage kart events
 
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