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Off Road 'Hot Rod' Dragster Bar Stool Racer

 


What's New ?

resurrection!

fitted a new Hilliard extreme duty clutch and modified the brake setup.

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Back ground to the project

A Bar Stool Racer? well, its an American style bar stool mounted on a small go kart type frame. Why? I found pictures on the web and thought ' that looks a laugh!' and so a new build begins........

Why 'Hot Rod' style? because I would really like to build a Bucket T type hot rod one day and you have to start some where! so big wheels on the back, smaller at the front bit like a dragster......... but because of the lawnmower racing it would have to be built for 'off road' so....... Obviously(?) it becomes

Off Road 'Hot Rod' Dragster Bar Stool Racer

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 Initial drawings and ideas

something along these lines as a starting point!

seat will be set further back, no side 'pods'

butterfly type steering wheel or beer pumps?

beer keg instead of spoiler?, could also be the fuel tank?

I would like it to be able to 'wheelie' from a standing start!

chain drive centrifugal clutch

top speed about 30 mph?

had to rethink the speed due to gearing that was easily available ~ now about 45mph!!!!!!!

CHANGES TO ORIGINAL DESIGN

It now has handle bars instead of a steering wheel, a lay shaft instead of direct drive; a new stool top due the original not being up to the job.

Other than that not much has changed.... but I might have to look at the brakes a bit more; oh and a new tougher clutch would be good the cheap ones really aren't up to it!

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Parts used and suppliers

The rear wheels - 18" dia 9" wide off a Westwood lawn tractor ~ cheers Rozza!

The front wheels - 12" dia 5" wide off a lawn tractor ~ cheers Justice!

The engine - A Honda GX160, 5.5 hp ~ cheers Grasscutter!

The Bar stool - off EBay, American type bar stool with flaming skull motif. see picture.

The Clutch - Maxtorque 10 tooth from ebay

The rear sprocket - 60 tooth #41 pitch from ebay

The Brake - pit bike rear brake with 'wavey' disc ~ from ebay

The Frame -  my own design, built from 25mm square section.

The Lay shaft - from  www.bmikarts.com in the USA.

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Pictures

   starting to lay things out!            

    

  

          

        

The last picture is of Mark 'Rozza' Rostron and his racing mower and if you look carefully you can see me ( probably swearing!!!) just at the top of the straight, having been lapped ( again) by Rozza

in its current form... picture by Andy Ball

 

WHEELIE TIME!

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Movies

       Mark Rostron, famous barstool pilot and mower racer, flying round the mower track, late evening, carlisle

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What's it like to ride ?

   

LOADS OF FUN!!!!!!!

Handling not bad, much better now I have fitted bars instead of the chain steering wheel. How the hell Mark stayed on the thing (see the video above) at the speeds he reached I have no idea; well done mate.

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Questions

    If you have to ask why? then you will never understand...........

Q. Did you know that there is a land speed record for an Electric Bar stool ?

A. Yes, its currently 48mph. Plans are being made and a controller and motor have already been aquired!

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Salt Flats Racer

So, I had a bit of time over the holiday and did a bit of a design for a Bonneville Salt Flats Racer. Its my version of an electric bar stool suitable for an attempt at the land speed record ( currently 48 MPH). I openly acknowledge that I used the current record holding barstool as inspiration! I already have some of the parts so you never know I might just get round to building it?.................

 

 

 

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