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