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Easy Rider Motocycle Chore Cart
A Nebraska farmer who got tired of climbing on and off his tractor to do chores built his own "easy rider" motorcycle chore cart for less than $100.
Dallas Gutzmann, Pierce, Neb., welded the front wheel and forks off an old Honda motorcycle to the rear axle and tires from a junked Chevrolet Vega car, then mounted a 4-ft. sq., 1-ft. high wooden dump box on back. The cart is powered by a 10 hp Tecumseh electric start engine salvaged from an old lawn mower.
"It's easy to get on and off because the cart's steel mesh platform is only 8 in. off the ground," says Gutzmann. "I use it to haul fencing tools as well as leaves and trash. It drives like a golf cart, with for-ward and reverse on the same pedal. I push the pedal down to go forward and take my foot off to stop. The more I push down the faster I go. I can also speed it up or slow it down by using the motorcycle's spring-loaded hand throttle. The variable speed hydrostatic transmission has three speed ranges. The engine drives a hydro-static pump that powers the car's 3-speed transmission. Top speed is about 10 mph. The box, which is equipped with a re-moveable endgate, can be manually tilted to dump materials out."
Gutzmann mounted the engine under the seat which he salvaged from an old school bus. A 2-in. sq. steel tube serves as a frame and is welded between the front wheel forks and car axle. He paid $20 for the motorcycle.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dallas Gutzmann, Rt. 1, Box 248, Pierce, Neb. 68767 (ph 402 329-6631).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #6