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Wheelbarrow Go-Cart
All the parts on Lionel L’Heureux’s electric go cart – except for a new wheelbarrow –came from items destined for the dump plus a few steering parts donated by friends.
    “I used wheelbarrow handles to extend the frame and put lawn tractor tires over the steel wheels on the back,” he explains, noting that the driver rides in the body of the wheelbarrow. The front tires and wheels came off a power wheelchair, and L’Heureux had a machinist friend make modifications to the power wheelchair wheels and fit them to the scooter’s original front wheel bearings. The wheelbarrow seat has a foam pad cushion and seat back from a power wheelchair; and with rear suspension, the ride isn’t too bad.
    “It’s like riding a hardtail motorcycle,” he says. With a steering wheel from an old hot rod, L’Heureux added to the go kart’s classic roadster dragster look. He created a dash out of a stainless steel trash can lid and added a horn and signal lights.
    “The nice thing is that it’s electric (24V) with adjustable speed controls to limit how fast kids can go,” he notes. Depending on his grandchildren’s ages he slows it to a walking pace or up to 10 mph.. It also brakes automatically when they let up on the throttle.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lionel L’Heureux, 13407 135 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5L 3Y2 (ph 587 983-7729; my67ford@shaw.ca).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #3