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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:17 pm 
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Carl,
Yes, it looks like it's going to work, I have to finish it, maybe tonight. I decided to add some high quality caster wheels to the bottom of it.



...but mine is made of some scrap wood and $15 of casters from Harbor Freight.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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here are a few photos that were emailed to me, from Phil. These are some stands / racks he has made...


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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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John T, any chance you are going to get your MAC engine site back up?

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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:24 am 
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Jeff,
The vertical stand is certainly efficient use of floor space. Is the kart stable, i.e. not tippy in that position? Thanks for the idea.

JohnT,
That's what I would like to do, put them on the wall in the office, unfortunately that is not acceptable to the better half.

Thanks for all the ideas,
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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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it's off topic but i'd love to see the mac engine site back too.
on the various storage, i've got great notes now and will be using some of all the ideas.
thanx for the great thread
Dave 8)

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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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Carl,
I finished the vertical stand, it works GREAT! ... and is real handy for working on the bottom side of the kart, it's worth having just for that alone! It is more stable than I thought it would be, the majority of weight is near the base so it's more stable than you might think. I would not leave the kart on this stand unattended (I have small kids at home), without putting a safety strap or attachment on it (i.e. strap front bumper to a wall, or...). It was real easy for me to put my 245lb dual foreign sidewinder kart on this stand, all by myself (yes, it really does weigh 245lbs).

The stand was really easy to make out of wood, deck screws, heavy duty caster wheels, and one nylon tie-down strap.

I didn't use the locking caster wheels, but in hind sight, using those would make it a little safer for long term storage.

Here is my stand and step by step photos raising it to vertical (you might have to click on some of the photos to see the entire photo):
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Now I have a way to roll my karts easily through my walk-out basement sliding glass door (it used to take two people carrying the kart through sideways).

If I get ambitious, I might even paint it.

This type of stand can work well for older rear engine karts also....

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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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after reading this thread gave me some ideas, I have a 1 car garage and no longer Have my shop, (do to the city i added on to my house so had to take shop down whole nother story there)
but got i all my karts in garage so built a rolling stand today so I can roll 3 karts out at once so can have room to work. here's some pics
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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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I keep 4 karts and a minibike in the garage along with our 2 cars, the stack up rack
has worked well, but I really like the idea of a rolling rack- sounds like the way to go..
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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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What A GREAT thread. It addresses an issue we all have to deal with.
Graet individual examples, from inexpensive to the clever to the, I might say over engineered. Shows just what a diverse and resourceful group we are. I enjoyed seeing everyone's examples.

Jeff, I must say it was worth the wait to see your vertical stand. I like how one person can raise the kart to a vertical position without any help. I am sure it will make your life easier and for others also who build one like it. I just wondered though, did you cut up a bed frame to make it? :lol: Some of the pieces are stained just like our bed frame is why I ask. :P

Looking forward to the season ahead and I hope I get a chance to meet some of you out and about this year...

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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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Matt,
Oh man, I'm still laughing, how the heck did you guess that one, you are dead right! About 30 years ago I had a friend who I helped make a waterbed, when he moved, he gave it to me. When I moved, I had the movers pack it, haul it, and destroy it. The moving company paid the claim, I kept the scrap wood, which has been used in many projects.

I tried my vertical stand on my 125cc shifter kart, it worked great on it also. I had originally thought that the slots that capture the kart axle would need to be sized very close to the axle size, and assumed one stand would not work on karts with several different diameter axles, not true. I ended up enlarging those slots just to make it easier to slide the stand into the rear of the kart, so the one stand I made fits all my heavy karts (shifter, vintage dual sidewinder, and vintage rear dual). Today I used the stand to move all 3 of these karts through my walkout basement sliding glass door. I put a few stepped boards on each side of the sliding door threshold, and wheeled the karts right through the opening, which is only 29-30 inches wide. Best of all, I did it all by myself. My shifter kart and vintage dual sidewinder kart have never been in my basement workshop before, they always had to stay in the garage until today.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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Well guys you just keep coming up with good ideas. As Matt says "a diverse and resourceful group of guys". Whats even better is you are willing and anxious to share with others.

Jeff,
Great job on the mobile, one size fits all, easy loading, wood vertical storage rack. Paint that thing and enjoy. I especially like the fact the entire kart doesn't have to be lifted into position- a real back saver.
As soon as Merrilee leaves this morning I may be heading to the second bedroom for materials.

Dan,
Thanks for the photo, knowing you and all your karts I'm amazed you work out of your garage as I do. Your garage is far better organized than mine. Hope you can fit casters to the existing rack.

Again, thanks to everyone for all the great ideas - keep then coming.
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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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Kinda off topic but a Kart-Bag could improve storage conditions. For many Karts with lots of time and money invested it would seem to be a good idea to keep ALL moisture, dust and sunlight to a minimum. Maybe even a small container of Sodium Carbonate (Damp Rid) inside the bag to pull out all moisture. This stuff is available at Pool supply stores and Home Depot. It's called PH-up or water hardener; check the label to be sure. Costs less than Damp Rid and is the same stuff.
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 Post subject: Re: How do you store your karts
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Hi John,
I always wondered what that stuff was that comes with electronic equipment. I've always wanted some for engines stored in plastic bags.
Also, noticed the karts are in plastic bags-any idea where to get them?
McMaster Carr has big heavy plastic bags at about $6 each but they don't have an air proof closure.
Great tip, thanks,
Carl


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