Chassis Construction

This is the layout for a Kart seating an average person but it is advised that you roughly lays out this design on the ground, placing a wheel at all four corners, the seat and the engine side by side. The measurements given below will not need to be altered much as there is room for movement for a bigger seat and/or bigger engine on both sides. My advice on going to construct this is to draw out the shape below on a 8 * 4 foot sheet of plywood, if your desperate you can draw it out on a strip of felt underlay with chalk. But the sheet of ply is the much better option, as you can work from this right through out the welding and bending operations what you can do is place all the sections of pipe cut to the exact length on this sheet, drive in nails both sides of the pipe and weld all the sections togethor without too much distorsion taking place. But be ware of fires. I'll take no responsibility if you burn your house down.

 The most complex detail in this chassis is the pipe bending. Like myself a lot of people are not the owner of a pipe bender capable of bending 25mm mild steel tubing with a wall of 3mm. What I did an what a lot of ye will need to do is to go to your local engineering firm show him this plan and get him to bend that section out. Stay Clear of Dear Firms. One engineering firm told me that it would cost too much to set up the machine. A place down the road supplied that section of pipe and did all the bending for 30. So shop around. If desperation kicks in got to this link. Pipe bending

A welder is a necessity in this entire projct. It doesn't have to weigh a ton, a small 120 amp welder will be suffieient. I only have a 100 amp welder and I have to be very patient with it. But I got my Kart built. If all you have is a 100 amp welder or less you will definately need to use 2.5 SWG welding rods.

This is the most important section of the entire Kart, spend a good week or two making this section. Have no holes in the joints or anywhere for that matter. If this section is constructed well it will serve you for years and for a number of engines. Mine went through 4 major engine and drive changes as ca be seen in my "Pictures of various karts.." at my homepage.

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