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    Yup, then minimum $500 on frame, axle, bearings, wheels, a control device to vary speed, brakes, steering etc. Still $1200 you could build a pretty sweet electric cart. Than add $xxx for your solar array and bingo your project is tangible. If you put your mind to it, it will happen. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next year, but persistence will pay off in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausi319 View Post
    yep so i'm dumping this project.
    theres no way i will get it to work and now i know that.
    well idk anymore...

    parents wont let me get a job...."you'll be working the rest of your life why start now?" so yea... and i mow lowns and thats over in season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausi319 View Post
    haha......
    well i think i'll just give up 2 many people arnt taking me seriesly )2people above)

    heres the link for the battery things...

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    [SERIOUS ADVICE] Dude, what are you thinking? Those are batteries for radio controlled cars! You need far more power than even stacks of those batteries will generate.

    The reason nobody is taking you seriously is because you aren't approaching this seriously. In spite of good advice given in the early parts of this thread, you have ignored all of it. Your plans require the breaking of established laws of physics and include unrealistic goals including power and cost.

    You need the following for this project:

    1. A boatload of batteries. At LEAST 8 or 9 12 volt car batteries.
    2. A motor like the one that blk linked you to. If you are looking for a variant of that, yes, 3 horsepower sounds about right.
    3. A controller. You are best off buying this than trying to make it.
    4. A metal frame for the parts. You could go with wood, but metal is more durable.
    5. Wheels. Pneumatic are best. Check the aisle in Home Depot for the best kind. Warning: They cost more than $0.
    6. Seat. You can make it out of wood, I guess, or dumpster dive for one.
    7. Steering mechanism. Rack and pinion is best. It will be very difficult for you to make this on your own. You could theoretically go with just ropes on both ends of a piece of wood with a bolt in the middle for a pivot point. Wrap the rope around a wooden dowel and use that as the steering column. Bolt a plate or frisbee or something to the column for the steering wheel.
    8. Charger for the batteries.
    9. Transmission. Could just be gears and a chain.

    Forget solar cells. You need a really large surface area to power a 3 hp motor in real time. Seriously. You just really do. Take my word for it. Solar cell efficiency is not high enough to make this idea work. Drop it.

    Now, you could buy all the stuff to make this happen....or you could buy a dead golf cart and salvage the parts out of it. You'd get a frame, motor, controller, steering mechanism, wheels, seats and so forth in one single shot.

    Maybe you could troubleshoot the golf car and figure out what is broken and fix it.

    That is your VERY BEST CHANCE FOR SUCCESS.

    You can raise $1200 if you really, really want to. Where did all of that lawn mowing money go? How about leaf raking? How about snow shoveling? How about just about anything? If I had a kid come to the door looking for odd jobs, I've got heavy stuff I need moved around and yard work I'd rather pay him to do than me. Get out and MAKE it happen.

    I have now completed all of my advising and plan to return to taunting you if you ignore reality again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si View Post
    Yup, then minimum $500 on frame, axle, bearings, wheels, a control device to vary speed, brakes, steering etc. Still $1200 you could build a pretty sweet electric cart. Than add $xxx for your solar array and bingo your project is tangible. If you put your mind to it, it will happen. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next year, but persistence will pay off in the end.


    lol it prolly never will happon

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    lol...this again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausi319 View Post
    i'm sorry for not going to do it b/c of money/idk but yea thx for the good advice i'll put that to use whenever/whatever i try to do anyway
    You could publish this thread. I bet it would raise $1200 easily
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    sorry was a little depressed because i can do it thats all...
    and that i made my grampa that has cancer help me do this for no reason
    because i dont have the money or anything to do this...

    What could i use that 12V battery for anyway?
    anything that takes 12V to work and would run a little off of?

    that i could hook up solar to to recharge the battery in the daytime?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    You could publish this thread. I bet it would raise $1200 easily
    what you mean publish?
    lol
    i'm pretty sure its not true but i'm listening (refure to other post)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausi319 View Post
    what you mean publish?
    lol
    i'm pretty sure its not true but i'm listening (refure to other post)
    Publish = make a book and sell it

    But it is easy to make money and you dont need to be employed by someone else to do it. You can make up for your genetic disadvantage by doing grunt work. Rake leaves. Walk Dogs. Shovel driveways. Something I liked doing was house sitting. People go on vacation, you get the house keys. Water plants, feed the pets, turn the lights on and off that sort of thing. Very easy, and great money.

    There are lots of different things you can do, $1200 is easy money when you dont have any other expenses.
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    Absolutely. Inventing and building is hard work. Nobody hands you anything. It's scratch, scratch, scratch, give up, throw away, start over and scratch, scratch, scratch. If you feel dejected by that, well guess what? Join the club.

    Everything I've done with my setup lately to make it better and more stable has made it worse and less stable. At one point, I'm sitting in the car with the dash, center console, and a car full of tools thinking that the best thing to do would be to stack all this stuff up in a pile and set it on fire. At least it would give me the satisfaction of watching it all burn nicely.

    Everything has been working against me. I've got completely full days of work, family requirements on nights and weekends and just not enough time to deal with these problems, thank you very much. Hard work, effort, thought, and retracing my steps for the 100th time yielded a smooth and working system this evening. The car is back in order and everything -every freaking piece of the system is working like I want it to.

    I guess I could have given up and I guess you could give up, but I wouldn't. Getting a job and working for a goal is very motivating. It's grunt work, but really motivating. Decide that the real limiting factor here is that you don't have any money to spend on the materials you need to succeed and CHANGE THAT. Decide that you *are* going to do this and step one is to earn enough money so you can BUY the expertise you need in the form of controllers and batteries.

    Take a course at school or at the local vo-tech on how to weld. You might be able to build your own frame as part of your project. You can almost certainly use their stuff to make it.

    Once you remove the money issue from the equation, you'll find that it will go smoother.

    And for heaven's sake, don't let a bunch of idiots on an internet forum make you feel badly about yourself. You ought to feel great - this thread has been the most entertaining thread I've ever participated in and its not all about the joke being on you.

    Seriously, take control of the situation and make the changes you need to make in order to accomplish your goal. Believe me, building a go-kart is not a lofty goal. You can do it.
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