Go-karts are self-propelled vehicles that have four wheels, brakes, and an engine. The basic steps for constructing one are outlined here.
Step 1: Construct the frame Search the internet for a go-kart assembly diagram and construct the go-cart's frame from angle iron cut to size. Weld the pieces together to form the frame.
TIP: Consider purchasing a go-kart kit and assembling the parts in it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 2: Attach the mounting plate Form the engine mounting plate from quarter-inch steel plate and weld it to the frame.
Step 3: Assemble the throttle and brake linkages Assemble the throttle and brake linkages and attach them to the frame. Use ¼-inch cold rolled steel for the control rods. Attach two expansion-type brakes.
Step 4: Attach the firewall, belly pan, and side pieces Form the firewall, belly pan, and side pieces from 20-guage sheet steel using heavy shears. Weld them to the frame.
Step 5: Construct the steering linkage Construct the steering linkage and attach it to the frame. Use ⅜-inch cold rolled steel for the tie rods and steering wheel.
Step 6: Attach the engine Attach the throttle linkage, electrical wiring, and engine to the frame.
Step 7: Finish the construction Add a seat and four wheels, and then head off to the races.
FACT: In 2009, an engineering student turned a shopping cart into a go-kart capable of traveling 30 miles per hour.