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    April, 2006
AMT go-kart
Posted by Paul Payne on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 4:23 PM

 

Well, it's been awhile since I posted anything, but in between working on my 1936 Ford 3 window coupe I put together what I consider one of the great bonus kits by AMT. I got an upper body, canopy, and belly pan of the streamlined go-kart as part of a trade- no chassis, engine, wheels or tires. I decided to go radical and built a dohc straight four from half of a grand prix racing engine, mounted sidewinder style, with a supercharger and dual throat carb. The belly pan was not salvageable (I decided to display it as though it had been wrecked), so I asked Norm Weber for a replacement which he graciously supplied. The frame, drive train, and running gear were put together from bits and pieces. The original exhaust exit holes in the body were filled in and a new one cut in the belly pan for the 4 into 1 exhaust. The wheels are cut down salt flats discs from the AMT Avanti, and the tires are o-rings. The seat is from a Green Hornet with a scratch built head rest.The trailer was a built-up haul away trailer I modified to fit the kart (needed to be wider between the fenders). For fun, I decided to use my rebuilt Black Widow as the tow truck. All the pictures were shot with my wife's I-phone- amazing how good camera phones have become!  I will have some additional photos soon when Betsy has a chance to resize and e-mail them to me.

 

 

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    October, 2015
Posted by Tim Boyd on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:01 PM

Paul.....that is a very, very cool project!!!   Congrats.....TIM

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    April, 2006
Posted by Paul Payne on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:19 PM

Tim, thanks for the kind words. I know how much you like the goodies in the older kits. An abundant parts box can really motivate you. Plus, this little bomb would run the other karts off the track- or the dry lakes!

  • Member since
    April, 2006
Posted by Paul Payne on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 9:35 PM

Here are a few more pix.

 

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    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:31 PM
I love this lil screamer ! The colour & body shape like this has just reminded me of the Timbs Buick special .
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    April, 2006
Posted by Paul Payne on Saturday, May 18, 2019 9:09 AM

Spencer Mopar Fan, it does indeed resemble the body shape of the Timbs special. I wonder if he was inspired by some of the streamliners beginning to be run at the dry lakes and Bonneville, which also have similar shapes.

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