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PostSubject: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJune 4th 2017, 7:56 pm

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I bought an old abused, abandoned Club Car golf cart at an auction in 2009.  Quite possibly the ugliest 1986 golf cart in existence.  It had been rolled down an embankment that nearly destroyed it.  There was a guy bidding on it for whom I had a particular dislike.  I was running the guy up and he bailed, leaving me stuck with a junk $300 golf cart.  This may have been the second best $300 I ever spent.

I hauled this old thing home with my wife reminding me constantly what a rube I was to get stuck running up a bid.  She was right, of course, but, knowing me, I felt I could "fix" it.  I knew zipkus about a golf cart.  After I got it home, I figured how to get it to go and it went.  It actually moved under its own power.  I hooked up the charger and in the morning, I found it actually ran quite well.  It looked bad, and the intervening years did not improve matters  The only thing I have done to it is to replace one wheel bearing and put in a new set of batteries. 

I am doing a ground up, frame off restoration on a $300 golf cart.  I will have almost $3000 into it when I get done.  I am converting it for street legal use.  I totally rewired it.  I tuned up the motor, even though it probably needs rebuilt.  This is a 36-volt electric model.  I like it because it runs quiet and the wife can sneak up on the deer.  I am making my own bumpers and trim.  I won't reveal the color scheme until I get that done.  Those plans may change depending upon cost.  I had to rebuild the battery boxes due to unseen corrosion.  Every part that can be taken off has been cleaned, painted, detailed, fixed or replaced.  The only things that did not need anything done to them were the brakes.  For some odd reason, they were still good.  A friend of mine repaired all the broken fiberglass.  This is one of those "fast" projects that takes all summer!

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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJuly 23rd 2017, 7:49 am

Looks like it is working out for you, with alternative ways of getting there.
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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJuly 23rd 2017, 5:20 am

I have the body painted.  Plum crazy purple with gold metal flake and Allis-Chalmers orange pin stripes and wheels.   I purposely did not use aluminum wheels, since I wanted to be different.  And cheap.  I finally found a set of Carlisle golf cart tires like the set I just wore out.  I like how they ride and handle.  They wear well.  I am going to "The City" on Wednesday to get the aluminum I need to make trim and bumpers.  The rocker panel trim will be polished aluminum as are the bumpers.  I designed these parts myself, so the jury is still out on the final product.  I was not going to pay $600 for golf cart bumpers, the going rate for Jake's parts.  I should be in the aluminum totally about $200.

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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJune 28th 2017, 3:19 pm

Would doing the prep work reduce the cost any?

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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJune 28th 2017, 3:13 pm

Plan B is to pay up and shut up.  There is no cheap way to paint a golf cart.  Even spray cans will cost a fortune, make a mess, take lots of time, and won't be worth the time and trouble.  The $500 estimate was a bit of an over-dramatization by the paint store.  They included several items I did not need or want.  $200 will be a more reasonable estimate by the time it is all said and done.  I will have $600 total in the paint job, including what I have to do personally to the top and wheels.  This still seems like a lot of money, but that is what it will cost around here.

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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJune 27th 2017, 8:18 pm

I'm rethinking this painting project.  That is too much money to put into the paint on a golf cart.  I haven't actually spent that yet.  So tomorrow I go to Plan B.  Now I realize why people let their golf carts go to staves.  I was originally going to use spray bombs on this thing for a quickie job.

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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJune 27th 2017, 7:09 am

That's a chunk o' change for a off road vehicle.  It wouldn't be the same if it didn't look nice, though.

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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJune 27th 2017, 7:02 am

The paint and materials to paint our golf cart was nearly $500!  For a stinkin' little junky golf cart.  What if I was painting a Buick?  Or a Packard?  Or our old truck?  I was flabbergasted, I had no idea painting supplies had gone up that much.  Now, granted, we are dealing with "candy" and "flake" and clear and such exotics, but, man, I near fell out when they handed me the bill.

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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJune 10th 2017, 6:11 pm

Industrial charging equipment for 36 volts should work okay if the connections are the same.

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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJune 9th 2017, 8:29 pm

I've never owned one.  There used to be parts all over the countryside for them near the Indiana Michigan border when I lived there 25 years ago.  Burden sales also had all kinds of parts for them.  they all have pretty well dried up that I know of.  I wonder if some of the charging equipment for forklifts could work with them?

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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJune 6th 2017, 4:10 pm

I'm not sure I want to go into the golf cart repairing business just yet.  I have learned a lot and it has been a rewarding project up to this point.

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PostSubject: Re: Does anybody have a golf cart besides me?   Does anybody have a golf cart besides me? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJune 5th 2017, 8:23 am

I worked in Huntington Beach, with a close friend at a gas station downtown, called Les's Service Station, He had golf carts for sale and repairs, in that town. In Long Beach, golf carts were used downtown for elderly and disable persons to do shopping. Long Beach even designed the street corners to have ramps instead of curbs because, back in the day it was considered a retirement community.

My friend would setup new and old carts for sale. The new ones could actually spin the tires. I did replace Mercury filled diodes on the Chargers, yup 36 volts. The rectifiers were called tungar bulbs. Some even had two bulbs. The batteries were huge.

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I bought an old abused, abandoned Club Car golf cart at an auction in 2009.  Quite possibly the ugliest 1986 golf cart in existence.  It had been rolled down an embankment that nearly destroyed it.  There was a guy bidding on it for whom I had a particular dislike.  I was running the guy up and he bailed, leaving me stuck with a junk $300 golf cart.  This may have been the second best $300 I ever spent.

I hauled this old thing home with my wife reminding me constantly what a rube I was to get stuck running up a bid.  She was right, of course, but, knowing me, I felt I could "fix" it.  I knew zipkus about a golf cart.  After I got it home, I figured how to get it to go and it went.  It actually moved under its own power.  I hooked up the charger and in the morning, I found it actually ran quite well.  It looked bad, and the intervening years did not improve matters  The only thing I have done to it is to replace one wheel bearing and put in a new set of batteries. 

I am doing a ground up, frame off restoration on a $300 golf cart.  I will have almost $3000 into it when I get done.  I am converting it for street legal use.  I totally rewired it.  I tuned up the motor, even though it probably needs rebuilt.  This is a 36-volt electric model.  I like it because it runs quiet and the wife can sneak up on the deer.  I am making my own bumpers and trim.  I won't reveal the color scheme until I get that done.  Those plans may change depending upon cost.  I had to rebuild the battery boxes due to unseen corrosion.  Every part that can be taken off has been cleaned, painted, detailed, fixed or replaced.  The only things that did not need anything done to them were the brakes.  For some odd reason, they were still good.  A friend of mine repaired all the broken fiberglass.  This is one of those "fast" projects that takes all summer!

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