slefain UltraDork
June 3, 2013 2:19 p.m.

Ever since I got to see one of these type cars up close I wanted to build one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWdJczDlgyY

And here are the plans! http://www.scribd.com/doc/19069321/Red-Bug-Complete-Plans-Set

I'm darn near giddy at finding this. A car that I can build without knowing how to weld! This would make an AWESOME father-son project.

bgkast Reader
June 3, 2013 2:31 p.m.

Cool! Don't let the DIY gokart people from the other page see it, to them wood cars = instant death!

EDT
EDT New Reader
June 3, 2013 2:43 p.m.

My grandfather has a Red Bug that he fully restored to show at AACA meets. I got to drive it on the show field a couple times because he couldn't fit, but it drove quite well for essentially being a sled with wheels. It only had rear brakes and they worked by pushing the fenders onto the tire, but it was hard to get it fast enough for them to be a problem. It used two 6v batteries wired in series for power. There was a version built that used a motor wheel for power.

RossD PowerDork
June 3, 2013 2:49 p.m.

Very Neat. Don't look up what a cycle cart (kart) is...

DoctorBlade UltraDork
June 3, 2013 5:50 p.m.

Can't download the plans, sadly.

JoeyM MegaDork
June 3, 2013 6:13 p.m.
RossD wrote: Very Neat. Don't look up what a cycle cart (kart) is...

Yeah. If you're wanting to do the one above, you should consider this

http://www.cyclekarts.com/
http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/cyclekarts/9375/page1/

[edit: This is why I was looking at a horizontal shaft HF motor this weekend. I would love to make a bugatti type 37 clone ]

Woody MegaDork
June 3, 2013 9:12 p.m.

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The_Jed SuperDork
June 3, 2013 9:27 p.m.

It would be pretty neat to drive one of these to work every once in a while.

Grizz SuperDork
June 3, 2013 9:38 p.m.

In reply to Woody:

You know, I wanted to keep those mopeds in one piece if I could so I had something to putt around on, but now....

JoeyM MegaDork
June 3, 2013 9:41 p.m.
The_Jed wrote: It would be pretty neat to drive one of these to work every once in a while.

Agreed. I have a short commute, and this would be fabulous for sunny days.

ultraclyde Dork
June 4, 2013 7:15 a.m.

But would they be street legal?

914Driver MegaDork
June 4, 2013 7:36 a.m.

Here I am between projects and I have a 250cc water cooled scooter just hanging around.

Film at 11:00 ......

dculberson UltraDork
June 4, 2013 7:39 a.m.

Depends on the state. Some states allow pretty minimalistic vehicles (only loosely able to be called a "car") to be titled and registered as "self constructed." To be able to register it in pretty much any state you would want it to be 3-wheeled, but some states would have no problem with a 4-wheeled version.

JoeyM MegaDork
June 4, 2013 7:43 a.m.
ultraclyde wrote: But would they be street legal?

That varies from state to state. The SEMA-drafted bill that has been adopted by law in some states affects this. The same bill went into different state legislatures, and came out the other side as very different laws.

In FL, I'm sure that you could make a pre-war styled cycle car street legal......you'd probably need to make sure that it has DOT approved tires, but the only emmissions, lights, turn signals and safety equipment needed are the ones that were required in the year of manufacture of the REAL vehicle that your replica most resembles.

the draconian Massachusetts version of the law, OTOH, would make it difficult to make a cycle cart street legal. it's astonishing that their law is based on the same bill.

Jaxmadine Reader
June 4, 2013 7:53 a.m.

You barely even need lights in florida! I love my state.

914Driver MegaDork
June 4, 2013 6:24 p.m.

American Pickers found one of those one wheel drive units in a barn. I don't remember what they called it but B&S wasn't the name I recall. They paid something like $2000. for it.

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