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Old 03-14-2006, 06:13 PM
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Does anyone know of a good go cart forum? I have an extra lawn mower and would like to motorize my son's dumptruck with it. got a tecumseh 4 hp and a briggs 5 hp both are verticle engines can you run those on their side?

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Old 03-14-2006, 06:20 PM
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Does anyone know of a good go cart forum? I have an extra lawn mower and would like to motorize my son's dumptruck with it. got a tecumseh 4 hp and a briggs 5 hp both are verticle engines can you run those on their side?
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Old 03-14-2006, 06:45 PM
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If those are 4 cycle engines, you can lay them on their side and they should last about 30 seconds. Don't even think about it.
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Old 03-14-2006, 06:50 PM
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Does anyone know of a good go cart forum? I have an extra lawn mower and would like to motorize my son's dumptruck with it. got a tecumseh 4 hp and a briggs 5 hp both are verticle engines can you run those on their side?
No - you cannot turn a vertical engine on it's side or a horizontal engine upright unless it is a 2 cycle engine. 4 cycle engines must have the oil at the bottom of the crankcase so that it is lubed properly.
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Arent those things just splash lubricated. I can't imagine they have oil pumps in there. maybe I can find a transaxle from a riding lawnmower then I wont need to turn the motor on its side.
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:24 PM
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Arent those things just splash lubricated. I can't imagine they have oil pumps in there. maybe I can find a transaxle from a riding lawnmower then I wont need to turn the motor on its side.
yes they are splash lubricated. that why they have to be used in the proper position.(so the oil slinger can sling oil)
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:26 PM
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Most designs are splash lubricated but the oil must be at the bottom of the crankcase for the oil slinger to function properly and the internal gears to be properly lubricated.
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Old 03-14-2006, 08:57 PM
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Arent those things just splash lubricated. I can't imagine they have oil pumps in there. maybe I can find a transaxle from a riding lawnmower then I wont need to turn the motor on its side.

why not use a chain and sprocket drive system..
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Old 03-14-2006, 09:29 PM
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I grew up with carts. As I remember, you can just buy a good B&S or Tecumseh in the right configuration cheaper than the lawnmowers they usually go on. I also wracked my young brain trying to figure out how to use the chain and derailer from a 10 speed to create a "transmission" allowing at least one "overdrive" gear. It only had "friction" brakes that were like flaps that slapped down against the tires, but you could still lock them up in a panic. My set up (I was like 7 years old) would do 40 and was awesome fun. It wasn't a racing cart though, those are insane crazy fun. I ended up finally selling it when I was like 17. Kinda wish I still had it, really.

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