How do you build a regular go cart using a 5hp craftsman verticle shaft engine? : LUSENET : Junkyard Wars : One Thread

Hey Junk Man! Im thinking about making a go cart and i have a fairly brand new craftsman 5.3hp engine with a verticle shaft. Im new at this stuff and i would like to know how you would hook up a verticle shaft engine to a frame and how it would work. Please get back to me as soon as possible.

-- Jake Richard (, May 05, 2001


Well, people say that it is a bad idea to do what you want to do, but they are idiots, you have 2 options.

1. Buy a right angle adapter or make one (with bevel gears) and turn a vertical to a horizontal.

2. The carb on thoses engines have a float in them so if you move the carb with a little bit of tubing then it may work if you shit the engine to horizontal. Email me with any questions.

-- Jason Fox (, May 19, 2001.


-- rip da ground (bighik@AOL.COM), June 01, 2001.

Well I think that you could turn ths engine sideways but you would have to change the gas tank and a lot of other things......

-- Kyle Bruce Bossi (, July 15, 2001.

Make a hybrid hovercraft with four wheels still in contact with the road. Retain the steering and brake capability of a 4 wheeler. Add floats (in the event of engine failure) and cruise on water.

-- Don Denhardt (, January 23, 2002.

Buy a new engine with horizontal shaft idiot

-- JeffGut (, March 12, 2002.

Your mom's the idiot, anal sniffer.

-- Colin Hart (aka-Gay brocolli) (, April 04, 2002.


-- brett rogers (, April 06, 2002.

Buy a new engine with horizontal shaft idiot

-- JeffGut (, March 12, 2002

Did you mean to say horizontal shaft IDLER ???

-- billy bodger (bodger@theyard.outback), April 08, 2002.

anal sniffer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

-- Mr.Tom Hanks (, April 09, 2002.

get a rideon lawn mower back diff,u could even have rare suspeion your vertical shaft motor in front of the diff,then all ya need is two pullys and a belt,one pully on the motor,and one pully on the diff,and if ya wanna get a 5 speed diff with reverse,it works very well,no bind up in the rear so it makes cornering alot easyer,matty age 15 chch,new zealand

-- matty clarke (, May 02, 2002.

Go to a pawn shop and find a margay racing cart with running engine, and buy it from the morons for 200 dollars. Thats what i did, sorry if it doesn't help :0)

-- (, May 09, 2002.

your mom is ugly

-- Masser (, June 15, 2002.

Just Turn the carb, and run the vertical engine till it breaks. What do you have to loss.

-- Frank Van Den Berg (, June 22, 2002.

obviously an engine dickhead

-- Blow me (, June 24, 2002.

use a belt and make it turn the 90 degrees u need to... hence attach a belt gear to the engine and attach a belt to the axle on the wheels... you may lose alittle power but its simple.

-- asdfer (, June 25, 2002.

well i was faced by the same problem... but not being a dickhead, i spent shit all on the motor, fucked around with it so it does work as a horizontal shaft and as some wanker said earlier, abuse the shite out of it till it brakes then get a new one... simple!!!

-- kuntstuble brad (, June 25, 2002.

best idea is to use the belt system to go from horizontal to virtical (or viceversa). BUT, you'll have to offset the engine a few feet away from the axle to allow the belt to bend without stress. OR, just hit a jumk yard and a riding lawn mower or a gold card axle should work (granted you have a welder). OH, it always makes me laugh when those people that call people ugly names on the internet do so... It's only obvious that they can't do it in real life, cuase they lake the ball's or are about 5'2 and scrawny... so instead, they fill their need by doing it online, being able to hide behind the net... Everyone should hope for the best for those people, as they don't know that they are who they are... sad isnt' it?

-- mike (, July 29, 2002.

Free Plans for go kart

-- Tess_DA (, July 30, 2002.

Thanks for the free go cart plans

-- Ross Leiber (, August 03, 2002.

uhhh mike you are freakin gay how about you tell me where you live then ill go beat your ass

-- tom knoxville johny (, August 05, 2002.

I used a vertical shaft lawnmower engine to run a modified lawn tractor. The tractor was mounted to a swivel on the back of a push type lawn mower. I sat on the tractor, held the mower handle and got the lawn mowed with out walking. A real problem to concider when using a lawn mower engine for a belt drive application is that the engine depends on the cutting blade for it's flywheel. Their flywheel/cooling blowers are made of aluminum. When that is missing and is only replaced with a pully, the engine becomes very hard to start. It tends to snatch the rope painfully from your hand and will quit running if it missfires much. If you could use an engine from a snow blower or a rototiller, it would have a cast iron flywheel. Where should I advertize to sell a racing go-cart? Second question, where can I buy a good Kohler K301 engine for my model 125 Cub Cadet? Please respond to as I might not check this forum regularly. Thank you.

-- Paul Scholand (, August 09, 2002.

Stop playing with little boy's toys. Grow up! Go get yourself a nice blonde or redhead, take her home and fuck the shit out of her. They take a lot more abuse, they never run out of fuel because they run on hot air, they hardly ever break down, they are a lot more fun to ride, and you can ride one all night long without having to install lights and last but not least, you will never hit a tree.

Hope this helps John

-- Don't matter does it? (, August 11, 2002.

You guys gotta get out more! fighting on the damn internet.., like someone is going to say where they live... honestly..

-- Peter (, August 11, 2002.

all yous in this room are all wwanker and love each other fags

-- asrgrt (, August 19, 2002.

The dickhead gutter answers must be Americans. You guy should get out more. PS: i think thats a good question.

-- Justin (, September 03, 2002.

Is there really people stupid enough to believe that any women can be handled like that? This type of guy must sit at home by himself with a greasey palm, a pornno in the vcr, and a head full of fantasy. Wake up, smell the coffee, GET A REAL WOMAN JUNIOR!!!!

-- chris mac (, September 05, 2002.

Hi Sorry about the bogus email and name, but there appear to be too many childish people on this forum I would rather not give that information to.

Anyway here's my best suggestion. First off you have to realize that lawnmower engines are engineered to work at a high RPM (look at how fast the blades turn). Secondly, even if you rotate the carb AND the gas tank, any internal lubrication will rely on gravity feed in a horizontal position. So rotating the engine will quickly ruin it.

So the best solution is to find a vertical to horizontal worm-gear reduction unit. This will achieve two things. You change the rotation from vertical to horizontal. And the reduction will give you more bottom end torque.

I used a 15 to 1 reduction on a 4Hp engine with a 20Kg frame and my son (who is much smaller than I) can actually peel-out in our go-kart.

-- Whatever (nomail@nomail.nomail), September 07, 2002.

LOL. sure who doesnt like a roudy blond or red head. i have red head girl friend who is hot and most guys r gelous of her. or me, which ever be the case. im not in tip top shape... im actually kinda fat but im a nice guy and thats y the ladies love me. sure i cant run a marathon, but i can screw all night which i do. her pussy is a nice pink color and tastes like candy. she has nice tits. her hands r soft for stroking my cock. the end, i hope all u perverts liked that... fags

-- E. M. ASS (, September 14, 2002.

Ok we can tell who the real fags are. How did we start talking about go carts and then get to chicks? The dude that wants us to eat his ass obviousely has no life cause he's talking about his made up girlfriend. He's probably gay. I bet the only true thing he said was that hes fat. He has to sit on these message boards and talk shit hoping that some people will be on his side and he'll have some friends for a change.

-- Jack Schitt (, September 17, 2002.

This guy did it.

-- Justin (1@2.3), September 20, 2002.

hye my name is joe and i have a way to take a vertical engine and change it to a horizontal one......1st.Shove your penis into the gas tank, make sure it is full. 2nd. Pull it out and then start the mower. 3rd. After the mower has been going for about a half an hour shove your penis into the gastank one more time.Repeat three times until hot. 4th.After your penis is warm,wrap it up in a cloth.Lite the cloth. when you hear sizzling stop. 5th. Now your penis should be finished. After you have been to the ER a couple times proceed. Rip the engine out of the mower. 6th. Now the engine should be easy to handle. Take it into a quiet spot and insert your penis into the gastank rapidly. Until pain has come. Now go buy a flipped fork gear and some chains. 7th. Chain the mower to the bed and insert your penis,rapidly. If you ejaculate into the gastank, it might help the drive. 8th. Take a spoon and stir the sperm with gasoline and give it a taste. It should taste like machanic ass. If so proceed...... 9th. Pour the JG into the gastank. Find a friend and rape him. Insert your penis into his buttocks,rapidly. After the complaining is over with pour the JG into his buttocks. If neccasary use the chains to strapp him down. While in his ass lite the JG and listen to him whail. 10th. You have successfully raped and friend and motor. Tip:bigger the mower bigger the fun. Try sneaking your dads V10 from the new ford. Good Luck with the lawnmower!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- jo (gokartguy@gokart.gokart), September 23, 2002.

Fuck yourself you stupid ass raper. Go rape children you sick bastards! you know you want to.

-- Jackin Meoff (, September 25, 2002.

Is there a safe way to stick my dick in the exhaust I'm really tired of the burns?

-- ross leiber (, October 04, 2002.

Jo, ur sad mate god i fucking hate you an i dont even know u!!! you musta tried fucking the petrol tank cos you sound kinda experienced at it ,bet your members got scabs an burns on it oh and i bet ur only about 12 as for the engine just get a new one cos u know its gonna break into loads of little pieces thats wot happened to jo's brain from to much wanking of his deformed,burnt, scabby miniture penis

-- jo sacunt (fuckoff@fucku.yanktwats), October 07, 2002.

I would trash the crapy little craftsman and get a horiznal shaft.

I sugest a briggs and straton and not any other brand because they last long. on my go kart, my briggs and straton was made in 1973 and it still runs fine.

-- Jt (, October 10, 2002.


-- COCKSUCKA (, October 11, 2002.

all yall dudes are screwed up. there is no way to actully build a virtical shaft into a horazontal without fucking something up. best bet get a briggs and stratton or a tucuhmen
-- ???????? (, October 12, 2002.

Seriously, how difficult is this to figure out? Put a pulley on the shaft, then a pulley on the rear axel. Get a belt long enough that you can do a 90 degree turn. Simple as that.

-- adsf (, May 02, 2004.

i like cheezy poofs

-- mr. jim bo (, June 14, 2004.

your mum

-- rachel harper (, June 21, 2004.

just go by one off e-bay for about $10 or buy an engine or a crack shaft vertizontail thing or buy spiny thing that makes the wheels go whooooooooh

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-- Chan Sekhon (, July 02, 2004.

I have an idea for a rear differential for a go cart instead of using a solid shaft for a 2 wheel drive go cart. I have a 30 year old 8 hp briggs and it is belt driven. Drive that to a middle shaft that converts belt driven to two gears the same size of a centrifical clutch gear, so the middle shaft consist of a belt pully and two gears. have a half shaft connected to each rear wheel and a centrifical clutch to each end of the shaft. that makes it so you could go around turns with two wheel drive and not keep on going straight and since I have an 8 hp engine it should produce enough power to keep up with a 5 hp with all the extra belts gears and shafts

-- Sherman herrmann (, July 02, 2004.

Last night, a tragedy dick fell off. I was like, "Oh Shyt!" but then I found some duck tape, so I just taped it back on and its better now. Anyways, responding to your question Jake, yes, I do have a 18" penis. Thank you, thank you very much ;) ... kiss kiss!

-- Gaimen Roole (sex_me_up@ejaculate.cum), July 06, 2004.

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