After so many hours of welding and cutting the iron, it finally took shape. I am very proud of what I’ve managed to do in the last week starting from those plans. The result is the following:
I’ve stuck to the plan up to a point where the engine mounting and the steering system were involved. I have to adapt the chassis in order to fit the parts I need. Now, it is just spot welded, but I will strengthen it soon and I will come back with the next step: The engine.
After a brief research, I bought a $35 buggy plan as a source of inspiration and a starting point for my project. I have chosen this buggy and I have already made a list of what materials I need for the chassis:
- 40 Feet of 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ #14 gauge square tubing;
- 40 Feet of 1″ x 1″ #14 gauge square tubing;
- 2 foot of 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2′ x 1/8 thick Angle Iron.
I will have to change some parts of the plan, such as the engine mounting or the steering and suspension system, but broadly I will respect the aspect of my Arachnid Buggy.
Last week-end I met my friends at karting, somewhere in Pipera. The race track has about 2 km and they have 2 types of karts to rent. Some of 6 hp and some of 13 hp which speed up to 80 km/h. We chose the powerful option and did some laps. I was very fascinated about this sport and I found out they have even driving courses I am very interested in. I started to look for a kart as I wanted to follow a career in this type of sport. My father supported me up to a point, when, I had to purchase my kart which was quite expensive. Quickly after that, he gave me an idea saying: “Why don’t you build one of your own?”. It took me only one second to go to the computer and search for “DIY kart”.
There are a lot of tutorials about building your own kart and searching for it led me to its bigger brother: The Buggy. It is a one-person car with full suspension designed for off-road conditions. It means more hours of hard-working than building a 10 hp kart, but it’s worth. I found a website which has different types of buggy plans and I decided to draw inspiration from them.