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Old 10-07-2002, 04:54 AM
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Here's the deal. My first car was a '92 Mazda 323 hatchback with a 1.6L engine. Since I still have the car (summer beater) and I really don't use it anymore, my brother and I decided we should build a go-cart and use the Mazda's engine, suspension, seats, and other misc. parts.
Now here's my question. Is there a way to convert the engine (different tranny) to make the go-cart rear wheel drive? Would we be better off fabbing up custom linkages to shift the 5 speed in a rear engine cart?
Thanks guys! Any comments help will be appreciated.

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Old 10-07-2002, 06:49 AM
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Put the engine in the rear. You will need the weight of it tho help with the traction. Like one of those dune buggies with a VW engine in it. <img src="graemlins/mwink.gif" border="0" alt="[mwink]" />
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We are custom building everything to go around the placement of the engine so anything is really possible!
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I thought a Mazda WAS a go-cart!!
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I agree with maverick, stick the engine in the back of that sucker. I would put the engine right over the rear end and then the seats right in front of that, then build a roll cage, throw on some wheels and brakes, and go do some doughnuts in a field. Or, even better, send that mazda engnie over here and i will stick it in my dune buggy, we been looking for a new engine.been through 2, we got one on, then beefed up the frame and had to get a bigger one, then we beefed up the frame and added to the suspension and we need a bigger one now. Almost went and bought a small v-8 boat motor through a relative.
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Old 10-07-2002, 05:25 PM
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1meancuda
here is the story
i believe it was a 74 or 75 TR-6
and a 70? 455 from a olds.
cut rear out of tr-6 install front wheel drive 455
after welding up steering.
get in car start up car put car in drive see sky until hitting barditch then fence then moms car.
forgot that with front wheels in air no brakes.
just two 15 year olds having fun.lol
i havnt thought of that car in 20 years but seeing your post brought it all back.
dang i miss that car.
have fun with the go cart just remember brakes.
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Old 10-08-2002, 03:24 PM
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Here is the problem I'm going to run into with the rear mounted engine. I was wanting to use the entire engine and transaxle assembly. But with the rear mount, I'll need a way to keep the wheels running in a strait line and steering the front wheels. Maybe I'll snag another parts car. Ford Escorts are sure easy to come by in my area!!! <img src="graemlins/drunk.gif" border="0" alt="[drunk]" />
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Make it steer from the rear!! That would be fun it would turn on a dime like those riding lawn mowers that spin around in its same tracks!
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Old 10-09-2002, 08:17 AM
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What about a twin engine, all-wheel drive/steering machine?!?!?! That would be wild!!! :p
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That's my kind of thinking. Don't tell me what can not be done, tell me you think it's possible. Hell, make a hydroplane out of it. Be outrageous, it's free!
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You could put big pontoons on it. Put the engine in the rear. Weld flaps on the rims to make paddles and put in the lake!! steer it with the paddle wheels!





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PIC???


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HRK, you wanna see a pic of a 92 mazda hatchback? weirdo.
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HRK - Everything is mearly in theory and planning right now. We were planning on putting the engine in this thing, but I think a go-cart/dune buggy type thing will be a little easier!
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HA! That is funny! But i like it, its a mix between a 32 3 window, a dune buggy and a three wheeler! Its gonna be a project alright!


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