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Unread 08-08-2012, 07:59 PM   #11
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Default Re: Cart for Darrell Gwynn

Good thing your doing there, I've met Darrell at Speed week and he's usually there every year crusing the pits in his Wheelchair. A cart would be good for him.
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Unread 08-08-2012, 08:42 PM   #12
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I've looked at several of your posts and you sound like someone that might be able to give us some guidance on this project. We currently have a fairly stock EZ Go PDS electric that's fancied up quite a bit that you may have seen running around Daytona. Actually our friend that has the two level trailer/hospitality unit with the Smart Car converted into a Dodge looking pickup golfcart that's always there for Speedweek is the one who's donating the build on the Lido. Do you know of anyone who's ever converted a Lido (Western) to gas from electric? The purpose of this Lido as an enclosed cart is that Darrell gets very cold (into his bones) at winter races, particularly Daytona and our fishing tournament there. In the summer he can also get a bit overheated. This is the reason for a generator to run HVAC in the cart. Any ideas or concepts on the power would be very much appreciated. ....jeff Gordon
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Unread 08-08-2012, 08:50 PM   #13
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Looks like I'm a little slow introducing you 2
Rifter can definitely help with this project
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Unread 08-09-2012, 10:50 AM   #14
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I'm not familiar with lido carts, actually never heard of them, Western yes, as far as building one that would be used to convert to a chair lift I would use a EZGO or Yamaha Limo, use a bigger 400CC Fourwheeler engine/trans w/reverse and rear axle, you would have plenty of power for the added weight, a strong enough frame. I'll be glad to help.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 10:55 AM   #15
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Default Re: Cart for Darrell Gwynn

This is one I have that's not finished, if it was Air Bagged you could set what ever height he would want to ride at.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 11:01 AM   #16
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The Lido has the look we are looking for as it will end up being totally hard sided enclosed. The Lido was designed by Lee Iacoccoa and built by Western, they were all built as 48v except for a few 72v stretched taxis. We are more interested in the body than anything else and will build the chassis as needed. Here's a photo so you can see one.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 11:12 AM   #17
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Just wondering if a dwarf car would work?
A lot of them sitting incomplete and could be
a base that has some components readily available.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 06:09 PM   #18
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Thanks for the thoughts but Darrell's pretty set on the Lido now. We've looked at the scale race cars, Japanese mini trucks, Kei cars, UTV's and standard golf carts. I was speaking to the shop manager of the very scaled down Lido/Western today ordering some OEM trim parts and he told me the actual chassis is a modified and strengthened 2001 EZ-GO chassis and most all of the mechanical components are EZ-GO. The steering column is a modified GM. He is pusing us to go the AC electric route with lithium batteries vs. gas and he makes a very good point that we'll be adding 12-18" by going with gas. Given the room we need to add for Darrell and his wheelchair this could end up being so long it will be difficult navagating NASCAR and NHRA garage areas as well as a problem to transport in our current equipment.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 07:07 PM   #19
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Default Re: Cart for Darrell Gwynn

Very cool project and the intent is awsome After looking at the "lido" picture, I have some visions and questions. #1-How big is his wheel chair (demensions -widest/tallest ect)? #2-Why do you want it to go 45mph (other then he's a racer and likes to go fast, I'm shure it's in his nature) #3- How wide is this Lido? Ok, I would invision taking out the front seat assy/pod, fabbing a foldown ramp to get in and fold up to secure him, any front passange area would probably be small, but he's the man, not the passanger, and looks like there is ample seating in the back for passangers. If I'm out feild on my idea's, sorry. I look at as he likes the car, make it work for him and the go fast stuff is easy. Good luck, I'll be watching.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 07:16 PM   #20
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The western 'factory' was here in the Palm Springs area. You can still buy some parts but the carts are out of production. Ac drive is good but run time might be a concern. Electric will make the cart heavier, 3-400 pounds of batteries, 100 pounds in components. But gobs of torque and good street speed are the pluses
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