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Unread 07-24-2017, 06:54 PM   #1
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My family and I were visiting my wife's family in New York. My wife's mother has had this old golf cart in the yard for as long as I can remember. Living in Florida, the golf cart capital of the world, I asked what she was going to do with it. She replied with give it to you if you want it. So we loaded up a 65 Harley Davidson Electric golf cart and dragged it to Florida. As soon as my back heals from trying to move it, I am going to start the rebuild. The fiberglass, frame, and almost all of the components are there and in decent shape. I need to locate a switch and test the solenoids, motor, and such, but I think everything is solid enough that I can get the old girl running with fairly minimal effort. As soon as I start the rebuild I will post up pics of the progress.
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Unread 07-24-2017, 07:54 PM   #2
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Hello Jeepman. Welcome to BGW. First things first. Spray the lugs going into the motor generously with PB Blaster and let it soak.
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Unread 07-25-2017, 07:13 AM   #3
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Here is service manual for that cart to include a wiring diagram:

http://www.buggiesgonewild.com/colum...63_1978_EL.pdf

I have a '67 Pargo that has a similar wiring set-up. They are very simple machines. You'll have no problem getting that going.
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Unread 07-28-2017, 06:37 PM   #4
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Wow, very nice! Can't wait to follow along...
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Unread 08-05-2017, 02:11 AM   #5
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Well my back is starting to feel better so I started doing some work to the cart today. All of the batteries were shot so I removed those and gave everything a good cleaning. The cart was stolen at one point and left for dead. When the thief left it stuck he pulled the forward/reverse ignition switch. I was worried that they might have taken the speed control as well, but that is still there, and hopefully it will work. I seem to be able to find almost all of the parts except the speed control. The battery tray will need to be rebuilt. The set up is supposed to be four batteries in the front with two in the back. I think at some point the rear tray became to unstable so they put all six batteries up front. I am going to rebuild the rear tray to better balance the cart and take some of the extra weight off the front tire and suspension. I need to test the motor and all the electronics, fix the Fiberglass and re-paint it, get some new seats, and turn it into the Disney Star Wars fort wilderness cruising machine, future upgrades will be led lighting front and rear, some tunes, and maybe some fancy wheels and tires if funds allow. I am thinking red and black for a paint scheme with some stars wars decals. My kid and I are big Star Wars geeks so it seems fitting. I am probably going to fabricate a canvas cover for front and rear passengers as well, something similar to the original top only bigger.
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The Fiberglas actually cleaned up pretty good. Should be easy to repair and paint. I like the style of these old carts. The rear half is a little different then the gas carts in that it does not have a raised back lip where the gas access would normally go. I am thinking I will make a full length back seat for the kids the build a diamond plate door to have a little storage under the seat. That will not be until later though.
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Cool! Have you tested the motor?
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Unread 08-05-2017, 02:55 AM   #8
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Not yet, I am not really sure how. Still trying to figure it out.
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Unread 08-11-2017, 10:04 PM   #9
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What is the best way to test the motor in this thing. It was hoping to just hook some power to it and see if it spins, is that posssible?
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Certainly, just make sure you have the rear wheels up off the ground, secured on jack stands.

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