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Unread 03-14-2009, 11:51 AM   #11
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If your wanting to lift it, post some pic"s of the front axle/spindles without the wheels on. Maybe a simple as cutting the axle and rewelding in a "drop spindle" arangement. Need some pic's of the rear also for possible easy lift options. That is one "heavy" car, like scottyb said ...very expensive to upgarde to solid state. Best idea as posted....pulley ratios. Later Dave
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Unread 03-15-2009, 08:49 AM   #12
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Thanks a ton guys! I never thought about the pulley! I don't really know if I want to go smaller though....torque is not a problem...it's kinda slow, and a bit "lurchy" at full speed which I'm sure has a lot to do with the control system it has. I am going to take off the copper blocks and remake them at my shop, I assume this may help a bit. I'd love to go to an electronic control...but I'm assuming that won't be as easy as just putting in a controller!! Any ideas to make the accelleration and full throttle a bit smoother?

I will take a tire (or tires) off in the next couple of days so you guys can get a look at the spindle and axle, I had also not really considered a spindle lift!! I need to put myself back in my high school mud runnin frame of mind again!! Thanks again guys!!
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Unread 03-15-2009, 12:50 PM   #13
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Thanks a ton guys! I never thought about the pulley! I don't really know if I want to go smaller though....torque is not a problem...it's kinda slow, and a bit "lurchy" at full speed which I'm sure has a lot to do with the control system it has. I am going to take off the copper blocks and remake them at my shop, I assume this may help a bit. I'd love to go to an electronic control...but I'm assuming that won't be as easy as just putting in a controller!! Any ideas to make the accelleration and full throttle a bit smoother? Rebuilding/replacing the accelerator board contacts (both "stationary" and the "moving" contact) will correct the "smoothness" of the excelleration thru the speeds. Remember the moving contact is suposed to be a softer metal than the stationary ones. May be a better bet to "buy" replacement contacts than make them. Make shure all stationary contacts are level (or sticking will happen as you press the pedal down) and you can use some "dialectric" grease if you'd like. With contact/resistor coil systems, you should drive it "pedal to the metal" as often as possible to stop "arcing" and "strain" on them, with the pedal (at the last contact) 36 volts is going straight to the motor.

I will take a tire (or tires) off in the next couple of days so you guys can get a look at the spindle and axle, I had also not really considered a spindle lift!! I need to put myself back in my high school mud runnin frame of mind again!! Thanks again guys!!
Cool....will be watching. Later dave
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Unread 03-20-2009, 09:05 AM   #14
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it's nice to see the old cushmans brought back to life.
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Unread 03-24-2009, 01:54 AM   #15
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Rusy I am Doing the "Ultimate No No" and it is working:) 200cc atv engine water cooled that is chain driven. the rear end compares to a truck axle it is so big.

Dingo i think this is going to be a great project i had a 64 cushman then it caught on fire, but it was only three wheels so you should be good. lol. Also when you put large tires on you will get a good jump in speed, especially if you 22's or higher.
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Unread 03-24-2009, 07:04 AM   #16
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Rusy I am Doing the "Ultimate No No" and it is working:) 200cc atv engine water cooled that is chain driven. the rear end compares to a truck axle it is so big.

Dingo i think this is going to be a great project i had a 64 cushman then it caught on fire, but it was only three wheels so you should be good. lol. Also when you put large tires on you will get a good jump in speed, especially if you 22's or higher.

Good point! I never thought about the cir. of the tires being bigger!
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