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Unread 09-14-2016, 07:29 AM   #11
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About 25 years ago I had bought a piece of really rural woodland property in southeast Florida. As I explored the property, I came across a golf cart dump, where someone had dropped off half a dozen old carts and about a dozen old chargers. The carts were all intact and undamaged, just needed batteries and some tires. I bought a set of batteries and tested every one of them, they were all in operating condition. I kept the batteries in one and drove it around, the others I parked behind the shed and eventually found homes for. I had went by the golf course indicated on the labels on the carts, and I asked if they had any carts stolen. They said no, but their golf cart guy had dumped some carts for them., They didn't know he drove out into the woods and dropped them off. He no longer worked there, so I fixed a few carts for them while I was there and then I was on my way. They offered to give me more old carts to haul off and I declined. It took me long enough to find homes for those other carts. I guess this was before cart leasing became popular.

Those were the older 3 wheel carts. Before I moved away from there in 1997, a buddy of mine that worked at a golf course fixing carts wanted my 3 wheel cart, so I traded it to him for a 4 wheel cart with a stereo system in it. I took the roof off of it and put on solar panels to keep it charged. I left it out in the sun and never had to plug it in again. I sold that cart for $200 a few years later, after removing the solar panels and putting the roof back on. Golf carts were cheap and easy to get back then, not so much anymore.

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Unread 09-14-2016, 10:46 AM   #12
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Wow ! Love that story, that is so cool. Put a smile on my face which I need right now. I have been out of work for a few weeks for some health issues and all I want to do is work on my carts and I can't. I recently bought boxes of parts from a dealer and have been going through them to keep me busy. Stepped on porch for 10 minutes for phone call came back in and my puppy wash sitting on chair at table looking innocent and my inventory lists were all over the floor tore up. Next time I will use computer. That's why I needed to smile. Thank you.
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Unread 09-15-2016, 10:35 PM   #13
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My wife and I call it golf cart therapy. My first cart was an early resistor EZGO Marathon that I drug out of my uncles barn. Got it for $100 with a charger. Threw some batteries in it and she and I were hooked. Smooth and silent. We loved driving it around our property with a couple of cold beverages and just chatting. That cart is still running but we have upgraded, still electric. Buying that old cart was some of the best money I ever spent. I am up to six carts now. We use the carts to play tag with a tennis ball sometimes when family and friends come over. It is a ball of giggles!
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Unread 09-18-2016, 10:06 PM   #14
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I can relate. I love EVs of all kinds. I have one friend that tells me his dog hates my car because I pull in at his house and it scares his dog because my car is too quiet for the dog to hear. I'll be sitting there in the car with the window down chatting with him and the genset will fire up and start charging the battery. Scares the heck out of him.

I built an electric airboat. It was the only boat the city allowed in a protected wetlands area because it did not contaminate the water. The wetlands was a drinking water source for the city. Fishing and swimming was not allowed, but alligator hunting was required because they were a hazard to people that lived along the waterway from the wetland area and around the lake that they drew the water from.

I built an electric hovercraft and it was banned from the everglades because it was too quiet. They were concerned that protected wildlife would not hear it and be harmed by it.

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