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Unread 05-20-2019, 08:24 PM   #1
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This is a true barn find. The previous owner claims that it is a 1962 and the badging indicates that it is called a "Sports Rider" and was produced in California. A thorough net search shows, literally, nothing about it anywhere. Absolute zero. All the same, my son and I are going to tear this thing down, build it back up and get it rolling again.

This is a 36v resistor / rheostat cart very similar the the Cushman Golfster carts of that era. GE motor but I haven't been able to get to the numbers yet. This cart was made to be street legal for sure as it has a full lighting system (head, tail, turn), windshield wiper and horn. It has an onboard charger with a place for extension cord to be plugged in at the rear of the cart. It even has a functional trunk.

It only has 3 wheels and tiller steering. What's crazy is that there are no pedals. You will see in the picture of the driver's side that there is a lever at the driver's left hand. That lever activates both the acceleration via the rheostat and the drum brakes. Pull the the lever back and the cart will go forward. Push the lever forward and the cart will disengage power and apply braking.

I will post some pics as we go. This is going to get interesting.
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Unread 05-20-2019, 11:23 PM   #2
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This is all I found.

https://www.promusclecarinc.com/v_29469863.veh
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Unread 05-21-2019, 12:23 AM   #3
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Interesting. Photos of the inside?
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Unread 05-21-2019, 05:05 AM   #4
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Cool cart! Thinking that is a spare tire holder on the rear. Be interesting to see how this goes!
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Unread 05-21-2019, 06:17 AM   #5
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That's the same one! (green tag on the front) with just a little more patina on the hood!

Pretty cool cart!
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Unread 05-21-2019, 06:28 AM   #6
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nice find, should be interesting build
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Unread 05-21-2019, 06:43 AM   #7
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That's the same one! (green tag on the front) with just a little more patina on the hood!

Pretty cool cart!
Indeed, that is my cart. I actually got it from the Geneva, Oh. area. I can only assume the guy a bought it from posted it on the auction site prior to me snagging it. I heard about this thing word of mouth as my camp neighbor knows the seller.

I will post more pics in the coming days / weeks. We got the body off yesterday and were pleasantly surprised by the lack of rust. We normally like to keep our old carts as original as possible but this thing is screaming for a full restoration.
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Unread 05-22-2019, 01:45 PM   #8
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Kelson made the Sports Rider which is very similar to the Electra King. Here are some photos. Dennis
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Unread 05-23-2019, 06:54 AM   #9
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Kelson made the Sports Rider which is very similar to the Electra King. Here are some photos. Dennis
Dude, this is just outstanding information. You sir, appear to have solved the riddle of, "what is this?" Kelson is actually Kelsen and what I have is, indeed, a Sports Rider.
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Unread 05-29-2019, 04:57 PM   #10
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The Electra King came later and he claimed it was not based on the Kelson. They both use Autoette controllers and some other parts.

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