Vintage Go Kart Restorations

Here are a few vintage go karts that I have restored in the past, all of these are american made. The likes of which include Manco, and Bristers Thunder Kart, which were popular in the 90’s, and have since gone out of business.

Midas: The wheelie monster (Baja 200 or Manco Dingo)

Manco Dingo 13 HP off road go kart

Brister’s ThunderKart with 22″ Tires

Brister’s Thunderkart

Three 2 Seat Manco Go Karts for Kids Just in Time for Christmas

Go Kart Alley – Restoring Go Karts

I have helped restore karts in association with Go-Kart Alley, a novel by Dennis Van Vleet. He has restored many go karts to be used in an upcoming film. Check him out on facebook for the most up to date status and great pictures and video of all of his karts.

16 thoughts on “Vintage Go Kart Restorations”

  1. Hi KartFab I messaged you on youtube maybe a day ago but for the message to make more sense I think it would benefit if i shared some pictures. How should I send those?

  2. Hello
    I need some guidance on upgrading a Chinese buggy. The buggy is a two seater with 22 rear tires. It was originally a 150c.f. with a reverse gear, however I just picked up a Honda gx340 with a tappered shaft. What do I need to complete the conversion?

    1. new 1″ live axle to the appropriate length 60t axle sprocket, 2×1″ bearings, bearing hangars, weld on axle hangars, hubs x2, rimsx2, possibly new tires, but if tires are in good shape, you can buy the right sized rims to fit the tires. Some steel tubing and a big block engine mount. Welding/fab work required. Im not joking either. This is the legit only way to do it, unless you go fix up your existing engine. Also, you will lose reverse capability. The problem is that the existing engine was internally geared different, and the sprocket is too small/non moveable. Hope you can figure it out. For the crank, you might just need to purchase a 1″ straight shaft crank. Also need to get a bolt on 40 series torque converter or fab up your own jackshaft too. 10t is sufficient for jackshaft sprocket if you dont go over 22″ tires. You can go down to 9t or 8t for jackshaft sprocket (40/41/420p) to get more torque. Max speed at 10t is 40 mph, less with the smaller sprockets.

  3. I’m making that go kart would you be able to put a roll cage on it and suspicions

    the motor will me a quad bike motor and the suspicions is from a quad bike and I will have quad bike wheels as well I have an old quad bike that i don’t use

  4. I have about 185 follow budget watch I want to get a go-cart that is someone working but is not very good so I can take it and fix it up would you think Craigslist Maybe

  5. I need help trying to find a go kart that is cheap to fix but kinda old I am 11 and have about 200 dollars saved any help?

  6. Can I get some advice on a decision to go with the single drive, vs dual drive axel? I have been building to the free (single wheel), have all the metal cut and most of the base frame welded, although not the engine mount or rear vertical bar for the engine mount plate. I have not done the rear axel either. If I wanted a dual drive / live axel, is their a height adjustment I could make on the rear (free plan) model to accommodate the additional height required for the additional sprocket, i.e. 4″ or so? I would, of course also center mount the engine. Could I simply buy the free kit parts package and maybe swap out (or add in) the additional hardware for the dual drive, sprocket, axel, bigger rear tiress? Possible? Thanks Ken (Northern CA

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