This is a picture of the Manco Baja 200 when I bought it. It had lots of rust, the engine was seized, and the tires didn’t hold air. It was a large restoration, and in the end I actually made the kart much better.Here are all the parts I purchased for it. I put it in the DIYgokarts 2013 build off, but did not finish in time. Here is a video of the go kart parts that I started out with
Next i had to fix the rusty go kart rims. This video shows how to fix the rusty rims, fill in with sand-able primer, then paint so the tires will not leak air at the bead.
I found out that the original owner messed up the key-way, and ran the rim on one side with out the key, damaging the axle. Instead of throwing them away, i decided to TIG weld the rim and axle back together.
I painted the go kart metallic gold, metallic grey, and black with metallic flecks in the paint.
After getting a new engine and welding up a custom motor mount with jackshaft for the kart, I was impressed with the power it had! It could pop a wheelie easily, and took off like a rocket.
I still needed to upholster the go kart seat, so I made my own using plywood, T nuts, high density foam, marine vinyl, and piping.
The kart was pretty much finished, so the rest is just showing it off doing donuts, and wheelies!
What about a hill climb in the snow on rocks? I am glad that i welded the sprocket protector on it (do you notice the giant dent in it?) That kept the chain and sprocket from being damaged as it ran over the rocks.
I took the go kart out in the winter to see how it would do in the snow. It was able to do a full 720, donuts all over the place, and do its normal thing (be epic).
Like this restoration? Check out my other go kart restorations.