I have a buddy that lives less than a mile from me and I go over there and drink beer fairly often. I decided that rather than walk like some loser, I would build a cooler that I can drive to his house. It seemed like the obvious and only thing to do. I’m sure everyone has seen some version of these before. I know I can go buy one that is ready to go but that’s no fun. I prefer to build something from the frame up. Make it my own thing and have some fun with it.
Here’s the problem. I don’t know what I am doing. While I do consider myself handy and know my way around my wood working tools, this is unlike anything I have ever done. I have never built a vehicle of any kind or have never welded anything in my life. I’ve watched a ton of youtube videos on welding so I feel like I got that down now, though. kidding…
Here’s my plan(??):
I’m off to buy a welding machine today. I plan on practicing my welds while I decide on specific parts for the build and wait for them to arrive.
I was thinking I would purchase a gokart kit and adapt/modify it for a coolerkart build. I know I want an electric motor. Not because of global warming or anything, I just know that if I drive a cooler full of beers over to a friend’s house, I am likely not driving that cooler home at a decent hour and figured an electric engine would be more neighbor friendly than a gas engine at 2-3 in the morning. Second thing I would like to add… a hitch to pull a small cart. I figure, I gotta have a place to put my girlfriend, right? I don’t know if I’ll be asking too much out of an electric motor or not, but Elon Musk figured out how to make the world’s ugliest truck 100% electric. I think I can make a small kart to lug me an my girlfriend with a cooler of beer around. Maybe that’s too much. I don’t know. I will find out I suppose.
Anyway, that’s my super loose plan. I thought I could start a tread here as place to add questions that will certainly come up along the way. This seems like a mechanically inclined group that could prove super useful for me. I’ll try to post progress pictures along the way. Please, please, please chime in with insight or suggestions. Thanks for letting me mooch off of all your experience and knowledge.