I am modifying a 1937 Ford Garton Pedal Car to run on electric power. I attached a picture of the way I found it, and a second one from today after I disassembled, sand blasted, and primed it.
I will not be using any of the pedal drive or steering assembly in the restoration as they were too rusted to be safe. I am making a “rolling chassis” with all of the components to bolt the painted, restored body on to.
I am in the process of welding the chassis out of 1” square steel tube stock, and the motor, controller, throttle, batteries, etc… will be mounted to this chassis.
The components I am looking to order are:
Motor: Item # MOT-24500X2500B
Speed Control: Item # SPD-24500A
Battery: Item # BAT-12V22A
Pinion: 11T (Included with Motor)
Sprocket: Item # SPR-2547
Throttle: Item # THR-90
The problem I am having is the drive assembly. The stock wheels on the pedal car are 8”, and the pedals spin an “S” shaped bar to make the wheels go, there are no gears involved in the stock drive assembly.
Originally, I wanted to go with an 8” scooter tire, but was having difficulty finding out how to mount a scooter tire on a “live axle” set up for an e-kart. I found 8” tires on your website, but they seemed to be designed to be mounted by themselves on a narrower scooter axle, not a go kart style axle.
I then considered building the drive assembly out of traditional go kart parts, but their sprockets that go on live axles are typically for a #35 chain. I couldn’t find any hub adapters that would mount your #25 sprocket on a 1” live axle. Additionally, another fail in the go kart column is the smallest tires are 10”, which would kill the speed and have to be mounted outside the wheel wells.
Can you recommend which of the two ways I mentioned above would be best to pursue?
Next, I have a question about the motor. Do I need a brake for this motor? Or is it the type of motor that when you let off the accelerator the motor automatically slows down (like a golf cart)?
Lastly, if I put a reverse switch in it, is there any way to limit the speed it goes in reverse, w/o limiting the speed in forward (or have them independently limitable?)
I am sorry for all of the questions, I just want to make sure I purchase all of the correct parts for this project, which is for my sons 4th birthday in May.
This is great intel, thank you so much for the help!
I do have a few more questions. I placed the above mentioned parts in my cart, how much would it cost for you guys to pre-wire a kit for me? At all of the parts I listed compatible? and how long would it take?
The adapter you mention above, for 1" axles, would it by chance also fit Item # BRK-142 in order to put a brake disk on a 1" axle as well?
If not, any suggestions on adding a brake?
One more thing, the controller I was looking at is Item # SPD-24500A which I like because it has a speed limit adjuster knob, but it doesn't seem to have reverse. I didn't see one for a 500W motor that had a speed limit adjuster knob, AND reverse, do you have this?
Thanks again, and I am ready to place an order ASAP.