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Some sort of motorised trolley

Post by Gubble1234 on Thu Mar 27 2014, 19:46

I have been looking for something for my little Villiers to power for a while now when I came across this lovely thing on eBay and wondered if I could make something similar.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/390786921343?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2648

I don't think I want to make something exactly the same as that, I would like to actually be able to ride it too.

I have come up with a few simple ideas, but none of them really are ideal as the engine would need to be at the rear meaning I wouldn't be able to carry things with it like I want to.

I did think of a way to have the engine at the front, but that just opened a whole new can of worms with either having the front wheels powered and using them to steer or having some sort of pulley system to drive the back wheels which I have visions of breaking when it gets snaged on something.

I might also be getting a twin cylinder Coventry Victor engine soon, so I might use that for this project instead of the Villiers.

Building the framework for it shouldn't be a problem as I am able to do basic welding and know people who are much better welders.

If anyone has any ideas for how to power it, please share them! I'll try and get a few scans of my plans up soon and maybe even a model built.

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Re: Some sort of motorised trolley

Post by NoelA on Sun Mar 30 2014, 21:46

If you fancy a project!

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Re: Some sort of motorised trolley

Post by Gubble1234 on Mon Mar 31 2014, 22:50

Oh wow, that looks brilliant! If you were closer, I'd take that off of your hands straight away!

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Re: Some sort of motorised trolley

Post by NoelA on Tue Apr 01 2014, 19:09

I think it's a great little thing.
A friend has it at a recent property purchase along with a couple of Lister generator sets but I just don't have time or the room (if you ask the better half No ).

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Re: Some sort of motorised trolley

Post by Gubble1234 on Tue Apr 01 2014, 23:40

I take it it doesn't run at the moment?

I've just purchased a gearbox (3 speed plus reverse) to start the project off. Gonna get a load of steel when I next get payed along with an 11hp Honda Engine. Didn't want to use my Villiers as I will have to take the governer out, and I've just put it back together!

Finally got a design in mind for building the clutch too. Just going to use pulleys and whatnot.

Going to have 4 wheels too instead of just 3. Gives better stability and easier to make it steer!

I'm still not too sure if I should put the engine at the front like I originally planned or put it at the back under the flatbed. If it's at the front, theres gonna have to be a really long chain going to the back which I don't really want, but then if it's at the back I can't have the flatbed very low.

Any ideas, feel free to share!

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Re: Some sort of motorised trolley

Post by matt86 on Wed Apr 02 2014, 08:42

Have the engine in a box at front of bed that act as a seat on the top? Or engine at front and make front wheel drive..

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Re: Some sort of motorised trolley

Post by Rodit on Wed Apr 02 2014, 18:23

There used to be quite a lot of front wheel drive trucks about, the weight on the front helps with grip and keep the flat bed free for carrying and lower to the ground, quite a simple but trusted design..

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Re: Some sort of motorised trolley

Post by Gubble1234 on Thu Apr 03 2014, 09:43

Hmm, that would be definitely good, but I'm not sure about doing the steering and making it front wheel drive. How could I go about that?

The gearbox should be here in a few days, so I shall see how big/heavy it I may be able to squeeze the engine under the flatbed depending on how I mount it.

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