As I sat in my folding chair at the 2011 Fathers’ Day car show in Wendover, Nevada, I watched several of the other participants buzzing around the parking lot in golf carts, Jazzy scooters, and a motorized cooler. It was then that it hit me. Let’s put a golf cart drivetrain in the midget and bring it to car shows!
My dad had been keeping an older E-Z-GO golf cart in his back yard for several years. He had parked it when the batteries died, not wanting to spend the money on new ones. He told me I could have it. So, with the help of my friend Sam, I dragged it up on a trailer and brought it home. Then, the harvesting began.
As you can see, the golf cart was no spring chicken. It was a 1979 model, and it had lived a good life. In the above photo, you can see a few details, like the direct-mount motor/rear diff arrangement, the resistor coil set left of the motor, and the six six-volt batteries. Between the batteries, you can see the forward/reverse switch.
After making a careful drawing of the wiring, we removed the batteries, forward and reverse control, key switch, and accelerator assembly. then, we flipped it up on its side to get a better look at the front suspension and steering.
Not knowing what would prove useful, we removed everything we could. The front suspension/steering was stubborn, but we were able to win out with the help of a sawzall and a torch.
The final step was to remove the rear differential and springs (and the E-Z-GO emblem) and haul the carcass away. I was able to recover $12 for the remaining steel from the recyclers. To that point, I was ahead on this deal.
Some time later, I asked dad where he had gotten the golf cart. Turns out, it used to be grandpa’s.