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Garden Tractors Discussion Forum

Cushman cart project

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03-10-2017 06:47:07

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I apologize from the beginning since this is probably not the correct spot to post this.

The project is to out fit an electric cushman cart into a gas powered system. Its the two front seat style with a flat bed rear. The rear axle is currently a 9" ? electric drive, but I want to convert this to gas.

I thought about just adding a motor with a CVT, but then I wouldn't have reverse. Ideally need a system that drives by driveshaft and has a trans built in. Like an ATV system, but not the chain driven type. I could use a trans from a tractor, but it would have to be separate from the rear end. Most garden tractors being the rear end is integrated as the trans as well.

Any ideas or suggestions?

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Mule Meat

03-11-2017 19:46:34

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 Re: Cushman cart project in reply to 07ketnec, 03-10-2017 06:47:07  
Comet is one company that offers reversing gear boxes for go karts.

They are set up to accept a Comet CVT belt drive transmission and comes with a sprocket mounted to the output shaft and a cable shifter.

Bolt a sprocket to the rear ends input shaft, add a chain and off you go.

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03-11-2017 02:44:58

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 Re: Cushman cart project in reply to 07ketnec, 03-10-2017 06:47:07  
I have a Cushman 3 wheeler electric from the 60's. It gets around my 8 acres carrying stuff pretty good. I would leave it electric, batteries are about 100.00 each from Sams and last 5 to 6 years or about 100.00 a year to maintain. Whatever you do will cost more than 6 new batteries.

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03-10-2017 08:47:46

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 Re: Cushman cart project in reply to 07ketnec, 03-10-2017 06:47:07  
Wouldnt it be easier to just find a gas job? Get one with a high speed rear and a steering wheel type setup. One of my dads friends had one. They max out around 40mph going down hill.

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03-10-2017 15:54:26

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 Re: Cushman cart project in reply to jeffcat, 03-10-2017 08:47:46  
Please dont think we are busting on you. Watch this guys video and this would be what you want. There are still a lot of guys around who fix these little bombs and I bet you can do some swapping. After that watch Disney's Zootopia. Great cartoon and the story has Judy running around in one. Maybe something like it, but funny!

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03-10-2017 09:44:41

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 Re: Cushman cart project in reply to jeffcat, 03-10-2017 08:47:46  
Well I got the cushman at no cost. So I'm just trying to adapt it to become gas.

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03-10-2017 11:31:08

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 Re: Cushman cart project in reply to 07ketnec, 03-10-2017 09:44:41  
like already mention just get you gas unit. will be cheaper. i have found out that free items end up being most costly.

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03-10-2017 17:22:32

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 Re: Cushman cart project in reply to ztrmowers, 03-10-2017 11:31:08  
I have one and i have an engine from a Honda Big Red three wheeler 5 speed and a reverse. If you can find a set of Popular Mechanics How and Why books from the 60s, there is a how to build your own from scratch. ( I will find the book after while)For reverse the used a starter motor and a hand leaver to engage on a chain drive.

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03-10-2017 17:38:11

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 Re: Cushman cart project in reply to 504, 03-10-2017 17:22:32  
Well I was kinda right,PM, do-it-your-self encyclopedia, copy right was 1968. I cant find the book but I have seen the sets go for $2.00 at yard sales.

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