Aug.3, 2016 The "few hours" became 30 days, but it RUNS! We actually didn't know the condition of the motor and differential before this moment, it was 'dumped' in the back of our truck with a fork-lift. The shop that gave it to us had never seen it run, didn't really remember how or where they got it.
Kent cuts a 16" section from the middle of the cart, then Oxy/Acteylene welds the remaining two pieces back together.
At some point the previous owner had torched off the front of the body. With no old photographs, and nothing available from the German company, it was decided to continue the curve of the frame up and have it doubling back into a round tube. This idea was based on several very early cars in the National Auto Museum (ex Harrah's) in Reno. A good friend and blacksmith, Rick Morehouse, made the extensions and cross frames from a cardboard pattern.Once again Kent White brought his remarkable welding skills to the rescue. Here are some shots of the progress.
Kent White (The Tin Man) explains to Emma why we're swapping out the original top-mounted steering box for a newer axle mounted unit
Micah formed and primered the front pan
Isabel and Nate Mig weld a supporting brace across the tail after removing another 6" just behind the spring hangers.
Sophie cutting off the cart's rear frame horns, which were then turned upside-down and added as body supports at the front of the frame.
Lucian (Emma's dad) and Brian (Bajrang) checking the body length on the newly shortened frame. Next, the body itself will need to be narrowed by about 9 inches, and the steering box and supporting framework removed and discarded.The welding is done by Kent White, one of the most respected metal men in the country. Kent has been involved in every "Team" project, teaching welding, leading and metal manipulation to the Team Sprite, Team Isetta, The Sparky car, and our "I Can Fix That" class.

Sparky was an ongoing elective class and after school project centering around building a horseless carriage "tribute." We started with a wrecked 1993 EZGO electric golf cart and a German made horse-drawn buggy found languishing in an Auburn Calif. field. Class size was limited to two students per semester. Nate and Isabel, ages 14 and 13, made up the 2016 ("Nateabel") Speedster team. You can check out some of their other projects here.

Kuhnle Carriage Manufacturing Co. Germany est. 1786

"Sparky" The Nateabel Electric Speedster Scrapbook

After a crazy two-week push to have the buggy ready for Ananda's 4th of July Parade, Kent and I finely 'threw in the towel' half an hour before staging time, and pushed Sparky onto a trailer. Here are a few shots of the parade with Nate and Isabel behind the wheel. Still a few hours from running, and a few weeks from completion.
There are still a few things that need tidying up, Sparky should be sanded and repainted (we sprayed the car on the morning of the July 4th parade!), LED lighting sorted out, and a few odds and ends that showed up during the four hours of test driving, but school is out for the summer. I'd like to thank Kent White for his invaluable help and countless hours spent on this project. The Cart Barn in Reno for donating the EZGO. Sophie for the original idea and work preformed during the first stages, and thanks to all the kids who worked on Sparky over the last few years; Micah, Dante, Sonny, Kahea, Emma, and, of course, Nate and Isabel.
Thank you to The Cart Barn in Reno Nevada for donating the EZGO.
Coming soon! The 2018 Sparky 2.0, now with 48 volt system and 16 horsepower
Nevada City's 50th Annual Constitution Day Parade Sept.11, 2016