How to convert an electric car (golf cart) to gasoline?
When my daughter was 10-11 years old I bought her a GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) car to practice her driving skills on (I live in the semi-country). It looks and operates a lot like a golf cart but it's street legal. 72 volts, top speed of 25.
I'd like to use it for running around the neighborhood, but it won't charge any more. It needs a new builtin charging systems plus special batteries, all at a cost of about $2K.
I've attached a pic, which may not help much. It has a tilt hood, and there is room there for a 20 hp gas engine, It's front wheel drive now.
I'm not willing to spend the $2k, since it'll eventually need new batteries ($1200). Any ideas on putting in a gasoline engine?
A lot depends on how fast, how much money, and how much effort you want to spend.
I'm assuming it is front wheel drive from the picture. If so, then you could roam the junkyards and find any small engine front wheel drive car and obtain as much of the front suspension, engine, and transaxle as you can get. Even a 3 cylinder Geo Spectrum (I think that is what they were) should power that to speeds more than most would want to go.
find something cheap, fab what you need to tie the two together, and hang on.
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You could go the motorcycle route. Most older bikes are cheap and you could fab some sort of front axle to the chain drive.