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Old 10-12-2012, 10:45 AM   #29
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That he was just a kid with no money but the imagination to use what they had

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..... used my life savings to purchase a go Kart made by Bug Engineering. Bug was known back in those days to build a quality product. ..........
Not what I read (see quote above).
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:02 AM   #30
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Not what I read (see quote above).
You missed the part that said: "I was 14 years old and used my life savings" Dont know about you Tom but my life savings at 14 wouldnt have bought me a whole lot. LOL
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What I was going to add to that Tom as that its a good bet that the build had different models and to get the one with correctly sealed bearings one probable had to fork out a lot more than a 14 year old had in his savings account... just a guess on my part of course. ;-)
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What I was going to add to that Tom as that its a good bet that the build had different models and to get the one with correctly sealed bearings one probable had to fork out a lot more than a 14 year old had in his savings account... just a guess on my part of course. ;-)

Yea, a sealed bearing costs about a nickle more than an unsealed one.
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Yea, a sealed bearing costs about a nickle more than an unsealed one.
LOL all cost savings Tom. We once had a ferry go through a $35 million dollar upgrade/refit.... but they didnt put in place a 25 cent cotter pin - end result ferry couldnt stop and slams into a very large pleasure boat marine costing millions in damages.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:33 PM   #34
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I'm betting Bob's right on track about static bearings and lube just like the blowout gang is correct about "exercising" tires. Use it or lose it seems to apply to more than muscles and flush toilets. I'm thinking seriously about returning the Chicom bearing sets to Eastern Marine, trading for the Timkens and getting rid of the Ruskies next spring. I'm getting a kit together against the day: bearing packer and a race and seal driver set from Amazon and found a chunk of 1 1/4" bronze shafting in my junk. Anybody think it's necessary to throw the races in the freezer to make setting them easier?

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Old 10-12-2012, 08:52 PM   #35
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My life savings was $149.99! I guess Quality is a reletive term. Some of my friends had go carts made of plywood and lawn mower parts. The Bug wheels were stamped steel in those days, with inner and outer "hats" and a center hub that held the bearing races. The wheels had no provision for grease caps, and didn't even have dust guards. You could look directly at the ends of the rollers in the bearings with the wheels installed on the Kart! The nuts that held the wheels on had no cotter pins, just friction aircraft nuts. I'm lucky to be alive. Nowdays a go kart tire could cost $149.99.
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