Golf Cart Plans v2

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 A FTER COMPLETING the main frame,
drive-unit frame and all other work
described in Part I last month, the next step
in construction of the cart is installation of
the batteries. Heavy-duty, 6-volt batteries
rated at 170-amp. hours or better should be
used to assure maximum performance.
Batteries having bolt-on connecting posts
are the best for installation in the cart, as
they allow interconnection of the batteries
with inexpensive “bus bars” of 1/8 x 3/4-in.
aluminum flats, Fig. 19. Screw strips of
3/4 x 3/4-in. hardwood to the floorboard
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around the batteries to keep them in place.
Batteries shown in Fig. 19 are standardsized, grouped in a rectangle and centered
in the cart. If long, narrow batteries are
used, place them four in a row across the
center of the seat space. Weld a frame of
3/4-in. steel angles for a hold-down and secure this frame on two ends by means of
long 5/16-in. bolts passed through the floorboard. This arrangement is similar to that
used to hold the battery in an automobile.
The lower, left-hand detail in Fig. 15 shows
how four 6-volt batteries can be hooked
together for 12 volts, the
detail to the right shows a
24-volt hookup. Note the
6-volt take-off for lights.
If the cart is used on the
street, it will require a
horn and lights as well as
a license. When extra accessories are installed, tap
each unit from a different
battery. This distributes
the electrical drain so that
one battery is not overtaxed. Because the batteries are charged as a
unit, when the other three
were fully charged, the
battery from which all the
accessories were draining
still would not be up to
standard.
Next, it is necessary to
determine the method to
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