Commutamatic III
development log, part one

in which an E-Z-GO golf car is radically changed

last updated 10/20/00

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I chopped it up, but it's not going to be needed. This Honda CB650 is probably not going to be part of the vehicle after all.

The Acton/Boxborough trainer's golf car. This E-Z-GO, originally from the Blue Hill Golf Course (I found pencils and tees when I took it apart), came from one of my favorite parts sources: Rich's Auto Parts. Go team.

Seat and bodywork off first. It's a solid sheet-metal machine. No rust, solid steering components, etc.

Off with its front! With the front wheels sawn off, it is sort of out-of-balance. Note, too, the new tires. They are 5.7" x 8" tires, with a high load range. The motor, differential, rear axle, and brakes are all fine. This part of the golf car will be the middle of the Trimaxion.

Safety counts. 2" square tubing froms end- and side-impact protection. This is the view from the back; note the three channels for the batteries. Frame rigidity is an important part of handling, not to mention safety.

Roll cage begun. It will strengthen the backbone and provide rollover safety. It will feel different with 12 batteries each weighing 70 lbs, but I don't think it will flex much. Unlike the Maxion, this trike has plenty of room for a passenger.

Rear wheel in place! The rear wheel came from the front end of another golf car. Thanks again, Rich's. The back wheel here is 4" x 8" and not the 5.7" x 8" that it will be or that the other two wheels are. The steering section is a module; in case the steering doesn't work out, I just yank it.

In short order, I was ready for a test drive. Off to Chapter Two.

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