|This is an early 1960's McCulloch
GoKart which was purchased brand new by my grandfather. He and
my father raced the kart locally in Tremont, Illinois at
that time, and from what I understand, they did pretty well
with it. I remember when I was a kid, we had a box of karting trophies stored away in the attic. I think they are
long gone although I would love to have them.
I remember riding this kart when I was a kid some 40 years
ago. At that time it had both MC-20 engines still mounted,
only one of which ran. I do however, have memory of my
father running this kart with both engines
operating and it was insanely fast. I was probably only 5 or
6 at the time, so maybe it just seamed that fast.
Nonetheless, I know it ran very well at one time.
I have always had interest in the kart, and we have had a
few people in the past make offers on it, so I knew that it was
worth hanging onto. I am thankful that we
still have it.
||Recently I have started to look
around the web to see what I could find out about it. I have
just gotten started in my research so I am not very well
informed at all. I decided I would just get some pictures
uploaded and then start reading the forums and anything
else I can find. Judging by what I have seen in the forums,
there are plenty of veterans that are willing to share their
I am open to anything that you want to share about these
karts. When and if we do decide to restore it, I want to be
well informed so that I can do it properly. For now we are
just going to take inventory of what we have left of it and
determine if we can locate the parts we will need. I know it
needs a lot of work, but I think it is a kart that is worthy
of the effort, but like I say I am inexperienced and that is
just a guess.
The passenger side
of the frame looks bent to me where it extends to the
spindle. Two things may have caused that. As a kid I hit
something in the yard that put me about 2 foot in the air in this
thing. But what I think might have done it is my younger
brother mixing up the brake and accelerator and running it
into the side of the garage. Maybe a combination of both
incidents did it...
||As you can see, it has another engine
installed presently which is an alky burner. I think my
brother had this done 3 or 4 years ago. It makes me ill that
he did that, but it is what it is. Of course that will be
the first thing to go. It does run and is
occasionally ridden. My father has a good sized parking lot
at his business but I don't think it is large enough to
really wind it up.
It doesn't look to me that the frame was cut for the
install. The rear axle was swapped out with something else
and I am not sure if we have the original axle or not.
The engine without the carb hasn't ran in years. I did turn
the crank and it does move freely and seems to have some
compression. The other engine was the most recent engine to
run. I am not sure if it was in running condition when my
brother had it replaced. At any rate, they both need to be
rebuilt if parts are available. I remember putting on those
STP stickers when I was a kid.
Below are pictures of the parts that we have been able to
round up so far. I am sure we are missing a lot. Right off
the bat we can't account for one of the wheels. Two are on
it and one in these pictures. Maybe we can turn it up
||So for now I just intend to learn as
much about these old McCulloch karts as I can. We'll get
what parts we have all cleaned up and we'll see what we have
to work with. Maybe someday in the not so distant future
we'll tackle a restoration on this thing. Hopefully it will
be sooner than later.
been thrilled to see that there is a vintage karting
community. I see that there is even a group in Springfield
Illinois, which is only 60 miles from my location.
I don't know if this would be considered a survivor kart or
not, but it did survive four generations of my family. So I guess in my mind, it is somewhat of a survivor!
Please send any comments or
information that you are willing to share to me at;
I'm just wondering if this kart is worth a restoration.