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The Shore Goat Cart
Instructions and step by step guideline to building a lightweight single goat cart.
Written instructions & drawings by Steve Shore, step by step instructions by Mike Korhonen.
To make this cart you need some wheels (I used 20 inch bicycle wheels but any will work as long as you adjust to fit the dimensions), 1/2 and 3/4 inch electrical conduit, bender for each and either an oxy-acetylene torch or wire feed welder.
Bend a U as in Fig. 1 out of 3/4 inch conduit. (hint-- start in middle of length for bends). After cutting the legs to length, flatten the ends of the legs 2 inches, center punch and drill a 7/16 hole in each leg. Cut flatten and drill 2 more pieces of 3/4 inch conduit, trim the unflattened end so that all holes will line up if you insert a rod through them. This will keep your wheels straight.. Cut a piece of 1/2 inch conduit to go between the two legs to act as a stiffener and weld everything up making sure your wheels will fit between the two outside pieces.
Next make two shafts by sliding a piece of 1/2 inch conduit inside a piece of 3/4 inch and bend into a Z shape. (double strength needed for shafts). Lay shafts on floor and weld the piece that looks like Fig 1 perpendicular to the shafts. Weld a piece of 3/4 inch on the shafts 8 inches away the Fig A piece. Now bend another 3/4 into a U and weld it on to the opposite side, this will make you seat.Turn the whole thing back over and bend a 3/4 U to fit over the shafts about 2 feet in front of your axles (fig 2), Now bend the legs of this U back so that it looks like Fig 3 and weld to point B on Fig 1. Cut some 1/2 inch to fit between the pieces you just made to act as a floor and dash or use a piece of sheet metal (Fig 3). If you want bend a U to make a rail to go around the back of your seat. Weld some 1/2 inch conduit braces to the shafts, Fig 2. Mount a single tree made from 3/4 inch on the bottom 2nd or 3rd horizontal piece of your dash. Cut 2 pieces of 1/2 inch rebar or round bar about 2 feet long and drive down each shaft as far as it will go…keeps shafts from bending. Drill a hole in your shafts to install a 1/4 inch eye bold to attach your breaching to. Cut the ends off the shafts to fit your goat and put cane or rubber tips on the shaft ends.
Next are the two MOST important things: Mount the wheels to your cart and weld a piece of 1/2 inch conduit right in front of the wheels and make sure it sticks out just to the outside edge of the wheels. Weld a piece of 1/4 x 2 flat bar onto a bar to make a scrub brake. Bend another piece of round bar into an L and weld it on the back of the flat bar to make a break peddle. ( a run away cart ride into a tree or fence make brakes a must) The second most important thing is to weld a piece of 1 inch conduit 8 inches long onto one of the shafts of your dash to hold your buggy whip. The whip is for the neighborhood dogs not your goats.
Step by Step instructions:
* BEND 3/4" conduit into U 3'8" between legs 1'4" high.
* Cut 2-- 3/4" conduit pieces 1'4" long.
* Flatten U piece ends and one end of each straight piece 2".
* Drill holes for axles in flattened ends.
* Trim and fit straight pieces to align axles.
* Weld straight pieces to U allowing for wheel hub width.
* Cut a piece of 1/2" conduit to fit between step 2 pieces.
* Weld 4" up from end. Point B
* Insert 1/2" conduit into 3/4" conduit to make two shafts.
* Bend shafts allowing 2'4" minimum for goat and attach at step 2 junction with U
* Weld shafts to U assembly.
* Weld a 3/4" conduit piece between shafts 8" forward of U assembly.
* Bend and weld 8" seat rear back piece behind U assembly.
* Bend 3/4" conduit piece to fit over shafts 2" in front of axles.
* Add bends to step 14 piece to allow attaching at step 8 position.
* Weld at shafts and step 8 position.
* Cut 5--1/2" conduit pieces to fit between step 15 pieces.
* Weld in place to provide foot support and dash.
* Bend 3/4" conduit to make seat back.
* Weld step 19 piece in place.
* Cut and weld 1/2" conduit shaft braces. Fig 2
* Cut 3/4" conduit for single tree. Mount single tree 18-24 inches OFF ground, Single tree in photos is mounted to low---it has been changed but new photo unavailable.
* Drill and bolt to appropriate step 18 piece.
* Cut 2--1/2" rebar two feet long.
* Drive into shaft ends for stiffeners.
* Drill and install 1/4" eye bolt in shafts for breaching attachment approximately 2' ahead of step 14 piece.
* Cut shafts to fit goat cover raw ends.
* Mount wheels.
* Weld 1/2' conduit on step 14 piece, fit to just inside of wheel.
* Slide 1/2" bar through conduit, extend to outside of wheel.
* Weld flat 1/4 x 2" flat bar to step 30.
* Bend "L" in round bar and weld to back of step 31 flat.
* Weld 8" piece of conduit on right shaft to hold whip.
Above Drawing Figure 1-------photo shows figure 1 "U" piece and steps 1-8 as should appear on finished cart. ----You can see the single tree of steps 22-23.
Below Drawing figure 2----Photo shows shaft assembly and bracing as well as seat in steps 9-12.
Figure 3 above and photo shows step 14-20 as appears on finished cart....again notice Single tree---also recall in instructions above that the single tree is mounted to low in photo.
A close-up of the break assembly ---how single tree is attached to goat and pivots as goat pulls.
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Last revised: June 12, 2006