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Old 07-21-2013, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Putt-Nik Go-kart

Any body know any thing about Putt-Nik go-karts I pick one up today looks like the Leo but its hard to tell from the add I borrowed I'll get some pics posted as soon as I unload it
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Ok here are the pics



Live axel with dual brakes and a H60, I don't know if it runs but I turns over a has compression


You have just got to love this kill switch if you cant tell its a light switch
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couldn't tell ya anything about it,but it's cool
bet the grandkids will dig it.
try vintage karts .com,lots of knowledge on there
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Thanks Todd The only thing I know is the guys dad got it from a Kart rental track when it closed and it had 2 Westbend motors on it and they are long gone I didn't find much online sofar but I did find a post here where the guy was saying he needed 2 700v5's for his Putt-Nik Super Leo
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Try to post something on here. Vintage Karts Forums Steve Miller is a member and he knows a ton about the old carts. He is a good guy too and lives pretty close to me. Within the last week he was picking a Put-Nick or two. Hope that helps.
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My first Kart was a Putt Nik I got it at a yard sale ($20.00) had twin mac's could never get them running I put a 4 stroke on it....
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Good Morning Mr. Papa,

Your pictured kart is an early 1960 Putt Nik Leo. There were at least three variations of the Leo. The earliest one had a much smaller OD enclosed rear axle tube. Pretty soon, Cummings Enterprises, who built the karts in Washington, GA (West of Augusta) enlarged the rear tube so that it could be fabricated from a single piece of tubing. "Just chuck it in the lathe and bore out the bearing pockets." The final version of the Leo was refered to as the Super Leo and was longer and wider than your kart.

The greatest number of the surviving Putt Niks most recently rescued and restored have been located in the NE. I have 14 in my collection. Three have been restored, two Leo's, one small tube and one large tube and one 1961 Phantom. 1961 was the last year of offical kart production. The manufacturing facility went through several owners ending up under the banner of Brown Electric and Manufacturing and all kart manufacturing (unofficial) came to a hault in 1974. Troy Brown, the last builder and company owner retired in 1996, selling off most of his equipment and sending the jigs and fixtures for kart production to the scrap yard. (How was he to know we would be so interested in these today?).

Additionally Putt Nik manufactured a mini bike known as a "Skoot Nik" but I have never crossed paths with one. In late 1961 the factory also built a production run of approximately fifty golf carts under the name of.........you guessed it. It's claim to fame was it had a two stroke engine that could be cranked backwards for reversing and three wheels.

In 2012 I inherited the Putt Nik banner from Troy Brown. I have become the brand's self appointed historian, appreciation promoter, as well as chief rescue and restoration junkie.

Currently I have both a Super Leo and a 1961 Demon (the ultimate racing Putt Nik) in restoration in my basement.

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Why cant I find gems like this one . nice score
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Welcome Putnickdude : With a first post like that it looks like you might find a new place to hang out and with a big collection of vintage Karts there must be a lot of good advice and knowledge that you could share.
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Thanks for the kind words Steve. My cousin, a home room classmate and my next door neighbor all had Putt Niks in 1960. I built my "kart" out of a Red Cap reel mower. I pined for a real go kart for years..........

One day five years back, while heading for work, I drove by a lady setting up for a yard sale and after backing up to see what all that rusty mess was, for $25 I was back in karting. My wife looked at that mess and asked what I planned on doing with it. Having to think on the fly, I informed her that we could fix the "live axle one" and keep it at the house for the grandkids, and send the other one to Savannah where it's flat and the drive setup would not matter all that much.

Then.............I started hunting for a Putt Nik. Finally came across what was left of one in Safety Harbor Florida and drove down to rescue it. (Leo #1). Well now there are 21 karts (mostly rust buckets) at my house including 14 Putt Niks looking for love. To date, I have restored eight of them and am having a blast going to Vintage Kart events and sneaking into local parking garages and making a smoking mess. Yep, I am a bad boy.

Mrs Pnd and myself just returned to Big A from a short jaunt to Avon, NY to hang out with my vintage karting buddies and we shot some pix of the current "Putt Nik Racing Team" while we were there. Will try to post it.

Anybody out there got a Skoot Nik?

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