DIY Jet Kart (1)


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The kart as it was when being run by Ian from a few years ago (2003ish), it had a Lucas CT3201 Gas Turbine Engine fitted and moved at quite a pace. You can click here for more information on it.

The kart just after I picked it up from Ian, the engine and all the electronics have now been removed, time to start again.
This is my home made gas turbine as it currently stands, a brief build of this engine can be found here, I will now strip it down, update some of the components and fit it to the kart chassis. I do not intend to add a reheat just jet as I don't have time.

As pictured you can see I intend to mount the combustion chamber horizontally in an attempt to keep the COG low. The first job is to remove the original engine mounting frame and replace it with my own.
I am happy with the position of the engine as shown above, the supporting frame will now be reinforced and this will also allow spaces to mount all the accessories required to run the engine.

Side on view of the engine position.
To reduce heat transfer from the turbo mounting plate to the supporting frame, spacers have been added so that there is a reduced metal to metal contact surface area.

The oil tank has now become the fuel tank and sits comfortably behind the seat. Brackets were welded on to the kart's frame to facilitate this.
I have decided not to use the automotive fuel pump that was originally in the static engine setup, but a Plessey aircraft fuel priming pump.

The fuel system so far; Tank to the CAV filter, then to the pump and then using single wire hydraulic hose to the HP Cock which is connected to the injector. I have added a Tee and a Presto-Lok type connector at the pumps outlet so that fuel pressure can be monitored.

Now moving swiftly on to the oil system, pictured is the oil filter assembly fitted to the rear/ side of the engine frame, maybe not an ideal location in terms of it's proximity to the hot end, but it does make the plumbing a lot neater.

The oil cooler has now been mounted vertically and the oil flow will be from the bottom upwards, this will avoid air pockets forming in the circuit. A stainless top plate has been added with a protruding section that hopefully will give the oil cooler a small amount of protection from knocks.

Out on a limb with this one as I haven't tested the Plessey pump with a pressurised oil flow, if it struggles or it simply can't handle the viscosity then I will replace the pump with the original one used.

I have designed the oil tank to sit comfortably directly below the turbo to aid oil drainage, RJS Fabrications made this one and I have never seen such craftsmanship - highly recommended.
Mounting holes were drilled and the tank was fitted to the chassis, the tanks return pipe is now connected directly to the turbo using about 3" of 3/4" high temperature oil pipe.
The oil supply pipe is shown at the rear with the oil coming from about 1/8" above the bottom ' Vee' of the tank. I do have concerns about the amount of oil being used and the high temperatures due to a lack of volume, I'm hoping that the oil cooler will do it's job passively, a fan can always be added at a later date if necessary.

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