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Did you say Roadkill? Been there, done that.
Did you say Roadkill? Been there, done that.
As many of our fans, customers, and general auto enthusiasts know. The online show “Roadkill” did something interesting several years back. In 2010 the cast and crew of Roadkill purchased an old and tired C4 Corvette with the intention of stripping off all of the body panels to create a weight saving track kart. This is an interesting idea and went viral on the internet. We here at Cleveland Power and Performance were a bit shocked at just how much the Roadkill Vette craze grew. Here at the Power and Performance facility, we are used to seeing Corvettes (and other late model high performance cars) stripped down to the bare essentials. We have been selling our donor and go-karts for nearly 10 years!
And not only were we doing Corvettes (mind you that the ones we were doing were C5’s and C6’s… not C4’s) but we are also doing full four door vehicles and high performance SUV’s. In reality, our intentions are a bit different that the ones behind the Roadkill C4. We were/are stripping are cars down to provide restomodders, hot-rodders, and custom builders with a complete running and driving chassis for their project. I am most certain, however, that many of our customers had fun in their go karts before beginning their builds.
It seems that every time we put a picture of one of our donors or go karts on social media, we are bombarded with “Roadkill” comments. I would just like to say, on the record, that much like the moon landing, mars exploration expedition, and destruction of the original Death Star, we were there first! Of course, we here at Power and Performance did none of those interstellar activities, but I am sure you get my point.
With all of that being said, to all of Roadkill fans out there we get it. They did one C4 go kart 5 years ago. We understand that it was cool and all, but please remember who was there first!
Check out some of our favorite donors over the years…
We continue to see our donors and gokarts pop up all across the internet, weather it be on a blog site, forum, or facebook page. Check out some examples of our 15 seconds of go kart fame..
Name a late model high performance domestic vehicle and chances are that we have offered it as a donor vehicle. If there is a specific vehicle that you think will work in your project, please don’t hesitate to give us a call to see if we can make it happen!
1999 Corvette Run and Drive Donor Go Kart
As many of you out there already know, we here at Cleveland Power and Performance love offer our Corvette drive-lines in a number of unique and interesting ways. Check out this blog to see a 1999 Corvette Run and Drive Donor Go Kart come to life. This donor has 65k miles on it ans features an auto transmission.
Over the years we have done a ton of these Corvette Go Karts and customers all over the world have purchased them for their custom builds. We have seen these donor in everything from kit cars to first gen f-body builds.
These Corvette donors start off as wrecked cars that we bring in from salvage auctions. If the car has minimal or no frame damage than it is the perfect candidate for a donor. Here are some pictures of the 99 Vette as it arrived here at our facility.
When we got the car in we racked it on a lift to inspect the frame and suspension and we drained the fluids to inspect for contamination. All of the fluids checked out good and the frame was in decent shape so we decided to proceed with this Vette as a donor.
The donor/go kart process begins when we pull all of the exterior fiberglass off the car. The idea is to leave the essentials to build a “go fast” car.
On this particular car, a few area needed a little work to bring it up to our standards for sale. The seats were in poor condition and were removed to be rebuilt to insure that all functions worked properly.
Also, the front bumper bar had some dings and dent in it so it was removed and we welded an undamaged on onto the frame in its place.
Once the car has interior has been installed, the fluids have all been freshened up and the car has been clean she is ready for final pictures and to be offered for sale. Here are some pictures of the final product.
This donor is currently available for sale. Please give us a call at 866-236-5031 with any questions or comments.
2005 Dodge Viper Clean Title Run and Drive donor Car
Follow our blog to see this 2005 Dodge Viper Clean Title Run and Drive donor Car come to life. Like we do with all of our builds, we will post start to finish photos of this Dodge Viper go kart.
As you can see from the photos below, we received this viper with damage to several of the body panels. We start our donor builds by removing all of the body panels and accessing the damage to the frame, drive line, and suspension. This Viper came in to us with a clean title that reads as actual mileage. This Viper is a limited production Mamba edition, which included an upgraded interior package.
We put this car on the lift and stripped off of the body panels and removed the interior. At this point we inspect all of the suspension and floor pan areas. We also drain all of the fluids to inspect for contamination.
We noticed that the left hand front rail was pushed over in the accident, so we decided to put this Viper on our frame machine to pull the rail back in to place
We pulled the rail back in to place verified that all of the suspension components lined up and are in place.
Please follow our blog to see the next steps, and the conclusion of this build. This 2005 Dodge Viper Clean Title Run and Drive donor Car will be finished and offered for sale very soon. If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss pricing on this, or any of our other products, please give us a call at 866-236-5031.
2006 Chevy Corvette C6 Automatic Donor
Watch this blog entry to follow a start to finish build on this 2006 Chevy Corvette C6 automatic donor car. When we are finished with this Vette, it will be a fully functional, run and drive go kart which will be the perfect chassis for all sorts of custom builds.
This particular car features an LS2 engine with automatic transmission, black leather interior, complete brake system, fuel system, suspensions and much more. When we build one of our donor cars or “go-karts” we strip away all of the clutter, leaving only the essentials for your build.
Here are some pictures showing what the car looked liked when we received it here in our facility.
We started this build, like we do with nearly all of our Vette donors, by racking it on a lift to see what, if any suspension components need replaced. We spin wheels, check control arms, etc to verify that every part that will be going back on the vehicle is true and straight. If any part needs replaced, we obtain it from our back stock inventory of Corvette parts.
Once we have an inventory on what needs replaced or repaired, we start by removing the body panels. Here are some photos of the Corvette after the first stages of tear-down.
At this point, we inspect the engine and driveline to verify that everything is in good working order. We will also begin to inspect the interior components, power functions.
Please stay tuned to this blog to see the second part of this build, and the conclusion in which wee will offer the completed donor Vette for sale.
If you have any questions on this vehicle, or any of the vehicles we have, please give us a call at 866-236-5031 to discuss.