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Project Information

Wood And Materials Used
cedar, pine, oak
Tools Used
CNC
Location
Florida
Ford Bronco "woody" golf cart.

I picked up a 1980s Ez-Go golf cart with a hideous homemade body on it. I wanted to do something different with it, and settled on a Ford Bronco style body due to its style and details.

The body is cedar 2" lumber glued up into panels. Grill is pine; floorboards oak.
My Carvewright CNC machine is limited to 14" wide, so the side body panels were machined in 12" wide sections and glued together. All of the design was done using Carvewright Designer software. I used lots of Bronco photos and a plastic model kit to examine to make the design.
The mechanicals were refurbished and new shocks, brakes, brake cable, steering box, and a few other parts installed. All new electrical wiring was installed. I added headlights and tail lights with working parking lights, turn signals, brake lights, and emergency flashers. The mini dash panel is temporary while I decide on the final design.







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This is so awesome! What a fun project.
 

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that is a real eye catcher... Great project.
 

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Just awesome, incredible...beyond any comparison!!
 

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Minwax Polyurethane Spar varnish.
You probably already know, but polyurethane spar varnish finishes will not stand up to the UV rays in sunlight. It will be OK as long as it does not sit in the sun for prolonged periods.
 

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I might show my granddaughter this, but then again, she'll want me to make her one. Great Job.

Gary
 

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This is amazing! From the idea to the finishing details, so great!
 

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That is very cool, sounds like a fun project. With the added weight, how do the battery's hold up and do they have enough power.
 

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You probably already know, but polyurethane spar varnish finishes will not stand up to the UV rays in sunlight. It will be OK as long as it does not sit in the sun for prolonged periods.
This:

MINWAX® INDOOR/OUTDOOR HELMSMAN® SPAR URETHANE

Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane is specially formulated as a protective clear finish for exterior or interior wood exposed to sunlight, water, or temperature changes.
  • Contains UV blockers to reduce the sun's graying and fading effects
  • Forms a protective barrier against rain and moisture
  • Special oils allow the finish to expand and contract with the wood as seasons and temperatures change
  • Ideal for use on doors, windows, trim, bathroom cabinets, bar tops, kitchen countertops, outdoor furniture
 

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That is very cool, sounds like a fun project. With the added weight, how do the battery's hold up and do they have enough power.
It's not as heavy as it might seem - about 125 lbs. The cart could handle 4 people; I have seats for just two.
 

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Very creative. I love it!
 

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I like it, thanks. Can you get on the motorway?
 

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This:

MINWAX® INDOOR/OUTDOOR HELMSMAN® SPAR URETHANE

Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane is specially formulated as a protective clear finish for exterior or interior wood exposed to sunlight, water, or temperature changes.
  • Contains UV blockers to reduce the sun's graying and fading effects
  • Forms a protective barrier against rain and moisture
  • Special oils allow the finish to expand and contract with the wood as seasons and temperatures change
  • Ideal for use on doors, windows, trim, bathroom cabinets, bar tops, kitchen countertops, outdoor furniture
That's what they claim but I have used it and know others who have used it and for outdoor furniture that stays in the sun, the finish will fail after two years if not sooner. It will crack, bubble and finally peel. Manufacturers of all brands (I am not just picking on Minwax) have not found a way to put enough UV inhibitors into a clear topcoat type finish to protect from the sun's UV rays.

My neighbor built a new redwood deck a few years ago and finished it with Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane. I warned him that the finish would not withstand the sun's UV rays. He repeated the claims on the can and said it was formulated for outdoor use in the sun. By the end of the second summer it was cracked and bubbling. After the third summer it was a peeling disaster.

For my next outdoor furniture project I will try Waterlux Marine finish, which does not sit on top of the wood like urethane finishes. Even this product will only last two years; however it will not crack or peel like urethane so to refinish you won't have to strip the old finish and re-sand:

Since you are in Florida, I suggest that you go to a large marina where there are sailboats that have a lot of teak, mahogany or other woods. Take a look at the finish on the woodwork and I bet that most of them will have cracking, peeling finishes. I have talked to boat owners at ports on the Oregon coast and they have told me that their only solution is to completely refinish the woodwork every two or three years. What a lot of work!
 

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It's garaged and only in the sun when I use it, so I'm not concerned.
 

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It's garaged and only in the sun when I use it, so I'm not concerned.
I was gonna say…Moot point! No way would someone create such an amazing project and not keep it protected! I’m sure the finish will be good for years to come.
Nicely done!
 

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I made this dash panel 13 years ago - still good.
 
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