Briggs & Stratton Midget Mobile

The school holidays are fast creeping up and are almost upon us. This means there will be children and teens looking for things to do, and the best things will be those that are creative and that involve as little computer time as possible. So this 1925 Briggs & Stratton Midget Mobile is not just an auction item coming up for sale by Mecum Auctions over 10th-11th June 2016, this is a potential inspiration for young people and parents as a summer fun project.

What could be better than a soap box billy cart? A soap box billy cart with an engine.

What could be better than a soap box billy cart? A soap box billy cart with an engine.

This Briggs & Stratton Midget Mobile motorized cart from 1925 can be found on the Mecum Auctions web site if you click here.

But you don’t need to be heading off to a high powered auction to have your very own “midget mobile”, you can build your own. The design is pretty easy to construct and could use many sorts of small engine such as from an old chainsaw or mower. It would even be possible to rig one up with solar panels and an electric motor.

Just think of the design and construction possibilities.

Just think of the design and construction possibilities.

This project does not need to be limited to just building one however. A neighbourhood youth club or church youth group could organize members to build and show their “midget mobiles” and competitions could be organized such as “how far can you go on a liter of fuel?”, “Best build quality”, “Most imaginative (everybody might get a prize!), “Most reliable” (goes for the longest distance before breaking down)etc.

Chassis, steering and suspension do not require "rocket science" engineering.

Chassis, steering and suspension do not require “rocket science” engineering.

So here is a “sanity saver” inspiration for young people, parents, guardians and youth group leaders. You could start with a scavenger hunt, design fest, and the engineering. This project could help make this the best summer vacation ever!

The 1925 Briggs & Stratton Midget Mobile comes with easy to follow instructions. If you create your own you can create your own instructions.

The 1925 Briggs & Stratton Midget Mobile comes with easy to follow instructions. If you create your own you can create your own instructions.

(All pictures courtesy Mecum Auctions)

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