These are some of my prone position wheelchairs that I call carts. Some are 3 wheelers and the others are 4 wheelers. I invented the first prone position wheelchair out of necessity. A spinal cord injury does not allow me to place vertical pressure on my spine for more than a few minutes. The first one was butt ugly and people stared at me with unpleasant looks so I decided I needed one that was fun. They all have stereo systems, LED lights, and urinals on-board. Since 2011, I have built 6 of them.
This is my latest cart wheelchair. I still another 100 or so hours to finish it. The chassis is all aluminum...mostly made from old fuel tanks and tool boxes. Nothing on my carts is new except the mattress material and stereo head units. It's my everyday wheelchair. I usually put about 10 to 20 miles a week on it.
The Light Sled has a 200 watt amplifier for the sound system. There are two 150 watt box speakers set under the rear. The steel front A-Frame suspension I custom made to fit the aluminum chassis. The rear mono-shock suspension I made from recycled materials as well...it uses a 1970's Yamaha scooter coil over shock for the mono-shock rear-end.
The Light Sled has over 100 LEDs. It has 10 watt front headlights that light up the road at night. The side flames are backlit with LED strips of red and orange to create a fire glow. The side LEDs are embedded in polymer to make a 3D light effect.
Since it's electric and makes no noise moving without the music playing, the LEDs make it look pretty strange floating down a dark road at night.
This is the Shark Cart. It is about 7 feet long and made of aluminum. The inside has a stereo, video, cooler with a flip out bar top, and a urinal for convenience. The upholstery is blue leather. The steering handle bar is a big stainless steel hook with my aluminum flying fish mounted on top.
The lid opens along the jaw line so I can slide in and out.
The rear of the Shark Cart has polished flames and LED lights that rotate at night to look like rocket flames...helps to keep people from running over me.
Two large marine deep cycle batteries are located under the mattress which powers the cart for about 20 miles.
This is what I look like when I'm on the cart riding down the road. The doghouse opening is where I carry my stuff. I also tie boxes on the surfboard roof when I need to carry bigger things. The wheelie bars on the back keep it from flipping over backwards on a steep grade.
Here's what it looks like when I'm not on it. The entire cart is aluminum. I weld with DC stick, not TIG because I don't have a TIG welder. Welding aluminum with a stick welder takes a lot of practice. I like big polished bead work so the stick works well for that when you get used to the way different grades of aluminum burns.
The surfboard rack is lined across the front with polished aluminum sharks teeth.
The "shin fin" on the back that holds my legs up is hinged so when I'm in a tight space I can lift it to make a turn through doorways or whatever. The stereo is located just above the door below the mattress. I have learned to operate them by feel of the buttons so I don't have to look at the face. The 14" box speakers are mounted in the rear.
The Blaster was built to be a low center of gravity cart for speed and handling. By speed, I mean 12mph which seems slow compared to other things, but when you are heading into traffic face first.. I would like to build one that would do 20mph for cruising on empty streets, but the horsepower is limited on these 24v transaxles.
This had an old 60's single barrel carb that had been converted to propane by an old guy which looked unusual, so I mounted it on the front of the cart and built around it with aluminum components. The windscreen is actually useful to keep sand out of my eyes when big trucks pass by.