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Found a great piece of speed equipment today - Turbonique

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by gasheat, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. I was thinking the same thing!

    VERY cool find there! Wild stuff
  2. bgbdlinc
    Joined: Jan 11, 2002
    Posts: 522


    ...a local guy bought one at a garage sale recently (twin Turbonique go-cart) that had been stored for 40 years. It was evil to look at. His research indicated the problem occured when you backed off the throttle.....the fuel accummulation in the spherical housings, used to grenade and blow part or all of the driver's head off.....helmet or not.
  3. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,679

    Larry T

    I thought you just lit 'em off and they were full throttle until you ran out of fuel? Which is REAL scarey on the go-cart with a prop.
    Larry T
  4. alsancle
    Joined: Nov 30, 2005
    Posts: 1,559


    The last one on ebay that was NOS & in the box (the large model) sold for 10k. I'm surprised that 16k wouldn't be enough.
  5. donbatey
    Joined: Sep 14, 2010
    Posts: 46


    Just read the thread about this thing and the company that built it, I couldn't stop laughing- sounds fantastic I really want one!
  6. two488
    Joined: Nov 16, 2010
    Posts: 45


    I saw this cart at a cruise night a couple years ago.

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  7. bgbdlinc
    Joined: Jan 11, 2002
    Posts: 522


    ...that's the one I saw too....
  8. Mopar Jack
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,363

    Mopar Jack

  9. rustednutz
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 1,574

    from tulsa, ok

    I found a website a couple of years ago about a guy building something similar using a turbocharger and a combustion chamber to power an oversized go kart. He had a video where he would use like a leafblower to spin it up before the combustion would take place and keep it running. Don't remember what he used for fuel, but, I don't think it was anything exotic. It was pretty cool.
  10. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,295

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    That is too cool!! What a score!!
  11. Willy301
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,426


    Get the Doc to write you a prescription for an anti depressant :D
  12. An education that could only be found on the HAMB. You'd have to have some fore-knowledge to find those links. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. COOOOOL Find!

  13. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,106

    Rusty O'Toole

    Was everyone bat shit crazy in the sixties.
  14. Xtrom
    Joined: Mar 23, 2010
    Posts: 942

    from Forman, ND

    That thing is stellar!
  15. afaulk
    Joined: Jul 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,189


    Just the thing for the person with EVERYTHING--except a brain LOL. Just sayin, i don't like the idea of having to be at full throttle until it runs out of fuel. I guess ya take some LSD, then smoke a joint to mellow out--then go play on the go carts WTF, over!
  16. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,106

    Rusty O'Toole

    Maybe it went thru the traps at 183, upside down, 4 feet in the air, with the turbojet still blasting?
  17. josh highley
    Joined: Nov 13, 2011
    Posts: 405

    josh highley

    Really cool piece. Nice score
  18. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,762

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Just the ones using mind altering drugs..hmm I guess so then.
  19. tjmercury
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 589


    Sweet piece of antiquated technology! Wish it found me!
  20. Chuck Most
    Joined: May 8, 2009
    Posts: 175

    Chuck Most
    from Saskatoon

    Coolest thing I ever found in a scrap pile was a factory dual-quad Nailhead intake. This pretty much blows that away!
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  22. Shane Spencer
    Joined: Oct 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,157

    Shane Spencer

    turbonique has some wild stuff. i first heard of them with the zach reynolds galaxie and the turbonique " rocket drag axle " pictured above in a different car. wild shit
  23. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,013

    Atwater Mike

    I recall the Chevelle in a Hot Rod magazine article...First run with the Turbonique axle when lit off in low gear immediately over-revved the 396 and blew the engine.
    Not sure what steps were taken after that, but seem to recall they switched over to an automatic tranny.
    That drag axle was ingenius: there was a second pinion gear at the rear of the diff, driving the same ring gear...(must have been Getz!)

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