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A Brief History of Other Old Carts
In this catalog you will find parts for various other old carts not listed under our other categories. These include Davis, Jacobsen, Otis, Noland, Hyundai, and others. You will find parts listed for Nordskog and Legend in the Marketeer/Westinghouse catalog as these companies were in the lineage of the history of these companies as they were bought out.
From left to right the carts pitured above are: Turf Rider IV, Motorette, Davis 500, Walker Executive, Elektro, Electric Shopper, Westmont, Hoffman, Tripcoe Tee Birdie, Allis Chalmers, and Capri.
The cart in the upper left is a Turf Rider IV manufactured by Ride Around Manufacturing of Hawthorne, California. They were made around the early fifties to the mid sixties. They also made a Turf Rider model, VI, VII, and a Del Mar IV and V, and Catalina model as well as an stretched four passenger version called the Newporter. They also made a 1/3 ton industrial cart called a Ram Truck. I have specifications on all of these. The red cart above without a top is a Motorette manufactured by the Motorette Corp. of Buffalo, New York. They started production in 1947 and ceased in the early 1950s. Bob Hope even owned one of these for getting around in. This cart was powered by a 4.1 hp gas engine. It was reported to do up to 39 mph. This is one of the early carts that were to become the predecessor of modern day NEVs (Neighborhood Electric Vehicles) They were used to do local shopping. There were many of these carts running around the streets of Long Beach and Riverside, California in the fifties to mid sixties. They had names like Marketeer, Marketour, Autoette, and Electric Shopper.
The light blue cart in the lower right is an Electric Shopper. These looked very similar to the Autoette. These carts were legislated off the roads in the mid nineteen sixties with the formation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission.
The red golf cart above with the white top and seats is a Walker. They were first manufactured by Walker Manufacturing of Fowler, Kansas in 1957. In 1963 they sold the company to JATO of Salinas, Kansas. Walker Manufacturing is still in business making lawn mowers. You can read a bit more about the Walker golf cart here.
Westcoaster/OTIS S-71 HISTORY
Researched and written by Jim Kaness
The Otis S-71 golf cart was produced between 1970 and 1976 by Westcoaster, a subsidiary of Otis Elevator Company, and may be branded either “Otis” or “Westcoaster”. The cream with red trim four wheeler on the top row is an Otis. In 1970 Otis Elevator Company acquired West Coast Machinery Company of Stockton, CA (renamed Westcoaster Company) who manufactured a full line of electric and gasoline powered vehicles for use off the public roads- on airports, factories, farms, ranches and golf courses. In 1976 Otis sold the Westcoaster / Otis product line to EVA-Chloride, who was then engaged in development of electric vehicles for highway use. In 2005 many of these S-71 golf carts are still in use. Here is a link to a free copy of an Otis service manual that Jim has created through his own research: http://www.jimkaness.com/engineering/s71.pdf
Autoette, A Short History, information provided by Barry Seevers and Larry Fisher
The Autoette was first manufactured in 1947 in Long Beach, California (USA) by Royce Seevers. Royce created a network of dealers that stretched as far as east as Florida. The company was later sold to Blood Sales Co for a short time before being resold to Wayne Manufacturing Co; a street sweeping company who moved the operation to Pomona, California. After some legal problems, the Autoette was then sold back to the Seevers family, lock stock and barrel in 1958. From then until 1970, they controlled manufacturing, distribution and sales of Autoette vehicles. The Autoette vehicles were electric cars that came in a number of forms that range from pickup trucks (that could carry up to 1/4 of a ton), cars, and golf mobiles. Ranging from 2 - 4 seats, the Autoette had tiller steering and was powered by an electric motor which drew its power from large 24 volt batteries. Production ceased in the 1970s. To view images of many Autoettes as well as pictures of Tridents, Marketeers, Marketours, Mobilettes, Electra Kings, Sports Riders, Electric Shoppers, etc., etc., etc., click here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/autoette/ Also check out the Autoette Blog page by Larry Fisher. It contains lots of old photos and ads. click here: http://autoette.blogspot.com/
Westmont Golf Buggie, A Short History, researched by Faron Hermanson
The Westmont Golf Buggie was built in Madison Wisconsin from 1959 to 1963 by George Westmont. Note the red cart above with the steering wheel and totally green grass background. This cart was totally restored by Mr. Hermanson. There will be more information and pictures coming up in our Museum Gallery. George Westmont was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served in both WW2 and the Korean War. George was primarily a manufacturer of oil and gas burners for the oilfield. He also built Yardman lawn tractors and mowers, and later Moto-Ski snowmobiles. They built golf buggies in the summer when it was slow, to balance the work load for his employees. He died in 2003 at the age of 82. These carts were very unique. They came in different colors chosen by the customers. There were several different engines and a couple of different transmissions. The first ones, like Mr. Hermansons, had an 8hp Kohler engine, later ones had an inline 4 cylinder Continental water cooled engine, and some had OMC overhead valve 4 stroke engines. All these carts have a few features unlike any other carts. First, they had a 3 speed Borg Warner transmission with a cast aluminum shifter housing under the seat. Next, another cast aluminum shift pattern plate on the floor towards the front with the words Hill, Rev, Golf, and Road right in the casting. Also it had a very unique cast aluminum gas pedal, only one pedal. You push it forward for throttle, and rock it backwards for braking. The rear end housing is bolted directly to the frame, using only the tall sidewall tires for rear suspension. It has a springer arrangement on the front fork. The rear end housing has the pinion facing backwards and a cast pulley that runs straight off the pinion with a brake drum machined inside it. It has brake pads on a backing plate and master cylinder that hooks to the throttle/brake linkage. A centrifugal clutch off the engine drives a belt that turns the input shaft on the transmission, then another belt drive out the rear of the transmission to the rear end. The rear end gear ratio is 5:17, and it has 3 forward gears. The body on the later ones was slightly different. The front was rounded like the early models but came to a point in the front. NOTE: Much of the information for this history was obtained from George Westmonts son, Jack, who worked at the factory from when he was 14 years old to 20 years of age.
Tripcoe TeeBirdie/Flagmaster, A Short History, researched by Roderick Wilde with Flagmaster info by Jeff Huber, son of the founder.
The Tripcoe Tee Birdie was built in the 1960s in Austin Texas at 210 Industrial Way by the Tri Powered Corporation. It came in both a gasoline version and an electric version. The gasoline cart came with a 7 hp Kohler engine model 161S. The electric version had a 36 volt system with a 1-1/2 hp GE electric motor. It came in three colors, Jade, Fawn Tan, and Carousel Red. The following is a quote from a sales brochure: "HERES HOW THE TEEBIRDIE CAME INTO BEING: TeeBirdie is the result of a long-time determination by veteran car designer and manufacturer Bill Bales to lay aside all the old concepts and to produce a car new from the ground up and second to none in overall quality. Drawing on years of experience gained in all phases of design, production, and sales, Bales and his team of experts carefully analyzed the shortcomings of the standard golf car, and then set out to eliminate these weaknesses from TeeBirdie.......".Here is a great photo sequence of a Tripcoe Tee Birdie restoration and customization:http://ces-eng.net/TeeBirdie/Tripco_TeeBirdie.html
Flagmaster was created by Keith Huber in the 60s after the T-Birdie Golf Cart Manufacturing plant in Glava, IL closed. He purchased the parts left and started building them under his Flagmaster name which he had created when he built spring loaded flag holders for the old tractors when they didnt have lights. He began designing a 4-wheel electric golf cart in the early 70s and was the first to come up with a smooth accelerating electric cart which later caused the company to fall mostly due to the failure of several bad electronic controllers from the supplier that caused run-away or fire. Keith Huber became very successful competing with E-Z-GO and Club Car at the time. He opened another manufacturing site in Springfield, IL and invented the Expeditor which was an electric driven chair-style unit for factories. Gold was the typical color of most carts he built. Keith died in 2008. It sure is cool to see that old cart in that good of shape as there are very few left. I probably rode that cart as a child. The FM logo in your other picture was designed by my Mom and was later updated to a more squared off version when he started building in Springfield. A long while after the company fell, one of Keiths Mechanics nicknamed "Pancake" kept going with repair and parts up to about 1980. Since then, I dont know of any source for parts. However, he used standard Kohler engines which are easy to find and or replace. The old Flagmaster manufacturing plant is on route 34, about 3mi west of Galva. Its a group of buildings behind the old farm house on the south side of the Hwy. Note the gold four wheel cart in the upper group, middle right. This is a four wheel FM Flagmaster circa 1977.