We are really excited about this project! We have been wanting to do a stretched Club Car Precedent for quite sometime now.
We decided enough was enough and it was time to get one underway. When our long awaited 2012 Club Care Precedent demo finally rolled in we couldn’t wait to get going on it.
Since these stretches are so darn cool, we decided that we wanted to be able to turn any Club Car Precedent into a stretch and not have to wait for a factory one or a factory kit.
So we decided to build another stretch cart but SC Carts style.
If your the fabricator type you will really appreciate this build!
Here is the 2012 Club Car Precedent factory demo cart.
The electric limo is in the shop and ready to be disassembled.
Upholstery and roof off, and this Club Car is coming apart quickly.
2012 battery pack and factory motor.
We have removed the underbody and seat frames.
Here you can see the Precedent rocker panels are removed.
We removed the Club Car rubber mats.
Here you can see the floor pan has been removed and we are left with the under floor supports. Out of the shop it goes and off to be pressure washed.
With the factory stretch disassembled, it was time to start on the SC Carts stretch frame. Here you can see a factory Club Car Precedent frame, it has no idea whats coming! We have made our marks and it’s ready to be cut.
Here we are shearing our frame splices.
Now that the Club Car frame splices are cut to width its time to cut them to length.
Here are our 4 frame splices sheets.
With the shearing complete it was time to start forming the sheet.
The hydraulic press brake makes light work of this job.
Here you see our 4 formed channels for our stretched Precedent frame modification. We weighed out many different options for this task and we felt this way to be the very best, and strongest method.
Next it was time to cut the factory Club Car frame. Everything we do from here on out with the frame is extremely critical. You can see we used our digital level to ensure everything was perfect level.
First cut to the frame done!
We cut the second frame the exact same way. Then it was time to take our frame and our frame extension material and get them clamped into our frame splice channels.
With a bit of back and forth TIG welding to ensure nothing pulled we completed the first splice.
It is vital to clamp your project, especially when welding aluminum. You can see that the extra time has paid off and we have a perfectly straight rail!
We now moved on to the second part of the Club Car frame stretch. Again notice all of our clamps. Aluminum will move around like a flag in the wind if you do not clamp and weld correctly.
Again throughout this entire process we are always clamping and using our digital level to ensure this Club Car Precedent frame will come out straight.
Here you can really see the difference between the factory Club Car frame and a Stretched Club Car frame.
Here they are! Both Precedent frame rails welded and ready for the SC Carts stretch build.
Here it is on the work table with the rear cross member installed and the front support installed.
You can see how straight these frame rails are and they are extremely solid. By using the splice method we did this frame will be the strongest part of the entire cart!
Because we plan on building many more of these SC Carts Stretch carts we have decided to 3d model the parts in our Solidworks software and then blueprint them to ensure we get perfect parts each time. Here you can see one of the frame rail extensions.
Again, to ensure accuracy when building our SC Carts Stretches we have 3D modeled the splice channels.
Well as you can see we are just getting warmed up with these builds so come back next week and see what we get up to!
Feel free to contact us with any questions about these builds or any of our projects!