How to build a chariot

Written by ethan pendleton
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The chariot was one of the first vehicles introduced by humans. Chariot races grew into a time-honoured source of entertainment for many and a way to display one’s wealth. There are plenty of reasons to build your own chariot today. Maybe you want to recreate your favourite scene from a gladiator movie or just cruise around your neighbourhood in style. Using common parts, you can build a chariot that will carry you anywhere.

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Things you need

  • Wheels
  • An axle
  • Wood or other workable material
  • Power tools
  • Reins

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    You’ll need a cockpit (the place where the rider stands), wheels, a way to propel your chariot and a way to connect your chariot to your propulsion system. A team of horses can propel your chariot like in the ancient days, or you can have friends take the reins and pull you along.

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    You can build your cockpit from wood or use a pre-existing structure, like an old trash barrel. Consider whether you want a big, intimidating chariot or a sleek, fast one. Make up a rough blueprint so you have something to guide you as you build your vehicle.

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    Build the cockpit if you’ve decided to go that route. Select a thick piece of wood for the bottom and ring it on three sides with a waist-height guardrail. Be sure your base and guard are connected tightly. Bolt the pieces together and use brackets as well to ensure your chariot stays together under stress.

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    Bolt an axle to the bottom of your chariot and add the wheels. The wheels should be large; at least a foot in diameter. Spin the wheels a few times to make sure they move freely without coming loose. You’ll also want to add a stand that keeps the chariot upright when not in use. This could just be a thick beam that extends from your chariot at a 45-degree angle.

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    Take your chariot on a shakedown cruise. Attach some reins to whatever will be pulling your chariot along. Be sure that your chariot gives you a solid ride. The chariot should feel like a part of you, and you shouldn’t have to do a lot of work to stay inside and steer. Mobility is also key for a chariot. If you’re not getting the response you want, try attaching smaller wheels.

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