PTV Build Plans


The original Personal Tracked Vehicle that started it all!   More info...




The Personal Tracked Vehicle (PTV) was conceived in 2008 and is the vehicle that started the entire personal tracked vehicle craze; coining the very phrase personal tracked vehicle. This was my first vehicle and my first set of build plans. The PTV features a 13 horsepower engine, along with a chain driven jackshaft and v-belt system that transfers the power independently to each track. The design is simple and economical to build. As designed, it features a top speed of about 12 MPH, but of course you can add your own personal touch. After all, it’s your build! The PTV is capable of turning within its own radius, but not capable of zero-turn, as it has no reverse. To build the PTV, you will need a pipe bender (one can be purchased at Harbor Freight for around a hundred bucks), a welder, reciprocating saw, angle grinder, and drill. Although you should have some mechanical aptitude, the PTV can be a good starter vehicle for people with limited metal-working experience. You may also choose the Bolt-Together Drift Trike if you have limited experience. Expect to spend about $1900 to build your own PTV. Enjoy the slide show and the demonstration video.


  • Uses old truck tires as treads.
  • Designed for off-road use.
  • Welding required to build.
  • Difficulty: Medium


  • Ground Clearance: 14 in
  • Height: 59 in
  • Length: 63 in
  • Propulsion: 13-hp gasoline engine
  • Top Speed: 12 mph
  • Turning Radius: 4 ft
  • Weight: 550 lbs
  • Width: 54 in

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