1981 EZ-GO XI875-A "Miami Dolphins" Medical Cart

     This is a 1981 Miami Dolphins EZ-GO Medical Cart. The story, as I understand it is that this golf cart was bought new in 1981 for use at the Orange Bowl. The Orange Bowl was the original stadium that the Miami Dolphins played in. This stadium was built at some point in the 50s. In 1987, a new stadium was built, Dolphin Stadium. Then known as Joe Robbie stadium, this was to be the new stadium of the Dolphins. They took everything with them of course, including this golf cart. Since this was their only medical cart, it was the only means of carrying off an injured player (other than walking) from 1981 through it's final season of service in 2005. It was then put into storage for a few years until space clearing in 2008 for the Miami Hurricanes.

(What it looks like now, restored)

(What it looked like after I brought it home)

- The Xi875 Golf Cart is finished!!!

My dad finished restoring the Xi875 Medical Golf Cart, so I'm posting the final pictures. I think the golf cart came out really well, and my dad made sure that everything he did helped maintain the originality of the cart, while making it more presentable. My dad took paint chips from the golf cart and had it matched up the local industrial paint store. He had them put it into an aerosal can, which he then used to repaint the golf cart. He used a heavy wire brush and lots of sanding to get much of the golf cart back down to bare metal. He kept the original striping up and down the sides of the golf cart since that can't be easily replicated. All of the black areas were painted with heavy-duty black epoxy semi-gloss paint. Although he kept it as original as possible, he did have to make some modifications. I cut the rear of the golf cart off by about 1 foot in length. This was the extension piece that allowed a player to lie down fully. No modification was made to the chassis of the golf cart, so if we ever wanted to add that length back, we could. I re-welded the rear frame, and cut the rear panel to match. My dad later had the side brackets cut and welded by his nephew a little while after. In addition to the body restoration, the golf cart received new tires, all new batteries, new relays, new wiring for the batteries and charger, and a complete brake overhaul. Other modifications included a turn-signal stalk which powers a set of LED turn signal strips under the front frame, and the addition of new turn signal bulbs in the existing brake lights. Overall, I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

- Complete Parts Manual for the Xi875-A Golf Cart!

My dad has been restoring the Golf Cart over the past few months and has been having trouble finding some replacement parts. In an attempt to find the right parts, I came across this comprehensive parts manual for the Xi875 model. This is a pretty valuable document, so I thought I'd post it here for everyone.

- Giving the golf-cart to my dad!

With my time becoming a commodity, I needed to start paring down some of my projects. My parents just moved to a fancy retirement community where everyone drives around in golf carts. Since my dad is retired, I know he needs a project to work on, so I was only too happy to give it to him. We towed it from our home in South Florida to a storage unit near their new house further north. The pictures below show the golf cart after it was loaded on the trailer, ready to be towed by my 2002 Crown Victoria LX. The other pictures show it in storage where it will sit for a month or two.

- Fully charged, and running great!

I got the golf cart running this weekend, and it runs great! In the near future, I want to replace more of the terminal ends on the heavy gauge cables, but for right now, it runs, and it runs well. I had charged all 6 of the batteries with my car chargers individually. I charged them each to about 5 volts. It was only enough to bring the batteries back. I ordered a PowerWise II 36 Volt golf cart charger on eBay. It was expensive, but I got a good price for it. The charger was a little dented (I already banged it back into shape with a rubber mallet), but otherwise couldn't have been more than a year old at most. I fashioned an adaptor cable and charged it over night. It has decent power and runs well. At peak, I'd say it runs maybe 13 miles an hour. I've also ordered a battery gauge which I'll install in the "dash". I'll post pictures when I get it installed.

- Charging the batteries...

The lead engineer suggested to me that I try restoring the batteries individually with a car charger. I noticed these are deep cycle and support up to 75 watts. My car charger only charges up to 6 watts? I don't know how big of a deal that's going to be, but I have a feeling it will be. I'm charging two at a time at 12 volts, and 6 amps. We'll see how it works out for me by tomorrow morning.

- Proof that it was used POST Orange Bowl Stadium era:

A little bit of research found that this golf cart was made in 1981, which predates the current stadum. I wanted to verify that this had been used at the stadium, and not just stored there. Not to be confused with Orange Bowl stadium, there is a college football bowl known as the Orange Bowl (there is one for basketball too). This was originally held at none other than "The Orange Bowl Stadium" hence it's original name. They have since moved to Dolphin Stadium (currently known as Sun Life, but formerly known as Joe Robbie). In any case, the two pictures I found below were of the Orange Bowl game at Dolphin Stadium in 2005 (still known then as ProPlayer / Dolphins Stadium). You can see clearly this is the exact same golf cart, which proves that this golf cart was in fact used here in the new stadium. Although the stadium has plenty of flat-bed golf carts, we do not have any that have the "third seat" for the on-board medic (as seen in the shot). In the last two years I've been here (2006-2007, and now the upcoming 2008 season), we use "Miami-Dade" Fire Department carts to pull players off the field. I'm sure they'll eventually realize that they need another cart like this, but for the time being, they don't have one. If I find more pictures, I'll post them.

- It's mine! Finally bringing it home!

After a lengthy ordeal, the golf cart is finally mine. I had to get permission from the head of engineering, then permission from the director of operations, who then told me I needed to get permission from the vice president of the stadium. After getting all of this cleared, they finally told me I had till the end of the day to get it out of there! It's definitely in rough shape. The batteries are dead and it clearly needs a bit of TLC; however it's a solid and rust free golf-cart. I'm going to try to restore it to it's former glory. Hopefully this will be cheaper than my other projects! In these next series of pictures, you can see the golf cart strapped down to the trailer in the parking lot. I parked WAAAY out into the Orange lot so as not to attract attention from other employees. My buddy Tommy helped us get it out there with his fork lift. (The other person in the picture is my my friend / co-worker Mike). I decided to take a couple last shots of the golf cart at the stadium, which it'll probably never see again. After getting it home, I unloaded it, filled the tires, and gave it a quick wash. As you can see, I pushed it to the side of the house with my other vehicles that don't fit in the garage and the driveway (my wife loves me). I'm pretending to be an injured player in one of the shots...

- First pictures, taken on the phone...

On February 7th, I took some pictures of the golf cart as it sat, where I first found it, in the sub concourse. The pictures are horrible (I apologize), but you can see how it was left neglected. One rear tire was completely flat, and the other was pretty low. The engine lid was left open (as seen), and there is at least 2 CMs of dust that's collected across the entire body. .