I started with an old, beat up ‘Brum’ pedal car, bought on eBay. The plan was to remove the pedals, drop it on the deck, and add a handle so I could pull my little lad around the show-fields in the summer.
Although I ended up buying proper, replacement headlights, I didn’t really want to add anything new into the mix. Instead using what was there to achieve the end result. This lent itself to a certain look and feel, which although isn’t as flash as some I’ve seen on the internet — is fairly well resolved.
In order to get that all important ‘stance’ right, I had to make my own front axle. A ‘dropped-beam’ made from pie-cutting and welding some 20mm square tubing.
So far I’ve:
- I made a custom front axle (as mentioned above);
- stole the handle off our snow-shovel to pull/steer (we don’t get that much snow in these parts anyway!)
- flipped the rear axle-blocks over to lower the rear;
- removed the pedal mechanism and filled in the floor with sheet steel;
- chopped the windscreen;
- Solid mounted the steering wheel, and
- Added a makeshift piece of upholstery-foam covered in a mexican blanket for the ever-growing passenger — who would need to sit in a different position every week.
- Oh, and I gave it a lick of paint any salt-flat racer would be proud of!
Still to do:
- Finish the makeshift interior up with a properly upholstered seat;
- Add some LED lighting to the headlights (and maybe fit some taillights)
- Replace the super-heavy 1.2mm steel floor with something a little lighter (I’ve got some ally sheet kicking around that looks just the ticket!)
- Add some ‘Walts Speedshop’ signwriting to the bonnet/doors.
Here are some more detailed ‘build’ pics.