Speedaway Sled Restoration

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Project by Lenny posted 01-04-2015 09:43 PM 2531 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished restoring this old Speedaway sled. I made all new wooden parts, cleaned and repainted the metal component and handpainted all the graphics and lettering. I posted a blog that provides more detail of the process. My inspiration came from Rick Dale and his crew at Rick’s Restorations. They appear on a show named “American Restoration” on the History Channel. The sled will serve as a Christmas decoration at my front door next Christmas. I applied two coats of marine varnish to all wooden parts and the metal is painted with a Rustoleum product.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 01-04-2015 09:53 PM

Lenny -

Happy New Year.

Very nice restoration. So thatʻs what they looked like new.

I have one of those too and now this might get me to attempt a restoration too. It belonged to my wife who grew up in Nebraska. What would I do with one of these in Hawaii? lol

What! A Christmas decoration? Iʻd take it down the first icy hill I could find. You could always touch up any scratches ….. ;>)

Good job and thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 01:01 AM

Happy New Year Lenny.
Greet Job, Looks freah from the factory!

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 01:23 AM

What? a decoration. I can just see you flying down the tallest hill in town on that sled. Really brings back memories for some of us. Nicely Done and the lettering is first rate.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#4 posted 01-05-2015 01:32 AM

Thank you Allen, Dave and John. I have to say fellas, I fear if I went down a hill on the sled, my next ride would be in an ambulance.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 01-05-2015 03:13 AM

Very Nice Lenny!

-- Made In Ontario, CANADA

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#6 posted 01-05-2015 03:34 AM

Beautiful job Lenny. Was glancing through projects and this really caught my eye. I was hoping you had a source for getting decals or something similar as I don’t think I could hand paint it as well as the job you did. I have a sled that is on my winter list for restoration and you may have bumped it up in line to get done soon. Thanks for sharing.
BTW Great idea to use as a decoration, just hope no one takes such a nice sled.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 01-05-2015 03:46 AM

Cool, pun intended.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 01-05-2015 03:52 AM

You better secure that sled well when out on display !
That is just a beautiful restoration .
Well done and my compliments !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 01-05-2015 03:55 AM

I just posted this on the other notification for this project: Lookin’ good Lenny. Maybe you’ll get your own show? ;-))

That project with the post doesn’t show on the projects page! ~~ ????? ~~

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 01-05-2015 01:50 PM

Great job, Lenny.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 01-05-2015 02:50 PM

Nicely Done and great memories flash through my head but like you, I dont want the ride in the ambulance after either : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 01-05-2015 05:58 PM

Fine piece of work there Lenny … You did the graphics and lettering by hand … Wow, you have another talent besides making sawdust.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#13 posted 01-05-2015 07:38 PM

That is really wonderful Lenny. You did a great job on this one.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#14 posted 01-05-2015 07:49 PM

Thanks everyone. The lettering was definitely tedious and time consuming. After dinner many nights I would say to my wife: “I’m heading out to the shop to do two or three more letters.” Of course that meant only one color. I did all the red lettering first and then did the shadowing.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#15 posted 01-05-2015 08:33 PM

beautiful job lenny, i sure do remember these, i had a lot of fun on these in michigian when i was a kid…50 years ago…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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