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Project by tyvekboy posted 11-22-2015 04:52 PM 1423 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nov 22, 2015

About 40 years ago I had young boys that needed a toy car and this is what I made. Amazingly it is still around and in pretty good condition. What was it? Maybe a Model-T? Kids didn’t care.

It was built when I had minimum tools so it’s very basic and crude.

The platform was 3/4 inch pine and the body was a 2 X 4 shaped with a sure form file.

The fenders were sheet metal painted black and bent to shape. They were attached by pressing into kerf cut into “running board”.

The wheels were painted black with the center painted silver. The wheels were attached with wood screws.

The frame for the top was wire coat hangers bent to shape and pressed into holes in the body.

The leather top was stitched in the back corners and was glued to the wire frame with contact cement.

The “Raditor Cap” was just a small nail.

The radiator was aluminum foil attached with contact cement and decorated with black magic marker.

The boys enjoyed it.

Thanks for looking. Comments, questions and favorites appreciated.

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





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 05:03 PM

Alex,

That is ONE Very COOL toy car… Yep almost looks like a Model T…

You did a Great job on it…

Only one problem… If I remember, Henry Ford only had One color… Black… LOL :)

Yep, I can just see the boys playing with them… almost as good as Hotwheels! :) or BETTER!!

Thank you… Great Toy!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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htl

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 05:13 PM

It’s a ball to pull out our old wood toys and play with them.
Nicely made.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 05:29 PM

Way to go, Alex, neat car!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 05:34 PM

Cool, with that distinctive tyevkboy touch.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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SPalm

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 05:46 PM

I think that is very cool.
I like it. Good story too.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 05:51 PM

What a blast from the past. Kind of like your “dark ages” of woodworking!

Very clever – necessity is the mother of invention, eh?

Do you have more old toys?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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tyvekboy

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#7 posted 11-22-2015 05:52 PM

John … I guess I could make another one with a TYVEK top … lol

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

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tyvekboy

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#8 posted 11-22-2015 05:59 PM

I actually do have another old toy I made 40 years ago. It was a rocking horse that’s made out of a 12 foot piece of 2 X 6. Made one for my boys and they played with it for many years. One Christmas I made a dozen of them and sold them all.

Kids still like them. I have a few in the attic in case I need a baby gift.

Maybe I’ll post it one day.

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

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#9 posted 11-22-2015 06:28 PM

You’re certainly right that it has survived all these years. Especially the leather top! Still a pretty cool toy !

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#10 posted 11-22-2015 07:12 PM

A wonderful homemade toy that has stood the test of time. Well done.

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

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#11 posted 11-22-2015 07:53 PM

Love it.

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#12 posted 11-22-2015 07:58 PM

That’s very creative. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#13 posted 11-22-2015 08:11 PM

Wow. Looks it’s right. Off the shelf. A real heirloom and treasurer. Crude definite not. It’s so cute.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 11-22-2015 08:21 PM

Really cool, I am sure the kids loved it! Fun to watch the little ones playing with the stuff you make!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#15 posted 11-22-2015 09:03 PM

I’d say it is a bucket-T roadster!

Nice job on it. It had to be a hot rod because they came from Ford in any color as long as it was black!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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