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I built this soapbox to compete in the 2010 'Hotrod Hayride' soapbox derby where we were beaten in the semi-final and later in the same year at Goodwood where we only made it to the quarter finals but won the trophy for best cart and also for most money raised for charity.  It is built from Walnut, Ash and Ash veneered plywood.  I used 16 inch BMX wheels with the all important white-wall tyres.  It has a single disc brake with miniature track rod ends and a formula Ford steering wheel.  Photo of latest version now uploaded.
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ctz4 years ago
I made one of a 55 ford customeline
Peter Vivian (author)  ctz4 years ago
Any photos?
ya im trying to put them up but my computer wont let me im going to try a different program
BIG DOGGO2 days ago

I've just joined this website but I'm unable to see where I Find the PDF with the instructions. If there is no instruction what am i paying for.

LeeGoffmyown3 months ago

do your plans show how to make that grill

Peter Vivian (author)  LeeGoffmyown3 months ago
Hi Lee thanks for your enquiry, the plans do show how to make the grille however the guy that did the CAD drawings didn't get the shape quite right so the build up photos which are included with the plans show the correct shape. I hope this helps

All the best Peter
wxmman11 months ago
Are the plans still available ?
mioffreda1 year ago
hello peter
I write from argetina.
and love your wooden cars and would like to try to give one to my nephews.
can send to my mail some more photos and measurements thereof.
Are there plans available for this car? I went to ebay but the listing is down.
scottday2 years ago
thank you pete i just went on ebay and bought the ones from there how does the plans from ebay come? does it come like a book or what
thanks scott
scottday2 years ago
hello pete i would like to buy the plans for the 32 sedan soap box how do i get then for 25 pound
Peter Vivian (author)  scottday2 years ago
Hi Scott plans are sent by email payment via Paypal the address for which is the chassis is pretty straightforward the instructions tell you how and the photos show you. There are 2 chassis plans supplied, the original hand drawn version and the CAD ones I had made.

All the best

scottday2 years ago
hello my name is scott and i absolutely love the 32 ford soapbox cart i am looking to build one for myself but the chassis seems to be quit difficult, is there any tips or pointers u can give me on home to build the chassis from scratch or cn i buy one ????
thank you
webby01212 years ago
This is bitchin!! You could make a fiberglass body and sell them, from the comments i think people will buy!
Peter Vivian (author)  webby01212 years ago
Hi, thanks for your positive comments, yeah I've been thinking about it but not got any prices yet, I guess the bodies might be suitable for tot rods or pedal cars too.
mrteddyears2 years ago
Pete how do you make the shell around the grill ?


PS This is stunning project :)
Peter Vivian (author)  mrteddyears2 years ago
Hi Steve

3 blocks of wood lap jointed and carved to shape.
patman012 years ago
up to what age would kids fit in this model? :)
Peter Vivian (author)  patman012 years ago
Up to 53 (see photo) 6 feet 9 inches an 17 stone
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patman012 years ago
up to what age would kids fit in this model? :)
patman012 years ago
hi. are the plans still available?
Peter Vivian (author)  patman012 years ago
Hi yes the plans for the sedan (number 55) they are on ebay for £30 but for instructables they are £25 payable via Paypal the address for which is Thanks foir your interest
Peter Vivian (author) 3 years ago
Coming soon plans for a 'T' bucket soapbox with exposed wooden flathead supercharged 'engine'
Hallo Peter,

Are plans for the T bucket already available ? Priced as your 32 Sedan one ?

Kind regards

Lucas van Dobben
lajdobb lajdobb2 years ago
Hi Pete,

Thank you for your prompt reply. Please inform when plans are available..


Peter Vivian (author)  lajdobb3 years ago
Hi Lucas

sorry not ready yet as the prototype is still being built. The photo is up to date so still a way to go yet.

All the best

Peter Vivian (author) 3 years ago
latest photo of 'T' bucket
samando3 years ago
This is an absolutely stunning little car. Well done.
I'm thinking about making one of these, and am curious as to what type of steering mechanism you used in this one. If you could tell me it'd be a great help.
Well done again on a great car.
Peter Vivian (author)  samando3 years ago
Hi thanks for the comments. The steering was pretty basic on the first 3 carts, I have attached a couple of photos. I am planning something a bit more advanced for the next one (a 'T' bucket with an exposed supercharged flathead V8 in wood) based on an idea I saw on another cart using gears from a hand drill. Best of luck with your project let me know how it goes
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joecycles3 years ago
How do you get a set of plans for this car! Wow!
Peter Vivian (author)  joecycles3 years ago
Hi plans are available on ebay for £30 but Instructable members can buy them direct for £25, payment via Paypal to For this you will receive PDF files of the CAD drawings that you will need to get printed at your local print'n copy shop. You will also receive a word document containing the instructions and a link to the online photo album of the build-up including a 'sketch page' of hints and tips for steering brakes and running gear. Thanks for your interest.
Peter Vivian (author) 4 years ago
Thanks very much for all the kind comments, I like your cart ozy1970. Sorry it wasn't much of an instructable it was my first. Building another virtually identical for a customer, I have taken photos at every stage plus I am going to produce a set of plans. I also have an order for another 20% larger but roadster body and another identical to the prototype, so looks like I might be quite busy for a while!

All the best

awesome, you will publish the plans?
i want to make one, but made of steel, and a small electric motor to escort a longboard group.
Peter Vivian (author)  notingkool3 years ago
Hi I am just about to build another because I've seen a complete 16 inch electric wheel conversion on ebay for £85 just need a 12 volt battery.
Peter Vivian (author)  notingkool3 years ago
FYI plans for the sedn (55) now available.

All the best

Awesome, where can i buy the plans?

great, where i can see the plans?
Peter Vivian (author)  notingkool3 years ago
Plans for the chassis and body have been produced in Autocad and will be supplied as a PDF via email which can be printed out full size by a local High Street print 'n copy shop. The instructions are a Word document also supplied as an email attachment. Step by step photos of the build-up are available as an online album. Details of steering, axles brakes are supplied as a 'sketch page' showing a couple of versions as most people will have their own ideas/skills for this part of the build.

The BIN price on ebay is £30 but if anyone in the Instructables community would like a copy the price would be reduced to £25

Thanks for your interest

great looking 32 sedan read an article about it today in a newspaper in australia. And have googled you. awesome detail would love to buy your plans can,t find them on ebay would you have an item no.

regards Phil
Peter Vivian (author) 3 years ago
As I mentioned previously the plans are available on ebay (300602900721)
for £30 but for all you instructablers out there the price is £25. Thanks very much for your interest and compliments.
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