Introduction: 32 Sedan Soapbox

Picture of 32 Sedan Soapbox

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.


ctz (author)2011-01-20

I made one of a 55 ford customeline

Peter Vivian (author)ctz2011-01-21

Any photos?

ctz (author)Peter Vivian2011-01-26

ya im trying to put them up but my computer wont let me im going to try a different program

kswanner (author)2017-09-07

I sent $32.67 to that email address through PayPal about a week ago and I still haven't received anything yet. What is taking so long.

My email address is

Woodsiethewestie (author)2017-03-11

Gidday mate, just wondering whether you were still selling the plans for this cart?
I'd love to buy a set to make my little fella.

hi Jake thanks for your enquiry, plans are available for the sedan (number 55) they are sent by email the price is £25 GBP payment is via PayPal the address for which is You will also receive the instructions plus the link to the online album containing photos of the build-up of the first production cart

All the best


scottday (author)2013-01-22

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)scottday2013-01-22

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


ThorstenB7 (author)Peter Vivian2016-10-07

Hey, i want to build this fine soapbox car. Cann you send me the plan / blueprint incl. the details of this nice car? Is it the same price and is this the same paypal account? Greatings from Thorsten from Germany.
Sorry my english is so bad, i hope you know what i want from you. ;)

Zebbideeuk (author)Peter Vivian2016-06-01

Hiya Peter, I love the 55 sedan and want to build it for my son and was wondering if you could send me the link for me to purchase the plans on ebay as i cant find them and do you sell any of the parts i would need for the front steering kit or the front axle rod? If you can send me any info at all, i would really appreciate it. My email is Thanks

Mickb0006 made it! (author)2016-07-17

32 Sedan Boxcart based on peters plans. Me and 5 boys aged 10 built it to enter the Kop Hill Climb box cart event in Buckinghamshire. Hope you like it!!

lancestreeter (author)2015-09-14

Hi how to we purchase the plans? (FYI dont sign up to this site thinking it gives you access to the plans it doesnt)

PeterH23 (author)2015-06-18

G'day Peter Vivian . Are the plans still available. I got on to this site & I still can't get it.
Can I get the plans by mail ?

mattyc123 made it! (author)2015-05-17

Hi Peter.
I bought the plans off you a while back... I finally got it finished in time for my little brother to race in the Art Deco weekend soapbox derby here in Napier, New Zealand. It went well on debut so hopefully next year with a few tweaks we can take it out!

ronaldo.severo.39 (author)2015-03-26

Good afternoon Peter Vivian!

I am Juliana Pickler Nurse CAPS I (Psychosocial Care Center), North Arm, Santa Catarina.

I have a patient named Ronaldo who much admired their work, and would like to share information and loved his work on the car expecifico 32 Sedan platform and would like to know about the design of it, because here in the region is not cultural and would make and also publicize the work.

I await answer!

nurse Juliana


ronaldo.severo.39 (author)2015-03-26

BIG DOGGO (author)2015-03-23

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.

LeeGoffmyown (author)2014-12-14

do your plans show how to make that grill

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

wxmman (author)2014-04-16

Are the plans still available ?

mioffreda (author)2013-07-10

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.

terrybailey (author)2013-04-29

Are there plans available for this car? I went to ebay but the listing is down.

scottday (author)2013-01-22

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

scottday (author)2013-01-22

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

webby0121 (author)2012-11-18

This is bitchin!! You could make a fiberglass body and sell them, from the comments i think people will buy!

Peter Vivian (author)webby01212012-11-18

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.

mrteddyears (author)2012-06-09

Pete how do you make the shell around the grill ?


PS This is stunning project :)

Peter Vivian (author)mrteddyears2012-06-09

Hi Steve

3 blocks of wood lap jointed and carved to shape.

patman01 (author)2012-06-01

up to what age would kids fit in this model? :)

Peter Vivian (author)patman012012-06-01

Up to 53 (see photo) 6 feet 9 inches an 17 stone

patman01 (author)2012-06-01

up to what age would kids fit in this model? :)

patman01 (author)2012-03-30

hi. are the plans still available?

Peter Vivian (author)patman012012-03-30

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)2011-12-15

Coming soon plans for a 'T' bucket soapbox with exposed wooden flathead supercharged 'engine'

lajdobb (author)Peter Vivian2012-03-27

Hallo Peter,

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

Kind regards

Lucas van Dobben

lajdobb (author)lajdobb2012-03-28

Hi Pete,

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



Peter Vivian (author)lajdobb2012-03-27

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)2012-03-14

latest photo of 'T' bucket

samando (author)2012-02-18

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)samando2012-02-19

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

joecycles (author)2011-12-15

How do you get a set of plans for this car! Wow!

Peter Vivian (author)joecycles2011-12-15

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)2011-01-14

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


notingkool (author)Peter Vivian2011-04-30

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)notingkool2011-09-23

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)notingkool2011-08-06

FYI plans for the sedn (55) now available.

All the best


oldmar (author)Peter Vivian2011-09-23

Awesome, where can i buy the plans?


notingkool (author)Peter Vivian2011-08-06

great, where i can see the plans?

Peter Vivian (author)notingkool2011-08-07

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


plumber12 (author)Peter Vivian2011-08-26

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

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