Some months ago we where cleaning out one of our prop storage rooms (they really tend to fill up and get messy very quickly). While throwing out old useless stuff, I found the leftovers from a 50ies or 60ies pram. There was no more cover, the wheels belonged to another pram, only the body and the handle were left.

Somehow it jumped to my mind, let's build a trailer for my kid out of this!
And that's exactly what I did!

I divided this instructable in "logical steps" rather than using chronological order. So you will see various stages of the trailer conversion in each step. I did a lot of switching between different parts of the work, as this build went on for about 4 months. First I worked at the props workshop in the theatre, whenever there was a time slot I normally would have used to get home earlier or to grab some coffee and have a chat. It was also nice to work with proper tools (for example the vent for the paintjob) and to have lots of scrap wood and other materials at hand. After the hardware jobs where done I took the trailer home for sewing and upholstery.

The tools I used for this build are to many to list one by one. Worth to mention besides the usual suspects (powerdrill, spraycans, staple gun and various pliers, drills and knives,...) are probably a pipe cutter (step 3), the vent (step 4), my sewing machine (step 8), the hole punches and press pliers (step 8), all the rest you need for a project like this you probably will have at hand already...

Step 1: Planning

In the beginning there was an idea, then came a plan, at least sort of...
There was I with the leftovers of the pram. First I did some measuring. I very quickly decided to get an old kids trailer for the chassis. I found one close by for 30 €.
Back in the shop I almost couldn't believe that the lenght of the trailer was a perfect fit for my project. With the excess width I dealt later.
The side parts from the softtop of the old trailer should go in to a angled position to give a nice silhouette.
The original floor panel had to come off. I wanted a curved underbody. Like this it also should be possible to lower the seating position as much as possible to get the center of gravity down.
Sieht richtig edel aus. Hab an den Fotos Hinweise gefunden das du aus Deutschland kommst. Grüße aus Thüringen
What a cutie!. The trailer is nice too. Sweet ride. I am jealous of your son.
Great job!
I'm going to work on some mods for this & see if I can get it to work for my son
Please post some pictures if you're done! And this reminds me that I have to upload the updated version of the seat...
It is a good implemented idea, a pram stroller attached to a cycle. It also has attractive design and looks. <br> <br><a href="http://www.pramskins.com.au/" rel="nofollow">Amazing pram stroller</a>
good job on the cage, looks good.
Beautiful work. Many different materials, approached with can-do skill. Reminds me of a classy old side car.
Thank you! I looked at many pictures of micro cars and side cars while working on this build. Specially ones from the fifties and sixties to get a feel for the right look.
WOW! Excellent! Thanks for taking the time to document and share!!!!
Thank you!
Excellent luxury bike trailer. Congratulation. <br>A great work. <br>How was the first test ride? <br>Greetings from Italy <br>Pa &amp; Ma
Thank you! Pictures from the test ride will come as soon as there is a sunny (sun)day to take a ride. ;-)

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Bio: I'm a swiss guy, living in germany and working as head of the props department in a small opera house. On the job and ... More »
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