Picture of Gas (petrol) powered jeep from ride on mower

This project started with some pictures on the internet of a mini jeep built onto the chassis of a ride on mower with an  I/C engine..... I had to have a go at building one for myself!
It it not far from finished and I hope to be riding it around in the summer.

This build needs a lot of space and equipment to make it happen, I am lucky to have both of those....oh, and a lifetimes experience of designing and constructing things. There are kits out there on the web that can be built using a basic tool box and woodworking skills so if the idea of building one of these for the grand kids appeals to you, go google!.

Step 1: Starting point

Picture of Starting point
I found the tractor lurking in the corner of the yard of a local car repair shop, folding stuff changed hands and I had my base vehicle.
An hours work and a few new parts had the engine running and the gearbox tested.....those front wheels though, who has seen a jeep with small front wheels?
Soon replaced with some nice wide wheels the same size as at the back!
snugglepants3 months ago

My grandson is 4 months old now so if I start today he should be driving it when he is five!!! Good build.

ali00981 year ago

خیلی قشنگ طراحی کردی

You can send me your car design file
Email: sokotdelkharash@yahoo.com

rog8811 (author)  ali00981 year ago

Hi Ali, I will get onto it as soon as I have set up my home office and can access my files (just moved house)

yousefx51 year ago
great jop you r the man
cgarcia561 year ago
How fast does this go?
bwsandman1 year ago

Great job. That is really awesome.

also could you show how to bent the tub to shape
rog8811 (author)  kendall giles1 year ago
All the big radii in the sheet steel were done round the same cardboard tube.
The final shape was dictated by the 10mm square tube that I used to edge all around. This was bent using a very simple bender held in a vice see attached sketch.
tube bender01.jpg
thank you good sir
drogers81 year ago

Dude you are good ! I am building a mini beep, a wood mini jeep and I need plans to go by and you did that with out any , you are good .

what about a veiw to see it in action, and not from on the jeep?
rog8811 (author)  kendall giles1 year ago
Sorry I have sold it so no chance to film it.


thanks for showing a good simple concept. I am trying to do something like that. thanks a lot boss.

rog8811 (author) 1 year ago

The screen does fold flat, the rubber bump stops on the hood/bonnet are brake blocks from a bicycle :)

shouldve made the front window folding.
cruzzinn1 year ago
Awesome project
Can't wait to have a grandson to built it for, or maybe will build it before he or she is born lol
THE GOOSE2 years ago
great job, i have been wanting to do this for some time. i just havent went and found a mower yet. i cant wait to see it done.
DogsOfWar083 years ago
Awesome metal work, can't wait to see it done!
for anyone who wants to look www.struckcorp.com has a mini-jeep kit for sale by the way great job hope to see you rideing in it nice looking little mower/jeep god bless hav a nice day
MaskMarvl2 years ago
Looking great! :)
kdf.inc19692 years ago
did you have to do anything to the front to get the bigger wheels mounted?
rog8811 (author)  kdf.inc19692 years ago
I sleeved the existing stub axles to make them longer and a larger diameter. The wheels are located with circlips.
Rainh2o3 years ago
PLEASE SHOW US WHEN ITS DONE!...this is sweet. Change out the transaxle pulley to make it go a bit faster...might be more fun to drive. Great weld job! nothing like school of hard knocks to teach you something you want to do.
Purocuyu3 years ago
This is the sweetest ride! please please please put some updates as you work on it. Excellent job sir!
TSC3 years ago
This is sweet! I got to finsh geting some money so I can finsh building my custom mini chopper then I think maybe something like this will be my next project! Great job so far!!!
God, I wish I could weld. :( But I'm only 13 so there is courses I can take to learn.
rog8811 (author)  woodstockbirdy3 years ago
To start with.....many years ago....I just gave welding a try, I was rubbish at it!What turned me into a reasonable welder was the day I purchased a self darkening welding mask, I suddenly had a spare hand to guide the gun (mig) or the rod (stick welding). I will now happily join bits of metal together until the cows come home.

Get onto an evening class to learn the right way or go the trial and error route like I did, the choice is yours!
streetrod53 years ago
Rog - very fine work! Would love to see an Instructable on how you did the swaging.
rog8811 (author)  streetrod53 years ago
The pictures attached show that the bits of wood that were cut out of the grill blank were rounded off carefully driven into the holes, also rounded off, taking the aluminium with them. This only gets the shape close, a rubber malet did the rest.
arpoky3 years ago
Thank you for making my day! Is it possible to do something like this, except with a mower where the seat is above the engine? I just so happen to have an old MTD Yard Man Yard Bug (P.O.S.) that doesn't work, and thought this would be an amazing thing to do to it!
rog8811 (author)  arpoky3 years ago
You would need to do something to the steering as I believe that the steering wheel is too near the front but it is doable and you should get more leg room than in mine once you work it out.
Take a direct side on photo of your bug and then overlay the outline of a jeep shape to see how it would work.

Good luck with it!
florlayamp3 years ago
Great job on the Jeep! you should make it so that it can mow the yard still, thatd be something to see!
rog8811 (author)  florlayamp3 years ago
I will look to see if it will still take the cutter deck, it may not due to the bigger front wheels :)
heathbar643 years ago
Very Very cool!!!
I've always meant to do a mini jeep, but haven't yet. at one time actually made scal drawings. thinking now maybe I'll put it on my golf cart.
l8nite3 years ago
looking great !
Kiteman3 years ago
Cool, thanks for sharing - can't wait to see it finished.