Pedal Cars are an icon of Mid Century children's lives. Talk to anyone over the ago of 50, and chances are they had a pedal car, or at least wanted one! Today, pedal cars are considered highly collectible, and with a wide range of designs and prices, make for an very fun restoration project. The car in this project was completed by my 66 year old father and myself over a few weeks time (For a few hundred dollars). We had some help with certain parts - but as is the beauty with projects like this, you can make this as "DIY" as you like!

Step 1: Selecting the Pedal Car

The first thing you are going to do is select your pedal car.

One of the coolest aspects of this is the total variety of pedal cars available on the market. You can basically spend as much or as little as you like. You can go "Pre-War" (rarer because a lot were salvaged for the war effort) or you can get one from the 1970s! Do a google image search for "Pedal Car" and you will see the extent of the availability!

Buyer Note: They still make "Vintage Style" pedal cars today - So do a little research so you don't get burned by someone who bought a modern reproduction and let it rust.

I found this pedal car (a 1941 Chrysler) on ebay. It had all it's original parts, and was in restorable condition - If it's "Too far gone" it can just become a money suck to repair.


It's a really good idea to take detailed pictures of EVERY angle of the car, especially the workings. This can help a LOT when you are trying to remember how to put the parts back together!

<p>Nice color scheme!! I know your dad is proud!!</p>
<p>Don't know if my last comment went trhough but what would the value be unrestored and restored and which car is it from this list http://www.greatestcollectibles.com/pedal-car-values/. Thanks </p>
<p>&quot;The downside of powder coating is that you have to coat metal. The powder won't stick to bondo or fiberglass or <em>any</em> <em>type of filler&quot;</em></p><p>That is not entirely true. There are TWO types of body filler I know you can powdercoat over. Hi-Temp Lab Metal and USC All Metal Body filler (this one seems to have a more established history)</p><p>Both these fillers are filled with metal which allows them to conduct current for powdercoating. They also are able to withstand the heat of PCing and expand like surrounding metal and don't outgas like regular body fillers.</p><p>You most certainly CAN powdercoat things that need body repair.</p>
<p>Wow - I wasn't aware of those... Very cool to know...</p><p>IM no &quot;expert&quot; on body fillers or powder coating, so always happy to have great info like this onhand. </p>
wow instant value rise
I wish I had one I adore anything antique. The history behind the object is one of the things I like about antiquity's.
If only it was a real classic
<p>Hey, it's a 41' :) How much more classic can you get?? </p><p>;)</p>
This is so cute! We have a picture of my dad in a car just like this.
<p>Wow, that turned out really well!</p>
<p>Wow it turned out really lovely, especially considering what it started at. Nice job, and thanks for sharing!</p>

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