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!
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.
BEFORE YOU START THE RESTORATION:
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!