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This was my quick and dirty Landspeeder X-34 for my sons 6th birthday party.  I didn't plan on an instructable, so the photos are a mixture of construction and deconstruction. (it took up ALOT of room, I needed the garage back)  It's also my first instructable, so excuse the rough edges. 
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Step 1: Chassis

The first step is to find a suitable chassis.  I used an "Original KettCar" that we already had.  I know that they have several models and sizes.  It's pedal powered, although some of the younger kids needed to get a little boost to get all of the mass moving.  Once you have your chassis, you need to identify your mounting points where you can build your sub structure.  this method could be used for any sort of bodywork, although it could get quite heavy the more structure you have to build.  I'm not sure how much more the drivetrain could handle.

Step 2: Sub frame

I Rested two 1"x10"x6' common pine boards on my mounting rails and measured between for my cross members.  Once I had them tied together, they basically rested on the frame without any hard mounting points. I boxed in the steering wheel support at the front and the seat at the back to keep the sub structure from moving fore and aft.   Once that is stable I added the 90 degree supports.

Step 3:

I attached "the shelfs", 1"x8"x6' common pine boards to create the horizontal surface or the "deck" structure.  (no clear photo)

Step 4: Side skirts

Using the crossmembers, create a horizontal structure that protrudes forward to support the deck up front, that has a vertical member that approaches the ground.  the vertical member will be the foundation for the bowed side skirt.  For the skirts/body, I had a stack of cheap paneling that was left in the garage.  it has a very 70s wood printed on the front side.  as you can see it's fairly flexible. this is a deconstruction photo so the skirt has some memory in the shape.  it started out quite straight.  first fasten the center of the skirt to the vertical member so that from the top the entire thing looks like a large "T".   Over the course of 2 or 3 days,  I used ratchet straps to slowly pull in the "wings" of the skirt until I could fasten them to the shelf structures on each side.  This step looked like a large crossbow as the nose radius was slowly developed. 

Step 6: Decking

Picture of decking
Once the skirts are in place, time to deck.  First fit the cockpit making sure you have enough room for the nose.  Once the cockpit is trimmed flush to the pine vert pine boards directly adjacent to the seat, simply use the side skirts to trim the deck paneling.  Do the same for the rear portion of the deck.

Step 8: Final detail

I felt that it needed a little something extra in the detail area so I decided to make a "bumper sticker" that I think any young "Luke" would appreciate.
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Jedi Knight16 days ago

Wow this is incredible. As a major Star Wars fan i really appreciate this instruct able great job.

Liked yr idea so much, we did it.
blogsdo (author)  miketherdaintx7 months ago
Were you able to improve the design at all? I'd like to hear/see your take on the project.

No, I cut corners by using cardboard on the front and attaching the flower pot directly to the body. Other than that we followed your instructions.

Will you try it with a 4 person golf cart??
blogsdo (author)  Arr0gantExp3rt77 months ago
Anything is possible with time money and space.
dollardan11 months ago
A story was in the Muskegon Chronicle in the State of Michigan on September 22, 2013. Good job.
shemkes11 months ago
every kid should have a dad like you :)
joelhunn11 months ago
Wow! And I'm not a huge Star Wars fan - but I want one for myself!
zap199811 months ago
trouble0111 months ago
maybe need this car : doors
wkearney9911 months ago
Yowza, the kid's going to have thighs like a power lifter pedaling that thing around!

Clever looking idea though.
This is great. Nice job.
owd Grandad11 months ago
Good heavens what does it weigh?
Surely that just makes it go faster. Win-Win!
Magicmerly11 months ago
I want you as my dad thank you please :)
So cool!!!!
eblackman111 months ago
xd12c11 months ago
If you have a steam machine or two, apply steam to the wood. The heat and moisture will help the wood paneling warp without cracking, allowing you to move a bit faster. It would probably require a lot of steam though. Maybe something like 2 steam machines and start on one side and go around. Maybe get it done in a day if needed?
schreibwy11 months ago
You know, next birthday you have to top this.
tcoyle111 months ago
I love this. Your kids are so lucky.
leadshoes11 months ago
F-ing incredible! I wish you were my dad. :)
rc jedi11 months ago
What a great project! Star Wars halloween theme.
einnis11 months ago
You could take a hole-saw to it, and drill out the wood to lighten it for the younger kids. The kit they sell is usually to drill holes for door handles, but you could pop a dozen strategic holes in those boards to lighten the load considerably.
Nighthawke11 months ago
Strap three solids onto the pylons and HANG ON!
DIY939311 months ago
Awesome! Love Go-Karts! I've always wanted to build one.
mikimis11 months ago
Flower pot turbines...genius.
Kiteman11 months ago
Gee, I now have a house full of boys asking me to buy a pedal cart...

Nice job.
Kiteman Kiteman11 months ago
(And I can't wait to see what you do for his seventh birthday...)
PKM Kiteman11 months ago
I think it might involve one of those Red Bull "soapbox" competitions... :)
lafnbear Kiteman11 months ago
Oh, he'll just whip up a working anti-grav unit in his spare time...
blogsdo (author) 11 months ago
Thanks for all the feedback! I fixed the photo issue, and added a few little details that I omitted at the onset. if anyone replicates, I'd love to see how you modified/made better my design on the fly effort.
mquiring111 months ago
good work but the pictures are very small
blogsdo (author)  mquiring111 months ago
I fixed the issue, thanks!
Samuel kos11 months ago
This would be even cooler to convert into a hovercraft but still awesome
jmaxwell511 months ago
And the best parent award goes to ...
The Rambler11 months ago
Ha, "quick and dirty", right. Bending wood over the course of several days, specialized decals, no visible duct tape, etc. This isn't quick and dirt. It's awesome.
Tazmjm6911 months ago
I guess my dad just didn't love the bumper sticker!
rich_j_l11 months ago
Great work! I really think you know how to go above and beyond for your kids
darman1211 months ago
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