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Pocket Sized Altoids Tin Racer

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Have you ever gotten bored at school or wanted to make your friends jealous with something they didn't have? Well this is it, this is what you have all been waiting for... Pocket Sized Altoids Tin Racer!
 
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Step 1: Materials: Getting the Tin

Picture of Materials: Getting the Tin
My tin was not a regular Altoids tin. I used the Altoids Smalls which has a smaller tin and smaller Altoids. You can get the tin from almost anywhere that sells Altoids but I got mine from Trader Joes if that helps.

Step 2: The Moving of the Altoids

Take the Altoids out of the tin (you don't have to but it makes construction much faster). I put mine in a Ziploc bag although if you have somewhere better go ahead.

Step 3: Drilling the Holes

Drill the holes a little far from the edge and make sure they are aligned. Drilling the holes was fast for me because I had an exceptionally strong drill. A regular drill work but will take longer.

Step 4: Coloring the Wheels

I chose to color the wheels black to give it a rubber wheel kind of look but it turned out too glossy. And the gold really compliments the black.

Step 5: Drilling the Wheels

Drill 1 hole down the center of each wheel. Be careful not to go off to one side, that will make your wheel wobbly. Drilling the wheel is easier than drilling the tin and any drill will work.
myrrhmaid5 years ago
I Like it! Very clever!
yeah it is clever
wildboy1.52 years ago
i thin i is cool
DJDEADMAU43 years ago
teee heeee thats epic
mason01905 years ago
Drills are for weenies. I use a wrench and nail, and it's MUCH easier. Plus, I'm going green :D
You do realize global warming is just a scam right? If anything it is global COOLING. And YES the polar ice caps are melting. mainly because it is getting warmer over there. NOT because of us, but because of the earth works.
I made no reference to global warming.
Agree with mason, I use a hand drill, powered by me. green.
Frag, You obviously haven't researched this problem thoroughly. might want to do that before you reply. There is more to it than that. 
i doubt one or two people not using a battery powered drill is going to change anything.
fragmaster44 years ago
Pic 2 = BIKINI! xD
hahaha
vascanj3 years ago
Question: Do the wheels move? Can you... let's say... race it, or move it around on a table? If you can't... how would you?
will7724 years ago
you could put a rubber band and a motor on there and make it motorized. using a pulley. still great instructable, my little sister loved the car. :)
bluefly12154 years ago
have you tried to add rubber band power? 
Heywasup (author)  bluefly12154 years ago
 no i havmt tried a rubber band engine yet mainly because my axles are too weak. If i can find something stronger like a thin metal rod i might test it out though. if u have ideas plse tell :]
kk12354 years ago
I swear this is awsome! My cousin and I are obbsessed with altoid tins! I can't wait to show to tmy friends. So gonna give you points!
itsmecman5 years ago
i think if u glued a gear on the rear axle and got a aa baterypack hooked it up to a one way moter and switch it would be awesome and you would definetly win the pocket sized competion. o and put glue onthe tires for traction
Heywasup (author)  itsmecman4 years ago
whrer could those things??? and are they small enough to fit in t he tin?
 that would be so cool
and it all fits in the tin!
Heywasup (author) 5 years ago
...ok? but drill are still faster
coolrobot5 years ago
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dkfa coolrobot5 years ago
hey dude, if you don't like altiods, then get the heck out of here. This was a simple but amazing ible. I enjoyed it very much. Really, I did. Don't be a hater. Just check out my ible that was featured, its just paper and a smell cloth thing. But it was useful.
coolrobot dkfa5 years ago
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Heywasup (author)  coolrobot5 years ago
ok ok before we start hating each other lets call a truce ill respect ur ibles if you respect mine. id appreciate it if u vote for me too :D
ok fine your car is cool

you should still put some motors / LEDs for effects and you could have more chances to pun

btw i voted for you =D
Heywasup (author)  coolrobot5 years ago
lol thnx i would have added motors and LEDs but i had little time cause i published it like 2 days be4 the deadline and thnx for voting :D
Heywasup (author)  coolrobot5 years ago
btw i like ur ible on tjhe small robot u should have entered in the contest
thanks but it was too late =/
Heywasup (author)  dkfa5 years ago
thank you, i appreciate your kindness. dont forget to vote 4 me :D
Heywasup (author)  coolrobot5 years ago
oh and good luck with putting 3 wheels on a CD mine would beat yours anyway.
lol actually thanks, allready made mine and i will make a smaller one than the one you just did,let's see who will win
Heywasup (author)  coolrobot5 years ago
dont be hating brotha this is for pure enjoyment. if u dont like it let it be but othewrs would have some fun playing with this.
I just voted.
great scott5 years ago
bada bu ba baa im lovin it. great ible 5stars 1 vote!!!
i like it, i like it a lot
cheese=yum5 years ago
greatest instructable ever great job you have my vote hope u win
cheese i agree with u 100% great ible and i love it has my vote and 5*s
haha you guys r so right i would be surprised if som1 ddnt like this!!! U GOT MY VOTE!
~~HELLO~~5 years ago
hmmm simple, easy to make helps the time pass, its a great instructable keep making good 1s like this! good luck with the contest u have my vote
turkeylegs5 years ago
lol nice job making this clear pics and explained well 5stars from me and a vote!
coolguy2025 years ago
this is awesome i love it you guys should really vote 4 this i know i did nice ible!!!
wow nice ible idk why any1 wouldnt vote for this. 5stars and u have my vote
Why don't you just put a matchbox car in your pocket??
Heywasup (author)  Killer~SafeCracker5 years ago
because its not as fun as making your own :D
True.
Heywasup (author)  Killer~SafeCracker5 years ago
so do u like the instructable? do u think its simple and easy to make? do u think u could vote for me? :D
Yes, the Ible looks good. It looks simple to make. You have my vote. You might want to remind me though. lol
Heywasup (author)  Killer~SafeCracker5 years ago
votin starts tomoro july 20 remmber to vote 4 me
j574sbi5 years ago
step two could be "disassembly and removal of internal components" :D
Heywasup (author)  j574sbi5 years ago
lol good 1
Nice man... you deserve the points.
Heywasup (author)  prakash.be20055 years ago
thnx and remember to vote for me
MegaMaker5 years ago
AWESOME!
Brother_D5 years ago
I like this. A lot. I especially like the license plate.
Javin0075 years ago
I have to admit, you got 5 stars from me for the sole reason that the license plate "2minty4u" made me LOL.
Heywasup (author)  Javin0075 years ago
plse vote for me and tell all your friends about my instructable thnx :D
Javin0075 years ago
You should add a rubber band "engine" inside of it, and then you'd really have something incredible.
Heywasup (author)  Javin0075 years ago
ive tried a rubberband engine with another model didnt work at all. too many variables but i guess an improved model would work ill try it and see. and also if your axles are weak they could snap from the tension of the rubber band.
corey115 years ago
JONES YAY........ Those are Jones soda bottle caps right??
bumpus corey115 years ago
If you read through the instructable, which you didn't, you'd know that they aren't.
Heywasup (author)  bumpus5 years ago
lol ya hes right they arent jones they r perrier. sparkling water that comes in a green glass bottle with metal caps.
gmjhowe5 years ago
I agree on the rubber band engine idea! I love the number plate! That is the best.
threadbare5 years ago
Check out this one....

http://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-Air-Car/

Super Sweet