Introduction: 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!

Step 1: Materials: Getting the Tin

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Step 6: The Axles

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To connect the axle with the wheel insert the wooden stick into the hole in the cap, it should fit tightly but if it doesn't use hot glue. It will ensure a tight bond between the cap and the stick. Once you have glued one cap on don't glue the other on because you still have to put the stick in the frame.

Step 7: Putting It Together

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Insert the wooden stick with the cap into the hole in the side of the tin. Then do what you did in step 6. Repeat for the second set of wheels.

Step 8: The Accessories

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It's a car but it doesn't look too much like a racer if you know what I mean. So... WE ADD ACCESSRIES!!!! A spoiler should do the trick. So cut the index card into the shapes shown in the pictures. Then color the spoiler red but not the small attachments.

Step 9: Finishing It Up

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Glue the attachments to the tin (I used krazy glue for this cause I ran out of hot glue). Once those are firmly in place apply glue to both the bottom of the spoiler and the top of the attachments. Put them together and wait for it to dry. To make the exhaust pipes get another index card and cut a small rectangle. Fold the rectangle into a tube and tape. Glue the tube onto the bottom of the tin but make sure a part of it is sticking off the end. You can also make flames coming out of the pipes if you want to give it an exciting look. If the wheels are slipping you can wrap rubber bands around them for better traction but the should be fine.

Step 10: VOTE

If you liked the Instructable and have comments don't be shy I'll accept criticism. If you have any suggestions or questions don't be afraid and please vote for me and rate me thanks :D Enjoy your new racer.


BLASTFEMI (author)2009-07-19

I Like it! Very clever!

wildboy1.5 (author)BLASTFEMI2012-01-05

yeah it is clever

wildboy1.5 (author)2012-01-05

i thin i is cool

DJDEADMAU4 (author)2011-03-06

teee heeee thats epic

mason0190 (author)2009-07-29

Drills are for weenies. I use a wrench and nail, and it's MUCH easier. Plus, I'm going green :D

fragmaster4 (author)mason01902010-01-21

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.

mason0190 (author)fragmaster42010-02-15

I made no reference to global warming.

bluefly1215 (author)mason01902010-03-12

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. 

sculptur (author)bluefly12152011-02-27

i doubt one or two people not using a battery powered drill is going to change anything.

fragmaster4 (author)2010-01-21

Pic 2 = BIKINI! xD

carlpogi_11 (author)fragmaster42011-02-11


vascanj (author)2010-12-05

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?

will772 (author)2010-08-01

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. :)

bluefly1215 (author)2010-03-12

have you tried to add rubber band power? 

Heywasup (author)bluefly12152010-04-28

 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 :]

kk1235 (author)2010-01-29

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!

itsmecman (author)2009-07-20

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)itsmecman2010-01-16

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)2009-07-31

...ok? but drill are still faster

Heywasup (author)2009-07-20

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

coolrobot (author)Heywasup2009-07-21

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)coolrobot2009-07-21

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)2009-07-20

btw i like ur ible on tjhe small robot u should have entered in the contest

coolrobot (author)Heywasup2009-07-21

thanks but it was too late =/

Killer~SafeCracker (author)2009-07-20

I just voted.

Heywasup (author)2009-07-20

oh and good luck with putting 3 wheels on a CD mine would beat yours anyway.

coolrobot (author)Heywasup2009-07-20

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

great scott (author)2009-07-20

bada bu ba baa im lovin it. great ible 5stars 1 vote!!!

love is all you need (author)2009-07-20

i like it, i like it a lot

cheese=yum (author)2009-07-20

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~~ (author)2009-07-20

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

turkeylegs (author)2009-07-20

lol nice job making this clear pics and explained well 5stars from me and a vote!

coolguy202 (author)2009-07-20

this is awesome i love it you guys should really vote 4 this i know i did nice ible!!!

xzillo (author)coolguy2022009-07-20

wow nice ible idk why any1 wouldnt vote for this. 5stars and u have my vote

dkfa (author)2009-07-19

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.

Heywasup (author)dkfa2009-07-20

thank you, i appreciate your kindness. dont forget to vote 4 me :D

Heywasup (author)2009-07-19

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.

Killer~SafeCracker (author)2009-07-17

Why don't you just put a matchbox car in your pocket??

because its not as fun as making your own :D


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

votin starts tomoro july 20 remmber to vote 4 me

j574sbi (author)2009-07-18

step two could be "disassembly and removal of internal components" :D

Heywasup (author)j574sbi2009-07-18

lol good 1

prakash.be2005 (author)2009-07-18

Nice man... you deserve the points.

Heywasup (author)prakash.be20052009-07-18

thnx and remember to vote for me

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