I have a 20 month old grandaughter and a 14 month old grandson who are dressing up as Pebbles and Bambam for Halloween. I decided they needed a Flintstone Car to complete the look. This is how I made it...

Step 1: Log Sides

Using a cartoon picture of the Flintstone's Car I drew out the sides on 1/2" plywood making them the same width as a large swim noodle and scaled the length to match. Once cut these plywood pieces would provide the shape of the log sides and determine the scale of the rest of the car.

Next I cut a large 4" swim noodle in half using a table saw. After doing some basic shaping of the swim noodle with a large bread knife my daughter coated both the noodle and plywood with contact cement. I then bonded the two pieces together which provided the contour of the log sides.

After the glue was completely dry I did a little more shaping and trimming with the bread knife. I then coated the entire noodle side with Bondo-Glass (available at any auto parts store, large hardware store, or Wal-Mart) putting it on in one direction but a little sloppy so it would look like tree bark when I finished. Bondo-Glass hardens in about 15 minutes, which keeps the project moving quickly.

After both sides were cured I sanded them to remove any sharp edges. We gave the sides a thorough base coat of gloss black and then brown. This gave the sides a realistic log look.
Gave it a go. Didnt have as much time as you so i cut some corners. Had a blast making it and i can't wait to push the kids around.
<p>Looks fantastic!</p>
Hello. So I bought most of the pieces to build this incredible car. However I do have a question, on the 3/4&quot; plywood you used to cap the tubes, did you use those to attach the 2x4 for the casters. Or was the 2x4 attached to the frame? I'm asking because I can't find any 12&quot; circle caps for the tubes so I may have to just use cardboard. But I did buy the 2x4 for the casters. Any help would be great. Hope you're still on here since this was done a few years ago. Thanks in advance. :)
<p>The caps are cut with a jigsaw out of the plywood. I placed the tubes on the plywood and traced around them. The 2X4s are attached the plywood end caps and the frame. All screwed together for strength. I actually added the 2X4s after I built the car because when I tried to attach the wheels any where else the frame of the car rubbed the road. I basically had to get the wheels as far out to each corner as possible to prevent this.</p>
Perfect. That's what I thought you might've done. :). We are debating whether to cut the cylinder to add the 2x4 or just put the 2x4 inside the cylinder and drill through it.
<p>That&acute;s great! My kids will love this! Thank u so much.</p>
<p>Thank you SO much for posting your fabulous step-by-step instructions! My husband and I incorporated a lot of your ideas when constructing our little car for my Pug's Halloween costume last year. I have been asked to do a write up of my process to post on Pinterest on behalf of the Dallas-Fort Worth Pug Rescue group and their annual Pug-O-Ween costume contest -- which usually draws about 1,000 people and about 300 Pugs annually. It's a hoot! I am delighted to report that Kiwi was Grand Champion last year at the event and you need to receive a lot of credit for that win! Anyway, I would like to include a link to your Instructable site if you would grant me permission to do so. Thanks for your consideration and thanks again for taking the time to chronicle your process.</p><p>Janet</p>
Hey, My Sister Is Trying to Get One of These Built For Her Daughter 1st Birthday. How Much Will You Charge To Build One Just Like the One You Built???
I really don't have the time to do this. Sorry. Perhaps you could find someone to do it for you.
this is ridiculously awesome! and $100 isn't to bad for this entire thing I guess especially for how much fun can be had in it?
<p>GENIUS!!! Pure genius!!</p>
<p>This is amazing. My husband is wondering if you would be able to let him know the measurements you used to make the car. He wants to build one for our 2 yr old niece for her upcoming birthday party.</p><p>you can reach me at: annacanales047@gmail.com</p>
<p>I can't remember the exact measurments. Usually when I create such things I simply do what looks right to me. Sorry I couldn't be more help.</p>
Is there any way you can make one and ill buy it from you (:
Awesome job <br>
for some reason it wont let me see your instructions past the realistic log look. could you please tell me what you used for the rollers? this looks amazing
this is wonderful work <br>please contact me at<br>lawrenceamancini@gmail.com<br>thank you<br>Larry
I would love to help if I can. What do you need?<br><br>Bill
ok back on the job<br>can you give me a quick call and I'll try to explain<br>Thanks Bill<br><br>321 436 8191<br>larry
very cool! Think I'll scale up for my older children. thanks.
bugger the older kids im 30.. ill up scale it for me :D
i love it
LOLz, im so glad this exists.
Uh, it means "nice work".
thanks kudos
I was inspired and made a low budget copy of your design. I could not believe the amount of fuss and stopped traffic we had on or street on Halloween Day.People pulled over to take photos of us. Thanks for the inspiration.
Hi, I really am amazed by the way you take all the trouble just to make your grandchildren happy. I guess you are but one of the best grand dads the new generation has, nowonder the name GRAND is given to such people as you. By the way you ought to be the overall winner not only for your design but also for your affection. I wish I had ! like you or a parent like you. Guys VOTE for Granddad. Thank you.
i really hope this is foot powered but curious how is it powered?
It says below that an adult pushed it =D&lt;br/&gt;Soon to be electric tho&lt;br/&gt;<br/>
Yabba Dabba Do!
Hey this is a really GREAT Project. You have done a fantastic job also. Please get your wife to pat you on the back many many times. I own and operate a machine shop and I'm an ole'fart also, however I have a lot of trouble making ANYTHING that I don't have a blue print for. Job well done sir.
Wow, That is a VERY cool project!
wow, that is so awesome!! what a memory for those little ones! But one question...how do they push? Their feet don't touch the ground?
Future filmaker is correct...an adult pushes it. The car is not hard to push but a bit heavy for the kids since there is not a lot of foot traction when your sitting down.
how much do you think that thing weighed? I'm thinking about making one to,but I'm thinking about making it solar and wind powered
Cool. That makes sense...Fred must've been stronger than we all give him credit for ;-) --best of luck making it motorized or remote, etc. It looks like fun! You deserve Gpa of the year!
the adult pushes... I think
You are a good man..and a good grandfather.. :-)
Very nice! looks like the real thing!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! My boss decided this year that for the towns annual parade (which is a cartoon theme this year) that we were going to build a float for "the Jetsons meet the Flintstones" .... I am building one of these Flintstones cars to trail along behind the actual flat bed that will have the Flintstones house atop it. The car I'm building is a little bit bigger with 2 bench (one in the front and one in the back) because we have full grown adults dressing up as the Flintstones and Jetsons characters. But I seriously wouldn't have been able to even conceive the idea of the car! Thank goodness I ran across your page! You did a magnificent job! Thanks again!
How did it go?
I'd love to see a picture when your finished.
. Wow! That is soooooooo cool. Fantastic job.
that thing is out of sight , it's great; thanks for putting it on here for the rest of us to see it.
Yay! Brings me back to eighties cartoons and sugary cereal!
It's magical submissions like your's that make this site blow my mind. Talk about contributing to make a pure and giving community. Anyone outside this site would be looking to SELL plans for such a lavish creation. :P
Wow, that's pretty incredible. those are some very lucky kids. I wonder if i could get my father in law to make that for my daughter.

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