Last summer with help of my son we built my youngest daughter a green and yellow soap box cart so she could take part in the Trowbridge Soap Box Derby. This instructable is based on that cart but following orders from the current Mrs GarethMorris it is now being modified in to a simple representation of Chittu Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming so that it can be used by my older daughter in a majorette competition.
Step 1: The First Step
Firstly We had to recover the cart from the garden and this being the wettest winter in the UK for 200 years it needs drying out. So it was placed next to a radiator for a couple of days.
Stuff you need:
1. Soap Box Cart
2. Red cotton cloth
3. Yellow Cotton Cloth
4. Gloss Black Paint
5. Silver Sticky back plastic (fablon type stuff)
6. Wood Patterned sticky backed plastic
7. Garden canes
8. Wooden kedab skewers
9. Understanding wife
Just to get an idea of what we need to achieve I laid out the coloured cloth on the floor, covered the bonnet with aluminum foil and the wood sticky back plastic over the back of the cart
Step 2: Covering the Body Work
Having completed the visualisation bit we moved on to covering the body.
The wood patterned sticky back plastic was applied first, trying to take care ensuring that there are no air bubbles (failed).
This is then trimmed around the opening for the driver.
At this point I thought I should have painted the frame first, so carefully using the nondrip black gloss I painted the frame, dumb irons and wings.
I also used an off cut from the fablon to cover the dash that had lost its colour whilst outside.
The bonnet was covered in the same fashion using the silver fablon. this gives a fantastic finish and I think I'll use this method for building my older daughters soap box cart this summer.
Step 3: The Wings
I cut the red and yellow fabric in to long thin triangular pieces, the sequence starts and ends with red.
One end was sewn so that it forms a tube for a garden cane to pass through and a simillar tube is sewn in to the centre yellow section.
The canes pass through these tubes.
Holes are drilled in the cart frame such that the wings are formed and hold teh fabric in tension. The loose edge is attached to the frame.
The front wing is made in a simillar way to the main wing but is obviously much smaller and uses the skewers as supports.
This is attached to the front of the frame, I drilled small holes teh same size as the skewers.