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Projects 1950 Murray Pedal Car

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by loudandfast13, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. loudandfast13
    Joined: Mar 19, 2008
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    I got it in my head that I wanted to restore an original pedal car for my daughters first birthday a couple months back. Unfortunetly I couldn't find a salvagable one for a reasonable price until 10 days before her birthday party. I found this one on CL for $75. It sounds dumb but I nearly killed myself trying to finish it by the deadline and still work. If you include trips to the hardware store and running for parts I probably have 60 hours into this thing. I did it and just wanted to show it off I guess.


    Special thanks to;
    -SAFARIKNUT (Ray Smith) for the amazing stripes and letters
    -Don at DNA Interiors for the upholstery
    -Ron at The Collision Shop Westland for use of his paint and booth. Also for staying until 2am Friday so I could finish painting it.
    -Devin from FCA Customs for short notice sandblasting
    -Tracey for donating the axle and a few other parts I needed. Also for making the one of a kind brass hubcaps
    -Dave Jarvis for some last minute machine work
    -Andy at Starlight Welding for Tig welding the bearing cups and the cracks in the badly pitted seat pan. I would have blown it apart with my mig welder.

    I couldn't have pulled it off without you guys!!

    My daughter loves it and tries to climb into it every time she sees it.
     

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  2. 48 Poncho
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    I got one just like it except that mine is a chain/sprocket drive. You have given me incentive to work on it for my grandson!

    48 Poncho
     
  3. rrbrucea
    Joined: Mar 2, 2010
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    Oh man, I've gotta finish mine before the little one outgrows them! But which one, the '54 Stude looking one, or the sprint car? :D
     
  4. fxfxr
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    from eureka, ca

    Great job. Way to make deadline. Congtats.
     
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  5. pasadenahotrod
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    from Texas

    Great job on your kiddy car!

    Woe is me! These years of watching little kids getting nice pedal cars or stroller cars from their Dads and Grand-dads are making me feel so bad... the attic stash of pedal cars is still in the attic and the grandkids are now 16m onths, 20 months and 3.
    So, I guess at 61 I still a chance to get them riding. How to choose what they will have though. I've got a 34 Plymouth, 41 Chrysler, 49-52 Chevy, Roy Rogers "NELLYBELLE" Jeep (Pat Buttram drove the Jeep though), and weird dual lever steer 3-wheel car that has a GTO style nose and T-bird rear and 2 girls and a boy to choose!
     
  6. C. Montgomery
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    you mean one of these weird 2 levered 3 wheeled things?:D
     

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  7. C. Montgomery
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    And sweet job by the way.. Yours looks great.
     
  8. pasadenahotrod
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    from Texas

  9. 49ratfink
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    very nice. kind of has a Studebaker look to it with the headlights and grille
     
  10. :eek: Ten day turnaround, ........ that's amazing! Turned out great.

    I'm restoring a 1950 Murray Comet like the one I had as a kid. (look left) Ain't no way I could have done it in ten days, and I started with a very solid car. Nice work!!

    Hey Pasadena.... , how about some pix of that stash of cars in your attic? :D
     
  11. midnight auto parts
    Joined: Feb 1, 2007
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    from tn

    great looking ride,love the seat. any parts sources beside speedway? i have acouple of tri cycles and pedal cars i need to get done.
     
  12. Very nice job on a Murray dipside. I'm a pedalcar addict.. 40 and counting. I could quit if I wanted to..........Yeah, right
     
  13. loudandfast13
    Joined: Mar 19, 2008
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    The only repop parts on it are the wheels and tires. I couldn't stomach the idea of buying a bunch of overpriced poorly made parts for it. Any other parts I needed I made, repaired or tracked down originals. Speedway wanted 40 each for their wheels. I bought a used china made (ick!!) dipside pedal car copy on CL for $80 and stole the wheels and tires from it. It was the same car speedway sells. If you don't mind the repop stuff they are a good parts source for an original because there are only minor differences. I painted the wheels in the same pearl as the body.

    Thanks for all the compliments guys.
    Seeing what other HAMBers did for their kids is what inspired this project.
     
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  14. Mullibar
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    from USA

    First of all, the pedal car is awesome, i bet your daughter does love it.
    I have a Murray Champion straight side. My uncle bought it for me when I was 1-2 yrs old. When I had a son, it was still in good enough shape for him to play with it. Now he has a son that is two and I am wanting to restore it for him, but funding, as always an issue. You mentioned you were able to obtain parts (China) at a much cheaper price. I was curious if you could tell me how I may contact this vendor or other good quality parts cheap..

    Thanks is advance,
    Barry
     
  15. toml24
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    My first hot rod from 1958, a Murray Ranch Wagon.
     

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  16. teddyt
    Joined: Sep 24, 2010
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    from U.S.

    Huddys Car.jpg

    This is the one I made for my son.....:D
     
  17. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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    The car looks great , Loud&Fast - good job (fast too !) .

    I restored this one for my daughter's 3rd birthday . The only repo parts are the bell , the hubcaps & the original style stripe kit . It's a '63 Murray . I now have a 50's BMC wagon pedalcar to restore in my spare time , lol !

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  18. I had the same one:cool:
     

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  19. jazz1
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    nice job on the pedal car,,,they can be a very time consuming project,,hope your daughter drives the wheels off...
    the blue car in the background I did 27 years ago for my own son,,the 36 Steelcraft is on my bucket list

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  20. Gremlinguy
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
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    Looks great. You nailed it!
     
  21. D type
    Joined: Jul 16, 2010
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    That looks great --nice job---- JUST A WARNING enjoy those little kids while there young you'll be shocked at how fast they grow up -------
     

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