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Vintage Pedal Cars

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Ron Funkhouser, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. MoePower
    Joined: Jul 12, 2004
    Posts: 158

    from Omro, WI

    My first ride was a Murray, I'd like to put it back to the fire truck configuration someday.

  2. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 2,013


    I had one like that it was a lighter blue.
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  3. Ron, That's an awesome truck! Its funny how when you get into collecting these you want one of every body style ever made. I know its impossible to get there, but we'll both keep trying! LOL
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  4. 1low52
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 295


    Don't let Ronnie fool you!
    I know about his collection(stash) of pedal cars, he has one of everything lol bullshit.jpg
  5. Nacifan
    Joined: May 19, 2011
    Posts: 68


    This one is not mine, it belongs to a very good friend....kind-da looks familiar.... 2019 SEMA 312.JPG 16487293_1848162798795828_6569806232648501_o.jpg
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  6. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,359


    My soon to be 44 year old Automotive Engineer Son with his first pedal car.
    If it had wheels, he was always attracted to it.
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  7. Mr. Mac
    Joined: May 16, 2005
    Posts: 1,927

    Mr. Mac

    This one been hanging in my barn for a long time including the last kid that road it.:D:D toy car 001.JPG
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  8. I took this photo at the Hershey swap meet. This guys were have'n a lot of FUN. 2111.jpg
  9. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,359


    Met the builder in Syracuse a couple years ago. Hand built fiberglass body with Ranger running gear powered by a V-6. Great attention to detail.

  10. Grant Clemens
    Joined: Jan 31, 2020
    Posts: 14

    Grant Clemens

    One owner pedal tractor, my 1953 John Deere my dad gave me for my second birthday in 1953. My cousins and neighbors and me put about a hundred thousand miles on it. I restored it about 10 years ago.

    Attached Files:

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  11. No pedals but my first car. (truck ? ) My parents gave it to me for my first Christmas. Yeah I was a bit little for it. lol 20200406_203324.jpeg

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  12. CGkidd
    Joined: Mar 2, 2002
    Posts: 2,843


    My girlfriend just had this pedal car given to her and I'm trying to find out any information on it. Her friend painted it I would like to try to restore it to original if I can find info. KIMG0415.jpeg KIMG0414.jpeg KIMG0413.jpeg KIMG0417.jpeg

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  13. Here's one that I restored for the grandkids. It's a 60s or 1970's? AMF. One of the last of the metal cars made before they started using plastic, Ron........
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  14. May be Gendron’s

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  15. southerncad
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 745


    Thanx for the info, never heard of Gendrons, gotta be old, I'm sure that pic was taken around 1900 or so, and in San Antonio..
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  16. This isn't the oldest or rarest pedal car that I've found. But it's the only one I found mint in its original box. I even had to assemble it. The windshield is still in the brown envelope lieing on it's seat. 20200510_162954.jpeg

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  17. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,120


    Hey Ron, Just found your pedal car thread (never looked in Antiquities before).
    I was heavily involved in restoring & collecting pedal cars back in 90s/00s. Probably restored 50+ or I REALLY appreciate your collection !
    I'll have to dig out and scan some pics (pre-digital camera era). This BMC Pacesetter is the one that got me started back in the 80's...painted to match my '46 Ford Pickup...I was hooked.

    I will post MORE pedal Car stuff to follow soon
  18. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,120


    Wow. This "Antiquated" part of the forum is COOL.!!!

    I'll have to post some pic of my Japan Tin Toys in the "(Vintage Tin)" thread.

    As far as pedal cars go, I don't do much with them anymore, although I do built one every year for the 50/50 raffle at one of the Car Shows I run. (First ticket drawn gets choice, cash or pedal car, Second ticket drawn wins what's left) It REALLY boosts 50/50 ticket sales.

    Here are the pedal cars I did up for the last 4 years shows... The 2 "Dipsides" and the "Comet" are reproduction bodies. The Woody was pretty much "scratch built" except for the chassis, hood & grill. pedal11.jpg pedal12.jpg pedal 21.jpg pedal22.jpg peda31.jpg pedal32.jpg pedal41.jpg pedal42.jpg pedal43.jpg pedal44.jpg
  19. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,048


    Me in the pedal car around 1952, I'm guessing.
    [​IMG]pdlcar by TagMan, on Flickr
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  20. neatoldclassics
    Joined: Mar 1, 2008
    Posts: 186

    from Montana

  21. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,120


    OK, not exactly a Pedal Car...but I did use the front and rear parts of a Radio Flyer ride-on.

    This was my one (and only) attempt at building a radio controlled car. Built entirely from scratch. It ended up being much slower than I planned...which was OK, because I really sucked at driving a RC car:eek::mad:

    Here's what I initially cut up to make the body
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  22. That's too COOL Jack! Here's an old GMC COE. A little rough but I kinda like it like that. Ron..... 20200531_152121.jpeg 20200531_152025.jpeg 20200531_152256.jpeg

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  23. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
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    Thanks so much Ron. It's always nice to get kudos from a fellow "toy guy":D

    Love those AMF COEs. Never managed to own one back in my "pedal car days" They are pretty rare. Interestingly, these COE's use AMF's own stamping for the hood/grill, but the sides & rear sections are made from the early BMC dies that AMF bought in 1954.

    Incidentally, living in the Binghamton NY area and being a "pedal car guy", back in the 90's, I did extensive research on BMCs (Botnick/Binghamton Manufacturing Corp.). Never did anything with all that info (pre computer days), but probably could put together the most comprehensive history of BMC available. I'll work on that...and of course, post it here.

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  24. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,359


    Me and my pedal car around 1953. A hand-me-down from my Brother Ralph.
  25. I had a pedal car when I was a kid. I remember it was green, probably an AMF comparing it to other photos. I had a couple of older cousins who were liked to do mean stuff to me. They took my car and threw it high up into a Yucca bush/tree, whatever you want to call it. It had razor sharp leaves that were like swords. Anyway my dad never bothered to pull it out. I guess he figured I might have been too old for it by then. I bet the car got grown into the tree eventually.
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  26. sevenhills1952
    Joined: Mar 14, 2018
    Posts: 940


    In mid 50s I had a pedal tractor. Grandad next door had a Farmall and it was red like that. I remember it had four "spark plug wires" on one side.

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  27. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,120


    Mid 50s my pedal car was a lime green Garton Kiddilac...which I beat the living crap out best I could. Although, to this day, I can still envision it leaning up against the garbage can on garbage-day...minus the wheels. Those wheels went on to live a second life as "coaster car" (2X4s & plywood) wheels that raced (and crashed) down Dalmatian dr...making me somewhat of a neighborhood legend;)

    Those pedal cars, by nature, had one inherent problem...a short time of usefulness. The time between a kid being old enough (coordinated enough) to use the pedals and the time when his ass doesn't fit in it anymore is only a few years...but those wheels...could race on for many more years:D kid1.jpg
  28. ZZ Top Chop
    Joined: Aug 12, 2018
    Posts: 395

    ZZ Top Chop

  29. Jack and ZZ, I like your Kiddilac's. I posted pictures of mine before. But I might add, that the one you posted ZZ could have been it's twin. It had the same colors, and was in about the same condition when I found it as yours. It has the lights, horn, and is chain driven. I restored it for my daughter in the 90's. But all four of the grandkids have played with it. Notice all the scratches on the bumper. 132.jpg 427.jpg 628.jpg 20180125_121522.jpg 20170421_112734.jpg 20180125_121455.jpg Also a funny little { STORY }. I took the family to the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. They had a kiddilac in one of their displays. My two year old grandson saw it, and tried to get in it. My daughter took these pictures of me getting him. Lol He is a real CAR NUT !! and now the big three. thanks:) Ron......

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