This Amazing Pedal Car Restoration Will Blow You Away
There is a very good chance that if you grew up in the mid 20th century, you likely saw or even owned a pedal car. These little toys were the ride of choice for kids everywhere and were a great time to play with.
The miniature cars featured a bottomless design that would allow children to use their feet to tug the car along the road, similar to the style of the Flintstones car. While younger generations might remember the plastic versions, the ones in the 40s and 50s were made of metal.
And nowadays, it is not very easy at all to find the classic models so when a man named Tyler came across one of these antique toys, he just had to have it. Problem was, it was pretty worn out and absolutely covered in rust. But knowing how tough these are to find intact, he made the choice to fix up this childhood treasure.
When you first take a look at this piece, you noticed how the entire thing is covered in rust that had been there for years and the car doesn’t look like much. But under that rust, Tyler knew there was magic waiting to be unleashed. Another great thing you’ll notice is how the metal is in pretty good condition, which saved Tyler some headaches.
Seeing as the car was completely rusted over, Tyler got a good idea to look at the bottom of the car and see if that could offer up any hints as to how the car used to look, and it did. When he flipped the car, Tyler noticed it had originally been an attractive teal color, a color that would inspire him throughout the restoration.
First things first, he had to deconstruct the car so he could get a better look at the condition and wear and tear of all the parts. Next, he began the hours and hours long process of getting rid of all the rust and sanding the metal down, which he needed to actually rent a sandblaster for.
After repairing and replacing a few pieces that needed it and applying some primer, he was ready to bring the car back with a cool paint job. Thankfully, Tyler had some friends who have an auto body shop and that allowed him to get the top of the line equipment to give his car some amazing colors. He opted to go for a two-toned teal paint job in an homage to the original paint job, which gave the car a very nice retro look that he was going for.
After putting the car all back together, it looks completely different than the one he started with. It is a toy car that you would never guess is well over half a century old. The rusty mess was replaced with a brilliant two-tone paint job and the car was ready to hit the streets for the first time in decades.