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Pedalmatic 1951

Pedalmatic 1951

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Published by: Jim on Apr 14, 2008
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By Marvin Hartley 
DAD WILL have little trouble"selling" the family small fryon the features of this sporty, ped-al-driven auto—one look will beenough. They'll be quick to see thereal headlights, plastic windshield,rubber tires and airplane-typesteering wheel. Built from com-mon parts and stock lumber, thecar features a chain drive, using astandard tricycle sprocket boltedto a pipe support.Fig. 1 gives the dimensions forlaying out the sides on 1 x 12-in.pine stock. Cleats for supportingthe sheet-metal hood and rear deck are screwed and glued to the innerfaces of the sides 1/2 in. down fromthe top edge. Mounting cleats forthe pillow blocks which carry therear axle are centered in the wheelopenings. Remember to make aright and left-hand assembly. Thesides are joined together at thefront with a heavy cross member,to which the pipe support is bolted,and at the back with a 1 x 6 board.Long flat-headed screws are usedto fasten these cross members, therear member being 16 in. long, andthe front one 14-1/2" long. The seatboard and back are also screwedin place at this time. The finalwooden piece to be added is the1 x 6-in. board that supports thewindshield and steering-columnbracket. However, you may find itmore convenient to fasten this inplace after the pillow blocks for thesteering assembly are installed.Fig. 2 shows the chassis assemblyat a glance. The 3/4-in. pipe supportfor the car is drilled at the pointsindicated for mounting the tricyclesprocket, the eyebolt for the steer-ing column and the bolts whichanchor the pipe to the body. AU-shaped yoke, bent from flat iron,is used to fasten the rear end of thepipe to the bottom of the seat.Lengths of 1/2-in. cold-rolledshafting are used for the steeringassembly, the steering column andthe front and rear axles. Detailsin Figs. 2 and 3 show how "knuck-les" for the front wheels are impro-vised from 1/4-in. pipe tees. Theseare drilled or reamed out and thencross-pinned to lengths of 1/2-in.POPULAR MECHANICS
MARCH 1951

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