View Full Version : "Muffler Racer" under construction
07-22-2008, 01:10 PM
'thiought I'd post a couple pics of my latest. Its a Ford Truck muffler, golf bag cart, part of a wheelbarrow, some vintage wheels, etc.. I stopped at this point to figure just how much to bob off the bottom of the rear, to give it some upsweep, then to cut the ****pit area out, and probably add a little 'racer' windscreen. (I'll mess with all that in the computer before chopping it up.:) It'll get a handbrake, steering wheel, some gauges, etc. as well.
These little vehicles have been bought for Bar decor, garden art objects, and patio art.
07-22-2008, 01:37 PM
Another good looking winner and a fine use of recycled parts:D Will be a great looking set of high speed wheels when finished.
07-22-2008, 02:14 PM
...and just to give you an idea of how I'm thinking of cutting out the ****pit, and bobbing up the rear end...
07-22-2008, 02:34 PM
Another great start! Maybe someday you could do the Locomobile justice:
For a handbrake, maybe one of the Dollar Store type vicegrips would work. Part of an old grinding face shield would work for a windscreen, but you know all this. What would be cool is using one of those old bookstraps for a hood tie down. Most of you young ones probably don't know what I mean. :(
A really cool radiator/grille would be one of those $2.99 Harbor Freight bug zapper tennis rackets, if it was working. "Don't touch" :D
07-22-2008, 02:48 PM
Couple of good ideas, there, Semper Fi! On the Bugatti I did, I used a Scuba Mask for the windshield...I like the vise grip idea for the handbrake!
07-22-2008, 03:12 PM
You know those old analog panel meters are getting pricey on fleabay? Especially the good quality ones.
If you ever get stuck with only 3 wheels, weld something that looks like a jack under the other corner :D
Hey, go on over here:http://www.retroplanet.com/ Search on "oil can". Maybe you could print out a vintage label and put it on an old soup can for some interest. Throw it on the floor. This might be even better: http://www.oldgas.com/oilcans/oilcanmain.shtml
07-22-2008, 03:52 PM
Oh, yeah, Pops! I love those oil cans and labels! After I did this little sidecar, I liked the Pennzoil so much (and everyone who looked at it did, too!), that I decided to use more of them in other projects...but my source changed brands, and now all the 16 gallon barrels are black!
07-22-2008, 04:56 PM
Yep, those analog meters are getting to be pretty hard to find. We've stopped servicing a lot of the test equipment models that we built or have had to limit some of the service because some of them were getting to be in the "several-hundred-dollars" range.
And you, Hotfoot, have got some imagination!!!