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Went shopping for wheels the last few weeks for the Slug. Spoke with Rich the owner, and we are going to give the ones I found down at Tractor Supply. There 15 1/4 inch tall and from what I'm thinking is the pedal car is long enough and wide enough to bring the tire size down to what should look normal. If not we be go back to the drawing board on the tire part of the build.
So here is a shot of all four placed with at its intended wheel base (64 inches) and tracking ( 36 inches to outside bubble ).



Here's where I'm at with the start of the chassis. I'm using 1X1 16 gauge mild steel tubing. Bends are at 45 degrees with an eight inch kick up. In the rear and I have not figure the front kick up as of yet.









And here I've started my drop axle for the front suspension.





Should make more progress tomorrow. Thanks for looking. :cool:
 

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Amazing isn't it... what a few pieces of steel and a set of wheels can spark in the mind of a true hot rodder? Good work, Steve! :cool:
 

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I saw a miniature '41 Willys coupe fiberglass body at a swap meet last year and almost bought it to do the same thing for my youngest grand daughter. I sure wish I had bought it.
 

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Steve, that should be a really cool project for you and your shop. Is Rich having it built for a child or grandbaby? Or is it going to be big enough for an adult to peddle. I'm thinking you could kick some serious backside at the downhill kids races.
 

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I saw a miniature '41 Willys coupe fiberglass body at a swap meet last year and almost bought it to do the same thing for my youngest grand daughter. I sure wish I had bought it.
I still have the molds for the 41 Willys cpe body. I always thought I should build a few more. The last one I built I cut in half and use it for a wall hanger.
 

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Steve, that should be a really cool project for you and your shop. Is Rich having it built for a child or grandbaby? Or is it going to be big enough for an adult to peddle. I'm thinking you could kick some serious backside at the downhill kids races.
Mike, it's to add to his collection which is already a good size, but it is sized for maybe a three foot plus tall child. As I'm thinking. This is my first pedal car build ever so I'm going to have some learning curves. I'm sure I'm over building it but better then not ! ! :D
 

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I still have the molds for the 41 Willys cpe body. I always thought I should build a few more. The last one I built I cut in half and use it for a wall hanger.
I also thought about putting the Willys body on my swap meet wagon, and then put some gokart tires all round to give it a hotrod look! That's cool that you have a mold for them! If you build any more of them some day, drop me an email and let me know.
 

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I also thought about putting the Willys body on my swap meet wagon, and then put some gokart tires all round to give it a hotrod look! That's cool that you have a mold for them! If you build any more of them some day, drop me an email and let me know.
I sure will Vall. :D
 

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Got some more work done on the Slug today. Cut and faced off the king pin receptacles.



I have the king pins set at 4 degrees



Notice the quick jig I made up to hold in place while I welded the recep's on the axle tube.



And here's an idea of what the axle will look like in place.



Now I have to decide on hair pins with coil type shock or find a small mono leaf spring.

Thanks for looking :)
 

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Got the pieces for the spindles made up today, I used all stainless steel, so they will look nice all mirror polished.





I've never built a set of spindles but its a pedal car so gives me a good chance to figure out how things work. Here's some of the parts welded.



Here it's jigged up to weld.



More later, thanks for looking. :cool:
 

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The way you're setting up the rails looks like you might be planning to do suspension? Are you taking it to that level too?
 

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Yup, sure am :D Just trying to figure on what, coil over or find a small leaf. I may even do wishbone radius rods ! ! I did find some coil spring that would work. Just need to make some spring buckets for them to set in. Just have to do a bit more contemplating. :)
 
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