Kids EV Toy

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Kids EV Toy

Post by burner1 » Jan 14, 2017 10:49 am

So I like restoring building full sized cars. My electric buggy here in another thread. Next project has been lurking in my head for a grand child. I have a couple years to built it so I don't have to be in a big hurry. I have some metal work I wanted to practice and play with and this will be a nice little project.

First, a drawing and working out proportions:

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I contemplated power source and settled with mobility scooter motors and drive off ebay:

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I am just sorting out the frame and a simple rear pivot suspension:

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I have gathered parts to make the rest of the suspension but momentary side tracked. I got plenty of time but looking forward to the project. Overall it will be a simple build.

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by burner1 » Jun 07, 2017 12:46 pm

Rolling. Time for metal and body work:

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by SlowCo » Jun 07, 2017 2:19 pm

Nice build! And lucky grandchild.

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by amberwolf » Jun 07, 2017 2:31 pm

I like it so far. :)

The way you've made the front frame tubes from plate gives me some ideas on how to do what I wanted with a newer version of SB Cruiser....

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by burner1 » Jun 08, 2017 9:34 am

Thanks

Here something else too. Bending rectangle tubing:

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by burner1 » Aug 02, 2017 7:59 pm

A little more here and there:

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by amberwolf » Aug 03, 2017 1:13 am

Looks good so far. :)


If you wanna keep the ride quieter, I recommend gluing dense rubber matting inside the fenders and under the cargo bed. It'll dampen the vibrations and echoiness of the metal. Floormats or thick old mousepads, etc., as long as it's dense so it does the damping.

You could attach them in a lot of ways but some form of adhesive would give the most contact with the metal for sound absorption/damping.

You could also use sprayfoam instead of foam mats/etc, but it's not as dense. (though it'll make it's own full contact with the metal, so it's easier to apply).

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by burner1 » Aug 04, 2017 8:39 am

Thanks. We'll see how it does when it's done. The bed and fenders are surprisingly rigid. When painted I plan on a bed liner in the bed. Th fenders also have a 1/4" aluminum bar welded in the edge which helps stiffen them.

I don't expect or intend on this to go very fast. I have a few years until the intended child will be ready for this so as long as I make a little progress here and there I am comfortable with the time line. It gives me a chance to practice forming metal.

I think I am going to experiment with spinning some hubcaps.

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by burner1 » Sep 18, 2017 8:20 pm

Working on Bomber seat. I have rod and trim piece about to bead roll for the outside edge which will be riveted on. Seat is adjustable forward/back and in angle. Running boards are suported and could be stood on.

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by Drunkskunk » Sep 19, 2017 12:14 am

Dude, that is epic.
Buy the ticket, take the ride.
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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by SlowCo » Sep 19, 2017 6:19 am

Granddad of the year!
Beautiful build! 8)

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by burner1 » Sep 21, 2017 6:11 pm

Thank You guys!

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by burner1 » Sep 28, 2017 8:30 pm

I made more progress on the seat. It's really the hard part. I welded on a 1/4" aluminum round then bent a piece of trim around. It is a doubler which really makes the seat:

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by tigcross » Sep 29, 2017 12:31 am

Very cool project you've got going here, can't wait to see the finished result. You have lucky grandkids.

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by burner1 » Sep 29, 2017 10:30 am

Thank You

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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by fechter » Sep 29, 2017 10:44 am

I never had stuff that cool when I was a kid. When the kid gets older, you can upgrade the motors. I think it could handle a lot more power.
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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by burner1 » Sep 29, 2017 2:01 pm

It might but we'll start here. There's nothing we can't change latter.

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Post by liveforphysics » Sep 29, 2017 2:48 pm

I'm very impressed with your fab skills!!

Nice work!
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Re: Kids EV Toy

Post by spinningmagnets » Sep 30, 2017 12:47 pm

This reminds me of the "Legends" racing series, which was invented to create a more affordable way to allow rookie drivers to gain "real world" racing skills at a more affordable level. There are four "only one seat" body styles (fiberglass?) and the motor is a common 4-cylinder. Similar to Kart racing, but sitting upright...

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