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Author Topic: Radio Flyer  (Read 2747 times)

Offline Pablo83

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Radio Flyer
« on: Sep 30, 2012, 20:59:50 »
My daughter has an old Radio Flyer 80.  I figure it needs a little hotrodding.

The stock machine...

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Offline BarnBurner

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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #1 on: Sep 30, 2012, 21:46:14 »
I'm thinking a scrambler style would look sweet. Add some knobbies, a rock guard, and a number plate then let her loose!

Offline Pablo83

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The initial plan
« Reply #2 on: Oct 01, 2012, 12:17:47 »


... but some plans change
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Offline vtwin650

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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #3 on: Oct 01, 2012, 12:47:31 »
subscribed....I will be building something similar once I track down a wagon for sale.

Offline Pablo83

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The teardown
« Reply #4 on: Oct 01, 2012, 19:59:54 »
some bolts where rusty and needed to be ground off, otherwise, this was the simplest teardown I've ever done (car or bike).

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Offline Pablo83

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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #5 on: Oct 02, 2012, 09:57:43 »
I'll re-purpose this piece:




I bent up the sides and welded them together to give the piece a continuous flange for strength.


Then I welded some reinforcing pieces to the end.
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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #6 on: Oct 02, 2012, 20:15:26 »
I see a proper steering mechanism... much more conducive to high speed downhill runs :)
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Offline Pablo83

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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #7 on: Oct 03, 2012, 10:55:39 »
I cut and drilled some pieces...



And then welded em together

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Offline JohnGoFast

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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #8 on: Oct 03, 2012, 11:04:50 »
Rad! so me and my daughter go out yardsale shopping on weekends, she talked a guy down to $8 for this.



Was dirty inside and a bit rusty, but just surface.. Repainted the inside. She wants it to match HER sidecar so I will repaint it when I paint the sidecar this winter.

Offline Pablo83

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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #9 on: Oct 03, 2012, 11:14:04 »
Rad! so me and my daughter go out yardsale shopping on weekends, she talked a guy down to $8 for this.



Was dirty inside and a bit rusty, but just surface.. Repainted the inside. She wants it to match HER sidecar so I will repaint it when I paint the sidecar this winter.

Your daughter has a good eye.
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Offline JohnGoFast

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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #10 on: Oct 03, 2012, 11:21:39 »
I can't wait to see how yours turns out! I love the reinforcing and plan to do similar.

I showed this thread to my daughter and she says I need to tell her when its all done so she can see it.


Offline DesmoBro

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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #11 on: Oct 03, 2012, 11:33:55 »
Awesome thread I recently Dug one of these out of a field behind a barn ....It was missing a wheel and handle & had a few rot holes.... so I Rigged it up to be useful again
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Offline Pablo83

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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #12 on: Oct 03, 2012, 11:42:12 »
Awesome thread I recently Dug one of these out of a field behind a barn ....It was missing a wheel and handle & had a few rot holes.... so I Rigged it up to be useful again

I like the wrench.
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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #13 on: Oct 03, 2012, 11:49:12 »
That looks pretty classic and old - might want to leave it as-is.  I'm no Radio Flyer expert but I'd bet it's worth more as-is vs. repainted etc.
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Offline JohnGoFast

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Re: Radio Flyer
« Reply #14 on: Oct 03, 2012, 12:59:58 »
Mines worth $8 dollars :)

The more I think about it, I'll probably have everthing chrome and brass plated like the bike and paint the tub to match the sidecar..  Get some new decals and then have it pinstriped like the rig.

Can you imagine one with some chrome wheels, maybe brass caps on them... yeah