Sadly, I must report I have no new pieces, no projects near completion and the Minnesota snow has set in.
My twin grand daughters turned one and my 3 yr old grandson is starting to pick up speed. lolol Energy galore.
Ok, lets see what I can talk about in regards to pedals. I did have a plane striped and letterd. I bought this plane about ten years ago but never got around to finishing it off. It was nicely restored with the exception of lettering and striping. (maybe they did not know what should have been there). It is a rare, Steelcraft “spirit of st. louis” plane. Its huge. I would guess about 58′ long. Neet piece, but you have to have length and width to display it.
I have only seen one orignal and complete one. Elmer duelman has a super orignal, with a Lindberg doll sitting in the cockpit. I belive there is a pic of that plane and doll in evalution number 5. I think it is late 2o’s or early 30′s
Come on back, I have more things in the works. :)
Have a great weekend.
I almost forgot to show you the American National dump truck I bought. It is amazing. It is all orignal and from 1925. I bought it from pictures only. I belived it to be the 5 ton truck but upon delivery it was the much harder size to find. It is a 2.5 ton. American National made 3 sizes. 1 ton, 2..5 ton and the 5 ton. I have a restored 5 ton. It is big. Cant imagine the brute of a kid that can pedal that tank.
Here are some pics. Yes it is all orignal. It is a great truck and simply put. Killer!
Its been a while since I last wrote. Sorry about that. Since september I have gone to hershey. It is always a super long drive but fun never the less. This year I did come home with a nice car and a few parts for a big car of mine.
I found a 1936 Skippy Airflow made by american national. It is only missing a few things but is solid and a super great car. If I don’t sell it I will put it in line to be restored. Wow, my restoration line is getting long these days.
The pedal car open house was not quite as busy as years past but was still lots of fun chatting with people old and new. A few cars showed up along with other toys. The interest is still there. Its a bit slow but I think overall, pedal cars are still alive and well. I believe it will take a few more years until people are relaxed with the ecomomy and are willing to spend on extras like collectables.
Here is the airflow as well as a fresh restoration of another airflow I have. Rick
Thanks fto my son and this wonderful site he built, I received another lead on a very nice pedal. I received an email from a very nice woman who indicated she had a pedal and other toys she would like to sell. After identifying the car and toys we chatted for a few days and I ended up with her entire collection of about 8 toys and the pedal. The toys are a mismash of a few differant things. Some decent, some not worth a dime. However, the star of the show was her pedal car. I knew it was a 1920s Sidway topliff right off the bat, but model??????, I had to delve into my books.
After a short period fo time I found the car to be a 1925ish. (made it for a few years) Pierce arrow. I hae never seen this model in person. Actually, I have never even seen a picture of this model.
The car is 90% complete with a very poor restoration. It also has tags and plates that are not correct to the model or car itself. Everyone seems to think all 20′s cars are American Nationals and restore them that way. I guess if you don’t have the resources to research, I that is as good a guess as any.
The car and toys are on their way to me now. It will be put in line for restoration like a few others.
Here are the pics. enjoy and let me know what you think. Remember, I buy pedal cars. If you have the right ones, I will buy one or your entire collection like this one.
The snowmobile was dropped off for restoration. I was a little hesitant to bring it to my pedal car guy because it is so uniquie and differant. Much to my surprise, I found out that one of his several jobs growoing up was a snowmobile mechanic. lololol Jackpot! He worked at a dealershiop for over 2 years. We know he can paint, but he has exact knowledge of snowmoblies, and ski doo snowmoibles to boot.:)
He thought the sled was awesome yet thinks there is a good chance it might have been home made. He is not totally sure because of the detail in all the workings. Even the placement of the wheels under the tracks are set oposite ways every other wheel. That small detail is exaclty how the large sleds are made. He pointed out several things that were absolutely correct. He could not tell if the sled had several repairs with whatever was in dads garage and actually started as a factory sled or if it was made by a super talented craftsman.
He thinks, even if ski do ordered it, it was hand made by a great craftsmen. ”There would be no way they tooled up to produce a run of these tiny machines.”. The fact there are no pics, no old pics and NO info on this peice anywhere indicates more homemade then corporate.
Either way, this little ski doo is coming back to life. My job right now is to try to find the correct engine for it. The restorer indicated 50-75cc with right side pull start. I have already found some canidates but am searching out all my options.
I wil keep you updated on the restoration. Kitty cat watch out. This tiny ski doo is on its way back to kick your Kitty butt. :)
Once agian, I was surfing craigs list. Low and behold there was a fully restored, 1941 Steelcraft Pursuit plane. I could tell the base plane was an original 41 and not a reproduction. However, it did have some of the normal parts replaced. I.e. hubcaps, Steering wheel and tires.
The exterior of the plane was done very very well but, the restorer did not refinish the inside of the cockpit that well. It has the normal orange peel pitting on the underside in varied spots. Over all it looks great.
I found out that this plane was only 15 miles from my house. I showed up, inspected the plane and bought it for a few hundred dollars. It had been listed on Craigs list for only 24hrs.
Keep searching guys! They ARE out there.
I was surfing my new found nitch to seek out pedals and I came across a Thomas pedal train. I know they are out there. In fact I remember several years ago when my son was a Thomas freak they were only available in Europe. I tried to find one but they were outragous. Years went by and so did the idea of buying one of those little pedal trains.
My son is grown, married with a beautiful wife, little boy and 6 month old twin girls. Yup, he is on the fast tract. His son is a Thomas the train freak just like he was. I thought I might find him a pedal train. He is only two, but my grandson can out do any 5 yr old. :p lolol
I started looking. They came out a few years back in the US. WOW! $600. Even now, several years later the used ones go for over $300. I searched ebay and Craigslist. The problem was if I found one on ebay, the price plus shipping was just too high. I kept looking at Craigslist and hit pay dirt. I found one only 15 miles from me. It never left the basement and only had one little tiny scratch on it that is not even noticeable unless you search for it. Of course I did! lolol
Now I have a birthday present for my Grandson. Its not until later this year but Gramps is ready. The best thing of all is when he is done and the girls are done with it, Gramps can reclaim it for the collection. I don’t think they made that many and they do not make them any more. Plus, it is kinda cool, even if it is brand new. Here it is in my building until the birthday rolls around.
OK OK OK! I deviated off the normal course of my collection. However, there are things that come along you just cant pass up. lololol I cant belive I fell for this little horse. I was looking at it and then noticed it was a pedal horse. It has a pedal mechanism just like the pedal cars. Wow! what a cool toy. The kid gets a plush horse and can still drive it like a car, or should I say gallop away.
I bought it. It will take a few weeks to arrive because it is coming from France. Take a look and laugh or see the uniqueness that I see. I will keep you updated as I bring this little guy back to life.
p.s. I found a reference pic of what this horse must have looked like when he was a colt!
I spend alot of time searching for pedal cars on the net, sales, antique shops. You name it, I probably have hunted for them there. One night I was looking at Craigs list for an unrelated item. It accured to me that I had never hunted craigs list for pedal cars. I always assumed it was a glorified garage sale. Boy was I mistaken.
I put a search in for pedal cars. Granted, there was not much in my area, but I expanded the search to different states. I found a few cars that were very nice but the price was out of site. I kept looking and came across this super nice orignal little pedal racer. I have seen a few before but they were so beat up they were not worth restoration. Missing parts and rust got the best of those.
The picture showed an 100% orignal, 1928 Steelcraft “New Star Racer”. I just smiled. I wrote the owner and negotiated a deal and it was on its way to Minnesota. It was only missing hubcaps. :)))))))) I had four orignal!!! This little baby only set me back $300. including shipping. Well worth it to me. :)
Remember everyone! They are everywhere, anywhere at any time. Keep looking. They are still out there. You just need to seek them out. :)))))))))