Q) Are they suitable for children to ride in?
A)Yes, they are certified to be child safety approved, and they are made of the same gauge
steel as the original cars, they are not fragile, they will last for years.
Q) Where are they made?
A) The pedal cars and airplanes are made in China.
Q) How are they shipped and what does shipping cost.
A) We ship by UPS, and in the lower 48 states, the cost is approx. $35. For other locations, call for a quote.
Q) Are these accurate reproductions of the original cars?
A) They are very close, the same in size, but some variations were necessary in order to meet todays more stringent safety standards.
Q) Is there some assembly required?
A) On most all pedal cars there is some type of assembly required. Time of assembly is usually about 15 minutes to an hour depending on the car.
Q) Do you have parts?
A) Yes, we stock most parts for pedal cars and planes made since 1941. The most commonly needed parts are wheels, tires, hubcaps, and decals. These we generally can ship immediately. Some parts may take a while.
Q) Ive got this old pedal car and I want to restore it, how do I start?
A) Step one is to identify it. See if it looks like any of the cars on our ID page. Most of the cars shown there were made in several different variations, such as fire truck, taxi, ranch wagon etc. Your car may not be exactly like one shown, but if it looks like the body shape is right, the parts are probably compatible. If you dont see anything that looks right, you can send me a picture and Ill try to identify it for you. Once you know what it is, you can decide how much time and money you want to put into restoring it. If it is going to be used as a childs toy, you would do a different class of restoration than if you were going to keep it as a collectible or sell it. Knowing what it would be worth after restoring it will affect that decision. I can give you some guidelines there, give me a call.
Q) Are there things I should look for on a pedal car?
A) Yes, check to see if the body is metal or plastic, metal bodied cars are generally easier to restore and worth more money. Also check to see if it has hubcaps on it and whether theyre metal or plastic. If they are plastic, check to see if there are 3 spinner bars, if so your car is an AMF. If they are metal, see if there is a logo stamped in them, if its an M in a circle, your car is a Murray. Murray and AMF cars are two of the more commonly found pedal cars around. Look for decals with model numbers or names or logos. See if the car has two or four headlights. Is there a design stamped into the steering wheel?
Q) Whats my car worth?
A) There is a very wide variation in the value of pedal cars, some can sell for more than $ 20,000, some can be found at flea markets for $ 20. Naturally, the condition matters a lot, a car with heavy rust may not be worth restoring. AMF cars tend to be on the lower end of the price scale with cars generally selling for $ 50 to $ 500. The AMF Mustang is an exception to this, they will bring $ 300 - $800. Murrays will go from $ 300 to $ 3000. A car with the Steelcraft name on it always brings a premium, they are regarded as premium quality in design and construction, and are more rare.
Q) Would my car be worth more if I left it un-restored?
A) Only if it was in exceptionally nice condition. If it has any rust, or dents, or poor paint, it will be worth more restored. The exception to this is a car that has historical or unique design value, such as a pre-war tandem car or a one of a kind car.
Q) I want to put new tires on my car, but the old tires have a wire running through them, how do I deal with that?
A) Most original cars had wired-on tires, but generally today tires are replaced with "roll-ons". There is a way to wire tires on, but its difficult and expensive. If you have a car that is worth the extra cost, give me a call. To put a roll-on tire on, you must first remove the old tire by either cutting the wire, or un-crimping it. Then, warm up the new tire by putting it in the oven for 20 minutes at 200 degrees, and stretch the tire over the rim. To determine the correct size tire to order, measure the wheel diameter from edge of rim to edge of rim.
(do not include the tire in this measurement.) The two most common wheel sizes are 6 1/2in., and 7 1/2 in.
Q) Are there reference books you recommend?
A) Yes, for general information about pedal cars, CHASING THE KIDILLAC by Garton is very good reading. For identifying various models by reviewing manufacturers literature, the 5 book series EVOLUTION OF THE PEDAL CAR has become the standard reference among pedal car hobbyists. For "how to" shop hints I suggest PEDAL CAR RESTORATION AND PRICE GUIDE by Gurka. Most of these books are now out of print , but you can find them online. If you have any additional questions, please dont hesitate to call or e-mail.
For more information about Pedal Cars visit:
Phone: (248) 853-0215
Fax: (248) 853-0241