1) Take at least 6 pictures of the car, showing the details of the mechanism as well as any identifying logos
2) Disassemble the car, saving any fasteners or small parts. Make notes as to any areas that need parts, or body work such as cracks in the metal, or areas of rust, or dents. If there is anything unusual about how the car was put together, you will want notes to help you later.
3) Make a list of what replacement parts are needed and check on their availability. Get them on order.
4) Have the car media blasted by someone competent who won’t blow holes in the body.
5) Determine the color you will use and get it ordered. For a good source for the original color, look under the rear axle mounting bracket. It usually is protected from sun damage. Determine what decals you will need and get them on order.
6) Now is the time to repair any body damage. This will require someone with skill and experience
7) Time to paint. If you don’t have the skills and experience to do this step, find a professional. If you resort to a “rattle can” paint job, you cannot expect a result you can be proud of.
8) Carefully apply decals, and reassemble, using new fasteners where necessary. Purists may insist on straight slotted screws and square nuts, it’s up to you.
9) Time to step back and admire, and be glad you took a beater and turned it into a looker. Restoring a pedal car to like new condition (or better) can be a source of pride and enjoyment, whether you did it with you own hands, or had someone do the hard parts.
The cost to restore a pedal car runs in a range from a minimum of about $900 to several times that, depending on how much body work is needed, how many parts are needed and how elaborate the paint is. Usually, painting a pedal car, is at least half the total restoration cost.
Please call or e-mail us if you have any questions.COMPLETED RESTORATIONS Here at pedalcar.com, we do our very best to always make our customers happy. Often, after buying their parts from us, we get pictures from our customers that show us the before and after of their pedal car restoration. Along with our "In house" restorations, we decided to dedicate a page to show off our customers beautiful pedal cars. We would be happy to supply you with the parts you need and help you share your accomplishments as well. If you would like to have your handy work shown off, please send your pictures directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we would be more than happy to put them on this page. There's a lot of satisfaction in transforming a time-worn toy into a shining piece of art. *Below are some before and after pictures of completed projects. *In House Restoration*Early 1950's Murray Dip Side *In House Restoration*Mindy Stull's Murray Flat Face "Dude Wagon" *Customer Restoration* Paul Demers's Big4 AMF Pedal Tractor *Customer Restoration*Ed Everson's 1971-1974 AMF Generic Pedal Car *In House Restoration*Mindy's AMF Star Grille Hook & Ladder *Customer Restoration*Ralph Hustek's Murray Champion Fullside *Customer Restoration*Ralph Hustek's Murray Tooth Grille *In House Restoration*1930's Steelcraft Fire Chief *Customer Restoration*Tim White's Murray Pontiac Station Wagon *In House Restoration*Rick Sarkisian's 1930's Skippy Gendron *In House Restoration* 1950's Murray Dip Side *Customer Restoration*Steve's little Fixer Upper *In House Restoration*1940's Mobo Horse *In House Restoration* 1966-68 AMF Mustang
*Customer Restoration*Thomas Mitter's Murray Flat Face Restored by Snyder Motor Company Kingwood, WV *In House Restoration*"Roxie's First Car" 1950's Murray Champion *Customer Restoration*Ryan Oconnor's 1955 Murray Dipside Champion *In House Restoration*Ed Mullis - B&C Seafood, Inc 1952 Murray Sad Face Fire Truck *Customer Restoration* Bob and Sandy's 1941 Steelcraft Pursuit Plane *Customer Restoration*Don's Restored 1958 Garton Wagon *Customer Restoration* Cliff Lefter's 1941 Oldsmobile Fire Chief *Customer Restoration* Sean's 1933 Steelcraft Plymouth
*Customer Restoration* Sean's 1959 Garton Kidillac
*Customer Restoration* John's Murray Dip Side Taxi
*Customer Restoration*James 1960`s AMF 508 Fire Truck
*Customer Restoration*Mike's AMF 508 Firefighter 1967
*Customer Restoration*Mike's 1970/71 AMF Generic Fire Fighter
*Customer Restoration*Mike's 1971 Murray Tooth Grille Fire Truck
*Customer Restoration* Eugene's 1941 Chrysler Steelcraft
*Customer Restoration* Tom's 1949 Murray Comet/Torpedo
*Customer Restoration*Ed's 1956 Garton Hot Rod
*In House Restoration* Bob's 1954-56 Murray Super Sonic Jet *Customer Restoration* Chris Ferrone's Gearbox Dip Side
*Customer Restoration*Chris Ferrone's 1948 Murray Pontiac
*Customer Restoration*Matt and Courtney's 1956 Murray Straight Side
*Customer Restoration*Mark Swihart's 1959-68 Murray Deluxe Flat Face Fire Chief