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. *Customer Restoration*Ed Everson's 1971-1974 AMF Generic Pedal Car *In House Restoration*Mindy's AMF/ BMC 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 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's1955 Murray Dipside Champion
*In House Restoration*Ed Mullis - B&C Seafood, Inc1952 Murray Sad Face Fire Truck
*Customer Restoration*Bob and Sandy's 1941 Steelcraft Pursuit Plane
*Customer Restoration*Don's Restored1958 Garton Wagon
*Customer Restoration*Cliff Lefter's1941 Oldsmobile Fire Chief
Sean's1933 Steelcraft Plymouth
Sean's1959 Garton Kidillac
John's Murray Dipside Taxi
James1960`s AMF 508 Fire Truck
Mike'sAMF 508 Firefighter 1967
Mike's1970/71 AMF Generic Fire Fighter
Mike's1971 Murray Tooth Grille Fire Truck
Eugene's 1941 Chrysler Steelcraft
Ed's1956 Garton Hot Rod
*In House Restoration* Bob's 1954-56 Murray Super Sonic Jet
Chris Ferrone's Gearbox Dip Side
Chris Ferrone's 1948 Murray Pontiac
*Customer Restoration*Matt and Courtney's 1956 Murray Straight Side
Mark Swihart's1959-68 Murray Deluxe Flat Face Fire Chief