Fleet of 1922 race cars

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Project by DaleMaley posted 03-28-2015 11:29 AM 2225 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I finished the first of these 1922 race cars, the yellow one, I previously posted it here.

I went a little crazy and made 4 more of the race cars, for a total of 5.

The 1922 book, Advanced Toy Making for Schools by David M. Mitchell, has many design patterns for children’s toys. You can download a free copy of the book here.

This book is about the equipment needed to teach a boy’s woodworking shop class in 1922. At the end of the book are many patterns for the class to make items.

One of these patterns is for a neat looking 1922 toy racing car:

I entered the plan into Google Sketchup.

The toy car is made of plain pine. I bought same fancy spoked wheels as well.

The biggest challenge I had was how to make the air louvers in the curved hood. I am not very good at free-hand painting, especially this small of an item.

My wife had the idea of using thin veneer wood, painting it, then gluing it onto the hood. I used some very thin holly veneer, and it worked :) I did this on the 1st car, but ended up using masking tape and painting on the louvers on the rest of the cars.

I made a total of 5 cars on this run, all of which will be gifts for grandchildren, or other family children. They should make great toys.

I took these cars to work, and 4 of my 27 to 65 year-old co-workers really liked them and wanted to take them home!!

If you are interested in my trials & tribulations of making this project, see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 03-28-2015 11:46 AM

Nice fleet and nice kids colors.


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#2 posted 03-28-2015 12:22 PM


All of the cars except the grey one are latex paint on the car, and grey rustoleum enamel on the tires.

The grey car has rustoleum grey for the body, and black rustoleum for the tires.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#3 posted 03-28-2015 01:11 PM

Good looking cars! And thanks for the link to the book. Project instructions have certainly changed over the last 100 years.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 03-28-2015 01:32 PM

It interesting that high school shop classes were making these 50 patterns back in 1922 :)



-- Dale, Illinois,

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#5 posted 03-28-2015 01:41 PM

Great little cars, Nicely done!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#6 posted 03-28-2015 02:06 PM

I love these. They are really nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 03-28-2015 02:17 PM

These cars don’t take long to build.

Using Nexabond super-glue lets you glue them up quickly during assembly.

It takes the longest to sand the hood. If I splurged and spent $50, I could buy a 1-7/16” radius router round-over bit and speed it up. I just sanded these with the drum sander on the drill press.

I bought the spoked wheels, and it takes some time to paint the tires.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#8 posted 03-28-2015 04:14 PM

Fun project and they are sure to be enjoyed for years.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 03-29-2015 01:31 PM

Nice job on the cars and thank you for the link. Always looking for project plans for the grandkids.

-- - No design is perfect - That's why pencils have erasers -

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#11 posted 03-29-2015 01:35 PM

Pretty cool Dale, lots of play time here for young & OLD!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 03-29-2015 05:17 PM

Who woodn’t get crazzy on them. They are beautiful in all those colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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