Generation 2 car hauler

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Project by souichiro posted 09-12-2010 02:35 AM 2340 views 22 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is at the request of my lovely wife. She had the idea that I should make a semi truck and trailer that can actually hold several of these 2×4 cars, and is more made for the kids to stack the cars. The kids have been stacking all of the cars on top of the previous red flat bed trailer. Then driving it around the living room until it crashes. So I made some modifications to the cars and a trailer to make it all work. I think that it turned out cute. It turns out that she was thinking of an open trailer, with vans that could literally stack on top of each other….but hey, I tried :)

Anyway, hope you like it. This one also ended up at the neighbor’s house…...we’re filling up here anyways, right? :)

Have a good one!!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 04:03 AM

Very neat… be interested to see your process…great work

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 04:27 AM

Hey, I’ve favorited all these things because I have a son on the way :)

Question for you- where did you source all the wheels? They look like pinewood derby car wheels from my cub scout days, but I was wondering if you found somewhere to buy them in bulk? Are those 1” wheels or larger?

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 05:55 AM

Hey Woodsman! Thank you, and I could take some pictures on the next one if you like. I made a second set, but mis-drilled the trailer axles, so the cars don’t quite line up right. But a family member has requested a set also, so I’ll be making a third soon. I am thinking that I will use the trailer for the new one, and then make a new trailer for this one. I see that you are interested in much more traditional hand tools. I think that these are very simple, and although I love my bandsaw, I bet they could very easily be made by hand. Anyway, I’ll post a blog or something if you’re interested.

Jason, Congratulations!! These have sure been popular in my family in the last few weeks. Must be at least a dozen kids playing with them between my nieces and nephews, neighbors, and my own kids. Ranging in ages from 1 to 9. So they’ll for sure hold their play value, I hope. :)

To answer you question, I get all of my wheels from Cherrytree.
These are the thicker 1 1/4” wheels, and although they are a little more expensive, they have a much better feel and proportion than the thin ones….in my opinion. The thin are great, but just not the same look and feel. The come out to around 25-30 cents each with shipping if you order 120. The first price break. ( if I remember correctly from my last order). Believe me, if you are anything like me, you will BLOW through 120 wheels in a week, LOL. I recently purchased a batch from ebay though, and they came out to be a few cents cheaper per wheel in these quantities. Good wheels, not quite as refined as the cherrytree, but good quality.

Anyway, so far these have been great cars for the kids. They take a beating, and with the exception of my learnings on some of the moving parts, the have not yet been damaged. It’s really encouraging to keep building. Best of luck, and I hope that you’ll share your project if you end up making some!! I for one would love to see them!!

Take care!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 04:12 PM

Great looking toy. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 04:31 PM

Great job!! Thanks for sharing. I think this will be on my Christmas to do list.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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