A car hauler for the Fleet

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Project by sras posted 10-10-2019 04:41 PM 1443 views 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After creating the fleet it seemed logical to tie it all together with a car hauler.

The design for the hauler took a lot more effort. A child’s toy needs several considerations:

1. Hold all the cars in any combination. That was pretty easy to do by making sure that the longest cars fit on each deck.

2. Have no removable parts. My first few designs had removable ramps. That was a guarantee for lost parts. The ramps are self contained.

3. Easy to operate. Little latches and locks were not going to be easy for little ones to figure out. The ramps drop into an open or closed position.

4. Sturdy. Energetic 4 year olds need tough toys. The ramp pin heads are recessed into the trailer walls to protect them.

5. Reasonable size. My early designs were of a single trailer with 3 decks (too tall & easy to tip) and then 2 decks (too long). It was later that I realized that a double trailer was the answer.

The car hauler was a big hit. I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures of the loaded trailers – it was busy moving cars!

I made use of a template to get the ramp features located accurately.

The left side of the template lines up with the top and bottom edges of the trailer walls. The two longer slots line up with the top and back of the trailer walls. A 1/2” bit is used to create recesses for the pins and a 1/4” bit cuts the through slots.

The finish is the same as the cars. Transtint dyes and water based polyurethane.

I did create a web site with free plans for the toy cars . Plans for the trailer are a little more involved. I’m not sure when I’ll get them available.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 10-10-2019 04:56 PM

Great job!
That little boy looks to be very proud of his new toy.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 10-10-2019 05:09 PM

Thanks! It is always fun to see him enjoy what I make.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 10-10-2019 05:54 PM

good job – that will keep him busy for quite a while

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 10-10-2019 06:44 PM

Neat project you did well, the joy of the Children in play makes it all worth while and He will never for get what you did. (Lasting Memories in the making)

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 10-10-2019 07:27 PM

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#6 posted 10-10-2019 08:27 PM

Thanks everyone – hopefully the set will be around for his kids!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 10-10-2019 10:11 PM

Great project!!!
Love the way you set up to get the cars of the second level will really add to the play factor!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#8 posted 10-11-2019 12:07 AM

Thanks Bruce! It kind of caught me off guard when he first loaded the trailer. He just dropped them onto the top deck. I had to show him how the ramp worked – but he IS only 4 :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 10-11-2019 12:31 AM

What a lucky little fellow!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 10-11-2019 04:58 AM

Thanks Elaine!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 10-11-2019 02:12 PM

Who needs Toys R Us when you got grandpa!

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#12 posted 10-11-2019 02:24 PM


-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 10-11-2019 02:42 PM

i love the idea of ramps being attached to trailer and how they work is awesome GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 10-11-2019 03:01 PM

Thanks Tony! It seems kind of obvious now, but it took a while to get the ramp design right.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 10-11-2019 04:33 PM

Looks like they are getting used! Great project, Steve!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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