Hot Rod Herbie

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Project by crowie posted 05-30-2021 02:10 AM 805 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hot Rod Herbie

I was looking around for a new toy to make that might appeal to children and came across an old Wood Magazine from December 1988 with a Baja Buggy I though could be interesting.

The plan suggested to make the toy from a standard 2 by 4 but that didn’t thrill me so the redesign process stated to make this toy cooler.

I found in my recycled timber some old Radiata Pine and laminated two sides of Pacific Maple plus a strip across the top to get the required height.

The plan suggested window was cumbersome to cut so after the prototype was finished I changed that to a larger forstner bit drilled hole which looked a lot cleaner.

The wheels were made with a 1 3/4” holesaw and forstner bit recess before cleaning them on the sander along with a 1/4” round-over router bit. The ales have been upgraded to 5/16” [8mm] for extra strength for play.

I added 3/4” headlights and 3/8” taillights with with forstner bits.

The finish is my homemade wipe-on-poly, 3 coats.

I only did the prototype plus one other with the mudguards [fenders] as they added a stack of etra work which for a fun play toy wasn’t necessary.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#1 posted 05-30-2021 02:27 AM

You be the cute car mak’n man for sure… Those are nice… I would like to try my had at some,,, but can’t think of an outlet for them.. Great Job!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 05-30-2021 02:34 AM

Those are cute crowie.
They all look good but I like the one with the fender..
For a kids toy though they are perfect without the fenders.

Nice Work!

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#3 posted 05-30-2021 02:48 AM

Nice job, Peter!

I drove a few bugs, a 74, a 68 (which got the engine from the 74), and a 72. The fenders fell off almost all of them at some point, so yours look just fine to me.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 05-30-2021 05:35 AM

Really neat Mate, I reckon the kids will love them, even a few grey haired kids.

Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 05-30-2021 11:19 AM

gonna be some happy campers soon enough

-- 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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#6 posted 05-30-2021 11:32 AM

Fantastic looking cars Peter.


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#7 posted 05-30-2021 12:15 PM

Real nice little cars, Crowie! some kids will be real happy. Our LJ friend on here, Kposty, is making cars for kids in 3rd world countries and does not post them, though. Their goal is 40,000 and they just finished the first 10,000. A little car can mean so much to a kid that has nothing!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 05-30-2021 01:08 PM

Great looking bug Peter, I bet the kids will love them. And that is a great idea to beef up the axles. You are the Grand Master of toy making for the kids.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 05-30-2021 02:04 PM

these are very cute you always have GR8 ideas GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#10 posted 05-30-2021 02:06 PM

These are cute and classy. Lot of miles ahead of them I’m sure.

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#11 posted 05-30-2021 02:59 PM

Kids don’t need no stinking fenders but the modeler in me wants the fenders and the round windows look just right.
Great job, and it’s fun to hear the thought processes you used to get er done.

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#12 posted 05-30-2021 03:53 PM

Looking good there Peter.

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI.

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#13 posted 05-30-2021 04:34 PM

Nice work the kids will love them!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 05-30-2021 09:36 PM

Great job , Very nice.
500grams each???

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#15 posted 05-30-2021 09:54 PM

Thank you ladies and gents for your kind words of encouragement.
Upon reflection I too think the mudguards/fenders fo set the toy off.
I have made a template for both the body as well as the mudguards, so maybe in the future I’ll put them back on when just making a couple rather than a five.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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