Soap Box Derby Car-Rat Rod-Adult Roadster

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  • Item Category: Transportation and Vehicles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 23, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

Dad, Mom, and the whole family can ride in this Rat Rod Soap Box Derby car that I built - The "Webster Hills Special" I started with the official wheelset, a 25th Anniversery edition , I believe 1963, and an official front axle. Using a rulebook from 1954, I built the car within specs as far as size, wheels, single kingpin front axle and travel. This Hotrod is designed for original drag-strip style straightaway downhill racing. I disregarded the No-weld rule and built this baby out of metal mostly. The chassis is basic rectangle of 1-1/2" x .083 sq. tubing. I used a couple of leaf spring pc's from a '33 chevy for front suspension - to cut down hop from bad roads. I built a side steer system like old roadsters had rather than cable. I added an adjustable steering damper from a '70's Kawasaki triple and the steering is nice - also has quick release steering wheel. Rear axle is built from 1'" tubing and bungs, with wheels bolted on with 1/2 " bolts.The brake is hand operated like a vintage racer with 25 sq inches of friction surface and a 4 to 1 ratio.(Like all derby cars, the brake rubs the road). A piece of a Goodyear Eagle Dirt track tire is riveted on for good grab Wheels, by the way, have nice bearings and this is a fast roller! The radiator shell is '30s Ford, chopped and channeled. The hood sides are Model T. The Hood is two repro tin signs. All Aluminum riveted. The badge on Radiator grill is a kool old "International" of unknown origin. The tail section is the back halves of the fenders of a 1935 chevy, brazed down the middle, and with a working gas cap from the same '35 chev. The rear bumper is the business end of an antique 12 gauge shotgun, with a suspension ball from a '33 chevy front end welded on top. The seat is some quality upholstery mat'l padded and stapled around wood. Has a working lap belt from a '71 Biscayne. The mirror does not come with car as it is on loan from my motorcycle! The total weight of car is right around 105 pounds, so easily moveable. This is a Blast From the Past, and Fast...! T is no shipping - PICK_UP ONLY. The car has a spot in my shop so can be picked up anytime within reason - say up to Spring '09. Zip is 49079 if you'd like to mapquest me...

As an added bonus, I'm including a Schwinn bicycle taillight with 5 functions which clips into the bracket atop the tail section. With flashing mode on - just like Formula 1 for good visibility from behind!