Posted 5 years ago
this car is a 1965 Arrow Turnpike car, used from 1971 until 1979 at Six Flags St. Louis. this was made by Arrow Development Company in response to Walter Disney coming to them wanting a kids car ride. i picked this up having zero knowledge of what it was. i later found some connections, and we have been helping each other back and forth. It is extremely overbuilt for its purpose. it has front leaf springs, tie rod, tie rod ends, rack and pinion steering, and ball bearings on the front. it has one pedal controlling the gas and brake. pushing in pulls the throttle cable releasing the brake, and letting go engages the drum brake. it uses a 1964 ford falcon master cylinder. the body is 100% fiberglass and 100% intact. it has a solid axle in the back(bumpy ride). it came with the original 7hp kohler k161 engine, but i replaced it with a k181 8hp kohler with electric start. the headlights were just for looks, so i wired them up to a switch and they now work.the ignition is now in the 'cab' next to the bench seat, so it will be a turn key start instead of a pull rope. i was able to salvage the original 5 gallon gas tank, and that 5 gallons will run this thing all week. i was able to find someone that has a replacement axle assembly and we traded straight up. the origina tires still have the nipples on them, and i was able to use them. it has a drum brake attached perpendicularly to the rear differential,and that drum has 2 pulleys that run the car from the engine. i painted the body with hand and brush giving it a very sharp look. i power washed the body(the gentle setting ofcourse) and it came out clean. finding parts for this has been unbelievable because the part numbers are outdate, and the car is a random match of old car parts. this is the coolest project ive ever done, im 19 years old and will have this forever. my number is 1618 791 9451, feel free to call me with any info you may have on this, whereas i am nowhere near an expert on these.