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I am an auto refinish tech by trade and 6 years ago I got hooked on restoring vintage pedal cars. Being Canadian I especially like collecting "Thistle" brand vehicleI am an auto refinish tech by trade and 6 years ago I got hooked on restoring vintage pedal cars. Being Canadian I especially like collecting "Thistle" brand vehicles. Once completed I have been gifting them to my grandson. He's now 6 so he's starting to out-grow them, but I don't think I'll let that stop me from doing them.......I truly enjoy this as a pastime and hope to do many more! (Read more)

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1958 Thistle "Wrecker" Restoration/tribute. - Model Carsin Model Cars
Yellow Pepsi pop machine - Advertisingin Advertising
1948 Thistle President - Toysin Toys
1955 Thistle Major Tractor  - Model Carsin Model Cars
1955 Garton - Toysin Toys
1947 Thistle Jeep and Bantam trailer - Model Carsin Model Cars
Restored 1950 Thistle Chieftain  - Model Carsin Model Cars
1950 Thistle Chieftain - Model Carsin Model Cars
1947-50 Thistle Jeep (restoration project) - Model Carsin Model Cars
1958 Thistle (Canadian) Station Wagon - Model Carsin Model Cars

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  1. Love it!....I just acquired the twin to it here in Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia. Only it has been re-sprayed and the decals are missing. Do you still have it and if so would it be possible to snap a good...
  2. The reason why I did it the way was so that our grandson would have a Jeep like his dad's. He has a real Jeep that is done in Gecko Green as well. I was careful when I restored this to not alter anyth...
  3. Awesome!......this sounds very similar to my experience in doing my first pedal car............after that I was hooked!.......if you're interested check out my projects on this site
  4. Check out this link http://www.triang.nl/1959.htm
  5. Awesome!....love the pedal car...the story....and the restoration.
  6. Well imagine that Garry!...I was checking one of my favorite pages and low and behold........ I find your project. If you look through this gallery under "Shawimm" you will find all of my pr...
  7. Looks like a late 50's - 1960's, Murray "Flat Face" on the left and an early 50's Murray "Sad Face" on the right. The one in the center looks like a mid 50's BMC/AMF , "fish mouth/star grille"
  8. Yes...it is a mid 50's (55-56) Garton Mark V. Try an image search on Goggle for pics
  9. Thanks for all of the positive comments, much appreciated.
  10. Thanks EJW-54 I agree the styling is more 60's but I wasn't sure if at that time they used yellow in their marketing, as I had read somewhere that they went to red/white/blue post WWII. I've got a cou...
  11. Thanks Dan....much appreciated. It truly is a passion and a joy that I can share with our grandson
  12. The tail lights are a motor cycle licence plate accessory that I found on ebay. I drilled holes where the original embossed tail lights were and welded in a piece of steel tubing with a washer tacked ...
  13. It was made by BMC. The Binghampton Manufacturing Corporation - On October 13, 1944, a small tool shop in Binghampton, NY, began producing lock wrenches. In 1947 the shop decided to Manufacturer ...
  14. Hi, I not an expert but I believe it is an early 50's model built by BMC. I think some parts are available from Speedway Motors (online)
  15. How did you make out with the restoration....I'd love to see some pix?
  16. In order for it to achieve a value any where near your figure it would have to either be in exceptional condition or be quite unique. Sad but true......the number of collectors interested in Canadian ...
  17. For sure....they're only "original" once
  18. Thank you. much appreciated
  19. Thank you.
  20. Awesome!......Having the original engine transfer is very rare. A couple of years ago I assisted the administrator of the Triang web site in acquiring images of this so that he could recreate it. Beli...
  21. Cool!...Is the name "Thistle printed in the same format as mine, or is curved in front of "Major Tractor" and does it have clam shell type rear fenders or bicycle style ones. The 1954 and prior ones...
  22. Thank you, much appreciated. I've been an auto refinish technician for 30 + years and got interested in pedal cars about 5 years ago. Our grandson was 3 at the time and I was looking for a winter proj...
  23. Awesome!.......you can check out the other pedal cars I have listed on this site by just clicking on my photo next to the above description of this pedal car.
  24. Nice Paul.....I've been collecting and restoring pedal cars for the past 5 years (mostly Canadian "Thistles") and from what I see of yours....it is a collection to be proud of.
  25. Cool!........does it have a name on it?
  26. LOL...Our son has had his Jeep for nearly a year and ....yeah,,,,it does kinda grow on ya...LOL
  27. Thanks for the comments. The rolled edge on the trailer fenders was done by welding a 1/4 inch steel rod on the edge of a piece of 1 1/2 wide flat stock and then grinding it back to create the look......
  28. Thank you......when I did this one I thought it was my favorite...until I finished my Jeep and trailer yesterday. I posted a photo on this web site, but it is attached to my original listing that I di...
  29. Knowing what I've got invested into mine I probably wouldn't consider selling it for less than $800- $900
  30. Awesome!......I've restored and customized a few Thistle pedal cars but this one is in a league of it's own.....congrats. I too have a 58 wagon and it will be my next project but I don't think I'll b...
  31. I remember checking this out when you first started the project.....Awesome result!
  32. I just found another Jeep like yours on ebay. Apparently it was made in Italy by a company called TT and borrows significantly from Triang engineering
  33. This body I believe was made from 1947 up into the 1960's
  34. This appears to be a Canadian Thistle or UK Triang model Jeep, however the steering wheel and the wheels and tires are not original. Check out one of my earlier posting to see a photo of the one I hav...
  35. Your car is a mid 50's American made "Garton"....$100 OBO
  36. This car was produced by A/R "AMERICAN RETRO" in the 1980's. The company is still in business and they are located in California
  37. Hi, It's a mid 1960's AMF
  38. Awesome!....this is identicle to the one I just restored this past winter. I'm not sure if you read my reply to your post regarding tires...here it is. The tires were actually quite easy. I used "V"...
  39. Hi, The tires were actually quite easy. I used "V" groove fan belts. The type used on household piston water pumps, which you can find at most local hardware stores or automotive supply stores,...
  40. I know for sure that it's not a Thistle or a Triang...it looks like a Hamilton to me
  41. The tractor looks to be mid 60's Canadian/U.K. (In Canada the brand was Thistle in the U.K. it was Triang) As for the front wheels and the trailer I'm not sure but the body, seat, rear wheels, and ste...
  42. Thanks, much appreciated.....it was a labour of love
  43. Thank you, much appreciated...this is the 4th one I've restored. Our grandson turn 7 this summer so his days of fitting into them is sadly coming to an end, but my passion isn't....LOL
  44. Thistle.....the Canadian branch of the UK company Tri-ang
  45. On second thought....maybe this is a Leeway built model, which was also located in the UK and built pedal cars around the same time as Triang....just a thought?
  46. It appears to be a 1959-72 Murray (USA) "Flat Face" that has seen a bit too much enjoyment, but it looks restorable. There are a number of reproduction parts available for this model C heck out "Speed...
  47. It's a first for me as well....... I've see a few pedal cars in my day but I don't believe I've encountered this one before. Leeway was a U.K toy company but a Goggle image search failed to turn up an...
  48. Thanks, much appreciated
  49. AWESOME!
  50. Thank you all for your comments...sure I'd be glad to share info
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