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Restored 1950 Thistle Chieftain

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Posted 5 years ago


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My winter pedal car project has been completed...just in time to gift it to our grandson for Easter.


  1. whitman75 whitman75, 5 years ago
    That young man is lucky. Great paint job.
  2. shawimm shawimm, 5 years ago
    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
  3. officialfuel officialfuel, 5 years ago
    Very nice job on the restoration!

  4. shawimm shawimm, 5 years ago
    Thanks, much was a labour of love
  5. Flanker Flanker, 5 years ago
    Wow, that's perfect!
  6. colin1080 colin1080, 5 years ago
    Im working on the exact same model. Can you give me hints as to where you found the new tires? Im having a heck of a time with the other then that I have everything. Thanks for any help you can offer
  7. shawimm shawimm, 5 years ago
    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, but the auto ones are more expensive. Once I wrapped the belt around the wheel I cut it to make a good butt joint. Then I applied some automotive windshield urethane adhesive in the groove of the wheel at the joint. Then I took and joined a couple of long zip ties (wire ties) and wrapped this around the outside of the fan belt and squeezed the end of the pull tab in a bench vise and pulled on the wheel zipping the tie as tight as I could . Then after letting it set over night I took a razor blade (box knife) and cut the zip tie off. Perfect fit and difficult to tell from the original ones. I hope this helps. If you want to see the step by step process of my restoration. Just google this web site "triangnl" and go to the "Thistle" page and the link to my Thistle Chieftain restoration

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