Should My Pedal Car Be Restored?

We have been producing pedal car parts since 1992 to assist owners in restoring their vintage pedal cars. Numerous calls have wondered if it makes sense to revive their pedal cars during this time. The answer is based on several variables, which we’ll discuss in this article.

Will Restoration Affect My Pedal Car’s Value?

In some highly uncommon situations, you could be better off not resurrecting your pedal car. These situations include when your pedal vehicle is exceedingly ancient (about 1920) and in perfect shape or when your pedal car is more recent but has never been outside and is almost flawless. Restoration is probably the only way to raise its worth if your pedal car was produced between the 1950s and 1980s. You can always phone us or send us a picture of your pedal car if you need to know its age, and we’ll be able to tell you.

If you choose not to restore your pedal car and sell it in the future, we may still offer you guidance on the selling procedure.

Knowledge Required Before Restoring Your Pedal Car

The process of pedal car restoration includes the following steps:

  • Determine The Type of Pedal Car – Determining the manufacturer of your pedal car may be challenging, depending on how old it is. We have a unique section on our website called Identify My Car, where you can look at photographs of different pedal cars to identify the pedal car you have because we have been in the car business for decades. You can always give us a call or send us an email if you still have questions.
  • DIY or Professional Pedal Car Restoration – Choosing whether to restore your pedal car yourself or hire a firm to fix it for you is another choice you’ll have to make. Either way, we’re pleased to collaborate with you. If you decide to tackle the process yourself, we provide a complete selection of replacement pedal car parts. Alternatively, you may take advantage of our expert pedal car restoration services, wherein we’ll manage the entire project from start to end.

How to Replace a Tire on a Pedal Car

Pedal car tires are one of our most often ordered goods. It frequently occurs since many of the pedal vehicle restorations that our customers are working on require new tires because the old, worn-out ones need replacement. We’ll go through some advice for changing a pedal vehicle tire in this blog.

For Pedal Cars, There Are Two Typical Tire Sizes

Most of the pedal car tires we provide are available in two sizes. We’ll break down the two most popular sizes of pedal car tires and how to measure your tires when ordering because measuring a pedal car can be challenging. To accurately measure your pedal car tire, you must measure from rim edge to rim edge.

  • 6.5 Inch Pedal Car Tire: This nominal measurement fits wheels with a diameter of 6.25 inches.
  • 7.5 Inch Pedal Car Tire: The 7.5-inch dimension is notional and fits wheels with a diameter of 7.25 inches from rim edge to rim edge.

Tire designs

For your pedal car, you can pick between two different varieties of tires. We offer tires with rounded cross sections, like those found on motorcycles, and flat cross sections, like those found on cars.

Which Type of Tire Should I Pick?

We advise our consumers to choose their tires entirely based on personal choice.

What if a wire is attached to a tire?

The decades-old pedal automobiles employed an alternate style of the tire with a wire running through the middle. These tires are referred described as wire on tires because they were split, but the wire kept them attached to the wheel. Our tires are one-piece tires that mold the entire wheel rim; we do not sell wire-on tires. It would be best if you took off the tires and the wires from any pedal cars with them. To remove the tire from the wheel, you often need to locate the split in the tire where the wire is visible and uncrimp or cut the wire. You can install one of our pedal car tires once the old one has been removed.

How to Install a Tire for a Pedal Car

Stretch the new tire over the wheel once you have your replacement pedal car tire. The best way to do this is to warm up the tire. We’ve discovered that heating the tire in the microwave for one to five minutes frequently makes it sufficiently pliable to slide over the pedal vehicle wheel. To avoid damaging the tire when using a microwave, it is preferable to heat it gradually. Some of our clients have even used an oven or hot water to warm up the tires of their pedal cars. Another crucial point is that the tire will constrict tightly to the wheel once it has been placed over the wheel and has had time to cool.


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