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Picture of AMF Pedal Car Restoration

I have been fascinated with the older generation style pedal cars. Obviously being to big to ride one myself it was always just a interest with no need. Now having a son my dream comes to life of buying restoring and gifting a pedal car with a purpose.

Sit back and relax look through the photos and I hope everyone enjoys this instructable.

Step 1: The Hunt

Picture of The Hunt

While searching endlessly online and marketplace I came up empty handed. I was told about the Hillsville VA antique show and this is where I found it.

1960's AMF fire chief car 503!

In decent shape over all. Missing hub caps and the bell all parts mostly there a little bit of rust but was not through or missing and metal!

MikeL2105 months ago
Love it!! Brings back memories. Your kiddo is adorable!
n4mwd5 months ago
I had one as a kid. Loved it. As I grew up I remember it cutting my legs as I pedaled - so watch out for that with your son. That is probably why they stopped making them in favor of the Big Wheel.
jones424 (author)  n4mwd5 months ago
I have looked over the car pretty well and nothing is sticking out that could easily do this. But I can also see the reason in changing over. plus plastic is much lighter. this is just cooler haha
n4mwd jones4245 months ago
No problem when I was little, but as my legs grew they hit the dash board as I pedaled.
nearboston5 months ago
Thanks for the post, you have re-ignited a back-burner prooject for me.

I have a similar one in my basement that is about 40 years old that I am going to refurbish for my newest grandson, so I second the question on the decals. Also, is there any treatment for sharp edges that you did while this was disassembled? Hey, I had one when I was a kid and I survived but I want to reassure my daughter that my grandson will live to see another day after peddling around the driveway.

Thanks again for posting this.
jones424 (author)  nearboston5 months ago
That is great! They are such fun projects.
The decals I had custom printed from a local shop "Live Loud" in Huntington WV Shaun did an amazing job with them.

as for sharp edges my car didn't really have any I was concerned about. A few spots that had some metal overlapping that could just maybe in the right instance be an issue but like you said. many generations before now played with them and no issues. Just be sure to reuse or get new rounded head bolts and all should be fine. Good luck and be sure to tag me when finished!
smartrem5 months ago
Hi, just wanted to know where you got your decals done. Great work, as usual...
jones424 (author)  smartrem5 months ago
I got them printed by a local shop here in Huntington WV called "Live Loud"

Thank you for the kind words!
rayp15115 months ago
That is a beautiful smile on your son, great job on the pedal car.
He has something to treasure.
jones424 (author)  rayp15115 months ago
Thank you! That was my motivation to make it something that will last and he can have and hold on to for a really long time!