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Electric Cars Made From Adult Scooters
Garry Anderson has figured out how to turn old mobility scooters into mini electric vehicles using the rear axle, motor and controls. His grandchildren love the little cars, and with a speed control, kids as young as 4 can drive them.
    “The first one I made looks a little like a Model T Ford that two young kids can sit in,” Anderson says. “The second one is a half-size Army jeep.”
    Anderson built the bodies and frames from scratch. He welded a steel frame with sheet metal and wood used for the body. He had a local shop bend some of the metal pieces, particularly the curved hood for the Jeep.
    Anderson designed them both so he can drive them by folding seats down or sitting on the back, but they’re really meant for kids.
    “Both machines have a dial that lets parents adjust the speed for young children, so they can walk beside them. Older children can go full speed, about 8 mph,” Anderson says.
    With the mobility scooter’s electric motor, the vehicles are almost silent and they’ll run all day long. They get a good workout when he takes them to local events, parades or lets his grandkids drive them to pull wagons around their home towns.
    “The jeep looks exactly like an Army jeep and is built to half scale. The little car - about 40 percent scale - has working headlights on the fenders and looks like a car from the 1920’s. They steer just like a car,” he says.
    With the adult scooter axles they are strong enough to hold adults, and Anderson and his wife occasionally ride together in the half-size jeep.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Garry Anderson, Box 1472, Didsbury, Alta. T0M 0W0 Canada (ph 403 507-0990; garryka@shaw.ca).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5