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Half Pint - Jeep Fire Rescue

DieselSlug

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This project is going to be a tad different than the norm here. With my oldest about to turn 3 in August I decided to get him a power wheels, with intentions to modify it after he gets the hang of it. I set my eyes on a used unit as It will be tough to hack up a new $400 unit. I never had these myself when I was younger and he loves anything trucks or equipment.

Pictures of it dragged home. Current plans are to just get it running as stock as possible so the boy gets his feet wet on turtle. The current battery is toast with a voltage of 12.8 after a 14 hour charge and a resting voltage of 11.5 a day later. Picked up a 12v 18ah SLA battery with a new smart charger with 2amp and 4 amp settings. This should net me near double run time. Will fox the side saddle pump tank, add a keyed ignition, lights, CB whip and the like. Future mods are an 18v conversion with variable throttle.

Not bad for $30!
 

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Will L.

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When my kids had them and the ridiculous priced battery died, I choped the plastic and fit a $20 motorcycle sized battery in its place. Also wired in a 12v trickle charger connection at same time. They could drive them all day long without issue.

A lot of folks do expensive setups for more power, just keep everything 12v except before power goes to motors use constant duty solenoids and have 24v hit the motors. There is room for 2 motorcycle batteries in most of them. Just a warning, you might think of a remote control for power cut off.
 

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When I was a kid, ours were made out of steel, you could sit inside them, had a real steering wheei, often times a squeeze bulb horn and/or a pull cord bell on it and they were powered by us pedaling on a crank-pushrod-crank/rear axle direct drive system. We also had pedal tractors, too. No, it was only uphill one way in the snow walking to school.
 

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When I was a kid, ours were made out of steel, you could sit inside them, had a real steering wheei, often times a squeeze bulb horn and/or a pull cord bell on it and they were powered by us pedaling on a crank-pushrod-crank/rear axle direct drive system. We also had pedal tractors, too. No, it was only uphill one way in the snow walking to school.
YUP, and Mine looked like a 48 Hudson Hornet and it had a water tight dump box on the back. I would stop at the slough on the way home frum school and gather pollywogs, get home and fill the box with water and dump them pollywogs in there. they thought it was great fun cruising the yard until I stopped the car to go in for supper, then them stinking black birds ate all My pollywogs. LOLOLOL
 

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Yes this is definitely modern age plastic! From what I researched it was manufactured between 2003 and 2008. That is a good idea on the remote shut off. For now we are staying on turtle speed (2.5 MPH) and in the open field haha.

Along with the battery I ordered 5 point harnesses. Not that it will help much in a situation it is more to keep his 1 year old sister firmly planted.
 

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Last night was the first spin for my boy and his new ride. Didn't get any pictures except this one (don't condone dismantling a SLA battery) as it was last minute before our Gun Club meeting.

I hacked off the old connector from the POS Power Wheels battery as to not hack the truck side wiring. Temporarily rigged it in to confirm the rest of the truck was viable.

He jumped in and took right off! All speeds and reverse working perfectly. I did notice that the camber and toe were messed up on it due to garbage engineering (CHEAP). Plan is to dive into the front end and make some braces for the knuckles. Also took off and cleaned up the side pump apparatus. It does pump and I can hear suction however nothing sprays form the nozzle. Will have to take it further apart to diagnose, assuming plugged line somewhere as the reservoir was full of debris.
 
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