SM JR Issue 27

Rod Payne, from Sussex, has had some cool motors over the years – a ’59 Pop, ’30 and ’28 Model As, even a Sunbeam Tiger. Nowadays, though, he’s concentrating on some cool wheels for the grandkids…

Both of these tot rods are built onto the stretched chassis of mobility scooters. One rod has two 100A batteries inside the ‘engine,’ while the other has them hidden under the seat, and both have two-speed and reverse gears with a range of 20-25 miles. Everything up top is handmade, though, and the bodies and dummy engines are all steel. The exhausts are aluminium pipes, bent to shape and polished, while the steering gear has been completely replaced. Those steering wheels are aluminium with rubber heater hose wrapped in leather for the rim, and both have leather interiors with working lights, indicators and horn. Way too cool for school, these kids…