This Mexican-made pedal car from the mid-1960's was found
in the backyard of a home in Whittier, CA. Requiring a complete overhaul, the Bombero received a full treatment of new wheels, tires, front steering & pedal assembly, among many other smaller parts. The custom scallop design & candy blue paint
was done by Simone's Garage of East LA.
The Blue Bombero won 'Best Pedal Car' during
Bikes on the Boulevard's 2022 summer showcase.
Found in the same backyard as the Blue Bombero,
the Creamsicle was designed with old school lowrider paint
& patterns in mind. This car was mostly complete when
we found it, requiring only a new steering wheel - the spoke rims were an added touch. The challenge was to go above
& beyond the high bar that was set when we completed
the Bombero. The custom orange candy paint job was completed by Simone in twenty, hard-working hours over the span of four days. The Creamsicle is ready to hit the streets in Spring of 2023.
La Piel de Naranja Blanca
This third pedal was totally complete & operated great, though the paint was extremely tired; a perfect candidate to paint
the car myself. Thus began the process of my first frame-off pedal car restoration; sanding down all of the interior parts & painting the white walls. The exterior of the car ended up being painted some months later, in which I learned a great number of things about automotive painting over the three week period it took to prep, prime, fill, prime again, paint, clear, color sand, & buff. There may be orange peel but you don't wanna line up next to this one at the drag strip.
Projects in Progress...
Currently two more pedal cars with designs in progress, aim to have both completed by August 2023 - bringing the restoration total to five.