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Conceptualized by
Charles LaBonge

01

Blue Bombero

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.

02

The Creamsicle

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. My uncle and I custom-made some door panels and a seat out of wood, which was upholstered in Boyle Heights.

03

AMF 503

This third pedal was complete & operated great, though the paint was extremely tired. The process of my first frame-off pedal car restoration began: sanding down all of the frame parts & painting fresh 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, paint, clear, color sand, & buff. After a few months I color sanded the car again and it really improved the condition of the car. 

04

Murray Rally Pinto

A 1960s Murray Tooth Grill Pedal Car that was in need of a complete restoration. The body of the car was entirely covered in surface rust, with a couple holes starting to form. Simone's Garage on the east side welded them shut and thus began the arduous process of covering the car in body filler; there was so much. I took inspiration from the original Murray Pinto graphic
and expanded it to the ends of the body. The undercarriage and wheels are powder-coated in 'Designer Beige'.

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05

8 Ball Racer

Mid 1960s Murray Flat Face. Full restoration including custom paint job done by me. Picked for the face plate is a rare plastic piece that was an added feature for certain models of the Murray Flat Face. They are especially uncommon as after 55+ years the grill inserts are usually brittled and broken. This face plate did have some slight damage, and I was able to fix it with fiberglass. Being the third car I've painted personally, I wanted to give myself more of a challenge with the pattern than I did on the green Murray. The most difficult part of the paint was the eight; cutting a circle with insufficient tools was
an adventure.

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