That is one hell of a present for your kid, though with that giant hood it looks like the turning radius is probably similar to a real sports car.


No youngster could ask for more than have his dad build him this rakish looking sports car.

By John Micklitsch

TO keep the cost at a minimum, about 75% of the mechanical parts used on the car were either bought at junk yards or second-hand dealers. Except for the welding of the chassis, which was a professional job, the body, transmission, steering, etc., was home-built and assembled by the designer, strictly an amateur.



Grandfather clock features a moving moon dial and chimes. Constructed in spare time by postal clerk, Melvin E. Johnson, Baltimore. Photo sent by Mrs. Johnson.

Bookcase-wall cabinet piece is made of attractive knotty pine finished with orange shellac. Samuel Robertino, Stamford, Conn.

Bicycle Radio is Easy and Cheap to Build (Apr, 1940)

Bicycle Radio is Easy and Cheap to Build


FANS who would like to install a radio on their bicycles so they can enjoy their favorite programs while riding around town or on short trips will find the inexpensive set described on these pages just what they have been looking for. Fitting in a basket mounted on the handlebars, the battery-operated, four-tube receiver contains its own loudspeaker. It gives excellent results on local broadcast stations, and if iron-core coils instead of the air-space type specified are used this range will be increased.

PLAY BAR (Jan, 1954)


Behind its attractive doors, this compact unit provides storage space and shelves for game and bar essentials.

By Stephen Kirchner

IF you entertain groups who like cards and other games, or if you enjoy sociable refreshments with your family or friends, the unit pictured here will be a welcome addition to your living room, den or play room. It is simple to construct and provides ample storage space. The gleaming Conolite surfaces are beautiful, durable and easy to keep clean.

Unique “Cat” Footstool (May, 1938)

Unique “Cat” Footstool

A project you can complete in one evening


HERE is another novelty article which will be appreciated by the home craftsmen who like to work with such projects; it is simple enough in construction to be classed as a “one-evening” job. The two high – backed black cats support between them a round-topped foot rest, which is covered with cloth upholstering.

Car of Parts (Jun, 1946)

Car of Parts is this home-made “Weep,” Edwarcl G. Hammond, retired Newton, Mass., lumber merchant. Utilizing spare parts from sixteen automobiles, a tractor, a mowing machine and a sailboat, Mr. Hammond’s dream chariot averages 50 miles on a gallon of gas and has a top speed of 60 mph. The basket is for golf clubs and umbrellas.

MODEL SUBMACHINE GUN Performs Realistically (Dec, 1941)

MODEL SUBMACHINE GUN Performs Realistically

Here Is A Repeating Action “Submachine Gun” That Will Delight That Boy Of Yours. While Certainly No Lethal Weapon It Will Knock Over Toy Soldiers Quite Easily, Holds Fifteen Wooden “Bullets” Firing As The Front Handle Pumps Back And Forth.

by Reginald O. Lissaman

ANY small boy will want, and be delighted • with this toy submachine gun, which’! holds fifteen shots in the magazine and fires them continuously, until empty, as the “tromboning” action is worked. Made entirely from wood, simple of construction, and employing no “hard to get” parts, this gun would make an excellent mass production product for any guild club doing such work for gift or sale.

The Pepsi Light (Jan, 1969)

The Pepsi Light

WITH two Pepsi cans and a scrounged piece of aluminum channel you can build our Pepsi Light for under $5. It uses high-intensity bulbs like the mini lights but operates on 117 volts and needs no transformer, as do the minis. You could use beer or other soft-drink cans but then you might have a Bud Light or a Coke Light.

NEW USES for old Fords Contest (May, 1929)

NEW USES for old Fords Contest

This contest is growing more popular each month! Readers of Modern Mechanics are invited to enter by sending in pictures of odd uses to which old Fords have been put, and, as a tribute to the versatility of old Tin Lizzie of fond memory, Modern Mechanics will offer $10 for every photo accepted for publication. Contest runs until further notice—no closing dates, so send in your photo now!

There’s Treasure in Trash (Sep, 1954)

There’s Treasure in Trash

With a little imagination and a few tools you can convert junk into cash as does Sal Salvatori. By Peter Lamb IF there’s a workshop in your home and you fancy yourself a fairly commendable woodworker, you may be missing an opportunity to cash in on your hobby as many other workshoppers are doing. Some turn out original designs; others make furniture to order. But one of the most successful fields is the conversion of discarded items into useful and ornamental pieces. Take the case of Salvatore Salvatori.