Dad Builds His Son A Working Remote-Controlled Truck From A Mobility Scooter
It started off life as a replica of an Eddie Stobart truck, but has since been changed to a superhero theme, with the Stobart branding replaced by AH (Alfie Hull).
In case you're wondering - yes, the vehicle is completely remote controlled so that Alfie can actually drive the thing around.
Daniel Hull actually started building vehicles for his three-year-old son Alfie back in 2018, but decided to go even bigger for his lockdown project.
He told LADbible: "I had already built him a Series One Land Rover he could ride in for his 1st birthday but wanted to build him something powered, and something bigger.
"So, naturally I decided to build him a one-third scale 21-foot-long lorry, trailer and monster truck to go on the back."
Yep, that sounds like the natural reaction.
He continued: "My boy first saw this and realised it was a lorry way before it was finished, at that time he was amazed and just wanted to get in it.
"I worked on it for approximately a year almost solidly until work took over and didn't touch it for around another 12 months.
"Then, we moved into a new house which had an integral garage which immediately became a workshop.
"Coronavirus and lockdown struck and so the build resumed."
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Now, it should be said that the monster truck isn't actually finished yet, but if you want to follow along with what Dan's done to date, there's actually a more in-depth explanation over on Instructables.
He added: "[It's] built from a mobility scooter, the trailer made from a metal framed bed, three garden tables and a kitchen table top.
"I'm currently building a 125cc monster truck made from one quad bike and a 125cc Yamaha moped.
"The lorry is 6.5m long and 0.75 m wide, 24v electric motor powered.
"The whole project is still in build but getting close."
The actual project is seriously complex. This wouldn't be something to take on if you're an amateur.
On the Instructables tutorial, Dan documents how he stripped the scooter down, adjusted the steering pattern, and fitted some appropriate wheels.
Then, he laser cut out a load of panels to build up the structure of the truck properly. After using computer-aided design to plan the whole thing out, he built the cab and stuck it all together with some - presumably very strong - glue.
To top it all off, he added in a load of laser cutting for the truck's trailer. You have to admit, the finished product looks absolutely fantastic.
Oh, and he built the cab to lean forward, revealing a custom AH-branded V8 engine block.
The final effect, with all of the unique branding and working electrical lights, is frankly the most impressive home-build that you're likely to see for a long time.
Seriously, it's amazing what you can achieve if you put your ind to a project and have the skills, tools, and knowhow.
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