Q: got this old tricycle at a junk yard in va looking for car parts , haven’t been able to find out who made it , never seen one with the c shaped backbone like this . sure could use a little help thanks
A: You’ve found a vintage Murray Thunder Rod tricycle from the 1960’s. It’s pretty scarce. If you were thinking about fixing it up, you’ll probably wish you would have left it in the junkyard when you start pricing parts (there was an old stock unused motor in original box on eBay for $245). Below is photo of what your Thunder-Rod is supposed to look like.
Restoration & story by John H. – A few months ago I was at my parents house and found my old Murray “Thunder Rod” tricycle in the attic. I received it for Christmas in 1966, I was two years old. Since I have a 2 year old son, I thought I’d let Santa give it to him. The chrome only needed polishing and I just waxed the frame, leaving it original. The wheels were rusted so I masked off the tires, sanded, primed and painted the rims. The seat was rusted so I sanded, primed and painted it. Then I took the seat to an upholstery shop and had it recovered with a thin layer of padding underneath. The handgrips and leather streamers were purchased online and were not cheap. I looked for a bell at many stores and found this one at K-Mart. It’s large and has an authentic look.
This project was a lot of fun and I hope one day my son will appreciate the old tricycle as much as I do.
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