Hi, We have updated/improved steering while driving.
Steering While Driving: ½” PVC Pipe Instructions (7-2019)
Items needed: (see the final page for item specifics)
(1) ~10”piece of ½” PVC pipe
(2) ½” PVC caps for the ends of the pipe (If you don’t have these, the kids will stick their fingers in the end of the pipe.)
(2) #4-40 x 1¼” bolts
(4) #4 or #6 washers
(2) #4 acorn nuts
(1) ¼” x 2” hex head course-thread bolt
(2) 1/4” course-thread nuts
(1) ¼” course-thread acorn nut
(1) Big Red Switch
Remove clear plastic cover from the switch. (You will not be using it.)
Keep the red, blue, yellow or green lid on the switch. Tighten the lid.
Make/use a 5 ¼” template with a horizontal and vertical line and 3 holes. 2- ½” in from the edge and 1 in the center.
Place the template on the switch and mark the 3 holes on the color lid.
Remove the color lid from the switch.
Using a 7/64” drill bit, drill the 2 outer holes on the lid.
Mark the middle of the 1/2” PVC pipe.
Line up middle of the PVC pipe with the middle of the template. Mark where the 1st hole needs to be drilled in the PVC pipe.
Drill one hole in the PVC pipe using the 7/64th bit. Make sure to have the drill vertical.
Secure one side of the PVC pipe on the lid. Feed the bolt from the bottom of the lid, place 2 washes on the bolt, put the PVC pipe on and loosely tighten with an acorn nut.
Turn the lid upside down. Make sure that the middle of the PVC pipe is lined up with the 2nd hole on the color lid. Drill through the hole in the lid and through the PVC pipe.
Secure 2nd side of the PVC on the lid. Feed the bolt from the bottom of the lid, place 2 washes on the bolt, put the PVC pipe on and loosely tighten with an acorn nut.
Tighten the bolt/nut with a screw driver and a crescent wrench.
Put the ½” PVC caps on the ends of the PVC pipe.
Put the lid with the bar on the switch. Make sure it is on tight.
When the child is using the lid with the bar to steer the lid will unscrew when it is turned left. A stop needs to be used.
Using a ¼” drill bit, drill about ¼ - ½” from the top of the right side of the PVC bar through the black base of the switch.
Feed the 2” bolt up from the bottom of the base. Use a nut on the top of the base to secure the bolt.
Put a nut about 3/4” on the 2” bolt. Put the 1/4” acorn nut on the end of the bolt.
Secure the top and bottom nut by using 2 crescent wrenches in opposite directions to keep the nuts from moving.
Place the now completed switch on the steering wheel. You may need to drill a hole in the steering wheel to accommodate the head of the bolt on the bottom of the switch so that the switch is flush with the steering wheel.
Decide where the wire is going to go and feed it through the steering wheel and dash.
Make sure that the wheels are facing forward, attach the switch to the steering wheel with zip-ties/tie-wraps. You may want to Velcro the switch to the steering wheel to hold it in place while you zip-tie. Cut off the ends of the zip-ties and file them smooth. Wire the switch into the device.
The #4 acorn nuts are from Grainger
Email me if you would like for me to send you the instructions.