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Gracie's F150

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:13 pm
by MissGracieRocks
I haven't modded this truck much, yet. I did rewire the throttle to a momentary switch on the steering wheel using 12Vwiz's diagram because Miss Gracie's legs are parylized. We had a custom decal set made to make the truck more girly. I just ordered a programmable buzzer to make a custom horn. There are plans to mod in a rack and pinion to make less work of steering, hopefully we'll get going on it this weekend since there's rain in the forecast for the next week. I'm a stay at home Mom who is an aspiring modder. I no longer have the time to work on vehicles, I think PW are the perfect hobby to fill that void:) Those are NOT handicap symbols on her back windows, they are the logo for wheelchair motocross athlete Aaron Fotheringham who also has Spina Bifida like my Gracie.

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Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:52 pm
by Whitepup
Awesome truck! WTG to make it work for your girl! :D

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:59 pm
by wired
Nice job mom. Little miss Gracie looks like she's having a blast. You picked a good hobby for both of you to enjoy.

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:12 pm
by gwinnythepooh
That is too cool. I bet she loves it!!

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:29 pm
by SouthernJeepin
Wow, looks good... You did a really good job!

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:38 pm
by rinowish
I love it. Great job with the steering wheel accelorator mod.

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:06 pm
by MissGracieRocks
Thanks for all of the positive feedback everyone! Miss Gracie loves her truck. I just wish that she'd spend less time playing with the radio and more time driving, though she is making her way around the yard pretty good now. I think the truck will be a lot more user friendly for her after I get the Gaucho front end modded in. I can't wait to add lights and more power when she's ready. I'm super proud of my little girl; 2 1/2 years old, 12 brain surgeries, smart as a whip and tough as nails :D

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:26 pm
by Never enough
The truck looks really good and she looks so adorable driving it.

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:22 am
by joetown_native
Awesome job on the truck. And the driver is such a cutie, and looks like shes having a blast. Keep at it and keep us updated as u mod it further.

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Tue May 01, 2012 2:42 pm
by hotwheel80
Great job!!! I've been dying to get ahold of one of those F150s but they are hard to come by around my area. :(
She's a cutie and an inspiration!!! Keep it up!

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Tue May 01, 2012 7:42 pm
by MissGracieRocks
Thanks, guys!
Hotwheel, we had a hard time finding a MT F150 up here, too. Used BPRO's are hard to come by around here, when we do find them they are toast so we decided to go big and go new. I saw the new blue F150 Raptors hitting the shelves and couldn't find any of these trucks at stores anywhere. I got nervous and started calling Walmarts around the state. Yup, we paid full retail price :cry: With the custom decals, added wiring and goodies, and the new front end parts to mod in we figured it out that for her 2nd birthday our daughter's first vehicle cost just as much as my first vehicle and my husbands first vehicle combined. :o
Good luck in your search for a F150

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:56 pm
by Smithrelo
Gracie's truck is AWESOME! I've just gotten a used F150 and want to get it running good as new in 30 days when grandkids come! Mom, you've done some GREAT work there! Can you tell me how best to get into the innards of the truck? From the Top or from the Bottom? I've got to see what's going on with the gears, so need some advice. Wondered how you did the electrical button for the accellerator?

Linda

Re: Gracie's F150

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:56 pm
by MissGracieRocks
Thanks! The best way to get to the wiring and gear boxes is to first remove the 4 screws that hold the seat down (2 screws in front of the seats -one tab each side, and 2 more screws behind the seats on each side where the seat meets the bed). The seat should come right out with those 4 screws removed. The easiest way to get the bed off the truck is to first remove the rear tires,(gently release the tabs on the hub caps to remove, then pull the pins and slide the wheels off of the axle) then flip the truck over to get at the 4 screws that hold the bed on. The cover that goes over the shifter just snaps into place, it will come off with gentle prying AFTER the seat is removed.

Here's a link to the owners manual for one of these trucks, the bottom of page 12 will show you where the bed screws are and it will give you a better idea of the break down of the truck.
http://www.fisher-price.com/inst_sheets ... r-0720.pdf

I used a diagram made by a member on this forum for the conversion to the throttle button on the steering wheel.
Here's a link to 12vwiz's diagram:
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=504

Good luck!