Making a CanCar - Coke Moke
The Wheels (8 can bottoms needed)
Raw Material (tops & bottoms cut off)
Sat 26th Sept 09. Starting work!
Measuring up to see which part of the can will match.
Racing Fuel Filler Cap
The fuel filler cap is actually a mirror screw chrome dome. It was lying about and I thought that would make a nice fuel filler cap!! The cap is sitting on top of a small disc of balsa, which in turn is sitting on top of a disc of can which has been stuck down inside out. Some pins pushed through around the outside to complete the illusion. Little details like this can be put together quite easily and the improvement they make to the car is tremendous.
Sun 04 Oct. The Bottom
With there being three different types of Coca-Cola can available now, I have the option of putting more colour into the cars. Here you can see that I have used Coke Zero black for the bottom.
Here you can see how the wheel arches are all lined with can. Sometimes it is impossible to achieve any cohesive alignment of the graphics, so pieces with no graphics on them are the best to use.
Here I am laying out the details of the grille. The front of the car is covered with masking tape and I am about to mark where the slots go. These will then be cut out and black paint applied to simulate the slots. You can see some of my reference material at hand, you never have too much!
Solid aluminium rod is used for the main bar as it can be bent properly. The aluminium tube can not be bent as it just collapses if you try. It is used for the straight support though. The mounting plates are balsa with can on them inside out, and dress makers pins through each corner.
The grille is simulated with black paint. The head lights are discs of balsa with can stuck on in opposite ways. The indiwinkers are thin rings sliced off the end of an aluminium tube, with small discs of balsa pushed into them. Marker pen was used to colour the balsa before they were inserted.
These are a repetition of the front indiwinkers.
Sat 10 Oct. Windscreen
Some 1.6mm diameter galvanised wire has been bent and added on to represent the windscreen frame.
You can see how much detail can be added with things like wire, pins, paper clips, little screws and washers, and card.
The seats are made of 1mm balsa covered with Zero Coke can. The piping is red electronic hook-up wire.
The seats are just resting in place to see how they will look. I'll clear lacquer them separately from the car before final assembly.
Sun 18 Oct. Rear Suspension
You can see the brake plates with a hose coming from each into the bodywork. There are also representations of radius arms and telescopic dampers. This is a little HOTROD Moke so it should obviously have a beam axle rear end!
Top and bottom suspension arms, trackrod end, drive shaft with CV boot, swivel hub, brake plate, and brake hose. All present and correct.
Sump and Exhaust
These details help break up the plain flat bottom.
Sun 25 Oct. Wheels
Rim, spokes, hub, hub nuts, centre cap, and tyre valve.
Mon 26 Oct. Finished!
Four weeks of part time work has produced this.
Check out the new page, called Moke, on the website.