Little Rascals for Real: Depression-Era Locomotive Built by Kids

Those Little Rascals, always building some kind of contraption to haul around their latest moneymaking scheme or the He-Man Woman Hater's Club collection of BDSM toys (oops, wrong movie). The burden always fell on poor Petey the circle-eyed terrier to provide motivation for their homemade vehicles. If only the Rascals were as smart as these scamps from Minnesota, who built a ride-on locomotive out of a bust-ass coal furnace, an old bed frame an oil barrel and washing-machine gear. The early go-kart, profiled in an issue of Modern Mechanix in the 1930s, only produced a half-horsepower (probably a little more than Petey), but it captured the can-do spirit of the Great Depression, by cracky.

Kid-built oil barrel locomotive [Make]

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