If you love playing racing games, chances are you would like to make the experience more realistic. What better way to do that than to have a racing game chair, complete with a steering wheel. Purchasing this would be quite expensive, but with a little cash, you can build your own. The project is fun and almost anyone can do it.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Car seat
- 14 gauge square tubing -- mild steel -- 8 sticks
- 14-gauge square tubing -- 1 ¼-inch mild steel -- 2 feet
- ¼-inch mild steel angle -- 2 feet
- ¾-inch mild steel angle -- 2 feet
- Mild steel bar stock 6-by-1/8 inch -- 13 inches
- Angle grinder
- Band saw
- Framers square
- Marking pencil
Create the design of your "cockpit." After you have obtained a car seat, place it on the floor and sit in it. The base of the structure will need to be at least an inch wider than the car seat.
Mount the car seat so it will sit on its own. This will depend on the type of car seat that you are using. Some will be harder to stabilise than others will. A square tube under the front mounts works well most of the seats.
Using the measurements you have obtained, draw a sketch of what you want your finished project to look like.
Using the sketch lay out the pieces of steel that you would need and decide where you will need to make your cuts.
Using your diagram, measure and cut the steel for your base. Remember to add inches for the pieces that will be tabbed.
Close the ends using your welder once the steel is cut.
Lay the pieces on your workspace. Clamp down an end made of the two cross runners and the front crosspiece. The front crosspiece will be at the end and should lay square. After clamping the pieces, check the angle using builders square. If it is square and does not rock, proceed to the next step. If it rocks, use a hammer to tap the tubing into place.
Use your welder to tack the joints together.
Repeat the steps with the other crosspiece. Make sure that it is measured and placed in the right spot.
Build the pedal mount. Use a plus shaped stand with edges to hold the pedals in place. Make sure the angle is correct and your pedals will fit.
Weld your seat into place.
Build the wheel mount. Weld two pieces of square tube to the base. Use a 21-inch tall and 23-inch wide U-shaped hoop and attach it to the pieces on the base using bolts.
Tack on the wheel plate and finish welding. Paint it the colour of your choice.
Tips and warnings
- The base does not need to be long and wide to be stable. It is possible to make it smaller and maintain stability.
- After measuring the steel you need, get a little extra to allow for the cuts as you will lose inches in the cuts.
- Always use safety equipment when welding.
- Make sure that your seat is perfect before welding it completely.
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