Puddle Jumper

Russell and Susan Hardwick

10 SE 125th Terrace Road

Silver Springs, FL 34488

email: rhardwick@cfl.rr.com


The prototype finished in January 1999, is the sixth model built by Hardwick Hideout. It is made entirely of aluminum except for the axles. All fasteners are stainless steel. All the hardware such as shaft tips, holdbacks, hubcaps and whip holder are made at the 'Hideout'.

They are designed to be a strong lightweight 4-wheel marathon vehicle that can be set up for ponies or horses. We use torsion axles on all four wheels instead of springs for a smooth ride. Standard shafts are independent short shafts with an open loop (can be closed at customer request) and have 6" of adjustment in length in 1 1/2" increments. The pole is supported by a shock absorber and the end has 12" of adjustment in 3" increments.

As with all 'Hideout' vehicles, the wheels have roller bearings. The wheels also have grease fittings so that the wheels may be greased without removing them from the axle.

The standard drivers' wedge gives the customers an option of how much slant is given to the wedge. It is adjustable but not on glider tracks. The adjustment comes by loosening four bolts. A bench seat is also available.

These vehicles can be left unpainted. If they are to be painted all the parts are sanded before welding. When all assemblies and parts are done they are sent to a powder coating shop, brought back, and the vehicle is then assembled.

These vehicles have competed successfully at many Combined Driving Events.

All Hardwick Hideout vehicles are cut out, machined, shaped, TIG welded, and assembled here at the "Hideout".


Vehicle weight ----270 -300 lbs single horse or pony
Price unpainted stock vehicle w/single seat ------ $5400
Price unpainted stock vehicle w/bench seat ------ $5700.00
Price unpainted stock vehicle w/bench and single seat ------ $5900.00


Standard Equipment:

Marathon shafts (adjustable to 6")
Rear disc brakes
Single seat w/wedge



Price painted (powder coat) -------Add $600.00
Pole Assembly ----------------------- Add $800.00
Polished Brass Hubcaps and Whip holder ----- Add $300.00