Russell and Susan Hardwick
10 SE 125th Terrace Road
Silver Springs, FL 34488
he prototype finished in January 2006, is the mini version of the famous Puddle Jumper. It is made entirely of aluminum except for the axles. All fasteners are stainless steel. All the hardware such as shaft tips, hubcaps and whip holder are made at the 'Hideout'.
They are set up on torsion axles. Standard shafts are independent short shafts with an open loop 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.
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.
All Hardwick Hideout vehicles are cut out, machined, shaped, TIG welded, and assembled here at the "Hideout". The only purchased parts are the torsion axles, bearings, and cushions.
Vehicle weight ----150-175 lbs
Price unpainted stock vehicle ------ $4400.00
- Marathon shafts (adjustable to 6")
Rear disc brakes
Single seat w/wedge
Removable rear step
Price painted (powder coat) ----------- $5000.00
Pole Assembly ----------------------- Add $600.00
- Polished Brass Hubcaps and Whip holder ----- Add $300.00
- Leader Bars-----------------------Add $450.00