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Old March 30th, 2014, 09:02 PM   #1
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So the wife and I just recently had a son, and since I'm into car's, I figured it's never too early to get him interested.

I decided to build a hot rod wagon for him so he could have the coolest wagon on the block.

Here are some pics I took along the way, I forgot to take a lot, so there are steps that are missing.

This is what we started with, just a generic Town & Country Red Wagon with wood sides.



I figured the first step was to build a real frame for underneath it to handle the racing tires it was going to get. So here is the frame tacked up to see how everything fit.

The wheels, tires, hubs and steering are go kart parts. I got the wheels and tires free, but had to buy the rest.




Flipped back over sitting on the new frame, I like the stance that it has. The steering has a spacer welded to it just to hold the tires straight.



I decided the squared off look of the wood wasn't going to work, so I cut a few pieces off and then rounded all the corners.



Just another angle, I painted the frame midnight black as well, it's black with metal flake.



And yet another angle.



I figured since my son was too young for a bouncy wagon ride, I picked up a bike car seat and modified it to work with the wagon. Here he is testing out the fit, along with the dog.



A guy at work gave me some headliner material to make an interior for it for a little added padding. I cut a piece of 1/4" plywood and wrapped it with the fabric. I also stained the wood sides on the wagon for a nicer look.



Here it is with the seat in place, the rear tires are missing because I am currently polishing them up.



And here's the little guy trying it out again, this time there is no seat in it though. He was just too excited to wait.




I still have to throw a couple coats of poly on the wood, and get the rest of the wheels polished, then we'll be ready to hit all the local car shows this spring in style. I also went through and replaced all of the hardware with stainless, hoping that it'll last long enough for his kids to use.
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Nice work! I prefer the offroad style wagons, but that's cool as hell without a doubt.
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Old March 30th, 2014, 09:16 PM   #3
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Very nice job
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how does it flex?
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that is awesome man.
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Nice work! I prefer the offroad style wagons, but that's cool as hell without a doubt.

I like them too, but it seems like everyone makes them, you can even buy them in the for sale forum now. This thing has some weight to it, but it rolls easier than the stock wagon.
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Old March 31st, 2014, 08:47 AM   #9
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Now you need a Simpson car seat, the race ones.

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