Hotrod Wagon

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Project by FarmGopher posted 07-27-2016 12:40 PM 3141 views 15 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a gift for my first child. It combines two of my hobbies, woodworking and classic cars. My wife and I own a ‘55 Chevy BelAir and travel every year to the Back To The Fifties car show in St. Paul, MN. I was inspired by many other customized Radio Flyer type wagons at the show. Because I have more experience in crafting wood than steel I chose to make a wagon based on a 1920’s Chevy Depot Hack. Depot Hacks, or Station wagons, were the Airport shuttle buses of the rail age. They were generally a large truck frame and engine with a big wooden body for hauling passengers and luggage. My miniature version is also, of course, modified to with the classic hotrod treatments; a “small” block V8 engine, dropped I-beam front axle, headers and a chopped roofline. Almost all of the wagon is made of ash, expect the steering wheel and handle grip, which is walnut, and of course the wheels and such. The headlights are for a bicycle and were purchased online. Our daughter has enjoyed “driving” the wagon so far, and loves ringing the bicycle bell (added after these photos). I wish I had more pictures of the making the different parts, but I was trying to squeeze in this project where I could with a new baby in our home. The only thing I would change is to find a way to make it lighter, because it is very heavy. We have received many nice comments from people at car shows and walks around town. It was a fun project and hopefully will last a long time.

-- Matt

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 12:47 PM

Matt, that is absolutely outstanding! What a fun idea.

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#2 posted 07-27-2016 02:13 PM

What a great project!

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#3 posted 07-27-2016 02:41 PM

Wow nice the job. I like all the details you put into this project.

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#4 posted 07-27-2016 03:03 PM

that is just about the coolest thing that ever I did see …......probably because it’s made from wood …..and also combines my favorite things also …...... very very neat looking …....... GREAT JOB

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#5 posted 07-27-2016 03:34 PM

BITCHIN’ project! I’d say you earned THIS today !

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#6 posted 07-27-2016 03:37 PM

What a fun project. Turned out great. Looks like there will be many miles of fun to come!!

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#7 posted 07-27-2016 04:37 PM

Car nut-sawdust fanatic—FANTASTIC Project!

I do also like that it is YOUR DESIGN! Others are sure to “borrow” the idea!

I even like the “drilled” hitch! That is also easily removed! Graat ideas all the way.

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#8 posted 07-27-2016 04:47 PM

Wow! Pretty realistic, with stearing wheel, wheels and engine. Colours are authentic too.

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#9 posted 07-27-2016 05:05 PM

superb job.

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#10 posted 07-27-2016 06:59 PM

That is just so neat and had to be one fun build.
One cool thing is you don’t put it on a shelf but pull it around, this will help your young un to really feel part of the action when you go to a show.

The air filter and valve covers are way cool for sure!!!

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#11 posted 07-27-2016 07:48 PM

A very nice wagon!

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#12 posted 07-27-2016 10:33 PM

This is too neat. Great little wagon

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#13 posted 07-27-2016 10:39 PM

Fantastic idea, I have a grandson that would love one!
can you provide any details on the front axel ?

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#14 posted 07-28-2016 02:02 AM

What a great build for your child. Great post, but where are the pictures of your 55? I also have always wanted one. I’m not a car builder, so always rely on others to do the building and each time I thought I was ready to buy one, the price was out of my market…still is I guess these days. I sure do like to look a them

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#15 posted 07-28-2016 02:32 AM

Unbelievable idea, great job! That will be a family heirloom!

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