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Little Red Wagon up for grabs

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by <FANG>, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. <FANG>
    Joined: Feb 7, 2008
    Posts: 531

    from W.L.A.

  2. If this guy bought the wagon at a "collector car auction" in Scottsdale he wouldn't be listing on the site what he was told by the auctioner, he'd have paperwork to back up the provenance. Looks like a clone/copy being passed off on ebay to me, I'd be very careful. The Scottsdale auctions sell mostly top cars (some everyday drivers without making any claims) and, since they have so many to choose from, they insist on the proper documentation to back-up the sale, they don't take a consigners word for the cars history.
  3. mj40's
    Joined: Dec 11, 2008
    Posts: 3,280


    Maverick retired in 2003, and the Little Red Wagon retired with him. This was actually the third or fourth wagon; the first and second had been wrecked in the 1960s, and the two wrecks were assembled into one new truck which was itself wrecked in 1975. A third new wagon was purchased in the 1970s, to be retired in 2003 after about thirty years of demonstrations. Yet another truck was a 1983 Ram used for tractor pulls; and still another was built just for Don Garlits&#8217; museum. The third new wagon (the one that was used through the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s) and the museum truck have both been purchased by a collector for museum display.
  4. speedtool
    Joined: Oct 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,541


    As I understand, there were a number of real "Lil Red Wagons" built by Bill Golden. Garlits has one of them in his museum.
    I'm no expert, but this one doesn't look authentic.

  5. jonnycola
    Joined: Oct 12, 2003
    Posts: 2,053


  6. weldtoride
    Joined: Jun 14, 2008
    Posts: 259


    I was at the Chicago WOW last month and there was a Little Red Wagon clone. I think it might have been part of Volo Auto Museum's area. But not really a true clone as I looked under it and the engine in the back was a dummy, it had an engine and trans in the stock location as well. I looked hard at the lettering, there was a small disclaimer on that particular clone that it was not the real deal.
    From the looks of the ebay Red Wagon underbody photos , it looks like it really is set up as a wheelstander. But then the guy's add says there were 7 built, but I looked and he doesn't say this is number so and so. I thought that odd. if its only one of 7, which one?
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2009
  7. weldtoride
    Joined: Jun 14, 2008
    Posts: 259


    Lets suppose a guy is at one of the Braggist Jackson auctions, and the guy gets a bit loaded and then goaded into buying a car for big $$, and then after he gets it home he decides to verify its provenance, and lo and behold, what he has is not what he thought he bought. What would he do next? Buyer beware.
  8. Oh yeah, the Weld wheels and Convo Pro's...just like back in the day.
    Why can't people just come right out and say "This is my attempt to build a Little Red Wagon Clone" ? The modern wheels, the modern shifter, lack of a WELDED in rollbar.
    This guy "Believes" a lot, and many things "appear" to be.
    It is not a bad looking truck, I just wish people would be more straight forward.
  9. Don't forget about the shifter and gauges them ain't period correct!! clone
  10. smells like a clone to me
  11. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,984

    from California

    Little red wagon had a 426. not an early Hemi
  12. wetatt4u
    Joined: Nov 4, 2006
    Posts: 2,146


    A CLONE but Not even a good CLONE,

    But I like the MOTOR
  13. Mule Farmer
    Joined: Jun 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,508

    Mule Farmer
    from Holland MI

    That pictures great!!!!!

  14. I saw it run in 1967 in Wichita. First drag race I ever went too. I was 12 or 13.
    I remember it having holes drilled thru the back wheel well or some other place in the rear. I asked someone what they were for and they said to make it lighter. That stuck in my head all these years. The original didn't have the wheelie casters either. The tail gate worked as the wheelie bar and made tons of sparks as he went down the strip. I think the Grill was chrome too. it could be a updated one or clone. And it did have a 426. That looks like a 392.
  15. monsterflake
    Joined: May 13, 2003
    Posts: 3,763


    "i have been asked by many eBayers if i would trade for there camaro or corvette or 426 hemi cuda nova hotrod and many others and the answer is NO i have no interest in trades these all sound like nice cars but i do not have the room if i did i would keep my cars i have now but thank you all for the offers."

    thank you for including so many unrelated keywords in your added-on bullshit story...
  16. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,279


    If you read his desription no where does he claim it's the real deal, matter of fact he point's out he doesn't know if it is or not. Been a long time since I've seen the real one (the 75 crash, our local drag strip) but I'm saying clone. The one I remember could not of been converted back to the street. Wonder why any car collector would only have it a very short time and be listing it with a reserve 1/3 of what he paid?
  17. JC Sparks
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 712

    JC Sparks
    from Ohio

    Wheelie wheels instead of titanium blocks? JC
  18. Bill Maverick Golden lives at Kensett Ark. He used to still have a bunch of trucks and wrecks in the backyard. dont know if he still has it anymore. OldWolf
  19. The one at WOW Chicago was funny with the plastic hemi in the bed. This one sure as hell isnt the real deal, but at least it has a real(all be it incorrect) hemi in it.
  20. thats fake! it looks way different. still (kinda) cool
  21. 85-percent
    Joined: Apr 5, 2005
    Posts: 323


    FIRST QUESTION in the listing is from this guy: "Sooooo "Hollywood" George Tuers here. Who is selling the Kings rod??? I am retired from Wheelstanding but am curious."

    Name rings a bell. I think he was a wheelstander back in the 'golden days'? Anybody know George out there in hambsville?


    -90% jimmy
  22. cgaswillys
    Joined: Oct 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,076

    from New Jersey

    Yes, Hollywood George drove many Wheelstanders.
  23. Gizzy
    Joined: Jan 20, 2008
    Posts: 686

    from N.W,Ohio

    Not even a good clone.Pretty cheesy lookin'...booo! Giz'
  24. Jersey Meathook
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 164

    Jersey Meathook

  25. rustnpz
    Joined: Nov 4, 2006
    Posts: 74


    It's a clone look at the gauges ,shifter, wheels ,blower, vintage 65 stuff don't look like that.
  26. To call that a Clone is injustice to the word. noun- a person or thing that duplicates, imitates, or closely resembles another in appearance, function, performance, or style

    At best it is a very poor attempt at a tribute!
  27. BAD ROD
    Joined: Dec 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,535


    metalman is right, he does not say it is real anywhere. Pretty sure that is your answer.
  28. He states that he was told it has a Chrysler transmission. The REAL wagon had a Marine type "V" drive, and plexiglas on the floor of the the driver could see where he was going...
  29. "THE" real wagon. Which one are you talking about?

    First few had 426 Hemi's with chrysler automatics behind them.
    One of the first had a subframe similar to this one. Basically a removable subframe with the engine, tranny, and rear attached.

    V-drives came later in the wheel stander era.
    The first one wasn't built as a wheel stander, but it sure ended up that way.

    Search on here for little red wagon. There is a bunch of info and pics.
  30. draginsteel
    Joined: Oct 21, 2007
    Posts: 462


    Might be a clone, but it sure be fun to pickup groceries in!

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