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My radio flyer wagon project for my daughter...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by sloppy-ollies, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. sloppy-ollies
    Joined: Jan 19, 2009
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    sloppy-ollies
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    from Jersey

    My fiance and I are having a baby girl this coming February, so what better thing to do then make a hot rod Radio Flyer for her and the dog to cruise around with.

    Started with an old Radio Flyer Special wagon which I quickly dissassembled
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    made a simple rear drop axle from 3/4" steel tubing and some short pieces of 1/8th inch thick flat stock
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    rear mocked up, nice and low
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    front axle made from 3/4" tubing as well, just angled cuts, welded, and ground smooth
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    front spindles being made
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    chassis
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    bought some threaded clevis's to use as tie rod ends, but they were fine thread and too small, so i drilled and tapped them to 5/16
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    front end linkage assembled
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    basically where i'm at now, everything is mocked up the way i like it. still need to get some bolts and stuff, and fab up a new pull handle, but i'm really pleased how it's come out so far.
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  2. Lookin good, keep us posted!
     
  3. freebird101
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    awsome.. looks nice
     
  4. Nice, very nice and congrats to you.
     

  5. chopt55bc
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    thats to friggin cool!!!
     
  6. poofus1929
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    That's too cool. Subscribed. I got to see the finished product.
     
  7. thebugbox
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    Sweet Project
     
  8. fab32
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    Neat project. You'll have a good time hauling her around in that and she'll probably be the envy of the little boy hot rodders by time she is walking.

    Frank
     
  9. jmh
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  10. switchkid0
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    Needs a shifter, at the very least. Lights, hood ornament, hubcaps, maybe some crazy spaghetti noodle exhaust pipes. I look at it like this... you could have left a perfectly good wagon alone, but if you've come this far, is a little more going to hurt it?
     
  11. EagleFreek
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    That's cool as hell. Just make sure there is enough room between the wagon and the rear wheels so little fingers can't get hurt in between them.
     
  12. 61 chevy
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    thats a cool low rider
     
  13. hemifarris
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    Cool ride for Daddy's little girl:eek:. Nice work....:)
     
  14. McDeuce
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    Very Cool ... keep posting pics so we can follow along
     
  15. synthsis
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    that RULES! congrats on the rugrat too.
     
  16. BBYBMR
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    I like the stance. Maybe drill the wheels like artillery style....
     
  17. power58
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    very well done, looks great.
     
  18. Very nice! Looking forward to seeing it done!
     
  19. low budget
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    Make a harness for the dog so it can pull her around:D
     
  20. 37RAT
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    Hey, nice looking wagon. I just finished one about a month ago. Grandson and I took it down the road---goes pretty good too!!
     

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  21. sloppy-ollies
    Joined: Jan 19, 2009
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    sloppy-ollies
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    from Jersey

    Thats sick!


    Thanks for all the comments guys, but I need some advice here. My original plan was to paint the frame and everything flat or semi gloss black, and paint the tub a pink candy color with metal flake or something along those lines to make it a little more girly. But now that I see it assembled like this, I'm thinking of not painting it, and keeping the patina. I'm not sure what to do.
     
  22. Dynaflash_8
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    Paint it. Little kids dont like tetnus shots either.
     
  23. chevy57dude
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    I vote paint it. Girls & girlfriends often don't get the whole patina thing. Too bad that chrome plating is so expensive... I was gonna suggest some kind of 'flake job, seems you already have that plan cookin'! Way cool project, please keep the pix coming!
     
  24. thebugbox
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    You could leave the outside patina, and just 'bedliner' the inside so that there's a clean surface to keep the baby from getting lock jaw.
     
  25. make another one!
     
  26. 454navyss
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
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    i was expecting something like this but yours is bitchin all the same

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  27. jimi'shemi291
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    Cool project, dad! Though about using some nice lightash wood and giving it a "stake bed" effect?
     
  28. kiotes
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  29. sloppy-ollies
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    sloppy-ollies
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    Trust me I've had that thought too, and I just might!


    Hmmm, now the wheels are turning again, I like that idea.

    I wish it was still flea market season here on the East Coast, I'd pick up another wagon and make one to keep with patina, and one to paint. The new Radio Flyers are 100 bucks at Walmart or Amazon! That's insane to me.
     
  30. thebugbox
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