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Old 03-19-2011
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New project: Low Rider Wagon

Started another project as if I don't already have enough irons in the fire! This is a father/daughter project. Been wanting to build a custom low rider radio flyer for a while now. Well, finally got all the stuff I need. My mom brought me a wagon she had back around Thanksgiving. Picked up some square tubing and some thick sheet metal this past weekend while back home. Only thing missing was the front suspension. Bought a prefabbed kit off ebay. So today, Madison and myself got the wagon stripped down to just the tub. Went back out after dinner and cut 80% of the tubing cut for the chassis. Just need to hit the welding supply for some gas, and wait for the front suspension to show up.

Before tear down:
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Chassis laid out and ready to be welded:


Rear axle ready to be welded:
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Plans are to leave the paint alone for now, leave the frame in bare steel (for a short while). May get the frame powder coated later one. Not sure if I will paint the body later on, time will tell. Going to cut a piece of wood to sit down inside, covered in a diamond'd leopard micro fiber, with red leather buttons. Should be a pretty quick and easy build once I get my gas.
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Old 03-20-2011
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Looks good, I've always wanted to "hot rod" a Radio Flyer. Some rake to it, maybe some chrome zoomies
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This one has a mild rake, about 1.5" front to back.

oh and pipes like these?
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Sweet project. I never seen anything like that before
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haha, awesome project
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Never seen anything like it. Neat father daughter project.
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That's awesome!
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Hoping to make it to the welding supply shop tonight before they close. we'll see. i'll have about 20 minutes to drive to the other side of town.....
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That's pretty cool. I recently got into doing this also and now have three wagons sitting in my basement. I started on one that is lifted, and plan on doing a rat also. Are you getting the go kart wheels/tires or using something else?
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Nice Troy!! How fast will it be?

When you finish, we can race.
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I made it to the welding shop with just minutes to spare. dropped the wife off at work at 4:30, took 25 minutes to drive through town. put the tank in the car and was pulling out at 4:58! they close at 5. got the main frame tacked in place. i haven't welded with a MIG in so long, and haven't really welded with this welder since i bought it a year ago. I'm happy with it so far!

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That's pretty cool. I recently got into doing this also and now have three wagons sitting in my basement. I started on one that is lifted, and plan on doing a rat also. Are you getting the go kart wheels/tires or using something else?
i have a harbor freight wagon on 10" tires. so that's my "lifted" one. original plans where to use treaded karting tires, but i can't afford them plus the hubs, etc. so for now, i'll be using the wheels that came with it. i may try to find some smaller tires for the front, and put duals out back! looking for some bicycle fenders as well.

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Nice Troy!! How fast will it be?

When you finish, we can race.
sounds good. not sure how fast it'll be. low and slow!
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Yeah, those adapters + tires gets costly. I have been checking Ebay for some used ones, there are a few good deals. Here is my most recent pic of my wheel mock up on one. Still waiting on my lift springs.

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that's cool. i have ran across a couple deals on ebay, but most go out of my price range at the last minute!

Made it to the welding shop yesterday with minutes to spare. spent a few hours tonight getting the frame and axle supports welded up. got the mounting plates and the nuts for the axles welded on. I found out the wagon is a Hamilton, probably made in the early 50s and pretty rare. anyways, here are the pics.




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with two wheels!
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I left the frame long until I get the front axle, which shipped today! I was looking at it and I think i'm gonna leave it long and build a mini tool box to go on front of the main body. I want to put a light on the front and rear, leds of course. So i'll need a spot to mount a battery etc. I think that place would be perfect.
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Lookin' pretty cool. I have one of those Hamilton Greyhound wagons also. After seeing what they go for stock, it was a hard decision to decide to tear it apart, but oh well, too late now.
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Yeah, i didn't know what it was til I looked at the hub caps tonight. i might keep the stock axles. how i'm doing mine shouldn't modify the body at all, other than needing to drill two more holes for mounting.
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The wagon is looking good Troy. Are you just lowering it? Or going to do something like this?

http://www.hunterracing.com/pittride...speedflyer.htm

These guys are actuall down the street from my dads house
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those are cool, but no, i am not going that far. my daughter is only 4 (next month)! she has a power wheels and that is plenty fast enough!
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The wagon is looking good Troy. Are you just lowering it? Or going to do something like this?

http://www.hunterracing.com/pittride...speedflyer.htm

These guys are actuall down the street from my dads house
WOw. I've seen a few of them done like that before, but that one looks pretty damn fast.
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I built a lowrider cart to tow behind my tractor a while back, its 4ft wide by 8ft long sits on 6 10" pneumatic wheels, the 4 corners swivel and the middle to are strait, coverd in some plywood and some old office carpet i had lying around its total height off the ground is about 5-6 inches or so. i used some angle iron and my trusty welder. i only needed it to to some major tree renovation at my moms place, then i donated it to the local high school band so they can cart their stuff around competitions and home games.
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well, it's done for now. I got some other things I want to do, but not anytime soon.

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thats cool lol
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That's awesome, love the hurst handle.
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Nice handle!
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anyone ever seen the radio flyer car a guy in alaska made??? its street legal and driven on a regular basis.

Heres a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTnHI...eature=related
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Looks good, needs one of those Indian kind of blankets for the seat
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