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Old 02-10-2007, 11:53 AM
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Here’s another project I finished this summer.

My two girls wanted a cool wagon to be pulled around in at the state fair… OK, actually I wanted a cool wagon, cuz I never had one.

Sniffle sniffle…

I asked my girls, 4 and 6, what they wanted in a wagon and they said they wanted it to be pink...
…What “I” heard though, was something about a double triangulated 4 link coilover suspension system with 4 wheel steering, simulated beadlocks, front and rear bumper with D-ring shackles and rear receiver hitch, rear diamond plate cooler rack, and they said it had to look like a 1947 Jeep CJ2A with removable hood.

I was shocked to hear that they even knew about this stuff at such a young age, let alone where in the world they could have learned about it, but who was I to judge…

…I was on a mission.

I set out on my mission by building a cardboard replica of the body to get the scale size figured out and to see if it would actually look like a Jeep and meet with their approval.
I made one model, but they wanted to be able to squeeze in themselves and their 2 buddies so I ended up with a .35 scale model.

Of course I wasn’t about to build some wimpy wagon that they would outgrow in a few years, (or that I would wreck flying down our hill...) so I made the entire body out of 11 gauge steel.
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:54 AM
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I then built a frame out of 1” square tubing, and built some axles, (portal type) out of 1.5” round pipe. Then I tacked them in place to figure out the link locations.
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:55 AM
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Then I started working on the links and the steering system.
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:56 AM
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Mounted the body tub, and figured out how to make the compound bends in the hood. Made the bumpers, cooler rack and beadlock rings.
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:58 AM
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Got my coilover shocks mounted then started painting and assembling.
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Finally, I painted and mounted the body. It’s not exactly the lightest wagon out there… who am I kidding… it’s one of the heaviest, but it rolls extremely easy and was relatively easy to pull my two kids and a bunch of other stuff at the fair this past summer. We’ve also been asked to be in 2 parades with it, which the kids loved too! The handle can be made into a tow bar to be pulled by an ATV which is great for buzzing around the yard.
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:59 AM
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That is awesome....I love it....great to see your girls are "schooled up" on Jeeps etc.......
How much ya got in that material wise.....keep the pics. coming.....
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:04 PM
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That deserves a "WELL DONE" .... WOW .... SUPER nice set up and a well thought out project. If my daughter in CO. seen this she'd beg you to make them one.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:25 PM
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Very nice ! Your daughters granddaughters will be riding around in it some day.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:56 PM
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Thanks guys, I bet I have almost $500.00 into it not including labor...

Future mods include:

removable steering "wheel" for big kids (me) riding down hills
removable side mounted "grown-up" chair racks
Parking brake
removable "bikini top"
cupholders
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