|Project by Schwieb||posted 12-05-2008 10:42 PM||12781 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
My great-grandfather owned and used this wagon on the homestead farm in Northwest Ohio. It passed to my grandpa and then my Dad. It took a year to take it apart, clean-up the metal parts, duplicate the missing ones and build the bottom, and sides, finish and assemble the wagon. Over 200 1/4” rivets hold it together along with bolts and screws. Enough detail remained in the original paint to discern the pinstriping pattern although I took liberty with the colors. The box is red oak cut and dried by my life long friend Roger Prigge in Hamler, Ohio. I faithfully maintained the size and configuration of the wagon as best I could do with the poor condition of the wagon when I took it home to my shop in Florida.
The pictures shown are of the parade version of the wagon I came up with. I added the side seats and made it to slide over the sides of the box. Then built a smaller box for the drivers seat. I also built full sides and a tailgate so it can be set up as it was used originally. My goal is to return it to a horse drawn configuration just like was at the turn of the century and well after and hope that someone finds it worthy of keeping .
I don’t really like the wheels and tires but it had been converted from wooden wheels long before. I see a nice set of wooden spoked wheels with narrower rubber tires.
If you follow the following link it should take you to a google web site that has has many more pictures of the wagon being rebuilt http://picasaweb.google.com/kasdmd/GrandpaSWagon#
-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.