Monday, January 9, 2012

Swap Meet Wagons --Oh How I Hate Them!

The "Easily Tripped Over Wagon
Aagh! I've never been a fan of those hideous, derelict kid's Radio Flyers old guys drag around swap meets.  They are almost always walking slower then everyone else, and they selfishly take up more room in crowded aisles.

I especially like them less ever since I almost took a spill over one left haphazardly across an aisle by a careless owner last summer.  Sure they have to be helpful.  But you guys have got to be more conscientious of other people's safety! Duh.

So be wary of gaudy wagons and their unscrupulous owners. They are a menace to us all!

Dateline: Long Beach Hi-Performance Parts Exchange, 7:00 AM

The "Wagon Train"
Extra Wide







Here's one that is a foot wider then the average wagon.  Really, is that necessary?







The"Almost useless, just as dangerous wagon".

The "Wagon Carrying Wagon, Wagon"




This one isn't bad, it's a good size.  But it has tailpipes and no engine.












Growing too fast and paying the price...
Slick tires are for better traction.




Guilty! I own two wagons.  But I haven't "tricked them out", I also don't take them to swap meets (except for that one time to the LA Roadster Show).

The wagon getting humped is the one I've had since I was a wee' lad --I've repainted it twice.






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NEW ADDITIONS:
Lowboy Swap Meet Wagons as seen at the BIG 3, San Diego 2012.
Dragster Swap Meet Wagon, tubbed w/wing & Nitrous. Long Beach, May 2012 
Roadster Pick-Up Swap Meet Wagon w/wires, headlights, & pistol grip. Pomona, April 2012
Most extreme! Everyone was gawking at this and the roadster version in toe. Big 3, 2013

7 comments:

  1. Funny, I thought I was the only one who felt that way! Nice meeting you AJ, great cars!

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  2. I AGREE THE "WAGON" OWNERS NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHERE THEY ARE IN RELATION TO OTHER SWAP MEET PATRONS. HOWEVER THEY ARE FUN TO TRICK OUT AND ARE A LOT BETTER THAN HAULING CYLINDER HEADS OR STARTER, BATTERY ETC. AROUND IN YOUR HANDS. EVEN IF YOU BUY SOMETHING AND LEAVE IT TO PICK UP LATER YOU DON'T WANT TO CARRY IT TO YOUR VEHICLE BY HAND. WE ALL LOVE TO TRICK OUT OUR STUFF, IT STARTED WITH OUR STINGRAY BIKES AS KIDS AND WE STILL DO IT TODAY.

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  3. When I used to sell every year at the big three in San Diego my kids would make money hauling things to people's cars with my wagons. The first one I got was a standard kids wagon with the skinny wheels. Then I bought an engine block in the first row at Pomona when half the swap meet was gravel. Almost killed myself pulling those skinny wheels through that gravel in the summer heat. After that it was big fat tires, roller bearings and an extended handle. By the way, when I see one of you guys who don't like wagons I like to pull mine up in front of a stall you want to look at and block the whole damn thing until you get mad and leave. It's twice as much fun if they're looking at Chevy parts.

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