When Herb Cook of Gowanda heads out to his garage, it's because he wants to play with his wagon.
It's pretty obvious that his bright red Radio Flyer is not like the one we had as kids. For starters, this one is a lot bigger and gets 18 miles to the gallon. Herb said, "We usually run it 55 to 65 miles per hour."
Herb's wife June wasn't surprised when her husband said he planned to turn a 1993 Ford pick-up truck with a 160,000 miles on it into a wagon. The project took about a year to complete, but it began with stripping the truck down to the chassis.
Herb did a lot of the work and June helped. They had the steel body manufactured. According to Herb, "I had no way of bending 14 gauge steel."
This one-of-a-kind wagon gets plenty of second looks. June and Herb have a ball driving it around, sometimes in parades and sometimes just for the fun of it out on the open highway.
The big kid's motorized Radio Flyer makes people smile when they see it and that's okay with Herb, he said, "If it can make people laugh and smile a little bit, that's my reward for building it."
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