A true piece of classic Americana, the wagons hold a special place in the hearts of the millions of children that played with them over the years.
My kids now have a shiny new-looking wagon that will hopefully hold up to many more years of use.
It took a little time and attention but this wasn't a terribly difficult project.
The tradition of painted sleds boasting hand-colored images of running horses, reindeer or Santa debuted in the Victorian Era, circa mid-1800s.
These handsome sleds were used for fancy winter trips for children and adults alike.
If you need to remove the wheels, this page on Radio Flyer's website has instructions on how to remove the hub caps. If you're restoring an older discontinued model, finding parts may be a little more tricky . After using the stripper I went over the entire bed with the wire wheel to remove any last bits of paint, and to grind down rust spots as close to bare metal as possible. The pieces in the third photo were all stripped with the wire wheel.
For many people an antique Radio Flyer wagon brings back fond memories of their childhood.The plan is to restore it to match my 1964.5 Mustang that I have.I think it will make it special for him to have a wagon like his dad's car.It is really in great condition considering it is 40 years old. Well, at least that I can see now, the acid dip will reveal everything. Need to find some new axle caps as one of them didn't make the tear down intact.Man, I carted around so much stuff with my wooden Radio Flyer wagon when I was a kid.A while back, I picked up a late 60's/early 70's radio flyer wagon on CL that I am going to restore for my boy.