I did some work on the Paddy Wagon myself, but quickly learned I did not have the tools and ability to complete the project. I had bought a pipe bender to create the C cab look. I used square tubing but the dye I had was for round tubing and it caused a kink on the edge. I did get a good form for the cab based on the pattern that my wife Chuan made for me.
I found North Texas Customs through a friend of mine and turned it over to them. Here are some pictures bringing up to date on the project.
The idea of building the Paddy Wagon started with a strong desire to own and drive a T Bucket. I grew up building car models, one being the Big T and also the Paddy Wagon, designed by Tom Daniel for Monogram models. I also had a large HO size electric race car set that covered a Ping Pong table in our basement.
One day our neighbor across the street was visited by a friend that owned a T Bucket. That really captivated me. I was hooked on the T Bucket. Whenever I could attend a car show I looked for the T Buckets.
I was never in a position to buy or build one. I spent 17 years overseas in the Army and never considered trying a project like that.
After retiring from the Army I was living in Texas and it seemed that was one of the best places to build one but still had other more important things to do in life.
Finally I started doing the research on where to start. I found a company in Mountain Home, Arkansas, Spirit Cars, that I could get started with their type of inventory to build my car. I tried to get the style of chassis that matched best the Paddy Wagon. I was definitely turned off by the common Paddy Wagon Kit that was available from many places, actually a C cab delivery type of vehicle. I wanted the same style that Tom Daniel designed.
There was a T Bucket convention one weekend in Grapevine. I really enjoyed that. I even had a chance to ride in one. Spirit Cars had a display there and did one of their shows where they build the car in front of the crowd.
I spent some time with a couple of guys from McKinney who build T Buckets and knew all the steps for getting it registered and inspected.
I ordered the chassis from Spirit cars and eventually started painting and assembling all the parts. I bought some brake line equipment from Sachse Rod Shop and with my Dad’s help put the brake lines on the chassis.
My goal is to build the car totally Ford. I want it to be a standard transmission. I intend for this to be a vehicle for me to drive all the time. Looks like I will have a Mustang 5.0 litre engine and transmission.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.