UW-Madison Bucky Wagon Project

September 19, 2011

Building the Bucky Wagon: Body Work

Filed under: Bucky Wagon — Tags: , , , , — markonfire @ 10:37 am

The body of the Bucky Wagon has only recently started to look like something even close to the iconic fire wagon, mostly because restoring the body has been a tedious, time-consuming process. First, the original body went to the Madison College body shop, where rusted-on bolts had to be ground off to free each piece from the body for restoration. With the wagon stripped down to its skeleton, the frame headed to Eau Claire-based EnviroTech to be sandblasted and powder-coated, banishing rust from the renovated wagon’s undercarriage.

Finally, the wagon headed to Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, where it remains while Pierce engineers–mostly working in between other projects, even on weekends in some cases–have stripped each piece of the wagon of its original paint and primed them all for a fresh coat of Badger red. They’ve also reconstructed the parts of the body that were either beyond repair or not designed for the rigors of carrying around the Spirit Squad, leaving a pile of discarded Bucky Wagon parts in their junk heap.

Now, the wagon awaits its final coat of paint. Until then, take a look at photos of the vanilla-flavored body, primed and ready to show its school colors.

Primed and ready for the last coat of paint.

Primed and ready for the last coat of paint.

Pierce Engineers re-assembled parts that could be re-used, and reproduced those that were beyond repair.

Pierce Engineers re-assembled parts that could be re-used, and reproduced those that were beyond repair.

The frame of the Bucky Wagon, shortly before being sand-blasted and powder-coated.

The frame of the Bucky Wagon, shortly before being sand-blasted and powder-coated at Envirotech in Eau Claire.

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