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    06-27-2014, 07:31 PM
Green Broke
Restoring project! Need some advice (kind of quickly)...

A friend of mines neighbor is selling a mini horse wagon. I've been browsing craigslist for some time now but they are all to far away or to expensive. I cannot believe this one is literally in my own backyard!! Anywho, I asked her about it and she said she wants $200 for it and that it "needs some work". So I went today and looked at it, let me tell you "needs some work" is an under statement! ALL the wood needs to be stripped off and replaces. That said all the metal is incredibly rust free!! The tires would also need replacing.

My question befor I can make a move is... Can it be converted into a team hitch? Right now it doesn't have the single shafts attached, so there is nothing on the axel. I have a photo I can post last to explain what I mean. I'd be looking to purchase it this weekend.

I have LOTS of photos to come!
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    06-27-2014, 08:26 PM
Green Broke
I am sure it can be converted. You just have to decide what type of pole you want, and have the correct mount welded/ bolted on. Sounds like fun!! I can't wait to see it!

    06-27-2014, 10:55 PM
Green Broke
Here are some photos of the wagon...

This is where the single shafts attach to. Will it be possible to attach a hitch for a team?

I've been day dreaming about restoring this all day! My friend is going to let me keep it at her place and she is going to help me restore it. She makes a lot of her own furniture and her and I put up at least a mile of fencing alone. For the rock bottom price of $175 if I really mess it up or something goes horribly wrong I'll just dismantle it and chuck it. ... what colors should I paint it?! I seriously can't stop thinking about how awesome this is going to be!

Now for more questions:

I'll need to figure out the harness situation. Option 1: I can attempt to convert the old ones. Option 2: I was looking at this on ebay: Mini Pony Team Hames Cart Driving Harness Collar 15" Black Leather | eBay It's cheap, but for the amount of driving they do I'm not worried about it. The other problem with the collar is the tops of their neck are THICK. I'm talking thicker then the bottom! The breast collar will probably fit them well.
    06-28-2014, 12:01 PM
Green Broke
To me, the frame does not look heavy enough to really be safe, but I have seen some carriages just fall apart(at competitions), so I am a little paranoid.

I will go take some pics of my pair carriage that has interchangeable shaft/pole, so you can see the set up. It will not be clean, since I have not driven this entire year!!

    06-28-2014, 12:42 PM
Green Broke
OK, here is the picture of the marathon pair set up. You will understand why I worry about the strength of the little wagon......
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    06-28-2014, 12:43 PM
Green Broke
Here is another...
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    06-28-2014, 12:45 PM
Green Broke
And here is how the pole attaches to the forecart.....
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    06-28-2014, 01:51 PM
I don't think the wheels and tires are meant to carry that much weight either.
    06-28-2014, 09:33 PM
You should price out an consider stronger wheels.
    06-28-2014, 10:00 PM
Green Broke
Those wheels, for sure, have to go. Even if I could re inflate I wouldn't keep them. I wanted to her solid rubber ones. If you have suggestions where I can get decent wheels please fire away! :)

I do see the concern about the dainty metal. I wonder if it's possible to reinforce it. I did bring up to the woman who is going to help me restore it that I am worried about keeping the weight at low as possible. I wonder if I could make the rear bench seats detachable.
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