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1920s Speed Wagon ID

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Mike Baum

07-14-2006 12:35:30

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Howdy--I'm trying to identify a truck I came across at an abandoned gold prospecting site in the wilds of Alaska. The truck in question is very old, with wood spoke wheels. Its doors say "Speed Wagon" and its grill has the Chevrolet sign. Searching google, I've found out there was a Speed Wagon made by REO, but I can't find one made by Chevy. DID Chevy make one? The other possibilities I can think of are that the miners (a) used Chevy replacement reparts on an REO, (b) used REO doors on a Chevy, (c) painted the doors themselves (least likely). If anyone can shed light I'd be interested. Thanks.

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bruce in mnsota

07-18-2006 07:52:52

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 Re: 1920s Speed Wagon ID in reply to Mike Baum, 07-14-2006 12:35:30  
REO started the Speedwagon name in the early 20s. It was the lighter 3/4 ton to 2 ton models, the idea that they were light delivery trucks yet a robust worker.

It could be that the REO logo decal on the front looks liket the Chevy bowtie. Or out in Alaska someone used some other truck parts to keep the REO going.

There was no Chevy "speedwagon", nor is Chevy or GM associated with REO. REO was a very respectable truck on its own. REO made their own engines. They were often a good choice for fire trucks and high quality commodity haulers.

Save the truck if you can, you'll have a nice one to work on. Parts are available if you make the right connections.

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old art

07-27-2006 19:41:21

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 Re: Re: 1920s Speed Wagon ID in reply to bruce in mnsota, 07-18-2006 07:52:52  
reo used cabs from outher manufactures in latter years they used IH

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07-14-2006 13:05:44

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 Re: 1920s Speed Wagon ID in reply to Mike Baum, 07-14-2006 12:35:30  
Fascinating question; don't really have any definite info, but my impression was Reo didn't use Speedwagon" 'till the 30s...Reo was Ransom E Olds, but don't have the connection between him, Reo and GM/Chev (if there was one). Was it "straight" (ie:angular) bodywork (20s) or more rounded? (30s). Did it look like "all of a piece" (designed to go together) or did it look like it might've beeen put together out of what was available? Dying of curiousity, hope someone can tell us.

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