1928 REO SPEEDWAGON
Don brought the Speedwagon to us from his family’s farm in the Manitoba Interlake district. A very unique piece. After doing research on the truck to locate some much needed body parts, we determined that the cab had been hand crafted using a 1926 Hudson car as a donor for the sheetmetal. The suicide doors, the cloth upholstery and the large back window gave it away. The original REO parts consisted of the grille, hood, cowl and fenders. The original frame had been welded and patched beyond salvage.
The style is what appealed to Don. He wanted a larger cab and the plans were to make an extended cab version of the existing truck. After determining the extense of the rought and damage to the cab, it was decided to replace it with something suitable. While searching for aanother Hudson body we located a slighly newer car with the ’30 Essex. Essex was a division of Hudson supplying slightly smaller and more affordable automobiles. The shape of the rear window is what sold us on the design.