You Need This: Trust us, it’s time to build your own wheelstander

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Nov 2, 2023 | Ford, econoline, Cars For Sale, Ford Econline, Wheelstander

Photography Courtesy Muscle Car Jr.

Remember our recent chat about wheelstanders–all those crazy, crowd-pleasing creations from back in the day? Maybe here’s a chance to build your own.

Our friends at Muscle Car Jr.–we’re going back to the days of film–have this 1961 Ford Econoline pickup for sale.

During the height of the wheelstander craze, these forward control vans and pickups provided the raw clay for countless legends: Little Red Wagon, of course, but also Super Ford, Mighty Mouse, Chuckwagon, Paddy Wagon and so many more.

[Do you know what this is? (Wrong answers only.)]

But wait, it gets better here: Located in the back of this Econoline’s bed sits a 425-cubic-inch Caddy V8 backed by an Eldorado transmission.

More to love: It already has a straight front axle, air shocks and four-wheel discs.

Some finishing required but, quick, get the owner of Hemi Under Glass on the horn for a grudge match.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/2/23 4:13 p.m.

Looks like most of the hard work has been done.

Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself
Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself PowerDork
11/2/23 5:35 p.m.

Backup Pickup 

It's the only sensible answer.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/2/23 8:57 p.m.

In reply to Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself :

What about if the cab was up in the air but going backwards? 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/3/23 9:30 a.m.

Please buy this and make my 12-year-old dreams come true. 

z31maniac MegaDork
11/3/23 10:05 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Please buy this and make my 12-year-old dreams come true. 

Add it to your stable and write a feature about it!

Rodan UltraDork
11/3/23 11:27 a.m.

A good friend of mine, and motorcycling buddy since the late 90's was Bob Riggle.  Bob was an avid rider, and I always ribbed him for driving cars on two wheels as well.  He was best known for driving this:



Besides building, driving and maintaining the Hemi Under Glass, Bob built wheelstanders for other drivers and taught them to drive them.  Unfortunately it's too late to have Bob build you one, because he passed in August.  

Miss you, Bob...


Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/3/23 11:36 a.m.

That's so cool that you knew a legend like that so closely.

Rodan UltraDork
11/3/23 11:56 a.m.

Thanks.  Bob was a hell of a guy.  He could build anything, and he was utterly fearless.  A couple younger riders on sportbikes joined our group one day for a ride down the mountain, and Bob schooled them pretty hard.  On a dirt bike.  At 74 years old!   I could tell stories for days... laugh

sethracer New Reader
11/3/23 5:08 p.m.

I found the Econoline Pick-ups fun to watch! Great brakes

L5wolvesf Dork
11/3/23 5:45 p.m.

I had a school bus yellow one, with the corner windows, back in the late 70s. I swapped in a 240 in place of a well used 170 (IIRC), stuck in a pair of Camaro buckets and did some other "modernizing". It was great for hauling a couple off road bikes. Unfortunately a drunk ran into it on the drivers front while parked. Mangled just about everything there.

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