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A4 4. The Arlington Times Wednesday, Bob Throndsen builds rods, soups up toy Atlantis" Washer Outstanding Cleaning And Keeps Whites White / MAV7000/8000 • Swirl-Away water extraction system helps eliminate the residue that makes clothes dingy, keeping whites white. • Oversize Capacity Plus with Super Wash Cycle, • EasyAccess tub opening for convenient loading and unloading Two Separate Ovens. One Complete Meal. TM by James ........................... The Arlington Times ARLINGTON -- Bob Throndsen is first and foremost a family man• He has three kids -- Logan, 12; Dalton, 5; an Darby, 3 -- which accounts for the three basketball hoops, all differ- ~$ tN~. ent heights, in his back- ~! I ~":.,.,- yard• : IT: ? He's also a coach of his :.~,~ ...;.i_,,- son's youth teams. And if This is the third in a series of articles on Backyard Auto Experts his business, Wagon Works, ever gets too slow, Bob would have not problems getting a job as one of Santa's elves. Just a chip shot from his mentor, Unkl A1, Bob Throndsen has set up his workshop in his Arlington backyard. Throndsen and his wife, Kay, moved to Arlington in 1981 and together, have established a unique, to say the least, way of life. Kay is the office manager, handling the books and managing their website. Bob is the artist, bending metal and carving wood. Together they make Wagon Works work. The name comes from Bob's creation. Two decades ago, Bob, a burly man with a gentle way about him, took a normal, red Radio Flyer wagon tub, cut out the bottom, fixed it with a lawn mower-type engine, a steering wheel, rubber treads, independent suspension and a seat. The result: a hot rod go-cart for adults. "I made it because the wagon was the first set of wheels anybody ever had," Throndsen explained. "It's like hot-rodding the Model A. No one ever said, 'You can't do a hot rod of a Model A because I've already go one.' But everyone had a wagon." But not necessarily one that travels 35 mph. He says it's a toy for the street redder who has everything, something he knows a little bit about• Aside from the wagons Bob is an adept vintage car resuscitator. Like Unkl Al, Bob molds, melds and manipulates the frames to soon-to-be hot rods. How he got into working on vintage cars is your typical 'If you want it dew right, do it yourself' story. Since he was a young boy growing up in Seattle, Bob has always been twisting wrenches on cars. His father owned a service station in Magnolia. Bob and his older brother worked at the station, wiping windshields and tail- lights. Eventually their father sold the store and Bob went to work for a Goodyear shop in Lynnwood doing alignment and brake work. At the same time, he had a '56 Ford pickup of his own that he wanted to hot-rod and hired someone to do the front-end work. He wasn't happy with the finished prod- uct. "I had another guy do it," he recalled, "and it was such a hack job that I thought, 'Man, if I knew how to weld, 1 could do a bet- ter job than that.'" So he took night classes and learned the art of welding. He also played apprentice to Unkl AI. Today, in between the outside jobs, Bob is working on his own '53 Chevy truck, low- ering the suspension and headlights and extending the cab so it will fit his family of five. "Basically I'm a toy builder that prefers to build toys that are metal and have four tires," he explained. "Whether it be big or lit- tle, I'm indifferent." That isn't entirely true. He's not all about JAMES HART lhe/~hngton hines Bob Throndsen kneels next to one of his souped-up Radio Flyer wac3ons. metal. In the corner of one of his two garages in his backyard, Bob has a woodworking sta- tion transplanted from the North Pole. The toys -- wooden pirate ships, wooden weedeatcrs, wooden chainsaws -- are straight out of a Charles Dickens' tale. Again, it's about family. "We heat by wood at the house," he said. "When we're out cutting wood, the first thing [the kids[ go for is the [wooden] chain- saw." Just to be with dad. All the toys plus his yard makes steel lawn ornaments, too)| his website, www.wagonworks.c0 he and Kay launched less than a Y¢ "I've created a monster," he sa~ ed making [the wood toys] for! friends. Pretty soon, everybody and they were saying you ought on your website, so we did." i Still, the wagons remain the q oy$ business. In the begin ng, Bob t )ney them entirely himself. I was the ver you have to step up to the explained. Now, Bob sells more plete with parts and directions build your own motorized wagon.[-'|S In lieu of hot-rodding thenW' -o .ngt Bob has begun a slightly larger ! : project -- he and his sons are cor dune buggy• He started with a model fran~ plastic tubing before molding the! out of metal. He said he wanted to kids how the NASCAR teams rl cars. A year and a half ago, Bob r~ importance of a project like thiS! had a scare with a brain tumor..j "Being able to be close to yoU/I where it's at," he said. "It really1 believer out of you to not live yo~ any regrets." [ Which basically sums up a hanging in his workshop. It do good work and I know it. I my skills and make each When I make a mistake, I correct gladly sign my name to every do." And he does. It's Throndsen. sen. d .i $1~)9 -slO0' $1299 MER6770AWW ~ i~.:::. .............. ,~: ,:~;; .i • Cooks two different foods at two different temperatures / - for one complete meal. ' • Smaller oven preheats in half the time - use for everyday convenience. 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