Vintage Riggen Industries "Ice Truck"
To grill or not to grill?
There has been some recent discussion about the Riggen Ice Truck body. Two body variations have been seen, and some question wether or not one of the versions is in fact Riggen...
Riggen Industries produced model number HR-6 "Hot Rod Ice Truck" as part of it's Hot Rod Series. Here is a new in box example. The car has never been run, it is in the proper yellow Hot Rod style box, labelled properly and includes the instruction sheet. This car DOES have grill lines. It is on the later "dropped" chassis.
Lancer produced an HO Scale T Wagon #261. The 200 series indicates a wider body than the 700 series. The NIB Lancer bodies that I have do not have grill lines.
See one Lancer body listing here.... Note on the Lancer list that #261 is called the T Wagon Dune Buggy!
This isn't the only difference I noted between the two bodies, please see pictures below. In addition to the grill lines on the DEFINITE Riggen version, there is also a center hood line.
Below is a picture of three bodies that I have in my collection. The top two
both have grill lines and the hood "crease".
The one with the wood grain decal has a smooth front and no center crease.
as seen from their underside...note the cobra clip!
I also have another loose HR-6 in my collection...grill and center crease...
At this time, I do believe that the proper Riggen body should have grill lines
and the center hood crease. I would also note that Riggen had a special body
punch that was used to locate
the proper spot for the shaker tabs to connect the body, and also incorporates the dimples as seen above. The way the Riggen body is trimmed on the sides allows for more space for the punch
than the "normal" trim lines on the Lancer body.
All other aspects of the body appear to be identical.
I surmise the following: We know Lancer provided bodies to Riggen. I suspect
that Riggen started with a Lancer version and "improved" it as they
saw fit--1st adjusting the trim lines to allow for a proper body mount, then
adding the grill and center lines for some extra distinction.. Wether this was
done by Riggen with or without permission--or perhaps
even done by Lancer for Riggen will probably never be known. None the less, these are both period bodies, not that easy to find, and make for a cool truck.