- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - The American flags on the Auburn War Wagon give fans of both teams something to salute on football gameday.

“The biggest thing for me is I just like to promote patriotism and Auburn,” Dothan resident Terrell Glover said.

He began building the War Wagon five or six years ago as a way to spend time with his son Weston before he left for college. His son graduates in December with an engineering degree, but before that happens Glover will take the former Army truck to the Plains for a fourth year of entertaining the fans.

“I used to drive one in the Army,” said Glover, a veteran who served from 1970 to 1976. “I worked on helicopters but we still had to drive some of these trucks to haul our stuff on.”

The mid-1960s M35 deuce and a half was so massive he needed to scale it down.

“That thing weighed about 30,000 pounds,” Glover said. He took out the original motor and transmission and put in a Chevrolet 350 and a four-speed standard transmission. He removed a rear axle and shortened the length from 23 feet to 19 feet.

It makes the truck much easier to drive.

“When you’re up there in Auburn on gameday, thousands of people all around you and you’re crowded in, you’ve got to have something you can maneuver fairly easily,” he said.

Just about everything on the War Wagon is custom, from the motorcycle mirror he uses to watch the flamethrower on the top exhaust to the cargo bed from an F-350 dually.

The incredible sound system that delivers patriotic tunes and the university fight song was designed for a boat. “That was the most expensive single item that I spent on the truck,” Glover said.

Sighting the War Wagon has become a gameday tradition, like tailgating or the Tiger Walk.

“They can hear us coming way down the street,” Glover said. “You’ll start seeing the veterans stand up, snapping to and saluting the flags. That’s a great thing to see.”

Sometimes it’s parked for photos at Anders Bookstore near Toomer’s Corner. The ultimate Auburn fan truck has underlighting, two Christian crosses mounted on both front fenders and an air horn.

Last year the War Wagon did a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project, and Glover donates money every time the truck’s Facebook page receives 1,000 likes.

The truck will be in Auburn this Friday to celebrate completion of the Toomer’s Corner intersection renovation, with new crosswalks and a permanent tiger paw design created using pavers.

“I’ve been working on it all week, washing it, waxing it. I get up under it to wash and clean,” Glover said. “I even wax the frame.”

Glover said the truck is hauled to Auburn on a lowboy trailer and truck painted red, which irks his Alabama fan brother.

“We pull it with his Alabama truck,” Glover said. “People will say, ‘what’s that Alabama truck doing pulling that War Wagon? It can’t drive itself?’ And I say ‘naw, it’s too good to ride and touch the ground. That’s why we let a ‘Bama truck pull it.’”


Information from: The Dothan Eagle, https://www.dothaneagle.com

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