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'62 Dragster Trailer; Scratchbuilt, Imrovised, and Proud
Topic Started: Jan 16 2015, 08:39 PM (1,857 Views)
Duffy
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We need something to pull our new car around the Southern Fryed Tour with, so we're kloodging a trailer together.

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This is inspired by a simple flatbed that Unca Ron Royston did a while back, but Arnie being Arnie, he went and overthought the whole thing. It may be of interest to some to see the Ceramic Soldering Plate in action - it makes the channel & angle stock a breeze to line up, square up, and weld. Best of all, it's cheep.

Now to dig out a couple leaf springs and get an axle. Hey, guys, who can tell me how to rig up trailer brakes?? (- Or do I NEED trailer brakes??)

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I think this is all - a little pre-paint rollout. Oh, wait, no: I need taillights and a wiring hookup. AND HOW DO I PLUMB THE TRAILER BRAKES?? I haven't found a schematic for it andI got no idea! There's a dedicated master cylinder back here, right?

Or should I even have trailer brakes? Have I overthought once again?

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So we got a pair of little pull-off ramps that stow in their own spot 'tween the rails. Tip the front up three feet and the rear touches ground; the way we figure it, the trailer juuust tips forward when a digger's all the way on (we built this to handle up to 130" wheelbase, so it oughta be good into next season at least) and stays put in tail-down position while we roll stuff on and off. That's the plan, anyhow. While we were setting up the photo shoot, our pushman Heckpussy LaFlamme wandered over and gave the towbar a one-hand heft. "It'll be okay," he rumbled.

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The trailer hitch coupling and dolly wheel were a happy afternoon's play. Some inventive knife and drill work and we came up with a good jack system, we think, and the unit stows on its own bracket on the front bar.

Now to paint. And wire up the brake lights.
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- And, oh yah: Tie-Downs!!

...And a safety chain.

That it, yet?
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Okay, as finished as it's gonna be; now to build the '50 Ford truck to haul all this foofooraw.

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Everything you see here is fanciful - I just tried to make sense of stresses & strains & such, and build a structure that addressed what I was seeing. Now, as I finish, I see I over-worried those stresses from the start, and overbuilt, really. Okay, next time.

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- Like f'rinstance that six-point web brace: not necessary. But, looka how pretty the Concours d'Elegance mesh metal looks when painted with a red oxide undercoat & then dusted with frame color! I darkened the frame paint significantly, too, it's more brown/black than the frame's blue/green.

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All we're seeing here is the taillights nestled inside their guards. Okay, but I liked 'em.

So that's all done!
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Beautifully done. Love all the little bits you added. What's the source for the perforated metal surfaces? Looks great and shows off the rest of the details to advantage.
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B) That is some beautiful scratchbuild work on that trailer. I don't think you over-engineered it, after all it may haul a stocker in a later life. Being a lightweight single-axle I wouldn't worry too much about trailer brakes.
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Thanks guys. The tracks are made from an expanded aluminum screen mesh sold by Professor Motor, a slot car house - here's a LINK to it; it goes for like $5 for a 3" square. It cuts with a sharp #11 blade and is pretty soft, so handle gently.
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Nice trailer Duf! I have seen some around here very much like that hauling around small Tractors like a Ford 9n or Farmall. Thanks for the info and link on the expanded material, that stuff will come in handy on lots of stuff! Good job sir!
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Fantastic trailer build. :))) :)))

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fbr fbr Looks real...well done
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Sweet !!
Well done, Duffy.
Nice engineering on this one. :))) :)))
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