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Old 09-20-2020, 12:47 AM   #1
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'49 Trailwind resto

After a very long wait to get our little trailer to Australia, it arrived in awful condition. There's no use complaining about that, it is what it is so we got straight into fixing the little jigger up.
Here it is in it's new home, the day it arrived!
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Old 09-20-2020, 01:00 AM   #2
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Old 09-20-2020, 01:05 AM   #3
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I've read a lot about the pipe frames but have never seen one up close. Wow, I can't believe how big a part of the whole structure the plywood floor is! Anyhoo, it's junk so We'll make a new one.
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Old 09-20-2020, 01:06 AM   #4
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Working on it...
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Old 09-20-2020, 01:16 AM   #5
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We've done a full shell off on a 1970 25' before, compared to that one the top came off so easily with the little fork and some tyne extensions.
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Old 09-20-2020, 01:24 AM   #6
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I was quite happy to see that the edges of the floor were not rotted away so I was able to trace the floor shape off onto four fresh sheets of Thermolite ( same as your Coosa board ). I found the point to swing an arc from and we'll have perfect semicircular ends and straight sides.
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Old 09-20-2020, 01:38 AM   #7
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That's it so far (first week ), I'd like to get the chassis done in the next couple of weeks. I found some particularly helpful threads here, most of all Submariner's Liner build.
I'll use a 100NB pipe in medium wall, 1.6 or 2.0mm sheet for the cross members, and 100 x 50 x 2.5 or 3mm RHS to make it more of a ladder frame and to support the spring hangers and shackles. New axle / hubs / brakes.
We've ordered some orange speckled Marmoleum for the floor too....
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Old 09-20-2020, 01:45 AM   #8
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This is the file so far to get the cross members laser cut.
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Old 09-21-2020, 12:32 AM   #9
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Thinking about it further, I think I'll swipe Submariner's idea with the plates and fasteners instead of welding cross members directly to the pipe and RHS.
The top three parts will be 3mm, folded into a channel for more support under the flooring under each end.
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Old 09-24-2020, 08:19 PM   #10
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I've done a bit more work on the chassis design, the steel has been delivered, just waiting on the laser cut parts.
There's no hitch available in Australia that looks anything like factory so I'll mount this one on a plate inside the drawbar pipe.
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Cool trailer. I look forward to seeing the work.
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Old 09-24-2020, 08:27 PM   #12
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Nice work! Following along...

I want to know more about the trailer’s home, that place looks like my dream house...

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Old 09-24-2020, 10:23 PM   #13
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Thanks guys!

Ian, It's part of an old war time explosives factory, built in 1940.
So, it's even older than our oldest trailer....
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Thanks guys!

Ian, It's part of an old war time explosives factory, built in 1940.
So, it's even older than our oldest trailer....
Wow.
Well, from that one photo I'm in love...

Great to see the work you're doing on the trailer, your CAD skills are impressive.
I really appreciate your attention to detail and innovative approach.

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Old 09-25-2020, 11:09 PM   #15
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Hitch time...

Saturday Morn here, I spent a few hours getting the hitch fitted, all went to plan.
I cut a plate into the pipe and turned up some little crush spacers in the lathe, should be heaps strong.
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Very cool! Are you going to flip the body around so the door is on the other side?

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Old 09-25-2020, 11:18 PM   #17
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Hi Shari, there's no need to do that in our state but I believe it's required in some states in Australia.
This trailer was built before the vehicle design rules were introduced so it's exempt from the rules.
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Thanks - I always wondered how the worked. Interesting that it's State-by-State...good for the grandfather clause too!

I'll be following your resto - it's always fun to see these 'oldies but goodies' being brought back to life!

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Hey Stu!

Iíll be watching as well. Spectacular work so far. Your skills are AbFab!! Iíll take the building as well. Canít wait to see your progress. I know the distance is great but hopefully you can one day meetup with GoatBoy and get those grand old caravans together!!!
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