My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

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My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by croozy » September 29th, 2013, 11:27 am

I've been trying to get around to building myself a trailer for a while now. I wanted something a little different, so I've decided to make one that is the same shape as my 40 series. It will be used as a trailer but will also be used for camping. I already have a Trek camper but will be selling it before too much longer as it doesn't get used as much now due to work & also my young bloke had a pretty huge spinal op this year which has changed the way we will camp when we get the chance. It will also serve as a luggage area when we go away because the shorty isn't big on space once we're all in it.
I put some pics up in my car's buildup thread but thought I put it in here under it's own buildup..
So what I started with was some 20x20x2mm square section for the framework. I had it bent up but the guy that bent it didn't get the size right so I had to cut up the frames & weld them back together. I made a table to start with so I had something to work on. Then I screwed to timber to the table to make a jig so I could make sure the bends were at right angles.

Clamped to the jig.
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welded braces over the corners to kep square.
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After both frames were welded & squared up I cut some uprights & tacked them in. I made it high enough to be able to fit a fridge in it.
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I then welded some more bars in the frame. These will give me something to fix the sheet work to as well as the guard flares.
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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by croozy » September 29th, 2013, 11:27 am

Now time for a bit of a mock up at ride height.
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I have two fibreglass turrets to cut up to make a hard cover as well so once the body is done I will be making that.
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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by oversite » September 29th, 2013, 1:03 pm

looks good, Whats the plan with it? is it just luggage area under the roof? or are you planning something more complicated?

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by croozy » September 29th, 2013, 3:41 pm

Thanks. I'm going to make a drop in section that will incorporate a fridge slide and other stuff. I will also reinforce the hard cover so I can mount a rack on it too. The tail gate will swing out so I can put a drop down table on it. Other stuff I'll decide on as I go.
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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by WomblingFree » September 29th, 2013, 5:06 pm

Is it just a trailer with a lid or a camper with a tent on top?

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by croozy » September 29th, 2013, 5:12 pm

It will be a trailer with a hard cover & I am going to buy a couple of OZTents to camp out of. The trailer will carry all the camping gear though.
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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by croozy » October 1st, 2013, 4:36 pm

I got a couple of hours spare yesterday so I bought some more steel & made the floor braces.
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I took it outside to see what it would look like with the cruiser.
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And this is the sort of thing I'm aiming for.
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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by oversite » October 1st, 2013, 4:39 pm

Yeah that does look cool. are you going to use a 40 series diff for the trailer so you ahve the same track and clearence ect?

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by oversite » October 1st, 2013, 4:39 pm

And are you plannning to add some chasis like rails for the trailer?

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by croozy » October 1st, 2013, 5:33 pm

Yeah it will have the same track as the 40, but I will just make up an axle. It will have a full independant chassis & the body will bolt onto it. I have a set of 40 series springs that were in my car a few years ago, so I'll use those under it too.
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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by THE RIG » October 1st, 2013, 8:54 pm

great concept, this will look awesome, watching this build for sure!

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by croozy » October 3rd, 2013, 5:45 pm

Thanks mate. I'm trying to get stuck into it because work is starting to get busy & come Xmas I'll have no time to work on it.
I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by monkeybucket » October 3rd, 2013, 11:39 pm

This is awesome.... keen to see it finished champ. Might be a market for it...
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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by edz » October 4th, 2013, 9:04 pm

Nice rig and trailer Croozy [ is that a fibre glass body on the truck ? ].. looks like you have been trawling Expedition portal and Ih8mud sites too !!
Those Yanks have some diferent gear to what we are used to ..
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" WHAT WE HAV'NT WE GO WITH OUT "

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer.

Unread post by croozy » October 4th, 2013, 9:37 pm

Thanks edz. Only the front end is glass, & yeah I've been a MUD member for a while now. I also frequent the Pirate 4x4 forum too. I wish we could get our hands on some of the stuff they have over there easier.
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