My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by croozy » November 2nd, 2013, 8:22 pm

Here's a pic of the shackle hangers that I made up.
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I cut the front cross bar & fit the drawbar & welded it in, then took it outside to sit it behind the shorty. to see how long I wanted the drawbar. The other thing I'm trying to decide on is where to put the spare wheel. either on the front or if to make a swingout carrier & put it on the rear.

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I settled on a length of 1500mm for the drawbar in the end.
I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by croozy » November 6th, 2013, 7:23 pm

I'm still trying to decide where to put the spare wheel. I modified an old spare carrier this afternoon to see if I like it on the back or not. I need to make up my mind because if it goes on the back I'll have to put the anchor plates in the frame before I put the skin on.

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by oversite » November 6th, 2013, 10:40 pm

Will it need to be swing away? or could you hard mount it there?

It would look good and keep it in the 40 stylings

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by Eddy » November 7th, 2013, 4:02 pm

I would put the plates in regardless ... gives you the option to change your mind ...

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by No Fn Idea » November 7th, 2013, 6:19 pm

I reckon it looks better on the back. But like Eddy says, puts plates in both locations so you can change your mind
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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by monkeybucket » November 7th, 2013, 11:31 pm

+1 for on the back with the spare...geez its looking hell tough with those tire on it... :thumb: Nice work with the spring mounts.
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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by Doowrag » November 8th, 2013, 12:45 pm

Go the front, you'll get sick of swinging it out the way all the time, it can't get in the way up front.

it wouldn't hurt to have some weight in front of the axle.
As it stands you must have about 5kg of ball weight which is a bit scary.
with the wheel & tyre on the back i reckon it would lift off the ball.

lay it down on the drawbar to lower the centre of gravity a bit because lets be honest it would take much to roll it over at the moment. i had a series 1 landrover tub trailer only on 31's and nearly rolled it with 2 dirt bikes in the back from a rut in a gravel road. laying it down gives you somewhere to put stuff too, we're always looking for somewhere to put loaded rubbish bags after a camping trip :)

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by Doowrag » November 8th, 2013, 1:02 pm

PS love your work :)

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by croozy » November 8th, 2013, 9:31 pm

Thanks for the input guys.
Oversite, if it goes on the back it will have to swing out because I am making the tailgate swing out.
Eddy that's not such a bad idea.
Monkeybucket, the tyres are the same as on the shorty. They are 15x10 rims & 35x12.5 rubber. Gives it character hey.
Doowrag, I need to work out some how to measure drawbar weight to see what I have.
I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by Eddy » November 9th, 2013, 3:21 pm

croozy wrote: how to measure drawbar weight .
bathroom scales. ya want about 100 kg. (I think most states maximum is 205kg ?) I like to run about 80.

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by Doowrag » November 9th, 2013, 7:43 pm

Yep what he said ^^^^^ :)

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by 92sr5dan » November 13th, 2013, 11:07 am

nice work Croozy, Ive been thinking about doing this for ages.

Could just be the inspiration I need! :drink:
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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by WomblingFree » November 13th, 2013, 7:42 pm

Ball weight scales - around $70 from Repco

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by Eddy » November 13th, 2013, 9:33 pm

bathroom scales $15 from cheap ass chips

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Re: My scratch built 40 series trailer. ( project TOW40 )

Unread post by croozy » November 14th, 2013, 7:08 pm

Did a little bit more this arvo.

I added some more rails to support the draw bar & then finish welding the trailer chassis. I just have to add mounts to it now to bolt the body down to.

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I also wasn't happy with the angle of the shackles either. I did a bit of a suspension test (jumping up & down on the trailer) & the rear of the springs were bottoming out on the chassis, so I cut off the mounts & moved them back a bit.

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I also had a bit of a think about the position of the spare. I measured the tow ball weight & it looks like it will have to sit up front because with it on the back, it's actually lifting the weight off the tow ball.

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I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

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