26 October 2013

scrap yard engineering

Ok finally some time to relieve some backed up posts.
What do you guys think about this?
1931 model a coupe project

Well this post isn't about the coupe,
it's really about the trailer.
We'll talk about the potential hot rod later.
ford life

As the story goes,
a friend Aaron and I found this model A project with the help of Mario,
who at this point is regretting that he had passed it up.
To get the coupe home,
a bitchin single axle tilt bed car hauler was found the same day on craigslist.
Gotta love how fast things move with a little money.
I've always wanted one of these.

The problem was the trailer was made to be pulled by a mini-truck.
Our van has a 22" high ball,
which left trailer scrapes from here to Chula Vista.
chopping block

The first project at Tom's Yard of Fun was a simple mechanical mess.
Now it was time to cut and grind some thick steel.
low tow

The easiest solution would have been to make or buy a deep drop hitch.
Why go the easy route though when there's a torch and scrap lying around.
metal surgery

Before I heard any reservations or restrictions,
the hitch was dissected to the bare essentials.
scrap engineering

I dug up into the dark depths of past projects for quality steel scrap.
Those 4" channel pieces were used to make the center window sheetmetal
on the tres huevos coupe.
A picture may be edited in at a later date just for posterity.
trippy engineering

I'm not sure if it was the blazing heat or the sheer fun of hot work,
as the project became continually more intricate.
Ship like snake-holes were made to hide the holey-chit chains.

I'll do another hole in that front angled piece,
so the electrical plug can have a place to sneak out.
Everything looks better in satin black,
but now the chains needed a little shelf.
asymmetrical TeePee

Expanded metal was cut to fit just right.
At this point I should have continued the shelf all the way back.
A place to keep straps and junk.
Really how much can be done in one day?
Just kidding.
This is about a weeks worth of short bursts.
high and mighty

Now time for the back section.
tweaker style

The cheesy railings and fenders were left out for the scrappers.

A section of 1/2" pipe was welded to the top,
helping to straighten out the wobbly looking sides.
The other side had a cut out section of plate that was also replaced.

The coupe project came with an extra rear fender.
Now we really need a drivers side fender for the trailer.
It's resting on the tire wish it could be mounted this low!

The pipe was bent to finish off the back,
and a couple rattlecans blended everything together.
1960 or 2013?

The trailer will still have a mean tilt,
as the total raise was only 4".
At that height the trailer will work on a mid-size truck too.
Really I should have made it level to the van or the majority of people I know,
since we all have oversized rigs!
scrapyard engineering

I'll also weld up some loops to hook the chains too.
Next up the coupe story!


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