The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by borderboy1971, Jul 24, 2016.
Just picked these 12' vintage ramps up...super neat for a trailer or ramp truck
is that an old seat belt as a safety strap on the front axle?
Rolled mine out of the shop last nite. I still need to add fenders, ramps,lights, jack and safety chains. But at least most of the fabrication is done.
Where did you find the Martson mat? (WWII mobile runway)
I had found the axle on Facebook market place( for a whopping $25)when I went to pick it up the person selling the axle had a trailer with mat on it. I told her I was really looking for that also and she said her uncle had several pieces. I ended up getting two really shity pieces but as you can see I beat them into submission and made them work.
Get some late 30's pickup rear fenders [eg: 37 Chevy] And cut out and mount a steel backing plate that the fender can bolt to.
Along the front edge [where the running board normally goes] fold up a triangular shaped "Nerf Bar" and step to protect the front edge fender
This style fender.
The long tail behind the fender gives the whole trailer that vintage appearance .
I’ve run the pickup fender idea thru my mind. It’s going to end up whatever is cheap or free! Haha!
Skills can always overcome $$$$
An alternative is to get some rolled trailer fenders [$38 for E trailer]
Then put the flanges on the trailing edge into a sheetmetal stretcher to roll the fender outward at the bottom.
Trying to get this appearance.[below]
When you mount the fenders, "clock" them so the rear is 2" lower than the front.
I've seen this done on Motorcycles using trailer fenders
I loaded the car on the trailer tonight to see if I measured correctly! Hahaha! It fit!
I’m getting a bit closer on my trailer.
Gave it a coat of rust-0-lium in areas where I don’t have to weld. Still have to pull wires and I have been building ramps.
Went out for the first pull this afternoon. Now I just need an old station wagon or truck to pull it with.
December 1959 Riverside Raceway East Versus West drag meet.
Nationally recognized, Dallas Martinson’s FED seen in the pits at Riverside Raceway. Again, during this time, 1959, most of the drag racers utilized the single axle trailers to haul their race cars to the drag strip. Easy to build, simple to move around and can be customized to fit the individual race cars size and length.
The yellow painted highlights of the FED contrasted well with the red painted trailer. In the pits, it made a statement and attracted most to the unusual motor set up and suspension. But, like most trailers during this early drag racing time period, the trailer was a single wheel unit, built with careful leveling and balance.
A lot of people kept the single wheel trailer hooked up to the tow car or truck. Then lowered the individual ramps to push the lightweight race vehicle up the ramp to its resting/lock down place. If one is to look in detail, this RED trailer has a built in curve at the end of the ramp.
So, the trailer would have to be disconnected from the tow car or truck, lifted up in front and then the FED would be rolled onto the trailer until the wheels cleared the ramp. Innovative or not, there were no loose, individual ramps to fiddle around with during loading or off loading. One-two less things to worry about.
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