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2018 Golf R , '96 993
past:2004 Passat 4Mo, 1.8T, stick
'96 Audi S6, forced to sell, F. U. nh emissions
'87 VW Quantum syncro wagon, got me into quattro,
'85 GTI, 17 yrs , 280k miles, '75 Nova (first car)
Tom had all the glass replaced in the original frames with smoked 1/8" plexiglass and wanted to fix the windows in place, as the trailer has 3 fans and 2 a.c units. The handyman thought it was a great idea to use double stick foam tape, and they all leaked. He gobbed-on copious amounts of sealant, both inside and out, prompting Tom to have custom rain shields made and installed instead of fixing the actual problem created by the earlier installation,. I showed Tom how I did my trailer and he nearly broke his leg kicking himself. I had them rip them all out and clean up the sealant.
On my trailer I used a rubber gasket that was designed to hold pick-up rear windows in place. They never needed caulking, but these will due to existing fastener holes. This is what the first window looked like installed. I had him have all new windows cut in 1/4" material as the 1/8" plexiglass is too wimpy.
The key to proper gasket fit is to make it so tight that it has to be stretched to be installed. I found that by cutting the gasket up to an inch short and supergluing the ends together made for a perfect fit.
The only way to make superglue to work properly is to have two flat surfaces on the ends. To do this I select a short length of PVC tubing that just barely fits over the gasket. I pull it through the tube a couple of inches and then pull it back so it's like enough to be trimmed. Using an 80-tooth carbide blade I cut the rubber and PVC to produce a clean flat cut.
I used just shy of 100 feet of rubber gasketing.
The end result is a perfect waterproof seal. The new seals render the new shields above redundant, but I guess you can ever have too much water protection. Back in the day the installation of the shields would have violated the 8-foot width restriction, but now it's 8 1/2 feet, so, no problem.
Ready for installation.
It has been FAR too long since a Barry thread. I can't wait to actually see the photos when I get home (work blocks most photo hosting sites, sadly).
And Barry--I'm a huge believer in the restorative power of getting in your flow state and doing something meaningful. Good on you for rescuing this poor hacked up beauty.
Now, if you'd just get back to the limo build next...
In. It's good to see you again, Barry.
Your Spartan trailer is an absolute work of art. It'd be an honor to see it someday.
2018 Toyota Highlander SE AWD, Midnight Black Metallic/Black
2018 Volkswagen Golf R 6-speed, Lapiz Blue/Titan Black
2018 Four Winns H210 / 5.3L Volvo Penta V8 300 / DPS-A Duoprop drive
These are always fun yet make me question both my abilities and standards.
Also, having used a CPAP for the last few months I just switched to a dental appliance last night. I have likely the highest severity of sleep apnea you can think of and it seemed to work without being adjusted to the full required setting yet. It's definitely better than a mask and hose on your face all night. Apparently my doctor here in Windsor is the original developer of this product so if you ever consider it you're not too far being just over the border.
It's been a pleasure working with Tom. He may not always be pleased with me as I'm a harsh taskmaster. He's told his friends that I'm a great teacher because I prefer to let people learn by doing, but I'm also quick to take the tool away and finish things myself. I also thank him for letting me be as anal as I want to be. He's all for doing things right after some sever disappointments. It's great to test the old skill sets. Many of the tools I'm using were purchased in 1993 after everything was stolen from the house I was building. New tools are lighter and stronger, but there's something about the heft of the old stuff. Cordless tools have made some major advancements. I use the best of both worlds.
This is the worst part of the trailer. It's relatively unblemished elsewhere. I have some nice rub rail I saved from my trailer to replace it with and I should be able to massage the curved piece behind it back into shape. It's pure aluminum and pretty malleable. This is clearly mouse damage. When the old fiberboard underbelly pan rotted away that left a haven for vermin. What happened here is that mice built a nest on the inside of the aluminum and keep building a nest and peeing in it, covering it with fresh salvaged materials that acts like an acidic sponge and eats through the aluminum from the backside.
It was time to take the door apart so that the skin can be used as a template. Assembled, the curve matches the trailer's sides so it wouldn't make an accurate template. Interestingly, the sides of the trailer are curved like a period airplane. The walls are 3" thicken the middle and 2" thick top and bottom. Something to do with cavitation as the wind rushes by the sides.
Each rivet had to be drilled out. It's nearly impossible to hit each aluminum rivet dead center each time, so washers will be used on the backside with the door stamping used as a drilling template. It takes a delicate touch to pop a rivet without going off-center.
The door stamping was filled with dusty, smelly fiberglass, but was in pretty good shape. Doors are easily damaged in a wind storm from being flung open, and from break-ins.
As a teaser, we're about 9 weeks into a 2 week project.
So glad to see you posting again, Barry, I've missed seeing your projects come to life through your build threads.
Maybe I missed things when my reading sped up to see what the current status is, but will the frame be addressed at any point, or is that going too far down the rabbit hole?
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KidL: "Dammit, Chippy! You're making bad choices!"
For those that don't know about my crash it turned out to be a mechanical failure exacerbated by my inexperience. I had newly installed a badly-machined weight-equalizing hitch. I did the math and determined the tongue weight by positioning the '55 Porsche over the 3 8000# axles. I adjusted the air suspension to give me the mathematically determined tongue weight with an accurate tongue weight scale and tied everything down. Things were going well until we needed to exit left off of one freeway to another. It was a downhill sweeper and we picked up speed and the trailer started bobbing. As I entered the freeway from the left into speeding traffic the road crowned and the equalizer bars slackened and one fell out of its socket, leaving one in tension. That skewed the dynamics of the trailer and threw the book of physics at me with full force. The trailer wagged the F-450 like it was a toy. I looked out my side window and saw my trailer without using the side mirror. I had just learned that the way out of that situation was to apply the trailer's massive hydraulic brakes with 1,600 psi of pressure. I tried that on the third wag and nothing happened fast enough. I had to release the controller and grab the steering wheel. I tried the brakes again and had instant brakes dragging the pair headed straight at a 60-foot deep ravine. I whipped the truck and crashed into the guard rail at an angle the kept me on the road. As the trailer came around it smashed into the guard rail and scraped to a stop. When the trailer hit the guard rail the '55 Porsche Cabrio ripped loose and smashed up against the inside of the trailer flattening he side and folding the front suspension under the car after hitting the wheel well.
I inspected the damage quickly and went out into traffic to retrieve the torsion arm as people were swerving around it. I went back and looked at the stinger bent over and up 10°. It had wrinkles, like bent tubing, but it was solid. The State Police put out flares and helped me change the stinger and blocked traffic while I turned around on the Authorize Vehicle Only turnaround in sight of the crash and drove home. It handled like a dream with a regular hitch.
The accident was my fault. Had I backed the Porsche in the engine/trans mass of the car would have been forward of the axles, not behind them. I created a big pendulum that made me lose control.
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