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Old Sun 26th June 2011, 05:45 PM
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L series trailer

I made this on and off over the last couple of days.



The sheet metal sticking out the front is just the leftovers I chucked in there to move somewhere else.





Started off with a rego'ed 6x4 trailer with good frame but totally rusted out body, and the rear half of my first L series wagon that's been sitting around for years.

Cut the body off the donor trailer.
Made a frame in the L series body out of new galvanised box section and welded it to the frame from the donor trailer.
Welded hinges to the bottom of the L series tailgate so it folds down instead of up now.
Fitted a 2wd K frame to the L series body (had one sitting there with near-new bearings in it).
Put the old pair of KYB shocks and Kings springs out of Monsterwagon into it.
Put 3" body lift in it and fitted a couple of old 14" speedie rims with pretty knackered (but good enough) 27" tyres.
Welded some small box down the top edges to make it more practical for loading stuff.
Made a floor for the part which lowers down where the rear seats used to be, continues along the same level as the wagon floor at the back.
Wired the lights up to a 7pin trailer plug.

Spent maybe 6 or 7 hours on it I spose. Bought some Mig wire and new box section and sheet, used other offcuts and junk I had lying around.

Still needs quite alot of little attention to detail;
- grind down all the little sharp edges and close off voids with light sheet
- enclose the front section with a wall (removable with wing nuts tho incase I want to load extra long stuff)
- fit a jockey wheel
- fit a spare wheel/tyre
- might replace the hitch with one with a hydraulic master on it and connect up the drum brakes...but not really necessary for a trailer this size
- might find some Honda springs to beef it up abit
- delete the tow bar :P

It's roughly 6.5x4x5 size - little bigger than the standard 6x4 trailer size but sortof evens up because it has wheel arches inside taking up abit of room.

Bit of a laugh but way better than what it was
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Old Sun 26th June 2011, 07:49 PM
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Old Sun 26th June 2011, 07:53 PM
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ya kinda stolen me idea. . . . Mines different tho. . . . Nuff said!
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Old Sun 26th June 2011, 07:58 PM
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lol. Thats an awesome trailer! Nice job.
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Old Sun 26th June 2011, 08:43 PM
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Cool, nice work Andrew. How heavy is it? won't it be too heavy?
Also are you going over the pits with it?
Looks cool tho

Now who will be the first to make a trailer out of a brumby???
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Old Sun 26th June 2011, 08:56 PM
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Does it still have the rear door windows lol
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Old Sun 26th June 2011, 09:12 PM
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I likey!

What are you gonna do for the front?

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Whats with the blingin rims on the trailer in the background?
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got a towbar too, needs another one behind
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Should this really be in the restorations section?!

Looks good andrew! Needs more lift!! I've been thinking of something along these lines, but I wanted to keep the body and glass so that it was still enclosed. Haven't worked out what to do up the front yet but I was thinking of somehow welding the windscreen in there or something... I'll probably never get around to doing it after knocking up my yota tray trailer last year So props to you!

I too would be keen to know if its a heavy trailer. And the spare tyre - remove the fuel tank (or keep the tank and hook it up to the wagon for even better range) and mount under there - or make a rear swing arm for it, downer would be the weighting of the tow hitch...

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TheLman, give us some details of what you've planned Camper? I had ideas about that before I cut the roof off, decided on this because I actually need a 6x4 open trailer at the moment.

The front will just be a flat wall like with most trailers which I'll make out of the same sheet metal as I used for the front floor section. I'll put wing nuts so it can be removed easily if required.

Being a Touring Wagon it did have electric windows in those doors but I deleted all that to save weight.

It does seem a bit heavier than average for a 6x4 trailer but wouldn't be by that much. It's quite well balanced and I rekon the suspension will be up to the task of normal sized loads no problem. After all, compaired to it's original form as a Touring Wagon, it's now missing all the interior, all the bits from inside the doors, all the driveline, fuel tank, windows, roof etc.

Probably won't bother taking it to the pits. The frame I used was still fully paid up and rego'ed, and it's still basically a 6x4 trailer.

Whatever money I spent on bits of metal and mig wire will be paid back to me in practical use pretty quickly I think - we have to move house twice over the next year, and develop a 6.5 acre block of land too so it will be karting heaps of funiture and other loads of sand and random junk all over Perth. Might keep a little running log of what it gets used for.

ElFreddo - I figured it counted as a "build-up" for this section, and can fit in with the other buildups of mine in here
I did think more than 3" lift would look better, especially when hitched up to Monsterwagon, but nah. Couple of reasons - it's likely to be hitched up to a few other cars too, mostly my lowered Legacy wagon and would be a bit silly pointing downwards. Also would be a PITA lifting stuff up into it if it's much higher than this.
I did think of utilising the tank for extra fuel or water or something but that would have been more useful if it was going to be an enclosed camper type thing. In this form (basic 6x4 trailer) I think the "keep it simple stupid" approach is best.
Pity I'm running 5stud on the wagon these days, it would have been handy to have a common spare wheel between the two, but again this wouldn't work out with hitching it up to other cars all the time. I'll just keep one spare 14" ontop of the Aframe hitch I think.

Edit - a few questions about the weight now...I'll definitely swing into a weigh bridge if I see one when I've got it hitched up and post up the results.
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