Australian Retro Rambler

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby swoody126 » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:41 am

"it was so simple like the jitterbug it plumb evaded me" (Jimmy Buffett in God's Own Drunk)

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:11 am

redbicycle wrote:Looks like it works a treat


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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:11 am

swoody126 wrote:"it was so simple like the jitterbug it plumb evaded me" (Jimmy Buffett in God's Own Drunk)

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby MickinOz » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:42 pm

Hey edge, thanks for the greeting in the Newbie section.
You build diary is one of the reasons I wanted to join the forum.

I was hoping to ask a few questions.
It looks like you used one of those Easytrailers out of Melbourne?

Things that kinda sorta maybe bother me:
Are those pressed steel couplers any good? They look a little light to me.
Are the 12 inch wheels up to the task?
Any trouble with the trailer frame itself?

My head says it would all be find, but after a lifetime of using "proper" Aussie style trailer hitches, and welding things back together after they've been cracked on our terrible roads..............

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:35 am

MickinOz wrote:Hey edge, thanks for the greeting in the Newbie section.
You build diary is one of the reasons I wanted to join the forum.

I was hoping to ask a few questions.
It looks like you used one of those Easytrailers out of Melbourne?

Things that kinda sorta maybe bother me:
Are those pressed steel couplers any good? They look a little light to me.
Are the 12 inch wheels up to the task?
Any trouble with the trailer frame itself?

My head says it would all be find, but after a lifetime of using "proper" Aussie style trailer hitches, and welding things back together after they've been cracked on our terrible roads..............

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I had similar reservations about the hitch. I even had a proper one on hand to swap to. But so far so good. I have done several 3hr runs at 110km on highways with no issue. I have not done extensive dirt roads.

The wheels are going fine but I do intend to carry a spare bearing set because it is not the standard Holden or Ford type you would pick up anywhere.

The frame is solid as but some powder coating on the wheel arches is starting to peel a bit so will need some paint soon. The only real issue I have is the form ply bed was in the weather for the first 12 months and is delaminating a bit.

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Re: Australian Retro Rambler

Postby edgeau » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:00 pm

Next milestone complete! I have the hatch lining in and lights wired. Yup might notice in the picture a pair of wire snippers and a screwdriver stuck randomly on the liner. This is thanks to rare Earth magnets scavenged from old computer hard drives. I attached 18 of them to the inside of the ply to create a magic knife block. They are powerful enough to work through 4mm ply quite nicely.ImageImageImage

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