tinman's teardrop build

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tinman's teardrop build

Postby tinman52 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:02 am

Hi all, time to start a build thread....this is my first attempt at a TD, but not the first thing I have built or modified.
My TD is kinda my own design, with most of the ideas for it coming from this great site. It is a 4x8 built as simple and as cheaply as possible.....
The goal is to tow it behind my classic/hot rod. I love road trips.

So I started with some 2" box tube and light angle and whipped up a frame. It is 52"x95". The axle is from A Chrysler minivan(rear).
I chose this axle because it has much better bearings and seals than the cheapie trailer ones, and the price was right. 5x4.5 wheel bolt pattern also.
The springs and shackles are from a model A Ford(2 front springs). I removed some leafs and added poly liner for smoother action. Also installed shocks.
Title and license is pretty simple here in MT, so that is done as well.
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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby Woodbutcher » Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:21 am

Good luck, and congrats on the build. Enjoy the building process, it's a big part of the fun. :applause:
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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby Az Pete » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:32 pm

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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby Sparksalot » Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:46 pm

Nice project truck in the background. Criminy, look at those springs!
Done? Surely you jest. A teardrop is never "done".

The Compass Rose build thread: viewtopic.php?t=23213

Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

It's got a cop motor, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks.
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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby tinman52 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:30 pm

After I got everything welded and ground down where needed, I sand blasted the frame and axle. Epoxy primer and some black enamel was next. After assembly I started on the floor.
Another departure from normal.....I'm using T&G engineered flooring screwed directly to the frame. This stuff is 1/2" plywood with a hardwood veneer. Best part is it was free! The bottom and edges of every board got a liberal coating(s) of "the mix". Then glued and screwed.

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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby Atomic77 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:04 pm

Wow. Looking fantastic. I really dig that wood floor.

If there was a "but" the only thing I might say is, I'm so glad I insulated my floor. I actually wasn't going to, but someone here, maybe Tony or Bruce, possibly KC... made an excellent argument in favor of it. And I'm glad I did. In both hot and cold temps...

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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby tinman52 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:01 pm

Atomic77 wrote:Wow. Looking fantastic. I really dig that wood floor.

If there was a "but" the only thing I might say is, I'm so glad I insulated my floor. I actually wasn't going to, but someone here, maybe Tony or Bruce, possibly KC... made an excellent argument in favor of it. And I'm glad I did. In both hot and cold temps...

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Thanks! I agree on the insulation of the floor.....after I finished the wood I flipped it over and glued/screwed rigid foam board insulation to the bottom. then caulked the edges. Dunno how this will hold up over time, figured it was better than nothing.
Sorry, no pics of this.
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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby tinman52 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:09 pm

Started playing with side profiles.....using a piece of luan paneling. This will be the wall template.
Finally settled on a shape, but still fiddling with door size/placement.

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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby Atomic77 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:48 pm

tinman52 wrote:
Atomic77 wrote:Wow. Looking fantastic. I really dig that wood floor.

If there was a "but" the only thing I might say is, I'm so glad I insulated my floor. I actually wasn't going to, but someone here, maybe Tony or Bruce, possibly KC... made an excellent argument in favor of it. And I'm glad I did. In both hot and cold temps...

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Thanks! I agree on the insulation of the floor.....after I finished the wood I flipped it over and glued/screwed rigid foam board insulation to the bottom. then caulked the edges. Dunno how this will hold up over time, figured it was better than nothing.
Sorry, no pics of this.
Good move. Mine is a similar fashion. I covered it all with truck bed liner when finished. You could probably use rubberized undercoat too. Will protect it from flipping rocks, etc. Nice work.

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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby B-Bop » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:32 pm

Hey Tinman, glad to see you have started a build thread. I have not been on here for a year or so. Good to see you are on your way.
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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby tinman52 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:00 pm

Building walls.........I'm using 1/2" fir ACX ply for the walls. Added some 1x3 around the doors for structure. Everywhere else gets 3/4 foam insulation.
Inner walls will be some old luan paneling I had, outer will be painted.
Waiting on my fenders......I want to use thru bolts to attach them instead of screws. Then I can finish he walls and move on to the roof.
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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby swoody126 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:20 am

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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby tinman52 » Mon May 13, 2019 8:47 pm

Update with a couple pics.
I got the walls finished and attached, also got my fenders. They are aluminum ones from Eastern Marine. Good price too, around $50 each. Also painted my wheels.
I may end up painting the paneling on the side walls to break up the woodgrain look a bit.
Now moving on to the roof.....
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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby Atomic77 » Mon May 13, 2019 9:00 pm

Very nice. Really like those fenders

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Re: tinman's teardrop build

Postby Woodbutcher » Tue May 14, 2019 6:44 am

Good work. you will have a fine teardrop when you finish. :applause:
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