heeeellllp please lol

Here is a generic building plan for a teardrop designed by the members of T&TTT.

heeeellllp please lol

Postby shaun col » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:13 pm

I'm in the process of building a 1000cc trike and i am looking to build one of the t drop vans but cant sus out which is going to be better for me and my towing requirements, as in what size type of construction would wood be better than ally whats the best thing for framing strength it needs to be small and light ??? do yu see were I'm come from :? i was looking to do the Roswell but flicking throw one of the members web site i spotted some thin really nice then a saw something alls made from polished ally (English). so here i am bloomin lost. iv completed two years worth of boat building skills from collage so the bit were i put this thing together is not a prob. I'm probably better to stay with wood but i do like that ally look.
there is so much info i dont no were to start. :roll: im looking..
thanks al if you can advise.....
shaun col
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:07 am
Location: ENGLAND SUFFOLK IPS

Postby mikeschn » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:33 pm

Hey Shaun,

Calm down... this is a process that we all go thru. Read some more. Grab a notebook and sketch down your ideas... then read some more. Ask more questions... Your ideas will firm up with time.

Mike...
The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten, so build your teardrop with the best materials...
User avatar
mikeschn
Site Admin
 
Posts: 19194
Images: 479
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2004 11:01 am
Location: MI

Postby shaun col » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:42 pm

ok the ally iv seen on some of the vans very highly polished how is that achieved in a d.i.y way of doing things,
and what is the best wood to use for framing, that's put it like this what do you guys and galls use over in the u.s. for strength and lightness,will it need to fleks like a boat.
i can get Canadian hard wood ocke ( spelling not to good so bare with me please,)
shaun col
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:07 am
Location: ENGLAND SUFFOLK IPS
Top

Postby mikeschn » Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:02 pm

If you are talking about polishing aluminum, Danny could probably tell you how...

Danny?

Mike...
The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten, so build your teardrop with the best materials...
User avatar
mikeschn
Site Admin
 
Posts: 19194
Images: 479
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2004 11:01 am
Location: MI
Top

Postby rasp » Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:41 pm

pine, aspen, or fir would be good for framing as they are on the light side, oak would be good also but it would be heavier.

is your trike going to be like a mogan 3 wheeler?
Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking
User avatar
rasp
Teardrop Master
 
Posts: 159
Joined: Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:30 pm
Location: Michigan
Top

Postby Steve_Cox » Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:23 pm

Shaun,

Nice work on the trike, I built a VW trike in the 80's, not the fiberglass body kind. It was a bare frame chopper, lottsa fun.

Here's a pic of Shaun's work so far, looks like a good teardrop hauler.
Image
Steve
User avatar
Steve_Cox
4000 Club
4000 Club
 
Posts: 4903
Images: 196
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 8:46 am
Location: Albuquerque New Mexico
Top

Postby halfdome, Danny » Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:30 pm

mikeschn wrote:If you are talking about polishing aluminum, Danny could probably tell you how...

Danny?

Mike...

Mike, I got to go pick up Jane's car from the mechanic. Be back in an hour or so & I'll look up all the products & polishers I used. :D Danny
ImageImage
"Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing". William Feather
Don't accept "It's Good Enough" build to the best of your abilities.
Image
Teardroppers Of Oregon & WashingtonImage
User avatar
halfdome, Danny
*Happy Camper
 
Posts: 5533
Images: 178
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:02 pm
Location: Washington , Pew-al-up
Top

Postby halfdome, Danny » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:53 pm

Here's the thread on Compounding & Polishing Aluminum. :D Danny
ImageImage
"Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing". William Feather
Don't accept "It's Good Enough" build to the best of your abilities.
Image
Teardroppers Of Oregon & WashingtonImage
User avatar
halfdome, Danny
*Happy Camper
 
Posts: 5533
Images: 178
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:02 pm
Location: Washington , Pew-al-up
Top

Postby shaun col » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:16 am

rasp wrote:pine, aspen, or fir would be good for framing as they are on the light side, oak would be good also but it would be heavier.

is your trike going to be like a mogan 3 wheeler?

no its like a bike but with three wheels, cool looking if you are in to them.
thanks for the wood tips, i will looking to them and find out what is available over here on that list.
shaun col
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:07 am
Location: ENGLAND SUFFOLK IPS
Top

Postby shaun col » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:22 am

Steve_Cox wrote:Shaun,

Nice work on the trike, I built a VW trike in the 80's, not the fiberglass body kind. It was a bare frame chopper, lottsa fun.

Here's a pic of Shaun's work so far, looks like a good teardrop hauler.
Image

thanks for the kind words about the trike, :thumbsup: a t drop trailer will work well behind that. but tis got to be light and small about the size of a double bed and the no higher than a large car roof, the next trike I'm building after this build was going to be a v w but i love the v 8 so I'm lookin in to a small block that rover purchased the plans from America, and produced them over here.
Last edited by shaun col on Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:49 am, edited 1 time in total.
shaun col
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:07 am
Location: ENGLAND SUFFOLK IPS
Top

Postby shaun col » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:30 am

halfdome, Danny wrote:Here's the thread on Compounding & Polishing Aluminum. :D Danny


thanks danny i will on ebay for the stuff as not sure it can be found over here but will keep a lookout. :thumbsup:
shaun col
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:07 am
Location: ENGLAND SUFFOLK IPS
Top

Postby shaun col » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:45 am

i must admit that i was thinking that id need a big hard working polishing pads like the typ you see on and bench grinder typ tools.
i was thinking about the dodge van as thats made from ally all 22 foot x 22 foot x 22 foot x 8 foot :? thats a lot of polishing. danny you have a lovly t trailer there you must be proud....
shaun col
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:07 am
Location: ENGLAND SUFFOLK IPS
Top

Postby angib » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:43 pm

Here's a British trike pulling a teardrop:

Image

Now, the trouble is: you're going to ask me who built it, and I can't find any way to locate this guy - his website (trikes.freeserve) has disappeared.

One thing to point out is that even where teardrops have ally skins, in 99% of cases it's only a cosmetic and waterproofing layer over the top of a wood body - very few teardrops are built with a metal-framed body.

If you want a polished body, it might be good to get quotes for mirror-finished ally sheet, which I think we can buy ready-polished, though at a price. It comes with a plastic protective skin on it, which one day you would have to remove.....

Guys, advice on timber types to use for framing are of limited value in Britain. We can readily get two types of timber - "redwood" (usually pine) and "whitewood" (usually spruce), whichever the timber yard stocks and anything else costs a fortune. The oak floorboards I laid in my house last year were imported from the US - you can guess what it costs to ship lumber across the Atlantic!

Andrew
User avatar
angib
5000 Club
5000 Club
 
Posts: 5783
Images: 231
Joined: Fri Apr 30, 2004 2:04 pm
Location: (Olde) England
Top

Postby shaun col » Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:15 pm

Andrew thanks i did not think of looking in to ready polished ally, i do know of a company in lowestoft that supplies the stuff as iv already had some for my truck, as for wood, I'm going to use the canadian oak as its a fast growing wood for hard wood and there is a lumber yard near here that serplys it, and im use to using it and it will take longer for it to rot if that should ever happen, it will be treated.
it is a bit heaver but i feel it will do a better job for me, it steams well for shapeing as well.
so that's the wood and hopefully the ally figured out , i will ring the metal man in morning to find out more
thanks people :thumbsup:
as for the trailer frame and running gear :thinking: i will make a light structure and find a back axel from a front wheel drive van and play about with that (fettle it).
so springs 'there's some thing i for got about :sneakers:
i need this low slung to the ground, the only thing i can think of is what is on the modern carvans and that be rubber blocks and two link bars.
mm i will have to think about that for a while un less some one has an idear to help with this.
shaun col
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:07 am
Location: ENGLAND SUFFOLK IPS
Top

Postby shaun col » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:34 pm

[quote="Steve_Cox"]Shaun,

''Nice work on the trike, I built a VW trike in the 80's, not the fiberglass body kind. It was a bare frame chopper, lottsa fun.

Here's a pic of Shaun's work so far, looks like a good teardrop hauler.''


again thanks iv been aprochd by a mag/ rag that they would like to put it in to the busy mag for trikers, so iv been looking to find a td build to go with it thats as intresting as the trike. that was the word used by one of the chaps of the mag, ,,intersting'' at first i did not know how to take that but he told me if he considerd it to be rubish he would have told me or not have replyd at all.
so thats why im here and also cos i fell in love with the shape and size of the td as well.
shaun col
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:07 am
Location: ENGLAND SUFFOLK IPS
Top

Next

Return to Generic Building Plans

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests