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I changed my mind on the trailer. I'm saving the fresh kit that started this build for another truck. When I built the suspension, I mounted the axles below the springs instead of on top of the springs per the kit instructions. I realized my mistake and then the idea hit me. I had some 15 inch trailer wheels and tires made by Mo'Luminum, so, I modified the body of an ebay built-up I bought years ago. First, I completely cut out the trailer's wheel wells. The upside-down axles help to make up for the change in ride-height resulting from the change of wheels.

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Scrap sheets of plastic were placed over the holes in the floor left by the wheel wells.

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A paper template of the wheel arches on the side walls was drawn, and filler pieces were made from 2 broken side walls that I had in my spares box.

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I cut the filler pieces to shape and ground the back sides thinner so they would cover the wheel arches.

 

 

Here is my filler piece installed.

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Here it is mocked up with its new wheels

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I managed to get some time at the bench today. I'm trying an experiment to deal with Ertl's "way too wide" steer axle.

Here is a stock Ertl axle laying in place.

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I took a GMC Astro steer axle that I had laying around and put it to use. It was already modified for "working steering" I slipped some brass tube into each end of the axle. Then, the 2 piece Ertl spindles were installed.

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Here it is with wheels although they are not permanently attached.

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You can see this new axle definitely draws the wheels in. When I get this mounted permanently I'll be better able to let everyone know if this solution works.

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Lookin good Ray !

 

Be Well

Gator

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2 weeks ago, I was cleaning my hobby room and had an incident. I was moving my desk and bumped a shelf and it fell. It contained 3 trucks, and on the way down the tractor for this project was damaged. The 3 fallen trucks will now be "organ donors" on future builds. As for this one, I will come up with something.

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😭😭😭

OH NO!!!!  Have been watching the "save" on the this one...….  Hope you can finish "bringing it back" !!!!

DJ

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