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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.


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



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.




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.



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.


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.



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





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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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" !!!!


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