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TonyNZ
 Post subject: Home for Maintenance
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:31 am 
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Time for 100/annual. Nice to be able to bring T18 home and to be able to work on it in a moments notice. Moving into winter now so nice to be able to have a hot drink at any time. I leave the wings in the hangar as not much to do on them and have never made any fittings on my trailer to take the wings. :)
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Jeff J
 Post subject: Re: Home for Maintenance
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:46 am 
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That looks like it would be pretty light on the hitch. How does it pull?

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James Grahn
 Post subject: Re: Home for Maintenance
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:37 pm 
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Nice Tony!
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TonyNZ
 Post subject: Re: Home for Maintenance
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 12:05 am 
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Theres about 60 lb on the tow hitch. Tows straight as a die, have to watch you don't cut corners though as it has a long wheel base :P
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Jeff J
 Post subject: Re: Home for Maintenance
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:37 am 
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Thanks, I thought maybe with the mains that close to the trailer wheels it might be okay. I know people (some of them really should have known better) who had tried to haul aircraft that way because it was easier to load but they had to turn the aircraft around before they made it 5 miles because they couldn't control it. They were all on standard utility trailers and car haulers which puts the bulk of the weight to far back.

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Rich Brazell
 Post subject: Re: Home for Maintenance
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:41 pm 
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Tony...your trail is similar to mine . Should you care to add wing supports/cradles to leave the wings on I have included a few pics of my set up that has worked well for 7 years . The bottom support for the wing is a piece of aluminum channel attached to the trailer . It supports both the wing AND the aileron . The outboard tube with the pip pin is 3/4 " alum tube with and AN fitting on the top for the pip pin . The tube is bolted to the channel and swings out of the way when moving the wing . I used the wing tie down fitting to attached the outboard tube and secure it with the pip pin . The inboard support is nothing more than 3/4" steel tubing attached at the bottom with bolts to swing out of the way so the horizontal stab can clear . To secure the support in the up right position another pip pin is attached at the bottom pivot point . A 1" ratchet strap is secured over the wing to snug up the whole operation . Trailer has been down the freeway at 55 mph with no problems (except the lookie loos !)

You may need to move that freezer with the cadavers in it to make it fit ? ::)

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TonyNZ
 Post subject: Re: Home for Maintenance
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 12:19 am 
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Yeah there are some bodies in there, trout and salmon! Thanks for the pics could be useful for the future.
Like my little Fiat 500 Bambina hiding under the cover?
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Rich Brazell
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:39 am 
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Thought it might also be a "Classic" Mini Cooper ? ???

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TonyNZ
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 3:27 am 
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Jeff J
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 7:13 am 
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Thanks for posting the pictures guys.

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1albee
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 8:02 pm 
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Very Cool Ride !!! and the Mustang is not bad either :)
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TonyNZ
 Post subject: Re: Home for Maintenance
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:48 am 
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Ha! tricked you, its not a Mustang. A chocky fish for the first to identify. Hint, an Aussie should know.
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Rich Brazell
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Holden ? :P

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TonyNZ
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The chocky fish goes to RB! Holden Monaro 2002 with supercharged V6. Sadly I don't have it any more :'(

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