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  1. Just got our trailer. From Anvil trailers in Douglas Georgia. Excellent build quality and amazingly low price at about $11,000 Incorporating ideas from all of you, especially Jim and Ed. With an eight foot rear opening, I can haul everything I have with the top up and probably whatever else I may buy. 28 foot length with additional 27" with the slanted Vee nose No show beavertail. One piece aluminum roof. Premium 3/8 plywood sidewalls 24" Stoneguard on front Triple 7,000 pound torsion axles. Brakes on each axle. Aluminum wheels 7,000 pound rated ramp door with additional supports, built-in as needed. 14 ply tires 8.5 wide and 8 foot clearance. Overall inside 8'6" Brandywine .040 sheeting, matching screws 60 inch wide side door with ramp. Spare tire well in the floor MaxAir vents 84" clearance between the inner fenders. heavy duty "D" rings welded to the frame. All lights are LED Reverse lights when backing up Pull out RV Step at passenger door. GVW 21,000 pounds UPGRADES PLANNED Install rosewood engineered flooring (have in stock), interspersed with horse stable pads from Tractor Supply Harbor Freight 12,000 winch with wireless remote. (Have in stock) E-Tracks on walls and floor Additional "D" Rings Harbor Freight tool cabinets (Have in stock) GPS Tracking. Electric tongue jack. (Have in stock) "NOT FOR HIRE -Recreational Use" sign(s) Safety equip. Vest, hat, electric flares, DOT Handbook, First Aid Kit, 12v Air compressor 12v impact wrench Honda Inverter generator (have in stock) Additional interior lights with 3 way switches at door openings. Possibly stain and varnish the interior walls, mostly knot free BC plywood, installed Building a loft in the Vee nose. Thanks, Freighter Jim. Brought it home with pulling about 200 miles. Had a moderate panic stop and it pulled straight and true. Fuel mileage about 2mpg less than my lower trailers. No movement from wind nor passing semis. It is sitting too low with tongue weight. Will load it up, get on level ground and make it level.
  2. Appreciate your help. A few other things getting ready. My trailer will be finished in about a month or more. *Tiedowns? What do you recommend? It comes with some "D Rings" (I think, four) welded to the frame. *TPMs? *A "Job Box" on the Tongue next to the Vee? I have one on my open trailer. I have spares, a winch, deep cycle battery (for the winch and electric jack). I am thinking about wiring the battery into the trailer harness to keep the battery charged, I run an opening in the box to run the cable from the winch. Might do similar in the new enclosed trailer. I don't want to be tripping over the winch. *Battery impact wrench Any other ideas?
  3. Jim and Ed, does it help that every car I haul belongs to me? Can you put a sign that says "Non-Commercial" help? My dually weighs 8k. Not sure how that classes me as GVWR? The "recreational vehicles" would not apply to my cars, I guess. Jim, why not taking your car to a swap meet, etc? Can I refuse to a search? As above? Is the question that the trailer may look too heavy?
  4. I have decided on a 28-foot vee, sloping nose, one-piece aluminum roof. Triple 7k torsion axles. 8' 6" inside height. 7,000-pound ramp door with extra springs to pull it up. 21k gross. As Ed says, we have a lot of cars. My 1958 Cadillac Flower Car weighs in at about 6600 pounds. A 28 foot will hold enough for me, maybe an engine. I have a triple axle power tilt flatbed and I like the way it handles and as Ed said, it stops very well. I use a 2016 GMC Diesel Dually (bought new) rated at 30,000 pounds pull. and 7500 pounds...... I have eclectic tastes. I have also ordered a 5'wide ramp door in the side for our ATV or Golf cart, or??? I am getting the tires Ed suggested, the winch he uses. Hey, I like overkill. Traveler Jim also has some good ideas as well as trulyvintage and some other people here. Thanks!
  5. Looking at having a trailer made, high enough to haul most brass cars. My tallest car is about 7'6" with the top up. I am thinking about a 28foot bumper haul with a rear opening about 8' high. 8'6" inside. I am pulling with a 3500 GMC Diesel Dually. Possibly adding straight, as not in 'drop' axles so easily clear the inner fender wells more easily. Right now my gooseneck Featherlight (6'6" height opening) has 14" high fender wells. I cannot open the doors on my more modern cars. However, this will give me a high profile and 28 foot long with a box that will be 8'6" and an additional 4" not having drop axles. I am wondering if wind will be a factor? Like passing a semi on the expressway?
  6. We have our 1908 Thomas Flyer "50 hp Brass" and out 1903 Columbus electric car in "One and two Cylinder Brass"
  7. I am picking up some steam oil tomorrow. I know about the wrong oil can attack bronze in a transmission or rear end. Here is a picture of our transmission. The Thomas Flyer seems to have one of the finest restorations I have ever seen. It would seem they made sure the transmission would not leak. However, I am about the first people to drive it, though the Auction House did drive it onto the block and on a trailer. I am wondering if I should clean this blue stuff out, or add in the steam oil, or is it ok as it is. The sump and drive chain oilers are properly filled with, as best I can tell, the proper oil. Wolfgang Gawor died before the restoration was finished. The Auction is refusing me to have contact information with Wolfgang's Estate, nor the restoration house that finished the restoration. I am in touch with Jeff Mahl, great-grandson of George Schuster, the original driver with the Thomas in the Great Race of 1908. I was able to open the transmission cover a little, and also showing a few pictures of the car.
  8. Don't know either question. Will take an image and post it. I think it was made to be driven.
  9. Recently acquired 1908 Thomas Flyer from the Wolfgang Gawor collection. It is in fantastic condition. Frame-off restoration and very well done. It has not bee toured, nor even driven very much since restored if any. So we are sorting it out. The transmission/Transaxle gears are very well-coated with a sticky blue grease. Much thicker than 600w, but thinner than wheel bearing grease. Most transmissions I know have 6oow in it. There seems to be any pooling in the pan. I am mystified and do not know if I should add 600w or what?
  10. One of the best books, well written in novel form, 95% historically accurate and a great fun to read whether you know about the Great Race or not. Free on Kindle, Amazon https://www.amazon.com/KING-ALL-MEN-G-Singer-ebook/dp/B006Z2ERIS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533023619&sr=8-1&keywords=the+king+of+all+men+singer
  11. July 30. 110 Years ago today a Thomas Flyer car completed a 22,000 mile endurance race around the World. This was 1908, starting in New York to Paris. Against the best custom-made European cars, an American made production car from a showroom floor Thomas. Beat all comers in 169 days, and won first place. The longest distance race in history that still stands today. No windshield. No top. No heater. No roads. The Thomas Flyer put American engineering and car production on the map. https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=ffS8YDFgkTg&feature=youtu.be Our 1908 Thomas Flyer. 60 HP, 577 cubic inches. Chain drive. Frame up restoration. Is on a ship, right now, coming home to America!
  12. Want to buy manuals, information, chassis about 1908 Thomas Flyer 60hp four cylinder. Please pm.
  13. Anyone know any of family or employees? Send me a pm, would be very thankful.
  14. Everything is working out fine. I should have the car in less than two weeks.
  15. Having good advice to talk with the local British Consulate general about the VAT
  16. This was misinformation on my part. I am complete, happy, and the car should be here within two weeks.
  17. I would like advice bringing a classic car from UK to USA buying in an online auction? VAT? MOT? Customs? What hurdles should I expect?
  18. I have some help on the way in designing and building a trailer. Thanks, Jim!
  19. I am trying to wrap my head around the gravel, AuburnSeeker. What is your floor SQFT space and what sub-strata? I am trying to take your advice. How much gravel should we add? I noticed that the cement contractor has two loads of 57 gravel for our 60x30 bldg. It is 1800 SQFT. 40 tons. So, 8,000 sqft (larger building) should compute to ??? (mind too fuzzy to contemplate, tomorrow is another day...)
  20. The little old 1903 Columbus did roll through the Sotheby's blocks in 2015. Weirdly enough it was number 236 and our Pierce was number 233. I wonder whatever cars were nearby that we should be looking for? <grin> at the coincidence of us buying two cars in 2018 that were near each other Looks like you had the same truck deliver your goods! I love your view! Mountains. Though we are in Stone Mountain Village, less than a mile from the Mountain, we have tall trees blocking our view. May make a cupola on the top of the building and see if we can see anything. The 300 tons are clay and just to level the site and make the water runoff properly. The cement contractor said I needed to have 110 tons of gravel. <grin> not sure about the amount. It is his call. We had some soft brown dirt that needed to be stabilized. Also, we are within the boundary of our lake. We are also having a 48" concrete apron around the perimeter and will tie into some concrete drives and parking. The contractor is adhering to a contract we signed and the engineers will be watching as well. There are no "cost plus" on this. Whatever gravel needed, he will do. We are also within the purvue of the City and inspectors, code and engineers are watching. The cement guy is very honest, but I told him I make a few core samples to be sure the thickness of the slab. Our span is 80 feet across by 100 feet deep for the main building. The four car garage is smaller, 60x30. 14-foot eaves. I appreciate your input. Please keep responding. I might, very well might, miss something.
  21. But back to building our garage. Unloading the buildings. Mud and had to use a small Bobcat at the last minute. Lull got canceled. But we made it work! Amazing video unloading to 40 foot long beams balanced on a skid steer forks at one time and placing them between two trees! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk7zBhIU2Yg
  22. My wife fell in love with a 1903 Columbus Folding Top Runabout and insisted we get it! Picture at our country home.
  23. My current enclosed trailer (36-foot gooseneck) is too low, about 6'2" clearance. I can haul any of my cars with the tops down,, but need more clearance eight or nine feet. I want a 24 or 26 foot floor, at least tandem 7k axles, bumper pull or gooseneck. I am in the Atlanta area. Any leads?
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