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Tow Itch
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Mystery Dandy

Post by Tow Itch on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 1:27 pm

No narrative yet but I have some pictures of work afoot with a long term correspondant.

Any guesses anyone?

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Though looking like a complete frame serious rust issues.
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Did he get a bit mixed up in his measurement units? Don't see frame rusting as a problem any point soon.

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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by mike on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 1:36 pm

Good starting point

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Not going to try to guess because if i did it would be a member from the dim and distant past

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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by navver on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 2:59 pm

Err... I don't think it's Kimmie's Destiny
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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by Helen on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 3:11 pm

looks like the wheels are going back on so I assume it's not the chappy who was going to put a Dandy on his vehicle.

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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by Phoenix on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 7:40 pm

Its not us, been there done that. lol!

That axle looks a bit heavy duty for normal terrain. Exclamation
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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by Helen on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 7:42 pm

hmn so is it wingnut then ?
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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by mike on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 4:55 am

Phoenix wrote:Its not us, been there done that. lol!

That axle looks a bit heavy duty for normal terrain. Exclamation

It all looks a bit heavy duty
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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by mike on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 5:43 am

Been thinking and have decided to go with wingnut,think he may have looked at a dandy chassis and decided a complete rebuild would be needed before it would stand off roading on a sankey trailer,this may have lead to a decision to to start from scratch.
The axle looks as though it would take leaf springs leading to some serious ground clearance possibility's to match what a sankey can give,looking forward to some more pictures though.

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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by mike on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 6:13 am

Well into the realm of make it up as i go along now,i see the original tub frame being seam welded on to the new chassis,wooden internal frames being replaced with welded steal frames for rigidity,original wooden kitchen section being replaced with a steel framed unit possibly clad with aluminium chequer plate,which may also be used for the floor and side panels,depending on funds,if the kitchen unit is used that is.
Strengthened bed frames with a new leg system that supports the bed by going back to the trailer frame instead of down to the floor,one area i do think may need thought is the wall hinges where they fix to wood,with the best will in the world a fair bit of bounce and flexing will occur at these points even with gentle lol! off roading.
Ime having fun even if i have it all wrong.

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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by Helen on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 7:54 am

That's two that think it may be wingnut ........ so is it ? bounce

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Mystery Dandy

Post by wingnut1 on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 5:13 pm

who, me, might be.
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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by mike on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 5:19 pm

Bet you just came on to pinch my brilliant ideas
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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by Helen on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 5:33 pm

I think the mystery's been solved ...... it's looking good wingnut
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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by Cazz on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 8:48 pm

How exciting, I'm following. Very Happy
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The Pikey Pit

Post by Tow Itch on Sun 17 Mar 2013, 3:59 pm

This thread will become a new home for the thread Mystery Dandy as it's no longer a mystery and this is Wingnut's title for his project.
Why the title? Read on.
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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by Tow Itch on Sun 17 Mar 2013, 4:56 pm

So wingnut sent me some more photos and for reasons I don't fully understand script to go with them.

the pikey pit.



why call it that, well when myself and my mate crawl out of it in the morning we will look just like a pair pikeys.

the reason i have built this is because i marshal on a lot of stage rallys, most of the time they are held in or around forests.

so.

i needed something to sleep in, something simple and easy to put up, and something that could stand up to being towed off road .

that's when the idea of the pikey pit came about.

it seemed simple, mount an old dandy onto a old army (sankey) trailer and off we jolly well go, er,NO.

after a few sessions with a tape measure it was obvious it would not fit.(BUGGER)

now this is when it starts to sound a bit like a M&S advert.

first you find an old unloved dandy on e-bay £137.01 (bar gin)

next you persuade your friend that he did not need his sankey trailer anymore, and it would be better if he let me look after it. (TEE HEE)

when you get the sankey home, you tell your friend the dandy wont fit on it and cut it up quick. (END OF SANKEY, PILE OF BITS FOR NEW CHASSIS)

next you phone around for prices of 3X2 box section, pick yourself up off the floor and order some, 2X 7 metre lengths should do.

the next few weeks/months are spent cutting and welding until you end up with a nice strong chassis.

the chassis has been over engineered as so i can fit a towing pintle to it, to tow from, ( i can tow stranded cars out without having to uncouple the trailer)

all the sankey suspension was cleaned and re furbished as needed,all new bushes were fitted .

the axle was cut in two and widened by eight inches,

next the unloved dandy was pushed in and slowly dissected, it was a slow painful task.

when completely stripped the horror of the chassis could be seen.

the dandy chassis was a complete death trap, it was rusted well beyond repair.

someone had tried to weld some box section inside the chassis to try and strengthen it, im sorry to say i did the kindest thing i could to it , cut it up (it didn't suffer)

so

as this first chapter draws to a close, i have a chassis in dry build, a large pile of dandy bits ready to refurbish ,and a fridge full of beer.

keep tuned for the next enthralling episode of the pikey pit.

Additional photos

The original Sankey chassis.

No not the original Sankey chassis the original photos wouldn't download together but I lifted individually these all came together but are all part of a zipped file so I can't load the photos. there will be a way round this but my computer has gone deathly slow and to compound this on Sunday evenings Virmin media seems to slow down as well.
Also there are three other things I need to add one of which if I don't add soon I'll run out of time.

So I'll add the photos presently.



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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by mike on Sun 17 Mar 2013, 5:00 pm

I had heard that pikey pitt was like saying tougher than a coffin nail
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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by Tow Itch on Tue 19 Mar 2013, 12:46 am

The original Sankey chassis.

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My sad affliction of obsession with myself no tow hitches not Tow Hitch.
Look at these photos esp the hitches.

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They both look like a standard pressed hitch and Delta coupling not a Bradley or B & B pre auto reverse hitch.
Look again there is a rod transferring the force. No cable and no energy store? I feel a call to AL-KO coming on.

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The Pikey Pit

Post by wingnut1 on Thu 21 Mar 2013, 9:10 pm

some more pictures of the new chassis.

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The Pikey Pit

Post by wingnut1 on Thu 21 Mar 2013, 9:16 pm

technology is a wonderful thing, just got to learn to use it .
bugger technology , wheres me hammer !!!!.
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Re: The Pikey Pit

Post by Phoenix on Thu 21 Mar 2013, 9:18 pm

wingnut1 wrote:technology is a wonderful thing, just got to learn to use it .
bugger technology , wheres me hammer !!!!.
Do you need some help Mr Wingnut1?

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