*originally posted in April 2014*
What is next? Oh, I dunno… a car loading test perhaps? Prepping up:
The gaps in the flooring are more apparent from this angle. Like I said, I couldn’t chose my wood due to the bundle being frozen solid. Anyhow, I don’t care. They are in the middle of the trailer so are of no consequence.
Noticed my fiancée setting up a camera near the ramps? Aye, I wanted to see how the ramps flexed (if any) and how stable the trailer remained. Movie maker had trouble with the files but I was able to edit. Oh and I’ll save myself some embarrassment and say in advance that I didn’t drive the Scirocco for over 6 months and the clutch is shot on that damn car… Bah, screw it, here’s the vid:
Admittedly, I think that I might cut the bottom of the ramps at ground angle so that there’s less of a step to drive on. Otherwise, all went perfectly. Notice how stable the whole rigging remains. I’m proud of that! The ‘rocco is sitting pretty low too, so this also shows how the ramp angle voids the need to remove any bumper cover! My driveway is also at an incline down, which makes the ramp angle higher that it normally will on flat ground.
Since the car is on the trailer… so….. ah hell, let’s go for a test drive! All strapped up:
I’ve then proceeded to the industrial park to slide that shit around the corners – errrrrr… to adjust the brake controller properly, I mean!
Notice how level everything is. This is the fruit of very hard planning on my part. I suck at math but geez did I work out my gut feelings on that one! Weight distribution seems and feels perfect, at least with the Scirocco on there!
Here’s a video that my fiancée took with my sucky cam while I was at highway cruising speed for a good tracking, sway, and overall suspension performance test:
The speed was high enough and the road bumpy enough for a real good test. After 30 miles, we turned back, waved of a lot of stares by other motorists, and went home. Upon arrival, I’ve unloaded the car and proceeded to a complete frame inspection which my trailer passed with flying colors! Not a single weld shown signs of stress and none cracked. I am VERY happy about this, if not ecstatic!
It’s not yet finished though; winch, tool box, spare tire mount… but damn does it feel good to take something you’ve created entirely from scratch for a spin. Hell yeah it does! You need to waive off fear of the “danger zone” and just trust your workmanship!