"Big Foot 46"
The trailer ...
From Big Foot’s paint job I
still had some paint left which I didn’t wanted just to throw away. The
single-axle trailer, formerly from the German army and then from THW badly
painted blue, really looked miserable compared to Big Foot. So Orest and I
decided to use the remaining colour for the trailer.
First everything had to be
But there more you took apart
the more edges I found which required treatment with steel brush,
grinding-papers and all these tools to get rid of the rust.
This work was extremely dirty.
Robin, who assisted me a lot and myself looked more than once like this.
Again I took a lot of photos
from details to make the reassembly after the painting as easy as possible.
The edges of the platform were
sealed with a special glue from Würth.
The drum-brakes were taken off
for checking, the bearings were cleaned and inspected and once decided to be
still OK re-assembled with some cartridges of grease.
The rims were sprayed silver –
same as with Big Foot. The two tires from the axle had suffered from being
exposed to the sun, the spare one from underneath the trailer was perfect.
Alongside Big Foot’s design
the bottom was black,
And the upper parts
sand-yellow RAL 1002.
And here after the platform
had been put onto the chassis.
For the height-adjustable
NATO-style draw-bar I built a retainer. (Of course this fits as for the normal,
civilian draw bar with 40 mm stud.
This retainer fits into the
right storage box. Within the next weeks I will srew boxlocks onto the claps so
that I can built in key cylinders to use here as well my normal keys,
pls. refer as well to here.
Although I only bought in addition
these two side marker lights,
I have increased the value
from EURO 240,- four times! Lots of consumables for grinding, getting rust off,
additional paint, undercoating, etc. summed up bit by bit and not predictable.
Here some impressions.
Broken hooks from the cover
plus other minor things were repaired from the
saddlery Meininger in Weinsheim. I didn’t invest into a new cover and stayed
with the dark-blue one although it does not fit to the look any longer but she
was still OK and I refused additional costs.
To be able to use the same key as for Big
Foot or e. g. our house
I have added boxlocks to the storage boxes. The locking cylinders are part
of a locking system, which means I have built in the "garage keys". So I can
loan the trailer to somebody and give him the appropriate key, because he can
open only the storage boxes but not living cabin of Big Foot and of course not
Once again I have to thank very much Orest
and my son Robin!