posted at the Cohort by Ralf K (Don Kincl)
If the back tires were inflated then the front bumper would be even lower than it is and it’s almost on the ground now.
If you can live with the initial suspension of disbelief about the possible motivation for building a car-trailer hybrid rather than just installing a hitch on the original car, the use of a front wheel drive base vehicle does simplify construction.
I sure hope that some of the frame members are made of wood, and that the brakes are plumbed with copper tubing and vacuum hose.
You’re assuming he bothered plumbing the rear brakes.
Yes, thanks for pointing out the begged question. It would, after all, be much easier just to crimp the line for the rear brakes and just get on with it.
The use of Eldorado negative offset rims on the trailer section is a nice anesthetic touch. Unfortunately they aren’t compatible with the former trailer hubs and will improperly load the bearings. I expect better from Frankenstein-esque backyard engineering.
Or are the hubs Eldorado?
That was typical on these and Toros, to reuse the axles and lengthen them via a weld, or in any case, use the original hubs and brakes.
Not to be “that guy”, but I think you mean positive offset.
Eldorado and Toro based race car haulers were sort of common. Some were rather refined.
A guy that lived down the street from me years ago built an Eldo hauler for his race car. His was retained the tire rack at the front of the donor trailer and the quarter windows on the Eldo.
Kind of like that red and white one, scrolling down the page a bit and I saw one based on a Chevy truck, similar to ones I saw around here, also years ago. Those though were built by a company and they used a 4×4 truck that was locked in 4wd and had the rear drive shaft removed, along with all of the chassis behind the cab.
The long-lost granddaddy of those Smyth ute kits for Dodge Chargers and various VW products.
On the plus side the soft fender extensions are still in complete shape.
It’s funny how everyone found it so irresistible to add paired rear axles to the UPP. GMC did it for their Motorhome, Franco Sbarro did it for his function car, and whoever created this Eldo transporter did too.
Looks like something from one of those Barbara & Jerry Anderson
marionette shows . Think Thunderbirds or Joe 90.
Franco Sbarro, a blast from the past, met with him in Switzerland in the mid ’80s. A good subject for a Curbside Classic expose.
Bugflector™ FTW, especially because it’s green.
That’ll work plug the welder in an hold my beer,
Air the tires, crank the torsion bars, and aim the headlights.
Good to go.
This thing is hideous right now, but with a lot of work, it could be made worth all the trouble. You could transport race cars! BTW, Daniel Stern, did you ever think that FTW backwards is WTF? Y’know, just saying. 🙂
And BTW is WTB backwards too!
What’s more, LS/MFT backwards is TFM/SL.
Looks like a long-lost cousin of the Tissier Citroens – I was reading all about them over the weekend. I wasn’t sure the Citroens would be powerful enough for hauling anything too heavy on their flatbeds, but they must have been okay as there seem to have been a lot built by Tissier and others. The Caddie, on the other hand, should have plenty of power.
Coincidentally I was reading about them too. One of the main uses for the Tissier 6-wheelers was newspaper delivery. This was because they were faster than trucks and economical, but an article from 1983 described taking 3 minutes to accelerate from 75 to 80mph on a flat motorway going across Germany while carrying 1.5 tonnes of papers.
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