Hauling Old Iron

Hauling Gas engines on the Cadillac of utility trailers.


| October 2005



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Old iron isn't the easiest thing to haul around. Al Marcucci, EDGE &TA member, Branches 13 and 111, managed to come up with a pretty unique way to move his engines by designing and building a trailer specifically for that purpose. This is no ordinary trailer, either - not by a long shot. The design is a classy way to haul old gas engines and the materials he needs to show them.

While this engine collection includes a pristine 1917 Associated, a 1918 headless Fairbanks and a 1914 Field-Brundage, the trailer is a work of art in its own right.

Designed to carry four-plus engines and water pumps, along with their accompanying demonstration materials, the trailer's main frame is made of 3/16-inch wall, 2-by-3-inch box tubing, and the side rails are made from 2-by-2-inch box tubing. A standard single-wheel axle with 5-bolt Chevy hubs was bolted to the trailer's leaf springs and set in place. Al used the 5-bolt Chevy bolt pattern so he could use the same wheels as on his Chevy S-10 pickup. The 1,385-pound-empty trailer is also equipped with surge brakes, which Al says work very, very well. Once the basic construction was finished, Al painted the trailer the same shade of blue found on his truck.

Up front, a 3-foot wide, 19-by-13-inch Dee-Zee polished aluminum diamond plate utility box is securely bolted to the tongue. Inside the utility box, Al has placed each item in neatly arranged compartments specifically designed to protect them from being jostled around. The 5-by-10-foot trailer has a purpleheart floor, while the sides and fenders surrounding the hardwood are made of polished stainless and aluminum diamond plate.

A 2,000-pound winch is located at the center front of the trailer to assist in loading and unloading, and diamond plate chocks hold the forward most engines in place. Old aircraft cargo rails coupled with moveable D-rings are used for tie-downs. Cargo lights make certain that day or night loading is never an issue, either.

With the tailgate folded down, a heavy-duty handicap ramp allows the engines to be unloaded, while leveling jacks located at the rear of the trailer relieve the need for it to remain hitched to the truck. Loading feet fold neatly into the bottom of the trailer, allowing Al to load and unload his equipment smoothly.