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    Ta-daaahhhh!

    Well, guys, as promised, here’s the pics of my completed trailer project.

    I still have to add some emblems, find a way to change it’s angle so that it sits level, complete my special surprise front end treatment, line the interior, add a GT gas cap, fake exhaust pipes, and a couple other odds and ends. But it’s essentially complete and ready for it’s debut photo op.

    If you guys have any questions or want photos of some aspect of it, let me know.





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    Looks great. I have a suggestion for getting it to sit level. This can normally be done with a box style hitch and a drop mount ball, however, from what I can see, it doesn't look like you have that type of hitch. IMHO, the tongue looks a little long. If you were to have a welding shop cut it and then re-weld it with the front part welded on top of the rest of the tongue, that would drop the height and shorten the length. Unfortunately, some paint would be needed.

    It is a very impressive project. You are obviously a very creative person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmelchiori View Post
    Looks great. I have a suggestion for getting it to sit level. This can normally be done with a box style hitch and a drop mount ball, however, from what I can see, it doesn't look like you have that type of hitch. IMHO, the tongue looks a little long. If you were to have a welding shop cut it and then re-weld it with the front part welded on top of the rest of the tongue, that would drop the height and shorten the length. Unfortunately, some paint would be needed.

    It is a very impressive project. You are obviously a very creative person.
    I would just have a welding shop heat up the tongue and bend a slight backward "Z" in it to level it out, but, I wouldn't shorten it, as you don't know what situations you might get into while towing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thescifiguy View Post
    Well, guys, as promised, here’s the pics of my completed trailer project.


    I Love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench459 View Post
    I Love it!
    Do you use a tripod and timed pictures or do you have a young blonde neighbor helping... Like your cap is that cow spots?

    We need a pic of the blinder tail lights! at night

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    Picture of GT without the trailer? Would like to see how your trailer hitch is attached to the GT. I had a trailer hitch on my previous GT. Exhaust tips would hit the hitch crossbar at the resonator and crack the tube welds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jambalaya421 View Post
    Do you use a tripod and timed pictures or do you have a young blonde neighbor helping... Like your cap is that cow spots?

    We need a pic of the blinder tail lights! at night
    A jammin' redhead with a butt so tight she can crack walnuts with it.

    Yup! Genuine cow-spotted fitted bandana! Man, you cheese dudes can spot'em a mile away, cantcha!?

    I'm almost ready for the night time photo op. I've got to reverse some wires first. I'll deal with that tomorrow.

    I bought the 18 LED bulbs for the trailer. They are noticably dimmer than the 45's, but still equal or slightly brighter than the oem bulbs. I bought red LED bulbs for the car and trailer's Toyota rear side marker lights. They're nice and bright, but keep in mind that some cheaper or small bulbs are polarity sensitive. After all the wiring I had to do on this and the car, I was doing jumping jacks in my driveway when I saw that they all came on for the first time. Except for one of those markers. I flipped the bulb around and it came right on!

    Lindsay, I'll hook you up with some hitch pics tomorrow.
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    All good ideas.

    I’m going to stop by the trailer store on Monday and see what options they offer. I think the front of the tongue only needs to drop by 2” or less. I might be able to just bend the bar a little in the middle. I’d like to find some kind of bolt-on solution, either at the hitch or the receiver, so that I don’t have to screw up the paint on the tongue.

    The hitch that I got from Gary was remarkably easy to install and the main crossbar under the car sits TIGHT up against the chassis. Space to put anything down there is really limited on a GT. What’s really cool is how the tongue of the hitch follows the curve at the bottom of a GT rear end. There’s exactly ¼” of space, over a 10” arc, between the hitch tongue and the body. The secondary crossbar, that would normally be mounted to the side of the bumperettes, maintains this distance and prevents the tongue from swinging right and left. Since I put the bumpers from the car on the trailer, I used some cut down 3/16” thick stainless steel shelf brackets, that I had laying around, and bolted them to the car where the bumpers bolts used to be. I had to fill or use the remaining old bumper bolt holes, so the trailer wire harness exits one hole and from the same hole on the other side I ran the wiring for the LED license plate bolts. Neither idea looks particularly attractive, but I didn’t want to drill any more holes in the car when I already had holes to fill or use for this purpose. Later, if the look really pisses me off, I can drill hidden holes and run the wiring more discreetly, but I want see how it goes for a while.

    Here’s some more pics:



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    Congrats Gordon. Looks great. Welcome to the wonderful world of trailering Once you get some weight in the trailer, it will take any trailer bounce away. Enjoy!!
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    As Lindsay requested, here’s pics of the hitch. The two humps that arc over the muffler tips are pushed tight up against the body. I then pounded 2x4’s between the ground and each crossbar end to “pre-load” the crossbar, then I drilled the holes into the car chassis through the holes in the crossbar ends. I preloaded the crossbar because I didn’t want there to be any chance of the crossbar vibrating against the body and making an annoying noise.

    Are those extended lug nuts sticking out the sides of the hitch in that rear view pic? Why, YES, they are!!! I ran out of ½ stainless bolts, so I used some wheel lug bolts and some left over long lug nuts. Kinda gives it that Frankenstein look. They also sorta protect you from barking your shins on the angular corners of the hitch’s secondary crossbar.

    As you can see, I don’t use a resonator. I think they’re useless, expensive, junk and they make your car look like you’ve got a lunch box strapped underneath. For years, I thought they were resINators, instead of resonators(for sound), because when I had them on my cars the back panel would get spots from exhaust soot. I actually thought that they were intended to collect resin and spit it all over the back of my car!

    P.S. By the way, something occurred to my new OGTS tail light lenses that you guys should be advised about. I had iron cross decals on them for about 4 months as a gag. When I peeled them off, the centers of the tail lights popped out. I never knew that the centers of Opel rear lenses have an insert in them that diffuses the light. I've never ever seen a lense have those pop out in 30 years of Opeling. Whoever made them used clear silicone to hold them in and it doesn't hold them very well. I used a couple of judicious dabs of Liquid Nails to reattach them. Now, as a disclaimer, I didn't buy them from OGTS myself. I acquired them through a trade with another member, so I don't know if they were mishandled or tortured before I got them. I suspect not, so be aware that this might be an issue with them.





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    do the plates not have to have the same number as the car in the states?

    here the registration plate must match the car towing the trailer
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    Well at least in New Jersey they are not the same, as you can see the trailer plate reads "TRAILER" and the first 2 Letters of the plate usually start with "TL"
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    hitch for pioniers

    Wow
    i have never seen one construction of this towinghitch before on a car
    Where they will fixed to the frame from the GT
    In Germany i can need this one only on privat ground,but never on streets!

    Greetings Norbert
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    Quote Originally Posted by norbertone.gt371 View Post
    Wow
    Where they will fixed to the frame from the GT
    The trailer is held to the back frame piece by the bolts at the ends of the main crossbar under the car. I did not paint the crossbar, so you may not think it was part of the trailer hitch. The bar is 1/2" thick steel and the 1/2" bolts go through it sideways into the frame. The tongue bolts to the crossbar in the middle between the exhaust pipes. Then there is another crossbar in the back of the car to keep the tongue from swinging right and left. It is actually probably stronger than the car. It is definitely stronger than Opel GT bumpers.

    Norbert, do you have pictures of how your oem trailer hitch bolts to underneath the car. I only have a picture of how it looks from behind. I am sure that we would all like to know how the oem trailer hitch made out of tubes attaches.

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    Opel instructions

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    tomorow,i scaned the Opel-Instructions for mounting the oem hitch and make pictures
    from the bolts in my GT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baz View Post
    do the plates not have to have the same number as the car in the states?

    Here the registration plate must match the car towing the trailer
    Trailers are titled as an individual unit. If my neighbor wanted to borrow my trailer, all he needs is my registration card and he is good.

    Commercial trucks switch trailers from cabs all of the time.
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    pictures from oem hitch

    Here we go
    Greetings Norbert








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    My Vote for Fake Tailpipes...

    Old style air cooled gun barrels.

    The "front" light openings are begging for keg taps...?functioning?!!


    GREAT project, by the way! Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norbertone.gt371 View Post
    Only in German
    I have English-language versions of the original GT manual (reprinted from Parsget UK about 20 years ago). I will see if I can copy the photos and directions from there.
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