Intro: Lowboy Dolly and Moped As ATV Towtruck
Doomed motorcycles and other "tweaker poop" clog the shared spaces of many an artists' studio.
I was innocently cleaning out my share of such a place when my friend pointed at an ATV trike.
He uttered the trigger phrase "it's yours if you get it out of here".
This activated the "Hell yeah!" program in my mind.
In a flash I inflated the tires and dragged it out of the building. It didn't roll easily so I grabbed a curtain from a trashcan and tied the ends to the handlebars, making a sort of sled dog harness.
Then I trudged down the street dragging it behind me.
"Thus Conan grew to manhood" I thought.
After a block or two it got really hard to drag. I looked back and one of the tires was leaving a dark skidmark on the sidewalk. I left my burden by the side of the road and went to get the lowboy dolly.
My friend Ed West was there so labor-saving methods seemed desirable, no matter how much extra work it took. Ed took the towing action pix with his phone. Fungusamungus took the lashing photos.
WARNING: Can you spot the SAFETY VIOLATIONS?
Step 1: Sticks, Rope, Innertube Equals Anything
The vision: The lowboy trailer would become a trailer to transport this disabled ATV (all terrain vehicle)
To make the tongue we lashed sticks to the base using innertubes. The sticks are two 8 foot chunks of Corwin's broken carbon windsurfer mast.
The trailer hitch is a universal joint formed from another lashing of innertube. This connected the trailer to the back of Ryan's moped. There's some rope as well as innertube in that lashing because I was secretly scared of it falling off.
The tongue lifted the dolly's front wheels off the ground. This is good because if ever the back wheels lifted, the front casters would let the trailer swing out and smash into parked cars or whatnot.
If the hitch broke and the front wheels landed that would be bad also. The whole thing would take off for parts unknown and spear something with the tongue.
Lightsurf came out to take this picture while Ed and I were loading up.
On the way back it fell off once but it's made for that sort of thing and we put it back on.
We got back without other mishap and now I've got this giant piece of crap I have no use for.
I think it's going to be a set of beach wheels for a catamaran. Maybe Emily will take the motor to run it on wood gas or methane. It's perfect for that cuz it's got no carburetor in the way.
While I was good and embarassed I trailered back two wooden crates we'd passed on the first trip. Ahh. I feel really dumb. Can you believe some people take drugs to feel like this?
Step 2: Frame Lashings
When innertubes get scarce I start cutting them into strips like this.
These lashings don't look too secure, but they didn't come undone.
So I guess they were good enough.
Step 3: Hot Air Removes Decals and Tape
I didn't know why there was tape on the end of the tube so I thought I'd remove it. The tape was rotten so it didn't come off.
Out comes the hairdryer which softens the adhesive enough to pick off the tape. This magic implement is also good for removing bumperstickers and decals from cars. The last shreds of adhesive just rub and roll off by hand.
Step 4: Universal Joint / Trailerhitch Lashing
Tie a rope leash on also for safety in case the lashing fails.
Click on the photos below to see pictures of the steps.
The first turn goes over one end of the tube, trapping it.
Subsequent turns cross diagonally over the top of the tongue stick.
After it looks strong enough you lock the thing together by a number of turns around it.
Pull and wiggle the tongue while making this turns so they form a sort of ball under it.
The last turn is tucked under a previous winding.
Don't tie knots, cuz you'll be untying it again in an hour or so when you're done with it.