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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:15 am    Post subject: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

My father had the book "der lastesel des wirtschaftswunders" and as a kid I used to look through the pages. I was always fascinated at the many SO options on the pick-up because my father owned one. Especially the picture of the SO14 Langmaterial-Anhänger with a couple rafters. I always wondered if such a trailer would have survived. The image of that book has always stuck in my mind for some reason.

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In 2013 I got a mail from a friend that found a weird trailer with VW wheels... The trailer stood for years in an overgrown front yard of a house he daily drove by. He suspected that this could be a original SO14 trailer. So after i had a good look at the photos it had to be one. The trailer and framework for on the pick-up was still in good shape. All the lights still worked and wheels were spinning freely!! Cool So the following weekend we struck a deal with the owner and towed it home behind my mom's car Twisted Evil .

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I did some research and I couldn't find much. The original was made by Gebr. Wolperding in Winsen. Mine is produced in 1964 and has the serialnr. 2859.
I completely restored the trailer. And with the help of some friends got it ready the night before the Ben Pon Treffen in Amersfoort. It's great to drive with the trailer and a load and watch the whole system work as it should!

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Since that show I had some fun with it but never had a load that was long of big enough to make sense.
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Last weekend we had a aircooled show in the Netherlands and I was asked if I would bring my trailer. So I finally took the time to build some rafters to replicate the picture that would fascinate me as a kid!

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Does somebody have some more info on the company Gebr. Wolperding? It looks like they are now a VW dealer. Or does someone has an original brochure?
I only have some vague pictures of some literature.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

always loved these as well. When i was a kid and even as a teenager you could see these everywhere. Being in bavaria we just called them wolperdinger, which is quite funny, really. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolpertinger
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:26 am    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

found a link to a picture of an SO24 on the Bullikartei.de website
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

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Very cool display. Nice to see a commercial VW shown in context as a proper 'working vehicle'.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:41 am    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

Fantastic story! I love the faithful repro of the scaffolding.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:59 am    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

I think finding the trailer is pretty lucky... but, finding the part that goes on the truck bed... very lucky!!

They look great!! Thanks for sharing & nice work!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

Question so the implement attached to the truck swiffles? As the truck turns,along with the trailer.like 5th wheel.?
VW has always been a forward thinker back in the day...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

I have seen it at the show, my compliments! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

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Question so the implement attached to the truck swiffles? As the truck turns,along with the trailer.like 5th wheel.?
VW has always been a forward thinker back in the day...
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Looks like the part on the truck bed has a slider that the load sits on, so the load can shift front to rear when going up and down hilly terrain. Do not see a pivot point on that. Might be the load is just allowed to twist on the bed platform.

Trailer top platform looks like it pivots.

This image seems to show a set of straps to hold the bed platform to the bed of the truck:

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The barn door bus image seem to not show this set of straps. Do the earlier bed platforms just sit on the bed of the truck??
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:44 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

vwassing wrote:

Does somebody have some more info on the company Gebr. Wolperding? It looks like they are now a VW dealer. Or does someone has an original brochure?
I only have some vague pictures of some literature.


Have you tried to contact the dealership? Inquire if there is someone you could talk to that knows the history of the company, particularly about the SO-14.

Any chance of a video showing how the bed and trailer work when turning?

Would really like to build one of those someday! Please do post more close up images with a scale to show size.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:27 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

Eric&Barb wrote:

Looks like the part on the truck bed has a slider that the load sits on, so the load can shift front to rear when going up and down hilly terrain. Do not see a pivot point on that. Might be the load is just allowed to twist on the bed platform.

Trailer top platform looks like it pivots.


There is no way that the truck/trailer would be drivable unless both load-bearing areas were free to swivel AND the bed mount was also free to slide forward & backwards. The tongue of the trailer prevents the load from detaching from the loadbed. The pic the OP posted of his truck & trailer on display clearly shows both the trailer and truck attachments “swiveled”.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:29 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

Sweet!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:41 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

This is awesome.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

Swivel....

This pic shows how the rusty load surface (above the license plate) is already swiveled a little bit.
(The one on the truck must do the same thing + slide forward/back)

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

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free to swivel AND the bed mount was also free to slide forward & backwards.


THIS is the part that always confused me ever since I first saw a photo of this setup many years ago. The whole thing made sense, but I could never get a clear shot of what made it actually work.

Money shot right here. You can see how the carriage slides fore and aft in the part that mounts to the truck bed.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

Very cool! I always loved the rare SO stuff in that book, too. X2 on the request for ‘in action’ video!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:56 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

Wow, that thing is rad. Nice save.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:22 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:44 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

vwassing thank you for sharing this and going through everything to restore it all. Its threads like this that keep my VW spirit alive.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:46 pm    Post subject: Re: The SO14 pick-up and trailer Reply with quote

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This ^^^^^^^^^^^ is why I have been a VW Truck fan for 35 + years....
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