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Trailer rebuild/repair thread

Discussion in 'Trailers' started by RZucker, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. RZucker

    RZucker Senior Member

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    For three years I have had this bunch of pics on my phone, repairs and rebuilds of trailers over the years. I'll get some posted up soon.
     
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    Some of the not so fun stuff I've been dealing with. Exposed wiring is not good with the salt and deicer weve been seeing. So I'm building new boxes for the lights to keep the wiring covered and safe from the salt. 20190215_075421.jpg 20190215_130520.jpg
     
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    20190215_102415.jpg This was the original light box. Picked up steel today for the new ones, hope to have more pics monday.
     
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    Another one I took some major kinks out of. Something heavy got dropped on the RH rail and bent it badly. Got the kinks out and re-arched the rail. 20181129_134545.jpg 20181128_141050.jpg
     
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    This is one I built from scratch, a pair of frame rails and a 1944 title around 2004, it was back 2 years ago after being rear ended so I could replace the rear sill. All the years of service prior and it had 4 small cracks in the cross sills for the deck. When the rear sill went on it got a re deck, sand blast and paint. 20170705_124822.jpg 20170705_125303.jpg
     
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    The 40 foot lead that matches the 24 foot pull above. Look carefully... you might see where I started replacing the entire rusted out front over the 5th wheel plate back. Look behind the second strap winch. I think there was 18 new crossmembers in this one too. 20170613_134900.jpg
     
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    Anybody see a problem here? 20180125_073302.jpg
     
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    Once in a while I have to build some big ones.:D these are 30 inches wide overall for a tree nursery. They fit down the rows behind a garden tractor. The decks were expanded mesh. 20180322_122453.jpg
     
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    Nice work. A great looking shop too!
     
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    Thanks for the compliment. Shop does stay a little messier than I would like. But when you stay busy...
     
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    nothing to worry about for at least 48 hours:eek:
     
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    On the Trucklite connectors, best thing is a tub of Dielectric connection grease, Brush on LIBERALLY do not need too neat in places where can collect crud. do both the lamp sockets and the connector pins. I had some years back started running wiring in Air Brake or any form of Flexible tubing, set to the frame with screws and loop retainers, saves having wiring pulled away with snow or ice even mud.

    Looks like that Pintle eye had seen enough work load!!

    That 40' an old Utility?
     
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    Dave, I know all about greasing the plugs and terminals, but I don't have much control over things after they leave my shop. Owners/drivers changing out lights at the scales don't seem to worry much about that at the time.
    Yes, the 40 footer is a Utility... 1971. The kinked (unkinked) red one is a 1970 Comet.
     
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    If you look closely at the eye, somebody built it up with weld once before. Big no-no nowadays.
     
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    Delivered Tread and sheet steel plate to Comet Spokane in early 1981, another tale to tell with that!!

    Can always in a pinch with the customers let them know that should they have to buy a lamp at T/S or small garage, find a grease gun and just smear some to the contacts, anything is better than nothing.
     
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    Friend of mine down south of here had a bad creek to cross to gain access to his farm. Bought two old late sixties Utility external frame trailers, built a bridge with them!! I do not think time was on their side as to corrosion and stress damage where have since been replaced with a Real Bridge but were Bee's Knees back in the 80s.
     
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    BTW, shop's too clean, kinda lot TS Shop, you guys need to bring in the old dirty wagons and play awhile!!
     
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    Kinda LIKE not lot, as to you guy's shops!!
     
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    Used to haul grain out of a place that had an 80' ? piggyback flatcar for a bridge. It looked plenty wide 'til you got your truck on it. It did have the tire guides if you got too close to the edge.
     
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    You gotta remember there was a manure spreader truck in there last week. :D After all the hammering it left it's mark on the floor. And in the air...:eek: