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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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    Ah heck, I already had the 71M loaded in the machine anyway. :D
     
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    And another ugly one... the rear suspension subframe and cross sills are completely rusted out. DOT let them drive it home. Had a ton of fun with the plasma cutter today.:D
     

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  3. Truck Shop

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    Nice tires on that trailer. DOT must have had a great day with that one.
     
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    Front axle was way out of alignment. It wouldn't even roll out of the shop in a straight line.
     
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    Coulda been worse, back in late eighties when was working Independent garage, side work at quarries and still dragging some to the house buddy shows up, 15 yard dump truck with a 10 yard pipe boom Midwest style pup, Look of Panic on his face. Hauling salt for the County Road department and trailer settled to the right side tires rubbing under cross member of bed. Old Trailmobile Reyco slider modified into the trailer some dozen years prior and salt cancer after it. Spent a full day jacking, blocking and digging out rust to weld in a NUMBER of patch panels to get that load off. Spent two weeks building the replacement based on the old pup specs so could just swap the hoist and body from bad to good. Was really hard to find steel to weld to, would strike an arc and blow holes, add more steel to keep equalizer rocker where needed to be.
     
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    What kind of trailer is that RZ? Its cost effective to fix it?
     
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    And he must have been in a good mood to let it drive away!!
     
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  8. RZucker

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    I gave them my quote for a total overhaul, They agreed to it. If it works for them, we're all happy. The rest of the trailer is in very good shape for a 1974 Brown, Built right here in Washington. The matching trailer had the same rebuild done just prior to them purchasing the set.
     
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    This guy is one of the good ones. He knew it wasn't going to collapse on the way home, but did issue a correctional notice that I have to sign off when I'm done.
     
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    It is amazing how farmers will throw money at totally worn out trucks and trailers. There are so many rotten aluminum grain trailers running around here, but there is a DOT
    officer now living here in town, he gave a bunch of warnings last year and very few heeded the warnings. Well harvest isn't far off and crying time is almost here.:D
    I'm required to keep the company trucks in shape and compliance, John Barley Corn can do the same.
     
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    I've seen some of those trailers in ID. One guy told me not to put too much grain on the front slope because some the rivets were missing. o_O
     
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    Cannot get away with that here, MoDOT Brown Shirts have no conscience as to shutting one down. A few Counties have their own as well also St Louis City so a Trifecta in most cases if you dodge one you likely will not another when on a quota screening day.
     
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    RZ, when did Brown dissolve? Were they bought up as Comet by another company? or By Comet? Utility was big on the Wide frame flatbeds too.
     
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    I saw quite a few pup dumps like this running around Denver metro area and up in Western North Dakota.


    Here in Michigan, we just shove more axles under them and lengthen the box like this:
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    Usually pulled by a quad axle dump for a total of 11 axles. Max GCWR 164,000 pounds
    Short Double
     
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    I'm not RZ but Brown was built in Spokane and bought by Alloy.
     
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    Alloy hmmm
    Did hauls to Comet in Spokane
    They were absorbed by Great Dane
    Still see the Dane emblems but different name there too
    Not many old names still kicking
     
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    Had a outside frame Brown flat... loved that trailer.
     
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    That has got to be a tire scrubbing nightmare?
     
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    In Washington if it hasn't changed, you could license that to haul 105,500 gross. I am guessing that weighs about 48,000 empty. You could net 28 ton or so. With a 4 axle pup (self steering back axle and 4 axle tractor we could haul 14 ton in both ends and scale out legally. In the PNW bridge law was pretty much brought down the hill by Moses and it's sanctity shall not be questioned without incurring the wrath of someone with a badge and a book of really spendy tickets. However you almost never see a weight limited bridge

    You guy's add axles. I was always trying to figure out how to build a airweight box out of tin foil and balsa wood frame rails...
     
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