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Trailer rebuild/repair thread

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

  1. fast_st

    fast_st Senior Member

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    Do you do anything to stave off rust or do you find its pretty pointless? I give mine a couple coats of gemplers rust converter after a shot with a needle gun and wire wheel, then just some euipment black over the top, whatever tractor supply has on sale.
     
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    I'll have to try the grinder trick. My old heated tire groover is getting a bit harder on my back as I age.....
     
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    RZ, got to ask, that ANOTHER old Utility?
     
  4. DMiller

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    My own Gooseneck is single wheel, did all the measuring and thinking and postulating where cannot tweak enough to get duals under it. My best bet is to trade up or sell outright buy a used tandem dually.
     
  5. fast_st

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    Well, you can do it! but its a little bit involved. One of the big vendors, I think it was southwest wheel had an axle package deal, 3k for a pair of 12k disc brake axles, springs, equalizers and everything to the door. Someone else up north had a killer deal on tires and wheels.

    Spring perches moved out 2 inches

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    Space made for a spacer


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    Spacers made from DOM tubing turned to be an exact match for wall thickness

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    Stretch installed, I held the tubes square with 8 clamps on 2 pieces of 4x4 I beam clamped on either side, root pass of 6010 and a little hot, 7018 built up over that for 3 passes. Not the prettiest welds I've done but decent. Preheat was done with a big propane weed burner to keep the warping under control. When I finished there was a small deflection in the axle, that was fixed with one more weld. :)

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  6. fast_st

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    I had a c channel straight edge, cut off one spring perch and clean it all up, measure from the existing one, clamp the c channel to both, square it up and presto, weld in place. Lots of measuring as it was my first time doing such a precise project.
     
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  7. Joel59

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    Very nice work. Thanks for the how-to! I can't help but notice your air hose though!!!
     
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    its still hanging on, I keep shortening it, maybe santa will bring me a new one? Its a great trailer with super singles.
     
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    When you welded it, did you rotate the axle or work your way from bottom to top?
     
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  10. RZucker

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    I do my best, but on a 40 year old trailer the rebuilt parts will probably last longer than me or the rest of the trailer. This will get a sandblast job and then be soaked with Rustoleum primer before a couple coats of Rustoleum black.
    I've experimented with 2 part primers and paints and IMO they aren't any better for old hay wagons. Some intersecting joint that will have only 2 welds and 2 open sides will get a weld through primer or even get sealed with cheap clear silicone if the metal isn't very heavy.
     
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  11. RZucker

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    Preparation H will fix that hose. :D
     
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  12. RZucker

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    Not sure, no builder plates to be found, Has a Washington assigned vin tag. The owners keep copies of the trailer registration on the truck book.
    I'm thinking maybe an early 80's Alloy or Great Dane. Really deep side rails. I'll add a pic to this in a bit.
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  13. Ronsii

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    Nice stretch job!!!


    So I noticed you didn't ground the welder to one of those nice new shiny bare lug nuts.... ;)
     
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    Early Sinner or Marques maybe ?
     
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  15. RZucker

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    Maybe, It did come from an orchard company in the Sunnyside/Grandview area.
     
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    That's a clean shop!
     
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  17. fast_st

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    Oh goodness no, mostly my truck bed!
     
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  18. RZucker

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    Hah, I wish. On the other side of the trailer by the hay grapple project is my welding bench... it's about 3 layers deep right now with parts for different projects.
     
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    its called regrooving
     
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  20. RZucker

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    I think using a grinder would be a stinky, sticky mess. :eek:
     
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