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Old 08-29-2018, 10:00 PM
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trailer rebuild thread

So since i havent had anything else to do lately... i decided to start rebuilding my little trailer to make it useful again... been working on it for a few days now... wanting it to be something more than a bump in the yard... its a trailer we brought back from my grandfathers house after his passing in 92.. at the time it had a chip board box on it that disintegrated over the years.. to get it to nc i had to just throw it in the bed of the truck and haul it down..



all that was really left of it.. since i had the larger trailer behind the truck and that one wasnt streetable i brought it the only way i could..

so like i said i started tearing it down since i had nothing better to do..



it took me 2 days to get it all apart.. as every bolt was rusted up and wouldnt budge to come off... at first i was just cutting them off.. then i found out i could tighten them further... so i just broke out the breaker bar and tighted the crap outta them until they snapped.. lol then it got apart a whole lot faster...



after brushing off all the rust i started painting it black on bottom sides and blue on top... the black also got put on the suspension components.. i started to like the 2 tone look so i stayed with it...



bottom side of the tongue beam



some of the suspension components there... you can see the blue on the top of the main beam



axle painted black...



some more of the suspension parts...





fender parts



all the new hardware painted...



all the frame hung and painted






mostly re-assembled...



got the springs rehung...



part 1
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part 2

since the old coupler was rusted tight and took a hammer to open and close it i just bought a new one for $8.. (rebuild kit was $15-$20 with and without shipping) took 2 trips to the store to get the right one... had the ball size right... but the tongue shaft i incorrectly guessed... sad thing is i originally had the right size in the cart before my brain thought the beam wasnt as wide and bought the wrong one instead...



so i pulled the new one apart and painted it as well...



cleaned up and painted the hubs..






since the old tires wouldnt stay inflated (surprisingly they came off pretty easily too) i bought some new ones... and took the old ones off the rims while i waited for the paint to dry on the hubs..



after getting the tire off i decided to clean up the rims... before and after comparison...





wasnt going for perfect... just was getting rid of the major rust and dirt...










more pretty blue paint...











this morning i started with putting the hitch coupler on..



then got the new tires mounted on the rims..
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:16 PM
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i tried to re-assemble the hubs after getting the coupler attached... but the new bearing kit i bought didnt fit the hubs annoyingly... while the bearings were the right size the races were not... there was too much play between the races and the hub... broke out the caliper to find the ID of the hub was 2.038".. the OD of the races were 1.973".. so they were loose enough to move around inside the hubs which isnt a good thing... for that reason i couldnt put it back together... instead of playing the "who made these frickin hubs" i just ordered some new hubs... found some online pretty cheap that once i return the bearing kits and the lugnuts i bought ill have paid the same price for the hubs.. new hubs that are coming comes with new lugnuts bearings and hub with studs pre-installed... unfortunately i now get to wait 5-11 days for them to arrive...
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I built one from scratch using materials I had around. Had a hay rack that was on top of a horse trailer that got burned up, but the rack itself was fine. Might have had it off before the fire, don't remember for sure but am thinking so. It had a nice rail around it, and nice rectangular tube base. Had some channel from an auger I stripped to make the cross bars, then used a planter frame bar for the hitch... The springs came from the horse trailer that were on it for lift assist getting the ramp doors up. Only thing purchased was the spring shackles, axle, mounts, and lights... All the rest was repurposed. Oh, the wood decking was bought. 5' x 10', works nice. Other than a day or so of time, it cost about $150 to build. Not as ambitious as you to paint it all though... Looks like you will have a handy little trailer when you are done.
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I built one from scratch using materials I had around. Had a hay rack that was on top of a horse trailer that got burned up, but the rack itself was fine. Might have had it off before the fire, don't remember for sure but am thinking so. It had a nice rail around it, and nice rectangular tube base. Had some channel from an auger I stripped to make the cross bars, then used a planter frame bar for the hitch... The springs came from the horse trailer that were on it for lift assist getting the ramp doors up. Only thing purchased was the spring shackles, axle, mounts, and lights... All the rest was repurposed. Oh, the wood decking was bought. 5' x 10', works nice. Other than a day or so of time, it cost about $150 to build. Not as ambitious as you to paint it all though... Looks like you will have a handy little trailer when you are done.
im still debating on what im going to do for a box... some ways i want to do a dump bed... other ways i want to just do a regular box like a rack body truck... havent decided yet... itll make my little go cart more utilitarian when its done lol.. right now i use the go cart for going down the driveway to the mail box and sweeping the yard with.... works that little 295cc robin engine hard...

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Set up your tongue such that you can pivot it and lock it in. I have mine done such that I can convert it if I choose to make it a tilt.
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if i did the tilt i was just going to build the box floating on top of the frame... then either use an engine hoist jack to pick up the front or boat winch...
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if i did the tilt i was just going to build the box floating on top of the frame... then either use an engine hoist jack to pick up the front or boat winch...
It depends what you feel you will use it for. With it short like that, may not be worth the effort of tilt unless you want to dump with it. I currently have to use ramps for mine to load mowers or such, so tilt would be handy. Didn't want the weight and wind drag of the flip down ramp.
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