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Old 05-27-2011, 12:30 PM   #43
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Thanks Rob, did you do the coupler after the axles? I had a new coupler put on as well....you will love this, a 2-5/16", like Tim. LOL The old one was hammered onto the ball since the lock no longer worked. Some PO's ideas of fixing things just amaze me.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:35 PM   #44
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No new axles on my baby!! the Spring leafs work just fine and keep the low rider look. GSM Vehicles did the coupler. I've gone through two tires because of the side pull down the road.

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Old 05-31-2011, 08:44 PM   #45
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Well I did not get as much done as I thought this weekend. Today was a hot one but I got the welding finished, 2 coats of POR-15 (unfortunately one can was black the other was grey) on and the axle up on the frame. Now I just need to figure out where to cut the axles into place. I think I will use the jack stand as the point to measure off of. I hope that will work out.

Any suggestions is always appreciated.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:27 PM   #46
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Marine or standard Plywood?? Epoxy?

Well I have been moving at a snails pace. I finally got the first axle cut into place and I am happy to report it is dead on even on both sides. Hope to finish the other axle this week and finish the POR-15.

I have ordered new tandeem axle well tubs from a HVAC/ sheet metal shop that just opened up in town. I printed out photos from David Winicks website and brought them to this place. They seem confident that can make them up for me.

Todays QUESTION:

PLYWOOD: I was going to get marine grade plywood, but now I have been reading that might be overkill. Would CDX or A/B plywood be just as good if I seal it with epoxy?

Epoxy: What kind should I use?

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Old 06-06-2011, 06:30 PM   #47
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Nick, Personally I feel marine plywood is worth the cost. Very flat, very solid. It is all I will use in my shop for floors.
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Hope to finish the other axle this week
Todays QUESTION:

PLYWOOD: I was going to get marine grade plywood, but now I have been reading that might be overkill. Would CDX or A/B plywood be just as good if I seal it with epoxy?

Epoxy: What kind should I use?

Thanks again
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Other Axle? Cruisers were single axle if I recall... CDX or A/B heavily sealed on the outer foot edge will be fine... not a fan of treated on trailers due to weight and the chemicals used in treatment... feel huge overkill and not required.
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Looks great!

Nick,
This is a very nice project you have going on here. As far as MGP or CDX or AB is concerned, I went with the marine grade plywood and sealed with three coats of Westsystem epoxy and three coats of Defthane polyurethane floor finish. Is it overkill? Probably. I just felt that since I'm doing it myself, I would do everything I could to make the floor last a very long time.
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Hello Nick
In my Cruiser one also makes an Epoxiharz coated wooden. It is the same kind, how with the open trucks. Water resistantly, solidly and one can well fasten piece of furniture.
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I went with a cheaper grade ply and coated with marine epoxy.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...tml#post972210

Post 127 show the epoxy...

The wood is holding up well...it's been outside in the weather so far...hope to get it back under the shell soon.
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Todays QUESTION:

PLYWOOD: I was going to get marine grade plywood, but now I have been reading that might be overkill. Would CDX or A/B plywood be just as good if I seal it with epoxy?

Epoxy: What kind should I use?

Thanks again
Just catching up with your thread. Nice work on the axles. I also converted my leaf springs to torsion axles.

On the flooring, I went with 5/8th marine. I'm very happy with the choice. I was worried about the choice of 5/8th instead of 3/4, but the 5/8th feels plenty strong. I did not go down the epoxy sealent route, but would have if I'd had the time (sometimes you just have to move the project forward). The more effort you put into the flooring, the longer it will last when the inevitable leaks let the water back in.
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Nick,
This is a very nice project you have going on here. As far as MGP or CDX or AB is concerned, I went with the marine grade plywood and sealed with three coats of Westsystem epoxy and three coats of Defthane polyurethane floor finish. Is it overkill? Probably. I just felt that since I'm doing it myself, I would do everything I could to make the floor last a very long time.
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The good news is you can go full amphibious with your trailer. The bad news, there is no bad news.

Yes, I have floor envy. I went Cdx and painted the perimeter with por15. Good enough for me as the restoration of the trailer will most likely kill me before it's finished.
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Went with 3/4 AC plywood, has the same water proof glue as marine plywood wood, $43.00 a sheet..............toastie
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Thanks everyone for your input. It seems that it comes down to cost and personal opinion. I do have to agree that the extra cost should help in avoiding issues later on. I think I will start calling to see where I can get Marine Grade Plywood.

Rob, I know I told via FB but... Yes the 53 Cruiser was a single axle, but I like the idea of tandem axle. I have read that this was an optin from the factory back then and the rigs that went on the Capetown to Cairo had made this modification. It will add some weight but I think it will be safer in the long run, plus I like how the tandem looks. I could be wrong.
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I thought it was vintage 50s double axle envy
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