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Old 07-09-2009, 08:54 PM   #1
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'64 Overlander Rock Guard Repair

My rock guard of my 64 Overlander is missing the extension arm for the street side support. The base of the rod is there but not the second strut that telescopes out. Does anyone have any ideas on where to find this part or a replacement for this.
Also, when I bought this trailer the rock guard was held in place by a bolt through the hole in the rock guard arm base riveted to the trailer and the frame of the rock guard, is this correct? Does someone have a picture of how this should actually be done?
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Old 04-25-2010, 02:32 PM   #2
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I have exactly the same Rock Guard on my '65 GT and need exactly the same information as you.

Mine still has the makers label on:-

ROX-SOL GARD CANOPY

manufactured by:-

Thornton Industries
Knoxville Iowa.

I guess this info is useless but you never know where the trail will lead.

If you get any info, please would you share it with me. Many thanks.
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:32 AM   #3
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I have a very similar rock guard on my 1964 Globe Trotter and which has suffered some sun damage over the years. I would like to find some advice on what I can put on the exterior surface of the rock guard to preserve it as some of the fibers are starting to become loose. Any advoce on how to do this?
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Old 06-06-2015, 05:35 PM   #4
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so glad this is posted. I have the same one I'm restoring. I can't find my "before" pics
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:51 PM   #5
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Our trailer has that same rock guard--intact. I don't have any close-up pictures of the mechanism, and the trailer is at its storage location 60 miles from here. I'll try to get some pics next time we're out there.

64Overlander you are right as to how the rock guard is held in the "closed" position. Ours originally had screws with wing nuts, but they're both gone by now. 1/4" coarse thread bolts work, as in your picture.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:59 AM   #6
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Not-so-great photo

I got out to the trailer a couple of days ago and just had time to snap this pic of the rock guard hold-down. When I tried to open the rock guard to get pics of the mechanism I found that both screws were too tight to remove by hand. That's where my time ran out. I'll try to do better next time out there.

The retaining screw is one I made out of a piece of 1/4" all-thread, a wing nut, and a plain nut. After the wing nut was threaded in place, I used a torch to melt the top of the all-thread. Then I jammed the plain nut up against the wing nut. It has worked fine on the curb side. The one on the street side loosened and fell out. I need to make some kind of retainer next time.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:30 AM   #7
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I found a wingnut with a fused 1/4" threaded bolt already assembled very similar to what you have there. I'm planning on using that, with some enamel paint and a nylon washer. I'll take pics when I'm done. Thanks for taking that pic. It confirmed it for me.


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You can still buy a 1/4" thumbscrew at the hardware store, that's what my original '65 rock gaurs had.
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Maybe I should look for a thumbscrew before I go to the trouble to make another one. The retaining device is still needed, as the threads in the bracket on the trailer have worn some over many years and the fasteners tend to vibrate loose.

I'll keep trying to get some pics with the rock guard open to show how the mechanism works to hold it open--with two more thumbscrews, of course.
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