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Old 06-03-2012, 10:54 PM   #21
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:10 AM   #22
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Maybe you can relate this to yours?

Drooping frame? At some point my '73 frame had been pinched multiple times on the bottom of the main ladder frame rail by someone either trying to lift the trailer through the sheet metal or trying to level the trailer from the hitch jack with the little aluminum stabilizer jack-stands already set - leaving behind a couple five/seven nice inch-plus jack-face divots behind, each with a larger length of pushed-in flange.

So looking at the frame and its droop, I got out a 15" crescent wrench dialed in thin to just grab the C-section frame metal and massaged the flanges back square and true - while the bumper was lifted/supported into a bit of opposite deflection... and I erased most of the droop by easing the 4 to 6-inch dents out, save for the actual stretched metal of the center contact, that got a little 'big' sheet metal dolly and hammer work.

I don't know if the first times using the trailer w/ full working load will allow the memory of the bend to return some droop back but sitting there clean and painted I did draw out at least two inches of sag... On the worst ones I restored the original 'square' angle plus a few 32nd's, but it was amazing what a few fold-pleats on the sheet steel will work out to in the long run.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:50 PM   #23
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So I bought this brush for my big grinder/polisher, that I bought at harbor freight for $40. I also have one that was $55.00. "Used them to polish the AS" It has variable speed and found a slower speed worked great for getting the rust off. I also have something for my 4" grinder to get into the frame.

Got most of it done today except inside the frame and cross members. Save that for when I get the frame lifted and tilted. That comes after we straighten the frame tomorrow.

Got the fresh and grey tanks ordered today. Hopefully the Por15 ships tomorrow, so I can spray at the end of the week..
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:53 PM   #24
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Today we got the frame STRAIGHT It was down a few inches in the back. Farther in law brought his frame puller over.
We tied the frame to the front of it in front of the wheels and behind the wheels. Then put a jack on the frame puller and pushed up on the trailer frame till it came back level. No to get the steel to reinforce it, as I want to put a bike rack on the back..

We also got the back bumper straightened out. SO I can keep that too...
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:05 PM   #25
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So I was hoping to spay the por15 this weekend and put the floor on Monday. Well the por15 won't be here till tue. It will give me time to get everything ready and perfect I guess.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:27 PM   #26
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Not much happened today. I picked up the steel I had bent to go inside the frame for the rear to reinforce it, and the angle iron for holding the water and grey tanks under the belly.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:59 PM   #27
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So, I am re-enforcing the frame, some may not agree with what I am doing but I am doing it for two reasons.

First it had a 3 inch sag in the back and to get it back to level we had to really lift it up. So this weakened the frame some. and there were cracks in the frame on the top and bottom on one side.

Two I want to put a bike rack on the back.. need it stiffer.

This is what I did.

I had some 3/16 steel bent so there was 1 3/4 on the top and 4 1/4 on the side, this gave me a little bit extra on the top. I put it in the frame as I didn't want to mess with the hight of the floor as mentioned above in a previous post.

I welded the whole top and tacked the side. You can also see the angle iron I put on a few years ago to stop the flex. Don't think it did much good.

It goes from between the wheels to the last cross member you can see in the picture. It really helps stiffen up the rear end. mine to, lots of bending

One side is done. It's hard to weld with 2 year old twins running around out side. So I only get to do during their 1.5 hour nap. Hope to finish it this weekend. Also get it all prepped for the por15 that comes tue. Then next weekend I can get the frame back under the shell.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:32 PM   #28
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:24 AM   #29
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Hi, where is the new piece of metal / angle going? Is it going in the area where the axles mount? Great job so far.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:29 PM   #30
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Hi, where is the new piece of metal / angle going? Is it going in the area where the axles mount? Great job so far.
If you look at the bottom picture it goes from between the wheels to the back crossmember in the picture. 8 ft worth.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:39 PM   #31
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Got the rest of the frame cleaned off today with the wire brush grinder. I found it easier to use the variable speed polish grinder than an angle grinder. The angle grinder just spins to fast and it gets pulled all over the place.

Once I had the surface rust off, I took the pressure washer to it again to get the frame clean.

I also pulled all the wire out and marked what went where.

Also got all the new plywood cut out and ready to go on.

If you look at the pictures you will see one side is black and the other blue.

The black side is rolled on bed liner. I used about a gallon of the stuff. I only put one coat on as it soaked in and gave a good covering on the plywood. This should stop any water from getting in. I also covered the sides of the plywood with it.

The top is just painted with a semi gloss exterior paint. I would have probaly chosen a boring grey but I let my 9 year old daughter pick the color nice ski blue. You will see it under the cabinets but it's a nice color so I don't mind. Could have been purple or pink

This top coat of paint will stop any spills from soaking into the plywood.

Tomorrow the Por15 comes, and I hope to be able to spray the frame.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:09 PM   #32
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lookin good. Wish we had those nice blue skies to work with here, windy rainy weather here lately.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:46 PM   #33
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Yeah, by the time I got finished painting the boards with the bed liner, the first one was dry and I started with the blue paint. 80 and hot, lots of sunscreen today.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:57 PM   #34
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Sprayed the frame with the Por15 today. It was very hot so I was in sandals, short, and a T-shirt. Way to hot to were a spray suit, would have had heat stroke
And Yes I got it on me,
And NO it doesn't come OFF.
Will if you take their thinner right away to it, it comes off. But needless to say my hands are a shade of black and so are me feet With spots in my pores on my arms and legs

Well, with my own stupididty over with things went well..

It sprays on very nice. I thinned the first 1/2 quart by 5% but didn't after that. it didn't need it really, It took 2 quarts to do the 28' frame twice.

It goes on like butter, I wouldn't even think of brushing it on, it would just take forever.

It will be interesting to see how long it takes to dry in the hot, very dry climate we have here in western Colorado.

Floor goes on this weekend, or friday if the frame is dry..
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:08 PM   #35
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Wow

Wow you are sprinting through this project! I like the aggressive pace. Are you trying to target a certain completion date or something? And the quality of work is astounding. Keep it up, man.
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Wow you are sprinting through this project! I like the aggressive pace. Are you trying to target a certain completion date or something? And the quality of work is astounding. Keep it up, man.
Heading for Oregon coast July 18th. mother in law just left so it's up to the 9 and 6 year olds to help with 2 year old twins while dad gets work done.
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Heading for Oregon coast July 18th. mother in law just left so it's up to the 9 and 6 year olds to help with 2 year old twins while dad gets work done.
Wow. No wonder you're going so fast. Good luck, sir!
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OHHH, the black paint was a little worse than I thought.
When I took a shower and washed the dirt off it showed a little more.
Yeah I missed that spot on the back of my arm and behind my knee,
And NO nothing will budge it know

Good thing I'm not going anywhere for a week or so.
also here is a better picture of the frame.
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Hi, leave that stuff on and you won't rust.
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Hi, leave that stuff on and you won't rust.
I don't have a choice at this point. Taking the kids for swim lessons today, maybe an hour in the pool will help
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