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Offline Taylyn it

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Boat trailer rebuild
« on: Thu 9 Jun 22:26 2016 »
Hi all,

   It has been project time here again, well still, always something going on, geez I have
a patient wife. I will do a post on the things to go with the trailer as I get further along.

  I had planned to build a trailer from scratch as I had been looking for a good second hand
trailer but found that prices was too rich for me and a lot just rubbish. So I bought some steel
and then I found a good project trailer around the corner from my workshop so I grabbed it.

There were many good usable parts that will save me a lot of money in the long run as long as
I don't get carried away, which will probably happen. First thing was to cut out the rusted out
cross members and bend up some replacements to weld in. The side rails are in good condition
so they will remain, photos so far.

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #1 on: Sun 12 Jun 21:32 2016 »
    Update, cross members welded in and new tail light mounts made and welded in, I changed the
    mounts as I like to have a surround around the lights to give them a a bit of protection from
    minor incidents. Wheels cleaned and coated.

    I also decided to try something a bit different, I had some left over stone guard from a jog I
    have been doing so I painted under some new guards that I had to buy as when I was cleaning
    the old ones up due to some flaking rust inside them I soon found that they had rusted through
    in  few places hence why I looked at trying to prevent it happening again. So will see how it
    pans out.

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #2 on: Sun 12 Jun 21:34 2016 »
    Hi Jason,

    Nice job so far, what did you use to clean the wheels ?

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #3 on: Sun 12 Jun 21:40 2016 »
    Hey Len,

      As you know I have an arsenal of tools and machines to play with, I actually vapor blasted
    them in my machine, basically a wet blaster, I was too lazy to try and use the old method of
    acid washing. They did come up a treat, but I knew they would with my process.

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #4 on: Mon 13 Jun 12:41 2016 »
    I don't think new wheels look as good as your wheels.
    Nice job on the bends for the cross braces, what did you use to do that?

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #5 on: Mon 13 Jun 16:33 2016 »
    I love rebuild projects.
    What are you using to seal up the steel? Are you galvanizing or painting?


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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #6 on: Mon 13 Jun 20:26 2016 »
    I don't think new wheels look as good as your wheels.
    Nice job on the bends for the cross braces, what did you use to do that?

    Yes they do come up great with the process, most casings and housings I think come up
    better than new, as for the bends I machined up a mandrel to fit my 15 ton tube bender as
    I will use it again.

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #7 on: Mon 13 Jun 20:31 2016 »
    I love rebuild projects.
    What are you using to seal up the steel? Are you galvanizing or painting?


    Cheers.
    Damian.

    Hey Damian, I used duragal steel and have scuffed the surface and now painted the cross
    members with a silver hammertone finish as it is pretty cheap and dam tough, I would love
    to re-gal the trailer but budget does not allow.

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #8 on: Mon 13 Jun 20:33 2016 »
    Going great Jason, something to be proud of.

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #9 on: Mon 13 Jun 20:41 2016 »
    Hey Damian, I used duragal steel and have scuffed the surface and now painted the cross
    members with a silver hammertone finish as it is pretty cheap and dam tough, I would love
    to re-gal the trailer but budget does not allow.

    Cheers Jason

    The reason I ask Jason is that there is a product called penetrol. Not sure whether you have heard of it but it works wonders on bare steel. Available from bunnings and is very affordable.

    I reco'd my old boat trailer (since sold the boat) and used penetrol to seal the steel. Thinned down with thinners it gets in everywhere and dries as hard as a rock. I then thin my paint down with it and apply generous amounts in several layers.
    Its great stuff and seems to create a barrier much like gal.

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #10 on: Mon 13 Jun 20:48 2016 »
    Yes I have used Penatrol before as well and before it hits the water it will most probably
    get a drowning it it as well in ever place possible, but a good one for others who have not
    used it before, it is a great product.

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #11 on: Tue 14 Jun 21:45 2016 »
    Trailer is pretty much done for the moment, fitted some new rollers and swapped it over
    to skids for a tinnie, made up a wiring harness and installed the LED lights ready for a
    safety cert for rego.

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #12 on: Tue 14 Jun 22:06 2016 »
    Top effort mate. Looks mint. Good for another 10yrs or more.
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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #13 on: Tue 14 Jun 22:32 2016 »
    Thanks, I hope so, in the end I did get a bit carried away on what I replaced but still
    only spent just over a grand, so I think not too bad and I want it for going to Glenlyon
    and the likes so I need it to be reliable.

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    Re: Boat trailer rebuild
    « Reply #14 on: Thu 17 Nov 17:42 2016 »
    A bit late jase I know but what a cracker of a job mate!!  Im looking at my trailer now and...uh oh...I just looked at the camper trailer too....Grrrrrrr   both trailers have very rusty springs, oh well on the list as they say!!
    Thanks for the kick start man!!

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