Sunday, December 30, 2018
I decided red wheels with the chrome Baby Moon caps should look good, well bright anyway. I wire brushed both sides to clean them up. The back side got painted black.
I started wiring but the harness is a couple feet short. Another day.
Monday, December 17, 2018
It bolts on to the tongue under the hitch coupler.
I've used 1/2" Grade 5 bolts for this and the 2 Coupler bolts.
We also need some decking and the wiring.
Monday, December 10, 2018
I cut the old coupler off and drilled holes to bolt on the new one.
I primed it all but it was only 27 degrees out so it was never going to dry even though the steel was still quite warm from welding. I put a bucket over the end with a trouble light in it and wrapped it all up with some waterproof tire covers to help keep it warm, just as the snow started.
I still have to add the safety chains.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
I may have to set up a tent and use my torpedo heater to get it warm enough to paint.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Rust-Oleum for outdoor farm equipment. I figure the trailer will spend it's life out of doors so this seems the paint for it. It's a real oil based enamel. I'll use Caterpillar Yellow with some Ford Red, and then Black for the diamond plate. It needs 50 degree weather to dry so who knows when it will get done.
Unfortunately the fender isn't long enough. Rather than buy new fenders, the old trailer never had them, I'll make an extension for one end of the fender.
I bought a small fender at Tractor Supply to cut out pieces to make the extensions. The fender is the same thickness as the boat trailer fenders.
I tacked them together, and to the fender, then welded it all up. I like it. It was quick, easy and cheap.
On the front support I welded it to the free edge of the angle support. It wasn't bad because the thickness of the 2 pieces were fairly close.
On the rear support I welded it to the corner or the angle and into a blind pocket at the trailer frame, much harder to control the heat for the thick corner and the thin edge of the fenderl.
That wheel needs a nice Chrome hub cap and Black paint.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
The next big task will be to weld on the old boat trailer fenders. These tires are larger but they look like they will fit.
The end needed to be shaped a little to fit inside the cross member.
I'll weld it to the cross member.
I placed a magnetic laser at the center of the rear of the trailer. Then aligned it with the center of the front of the trailer and the cross member where the tongue will be welded.
With one side of the frame bolted to the trailer the other side was moved slightly for and aft until the hitch was within 1/16" of the centerline.