Richard and his welding kit came down to visit us this weekend. We (mostly “he”) got a ton done on the trailer:
- Replaced the old coupler, adding on a jack and welded tow chains.
- Replaced the old axle, including welding on new hangers for modern shorter springs. The original springs were 26 inches long!
- Beefed up the floor framing. A prior owner had added a wooden central rail, which we replaced with 2×2 steel. Additional 2×2 was added at the rear of the frame, and a 4″ flat piece went on to cap the ends of the frame and act as a mounting point for the license plate.
- Pulled the tires off the rims and welded up some holes. The tires are tubeless but we discovered a tube inside one, so that rim got special welding attention. Looks like they were painted blue at one time?
- Added three angle iron braces across the open front of the trailer. There will eventually be a big window in the front, so we thought it could use some additional steel to stiffen the frame.
- Finish cleaning up the rims and paint with POR 15. Have the tires reinstalled, and if they pass the leak test, get them onto the axle. The rims will eventually get some nice shiny half moons, like these.
- Clean and POR 15 the floor framing, so we can get the subfloor in and start on the wall framing.