trailer sandblasted and primed

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by FrankenScagMachines, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Got trailer sandblasted yesterday morning and got some work done on it in the afternoon:
    The steel that will hold the wood floor is in place, fenders and gates mounted. I got it primed last night. Bought a little paint gun to do it with, man wish i got one long time ago. Money well spent. Going to put the stake pockets on the sides today and prime those then hopefully paint it and paint the wheels. I'm going with gloss black on the frame and wheel hubs then light gray on the wheels to match the truck wheels.
     
  2. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    duh! would help to attach the pic. starting to resemble a trailer!

    trailerprimed.jpg
     
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    did you get a HVLP gun?

    if i painted something other than black in my driveway i think i'd put down a tarp to keep the driveway from looking like a ... well, paintshop booth.

    the trailer looks good. you will love that side gate.
     
  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Just a cheap $20 Campbell Hausfield gun from wally world.

    I was in a hurry to get it primed before dark (pic taken this morning) and the driveway needs patched and recoated in that section anyway... I'm hard on blacktop, and black top is too soft in the heat and it is easily damaged by chemicals (oil gas etc). So it's my job to recoat that section since i've damaged it so much LOL. If i wasn't in a hurry to paint it i'd have laid out tarps. They were calling for rain (still haven't got it thankfully).

    Thanks, i know i'm gonna love the side gate!

    Since I will have wood sides with no metal rail frame, I will not have a platform to attach a lift spring to. I can make stand alone spring mounts easily enough but i thought i'll try to make a gas shock powered lift assist that will go underneath the trailer and gate and push rearward and up on it. Be similar to a hatchback trunk lid on a car.
     
  5. jlewis

    jlewis LawnSite Member
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    Eric,
    That is a serious trailer! Looks good. Any luck on the diesel front?
     
  6. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
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    what size did you decide on?
     
  7. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    are you talking about a rear gate assist? or for the side gate?
    you could rip up some sort of bracket to mount to the outside of the wood wall for the rear pretty easily i'd bet.
     
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Joe, nope i'm just stickin to my gasser for now. It is a pretty good truck for me as long as i can afford the gas, which so far, i can. it's cheap and paid for and does the job very nicely.

    Wriken, it's 7.5' wide and 22' long :D Since I made the deck go to the outside of the fenders, I got an extra foot and a half in width.

    BSD- ya for the rear gate. The side gate isn't heavy at all (can lift it one hand no problem) since it's only 4' x 4' and I won't use it constantly. Ya i could make a spring like I have on the 6x12 trailer, mounted on the side, but i think an under mounted gas shock setup would be pretty cool, and safer if anything broke. plus, it's out of the way, unlike a spring, when the gate is down the spring and mount arm take up part of the side of the gate. I may just end up with a side mount but i'd like to try the gas shock idea first :)
     
  9. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    i wonder if they make strut arms that strong? also i'd be worried about ripping the struts off if you back into something or go over something. either way let us know.
     
  10. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Good point. There is a couple spots I'd be worried about ripping something off like that. I had thought of that but they won't stick down too far, only a few inches I'd think... I don't know. The spring method is proven but it torques the gate unless you had two springs. The steep spots i must go over is one reason i don't want a dovetail.
     

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