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    1. Member Atl-Atl's Avatar
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      08-17-2016 11:15 AM #76
      Thats truly unfortunate about the galvanizing. I know you dont want to hear that you should do more work but if it were mine Id at least paint it, possibly make a new tub. Good luck man!

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      08-17-2016 11:30 AM #77
      The box is warped, but not bad. I'd like to se a picture of it bolted down.

      Give it a little time and the surface will patina to a nice gray finish. You can paint it at any point, but I don't think you'll need it. I don't think you'll be happy with paint on it as paint doesn't stick well to galvanized metal.

      As far as the warped bottom is concerned, it's in tension due to the process. Smacking a 2 x 4, on the flat, in the right place might take the oil can effect out of the metal.

      I'd suggest living with it for awhile. Like anything else you'll end up overlooking the flaws. I think it looks pretty damn good.

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      08-17-2016 04:45 PM #78
      Do you think it's heavy enough that once it's bolted down that everything is tight enough to keep both of the wheels down? Or will the warp be so substantial that you'll have to beat the **** out of the bed to true it back to flat?

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      08-17-2016 06:21 PM #79
      great work so far in this thread.
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      08-17-2016 08:32 PM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
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      I love the suspension setup on the trailer, definitely unique but functional.
      That's my favorite thing about the original design

      Quote Originally Posted by GTijoejoe View Post
      great work so far in this thread.
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      Quote Originally Posted by welderdood View Post
      A little warping would be expected, they however trashed that thing....Really no way to fix it either since it's all together. Maybe a couple of saw horses and some pipe clamps.....and some muscle.

      I think that you'll end up doing a new box on your own though. Knowing your projects. However the finish will "chill out" a bit after being in the weather. However I hate galvanized finishes personally. And you really have to be careful working with that stuff, grinding and welding it can poison you.
      It's flattened out somewhat since I bolted it down, but it's still wavy. Building a new box is on the table, definitely. As for right now, I'm going to stick with this bed and get it functional, inspected, and tagged so I can actually use it

      Quote Originally Posted by Splattj1 View Post
      Do eet. Paint it! Color match the 135 on the outside and bedliner the inside. Maybe black or silver fenders.
      Quote Originally Posted by Atl-Atl View Post
      Thats truly unfortunate about the galvanizing. I know you dont want to hear that you should do more work but if it were mine Id at least paint it, possibly make a new tub. Good luck man!
      Dude... I can't tell you guys how much I just want to get this f*cking thing on the road, and to stop spending money on it. If I build a new box for it I'll paint it. I was thinking of a teal/aquamarine color that would contrast well with blue fenders painted to match the 135, and fits in with an oldschool racekor theme.

      Maybe I can get mr Splatt to help me paint when he's back in MD hahaha....

      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      The box is warped, but not bad. I'd like to se a picture of it bolted down.

      Give it a little time and the surface will patina to a nice gray finish. You can paint it at any point, but I don't think you'll need it. I don't think you'll be happy with paint on it as paint doesn't stick well to galvanized metal.

      As far as the warped bottom is concerned, it's in tension due to the process. Smacking a 2 x 4, on the flat, in the right place might take the oil can effect out of the metal.

      I'd suggest living with it for awhile. Like anything else you'll end up overlooking the flaws. I think it looks pretty damn good.
      Here are some potato shots I got when I got home. Some mud smudges in the bed from where I hopped in there to try to bend it down.



      I don't know what that spooge stain is.





      It's this kind of crap in the finish that pisses me off the most. Metal here was smooth when I dropped it off.





      Black is from rubbing on the bedliner. But it helps show how textured the finish is in places.



      Did you have the same finish problems with your trailer when it was dipped?

      Quote Originally Posted by titleist1976 View Post
      Do you think it's heavy enough that once it's bolted down that everything is tight enough to keep both of the wheels down? Or will the warp be so substantial that you'll have to beat the **** out of the bed to true it back to flat?
      There's a heavy L-beam across the back of the frame where the suspension mounts to. The bed is flimsier than the frame, so it will bend to the frame where it's bolted down.
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      08-17-2016 09:03 PM #81
      I'm telling you, just paint what you've got and get it over with. Then you won't have to agonize over it any more.

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      08-17-2016 10:27 PM #82
      I meant to post in here before as I love trailers...

      You can easily bend that bed back into shape. Bolt the front and rear edges down onto some stout 4x4s using the largest fender washers you can find to distribute the force. Then lay it on some flat concrete and weight the high sides of the wood down. It's only sheet metal.

      I'd also leave it galvanized, the colors will even out and it's fitting for originality.

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      08-18-2016 06:53 AM #83
      That's on them. That's a lot of contaminants in their mix. They should re-do it at no charge.


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      08-30-2016 07:44 AM #84
      So, I've decided just to not worry too much about the galvanizing finish for now. I'll repaint it later. In the meantime, I've got a track day coming up in less than two weeks.

      In other news, the trailer went for a couple loops around the block sans fenders and lights.



      The trailer sits at a little more of an angle than I'd like, so I'll look at a taller draw bar or something.
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      09-02-2016 08:42 PM #86
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      Got all the lights installed and wired up. I used butt connectors sealed with marine heat shrink, wrapped it all in TechFlex, and secured it to the frame with both regular and screw-hole-type zip ties. I'd drilled holes in the bed prior to galvanization for bolts and rivnuts to attach everything to.











      Oh, and I mounted the spare tire, too.



      Had to take her out for a quick spin around the 'hood too. It's a lot less bouncy, unladen, than it was previously. Probably because things are actually tightly bolted together as much as the addition of the shocks.



      The draw bar rattles around in the hitch a bit, which is annoying, so I'll probably wrap it with friction tape or electrical tape to help it fit a bit tighter in the hitch. Kinda strange that there's such a big tolerance there considering they came as a set from the same manufacturer.

      I've also started the registration process. It's being registered as a homebuilt.
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      09-02-2016 09:11 PM #87
      such a cool project
      i was expecting an old truck bed trailer, not an actual vintage trailer!

      just need some airbags for that hard parking

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      09-02-2016 09:24 PM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      such a cool project
      i was expecting an old truck bed trailer, not an actual vintage trailer!

      just need some airbags for that hard parking
      hahaha!

      The worst part is that I actually stopped and pondered fitting airbags... running through localized battery and compressors and sh*t, and how I'd make it work. I have a problem.

      Thanks, btw, and glad you like it.
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      09-05-2016 09:18 PM #89
      My homie Tim came by today to give me a hand with the paint, as he's the master spraycan dude.

      Primer...



      ... and paint!







      It's fairly close to the BMW, and it has a purple flip in the shade.

      Painted the end plates as well, and mocked everything up.





      We re-angled the fenders a bit. Still need to adjust the other side a little bit.





      I added some hooks to the front to hold the bar when it's not being used.









      So yeah, I gotta adjust a fender a little bit, but from here on out it's just going to be a test to see how it works out. I'm sure I'll have to make some tweaks and such, and I'll probably paint the bed at some point as well. I just can't believe how well it's turned out (aside from the galvanizing), and how far it's come from when I brought it home just over four months ago. It's been a lot of fun putting ideas into metal.



      Stay tuned for pics from the track
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      09-13-2016 08:22 AM #90
      So, things have come together quite nicely with this project. Last Thursday, I took the trailer with me to work and picked up the plates with temp stickers.



      Then Friday afternoon I got everything loaded up.



      There's a ton of space in the bin for supplies. I still had room for a small cooler and some other stuff.



      It loaded pretty evenly, with ~50lb of weight on the tongue. I'll have to weigh it next time it's packed up and see for sure.



      The trip down to the track was pretty uneventful. Then I was up and at 'em early as hell Saturday morning.





      Two days' worth of track time and spending time with good people, and then back to "reality".





      I mounted the new VIN plate (slightly crookedly... which is gonna drive me nuts) and took it in for an inspection yesterday. The inspection guy was geeking out over it. Hahaha. ~20 mins later I have a passed inspection.

      Anyways, I'm overall extremely happy with how this little project turned out. Sure, there are some small issues with it, but overall it performs its functions and then some. It follows well, and even at 75mph it's not doing much to let you know it's there. After an hour and a half of driving at highway speeds, the hubs are only slightly warm.

      Next big trip for it will be down to VIR in November! Time to work on the car for a bit and let the trailer be
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      09-16-2016 02:00 PM #91
      So rad! Awesome work!!!

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      09-16-2016 02:19 PM #92
      awesome work on the painted fenders too

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      09-16-2016 02:52 PM #93
      Thanks guys
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    20. 09-17-2019 12:19 PM #94
      Hello there,

      I got this trailer, and I have been looking information about it until I finally found this post. Unfortunately, the person who gave it to me did not have much information about it, and only said it had been in his family for quite a while.
      It is really sturdy, and it went well on the highway. So far, I have repacked the bearings and worked on taking all the rust off. I have also put 12 inch tires, and now I am working on painting it
      . Here are some pics:

      https://photos.app.goo.gl/eisB6oxpYiraQcLf8
      https://photos.app.goo.gl/frCwN3HwzjZ4Xc6R6
      https://photos.app.goo.gl/KQEoNtznm1avqE437
      https://photos.app.goo.gl/tHNdpRa8MHs2wGjc7

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      09-17-2019 12:27 PM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by Carlxander View Post
      Hello there,

      I got this trailer, and I have been looking information about it until I finally found this post. Unfortunately, the person who gave it to me did not have much information about it, and only said it had been in his family for quite a while.
      It is really sturdy, and it went well on the highway. So far, I have repacked the bearings and worked on taking all the rust off. I have also put 12 inch tires, and now I am working on painting it
      . Here are some pics:

      https://photos.app.goo.gl/eisB6oxpYiraQcLf8
      https://photos.app.goo.gl/frCwN3HwzjZ4Xc6R6
      https://photos.app.goo.gl/KQEoNtznm1avqE437
      https://photos.app.goo.gl/tHNdpRa8MHs2wGjc7
      I believe that might be a vintage John Deere utility cart that someone added fenders to.

    22. 09-17-2019 05:39 PM #96
      I dont think so. After I got the rust and most paint out, I found out its original color was light blue. It also had this little plate on it. I could not find more information about it online.



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