Friday, November 27, 2015

Operation Trailer Restoration: Part 2

Quite a lot has been done since my last posting about the trailer. This installment features the inner-workings and what most men refer to as "bitch work". Most of what we've done thus far has been labor-intensive and very time consuming, but well worth it.

Last Thursday we prepped the trailer for it's date with the sand-blasting machine and on Friday evening, the Boyfriend was blasting it down. It went relatively well, although some of the structural integrity would need to be reinforced and held together with some welds. Nothing serious came of it and thankfully, the trailer is in pretty good shape overall.

After a round of blasting.
 As you can see, we removed pretty much everything (ie. tires, roof, fenders, etc) and covered the portion of plaques and inscriptions that would need to be present. Other than that, the entire trailer was blasted clean.

Note the dent in the front passenger side where it appeared
someone had jack-knifed the trailer into a truck. Don't worry,
it won't even be noticeable when we're done with it.

After the entire day Friday was spent blasting, the next day the Boyfriend moved onto priming. I wasn't able to really help out much with the blasting/priming, as I don't know or understand how to use either machine so he was pretty much on his own for the duration of it. I did, however, tape up the tires so the rims could be primed and started to work on sanding the roof.

One coat of primer on and looking a bit 'fresher". That scary sand-blasting
look was just not cutting it for me.
I spent the next four days meticulously washing down, chipping and sanding the roof. It is a fiberglass roof but has an epoxy residue that was starting to crack/chip and become pretty nasty looking. We are going to be fixing that and needed to start with a clean slate. By the end of four days, my arms were ready to fall off from all the scrubbing, chipping, and circular sanding motions.

This was when I was about 1/4 of the way.
The black "goop" spot is gone and the roof is mostly that
cream color now.
Whilst I was battling the roof, Boyfriend and Brother were cutting and fitting new flooring into the tack room and the little hay ledge (I don't actually know what it is called). The entire process was pain-painstakingly slow but they managed to hammer it out and get it fitted (in -17C weather to boot!). They also fitted and added the new middle section piece where the wires for the lights run under and join. The one horizontal post, as you can see in the following photos was pretty corroded (it is where the doors join up to and lock in), so they knocked that out and came up with a game plan to fix it.

The post where the doors join into. You will notice the
guys took the ramp off as well.

Tack room - all fitted and ready to be welded into place!

Portion of the hay ledge.

Poor guys freezing their assess off in the -17 cold.

This is the one hay ledge - you can see where the Boyfriend installed
a reinforced bar (look under his elbow).

The new piece which the cords and electrical will run through.

The trailer was able to be pulled back into the heated shop (much to the relief of the guys!) and while I continued to work on the roof and the fenders (they needed washing, sanding, prepping for painting), the Boyfriend began welding. In addition, the dutch doors were stripped of their thin layer of metal, the rotten plywood was pulled and now they sit, ready to be fixed!

Boyfriend welding under the trailer.

Tack room compartment.

The hay ledge - lastnight we also welded in the divider (I didn't take a
photo though, as it was quite late).

The middle piece for wiring was welded in lastnight.

Don't worry, I wasn't looking when I took this photo. Boyfriend
welding the horizontal piece in (remember the one that was broken?)
and also gives you a view of the dutch doors we pulled plywood
and metal from.

Welding the new bottom onto the horizontal piece.
You can also see that we have reinforced the sides of the trailer as well.
We also welded on the door handles (see the splotch of grey
at the top of the bar? That's where the dutch door handles go).

Today I think is going to be a bit of an easier day, as the Boyfriend has been putting in some crazy long hours to make this a smooth and fast process. We can't keep the trailer at his Dad's shop forever and we want to get as much done as humanely possible. Hopefully by this weekend she'll have a new coat of paint on her and the days of welding and grinding will be long behind us.

The list of our "need to do" agenda is still quite large but we've managed to cross quite a few things off. Still, we need to focus on and complete the following:
  1. Finish welding, torching and grinding.
  2.  Replace plywood/metal on the dutch doors.
  3. Paint trailer, roof, and fenders. (Possibly sand the trailer before painting?).
  4. Start to cut/ready the wooden floor to go in.
  5. Electrical wiring to be fixed and installed.
  6. Roof to go back on after painted.
  7. Make up a "to buy" list (keeper pins, snap links, etc).

Whew. This is gonna be worth it, though!


  1. You guys have gotten a lot done. Can't wait to see how nice it will look when it's finished!

  2. Lots of work but it's coming along really nicely. Soon it will look and feel like a brand new trailer. Good work.

    p.s. I had a trailer that a garbage truck backed into the first week I had it, of course. It left a big dent in the front just about where yours is. They fixed it at the shop by screwing a flexible piece of metal and it looked fine. There was no way to straighten the dent out. Don't know if that would help you out or not but thought it was worth throwing it out there.

    1. Oh interesting!
      We are going to be covering the dent with the checkerplate anyways.

  3. I love watching transformations like this, although it makes me so happy I don't have to do it myself!

  4. wow! that's a lot of work. I can't wait to see the final product!

  5. Very interesting! Saving this post in my favorites for when I get a trailer this spring :)

  6. this is incredible - i can't imagine doing all that work myself. that trailer is gonna be amazing when you're finished with it!