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.|
|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.
|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.
|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:
- Finish welding, torching and grinding.
- Replace plywood/metal on the dutch doors.
- Paint trailer, roof, and fenders. (Possibly sand the trailer before painting?).
- Start to cut/ready the wooden floor to go in.
- Electrical wiring to be fixed and installed.
- Roof to go back on after painted.
- Make up a "to buy" list (keeper pins, snap links, etc).
Whew. This is gonna be worth it, though!