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Posted October 10, 2011 - 04:24 AM

As with all your projects, this is looking good, Ray. Should hold up very well. Thanks for the pics.
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Posted October 10, 2011 - 04:28 AM

As with all your projects, this is looking good, Ray. Should hold up very well. Thanks for the pics.



I couldn't agree more,Ray is the man .
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Posted October 11, 2011 - 03:00 PM

The cross brace is welded to the front and I'm measuring up the tongue to get it on center.

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The trailer tongue is welded in place.

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It's time to tip it over so I can weld the underside.
First I get it up on it's side.

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then I back up and lower it down so it is now upside down.

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Then I just pick it up from the back to take it back in the garage.

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Back inside and sitting on blocks.
I'm going to leave the trailer frame on the forks.
This way I can easily raise or lower it to make it easier to get in and around things for welding.

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Posted October 11, 2011 - 03:45 PM

Looking great Ray. Can't wait to see it done.
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Posted October 11, 2011 - 04:52 PM

Looking great Ray. Can't wait to see it done.


:ditto:I just know it will look great.
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Posted October 11, 2011 - 05:45 PM

You make it look soooooooo easy. Can I borrow your fork lift?:bigrofl:
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Posted October 11, 2011 - 05:54 PM

That's a great idea. My inlaws have an old horse trailer that hasn't been used for a long time and will probably end up getting scrapped. I'll get dibbs on it. Gary
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Posted October 11, 2011 - 06:47 PM

Gary, have you read posts 7 and 10? I see you are in PA. You may want to look at what all may be involved before starting too much on that trailer.
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Posted October 11, 2011 - 07:00 PM

Gary, have you read posts 7 and 10? I see you are in PA. You may want to look at what all may be involved before starting too much on that trailer.



Good advice.
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Posted October 11, 2011 - 08:34 PM

I see another GREAT PROJECT. Always a learning time for me.
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Posted October 11, 2011 - 09:14 PM

My inlaws have an old horse trailer that hasn't been used for a long time and will probably end up getting scrapped. I'll get dibbs on it. Gary

I think the caution that has been advised for doing something like this is well advised.
From what I've learned on some of the responses here, the legal problems for building a trailer in Pennsylvanian can be a real nightmare.

Also keep in mind that once you strip a horse trailer down, there isn't any structural strength in the frame of the trailer so you have to build the strength into the trailer frame yourself.
That is why you don't see many utility trailers made out of old horse trailers.

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 02:49 AM

After seeing what you are going through, Ray, I would save the axles and scrap the rest.
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Posted October 12, 2011 - 08:49 AM

After seeing what you are going through, Ray, I would save the axles and scrap the rest.

That would a wise decision.

I wanted a trailer that had dropped axles so the trailer deck would be as low as possible.
The only reason I used an old horse trailer is because it was dog gone cheep.
I couldn't buy one of the axles alone ( not to mention the other axle and springs ) for what I paid for this trailer.

I'll be taking most of the metal that I cut off the trailer to the scrap yard.
It will probably give me enough money back to cover what I paid for it so I guess you could say the axles were free.

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 06:57 AM

Gary, have you read posts 7 and 10? I see you are in PA. You may want to look at what all may be involved before starting too much on that trailer.


You're probably right. I can hardly find time now to do what I need to do. It's been some time since I've seen it and it wasn't very healthy looking back then. It's probably worth more as scrap.

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 07:30 AM

I'm not trying to keep you from doing it, just want you to be prepared if you do decide to rework it. Down this way, they don't pay much attention to trailers unless they are obviously overloaded. I built the one I have from the ground up, wish I had made it 10' long now. If I had the horse trailer axles, I make a 12'. The Ford and attachments would love it.




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