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Old 09-10-2011, 12:56 PM   #43
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Stuck Door

Rusty Baker

Thanks for the idea for getting this thing open. I will try your method and see if it works.
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:14 PM   #44
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How far from back of bumper????

First off: Where would us know nothing newbies be without forums like this ?????

I owe a big round of thanks to Andy B for his help thus far with my Burro project. Yesterday I downloaded Andy's frame photos and had them printed out for my welder. He came by today to discuss what I wanted done and they helped a great deal for him to see the type of repair I was interested in. Kuddos to you Andy!!!

Andy if you're out there, I need one more big favor of you. Could you tell me the measurement of far it is from the most rearward back edge of your bumper to the edge of your step support? My trailer body is across town from the frame and that is one area that I didn't measure. As you know the step support can't go too far towards the rear or it will run into the wheel well. Don't want that.

My welder says that he could make a good guess from marks on the frame but with that 1 number he can do all the other stuff just fine.

Thanks again for sharing all this info.....
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:01 AM   #45
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First off: Where would us know nothing newbies be without forums like this ?????

I owe a big round of thanks to Andy B for his help thus far with my Burro project. Yesterday I downloaded Andy's frame photos and had them printed out for my welder. He came by today to discuss what I wanted done and they helped a great deal for him to see the type of repair I was interested in. Kuddos to you Andy!!!

Andy if you're out there, I need one more big favor of you. Could you tell me the measurement of far it is from the most rearward back edge of your bumper to the edge of your step support? My trailer body is across town from the frame and that is one area that I didn't measure. As you know the step support can't go too far towards the rear or it will run into the wheel well. Don't want that.

My welder says that he could make a good guess from marks on the frame but with that 1 number he can do all the other stuff just fine.

Thanks again for sharing all this info.....
JD
67.5" , I made it so that the edge of the step support is at the edge of the door opening.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:42 AM   #46
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Well, took the frame and all the upgrade items to the welder yesterday. Will show you all what it looks like when it comes back!!

The hard part is yet to be done, flooring and fiberglass but oh well, just part of the learning curve. Spotted another little, lonely FB trailer on a road trip this week. It's a sickness I think, had to really work at not going back to check it out.

Thanks again for all the help.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:40 PM   #47
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Hi Joel (idiotsniff),

You have the option to receive private messages turned off so I will post the answers to your questions here in case others are interested in the resin and glass that I used.

I used epoxy resin, in my opinion it is much better than polyester resin. It costs a little bit more than polyester but there is very little smell so I was able to avoid buying a respirator and filters so the final cost was about the same.

I got all my supplies from ebay, much cheaper than buying locally.

The resin I used is:
eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

The fiberglass cloth I used is:
12 Square Yards of 20oz Fiberglass Cloth, $2 per sq yd | eBay

This is 20 oz cloth which is very thick cloth so it is very strong although it takes more resin to saturate it. I used a small foam roller to apply resin thinned with acetone on the wood so it would soak in good. I then rolled another layer of just resin on the wood, put down the glass and smoothed it then rolled on some more resin. After the resin started to set, I rolled on another coat of resin, that gave the smooth finish. Except for the seams, I did the fiberglassing before installing the floor, so I did not have to work overhead. It is very difficult to work overhead, the resin wants to drip. I mixed in some cabosil to thicken the resin when I did the seams. The cabosil was from West Systems that was left from a bridge project from several years ago.

This is my first fiberglass project of this magnitude so I am learning as I go along. I don't have any particular web sites for instructions, I just did some searches and started reading.

Good luck,
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:19 PM   #48
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Made some progress/new question

Well after taking care of some other things I finally got the Burro frame back and painted. I also have most of the bottom part of the fiberglass panel removed from the trailer body. It's in about 4 pieces so far but they are big enough that I can put them back together and use to make the template for the floor. No plywood to speak of to remove since it fell out in dust piles. Now on to removing the upper panel.

Have a question on the upper panel if anyone who is reading has ever done a Burro floor. The inside of the shell, all way around the edge, is glassed to this top fiberglass panel. Since this needs to be a strong joint, how close to the shell wall should I cut the panel to remove it, ensuring that enough is left to have a strong bond to the new floor?

Thanks for any help,
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:40 PM   #49
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Have a question on the upper panel if anyone who is reading has ever done a Burro floor. The inside of the shell, all way around the edge, is glassed to this top fiberglass panel. Since this needs to be a strong joint, how close to the shell wall should I cut the panel to remove it, ensuring that enough is left to have a strong bond to the new floor?

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Look at post #35, 2nd paragraph in this thread for how close to the wall that I cut the old floor out.

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Old 11-04-2011, 09:01 AM   #50
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Inner wall edge

Andy B,

Reread post 35 a couple times, didn't see where you specifically mentioned the inner shell but if I'm getting it correctly you left about the same amount of overlap on the inner shell to meet the floor, as the underlap on the very bottom. Underlap being the flat part of the outer shell that wraps underneath the plywood floor. So, that would be about 2 to 3 in. looks like.

Pressing on......Thanks again.
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:31 PM   #51
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Andy B,

Reread post 35 a couple times, didn't see where you specifically mentioned the inner shell but if I'm getting it correctly you left about the same amount of overlap on the inner shell to meet the floor, as the underlap on the very bottom. Underlap being the flat part of the outer shell that wraps underneath the plywood floor. So, that would be about 2 to 3 in. looks like.

Pressing on......Thanks again.
JD
Sorry if there was confusion. You are correct about the 2-3 inches. Since the floor is a sandwich of fiberglass/plywood/fiberglass, I used a reciprocating saw to cut through all the layers at once along the edge described in the previous post. With a different kind of saw, and careful control of the depth of cut, it would be possible to cut the top and bottom fiberglass in different places, but I am not sure what advantage would result for the added difficulty.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:02 PM   #52
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Back on the Burro

Well, I've not been able to do much over the winter on the Burro but back at it full steam ahead now. Frame is fixed and waiting on the new floor. Of course, I have a question for the Burro people who may have done a floor replacement.

I have fitted the front and back floor sections but now I am starting to work on the area that goes up to the door. I had to take the door off and block the body due to the fact that it was moving around so much so I don't have the door for the reference that I need. Door hinges were not originals, in terrible shape, and the screws would not tighten so the door was no help even when it was attached.

Wondered if anyone could give me a good estimate of how much shorter to make the piece that comes up to the door?

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Old 04-15-2012, 09:28 PM   #53
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Well, I've not been able to do much over the winter on the Burro but back at it full steam ahead now. Frame is fixed and waiting on the new floor. Of course, I have a question for the Burro people who may have done a floor replacement.

I have fitted the front and back floor sections but now I am starting to work on the area that goes up to the door. I had to take the door off and block the body due to the fact that it was moving around so much so I don't have the door for the reference that I need. Door hinges were not originals, in terrible shape, and the screws would not tighten so the door was no help even when it was attached.

Wondered if anyone could give me a good estimate of how much shorter to make the piece that comes up to the door?

Thanks for any help,
Jane D.
Jane, my Burro is still under a tarp that is tied down and is not easy to get to. It will be another month or so before I get a chance to work on it so I don't have any pictures or measurements. I extended the floor at the doorway as far as the old floor was. When you removed the old floor that left a groove that the new floor will fit into at the doorway edges. If I remember correctly that is how far I extended the floor. I was planning on using a threshold to make up any difference after I rebuild the door so that the door curvature matches the Burro body.
Don't forget to post pictures of your frame rebuild.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:19 AM   #54
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Andy,

I'm taking your advice and just going with the lower slot that the floor slides into as the measurement point. Also, if you want to see what my frame looks like, you only need look at yours!! I told you I was "borrowing" your ideas for it and I most certainly did just that. Thanks for all that too.....No underside spare carrier and it's painted gloss black. Going to rework the gas tank holder after the body's back on. Planning on adding a battery.

You don't happen to have the part number of your new axle do you???

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Old 04-18-2012, 05:36 PM   #55
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Andy,

I'm taking your advice and just going with the lower slot that the floor slides into as the measurement point. Also, if you want to see what my frame looks like, you only need look at yours!! I told you I was "borrowing" your ideas for it and I most certainly did just that. Thanks for all that too.....No underside spare carrier and it's painted gloss black. Going to rework the gas tank holder after the body's back on. Planning on adding a battery.

You don't happen to have the part number of your new axle do you???

Many thanks,
Jane D.
Jane,

Wow... you were not kidding, your reinforced frame has all the same features that I added to mine, the same added angle reinforcement, even the half chain links for tie downs and the same brackets for the stabilizers and the same entry way support. I have decided not to use the spare tire carrier under the frame because it would reduce ground clearance more than I wanted. Did you add the extra steel on the outside of the main frame members?

I checked my axle invoice and there is no part number listed. It is a Dexter #9 torflex with brakes.

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Old 04-18-2012, 06:32 PM   #56
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Andy,

I had my welder add the outside reinforcement all the way back to just forward of the axle. Maybe you can see it a little better in this photo. Sorry to be such a shameless thief of your ideas but when I bought this little bucket of trouble I had no idea about the history of frame problems. With these improvements I don't think frame failure will ever happen.

I didn't add the underside spare carrier for the same reason as you, ground clearance. Also, I knew I didn't want to have to crawl under there if I had a flat!!

Thanks again.
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