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Old 11-09-2018, 10:34 AM   #1
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Yes.. my second egg project.. this time it's an Acorn.. but that's just a made in the US Boler.. Have I got my work cut out this time.. it will be the usual frame off resto.. but this one is missing (yes missing) the floor! At least I don't have to sand pool paint off.. the body is in good condition.. If you check out my blog post for this project you can follow me on an adventure on problem solving.. and the work to make an old trailer new again.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:16 AM   #2
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Yes.. my second egg project.. this time it's an Acorn.. but that's just a made in the US Boler.. Have I got my work cut out this time.. it will be the usual frame off resto.. but this one is missing (yes missing) the floor! At least I don't have to sand pool paint off.. the body is in good condition.. If you check out my blog post for this project you can follow me on an adventure on problem solving.. and the work to make an old trailer new again.
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Actually it is a made in Backus SCAMP. In late 1978 through 1979 Scamp was forced to change their name during litigation. They won and returned to the Scamp name.

I doubt they could supply the lettering, but it would be cool to preserve the Acorn name if possible or practical. The stripe might be the same though.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:22 PM   #3
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I do plan on keeping the name.. but not so big ..
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:33 AM   #4
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Great, I love build threads and there are not a lot of them to see at this time of year. Looking forward to following your progress.
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Old 11-11-2018, 09:37 AM   #5
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Thanks.. I now realize that I'd already started a thread for this little trailer.
One more Restore of an Egg



But that's ok.. I'll put some highlights in here.. but My detailed story about the restoration will be on my web site. Link in my signature. I have a heated shop and these little trailers fit quite nicely.. there's always so much more to do in the warmer weather.. So winter is my big project time.
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:54 PM   #6
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Ok the frame has been cleansed of all the bad metal.. And the axle removed so I can remount it better and give the trailer a much needed lift.

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Rob, based on the picture it looks like you need a new axle. The arms appear to be pointing up when at most they should be perfectly horizontal. Double-check the arm angle to be sure.
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Rob, based on the picture it looks like you need a new axle. The arms appear to be pointing up when at most they should be perfectly horizontal. Double-check the arm angle to be sure.

I think that the axle has been placed there temporarily, since that is the top of the frame, on the bumper.
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Ya it's turned 90 deg.. The axle is good.. but the hubs are four bolt.. I want to use the 5 on 4.5 13 " rims I have and I have new torsion axles with those hubs..

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Here you can see I've added more framing to the rear. This helps support the floor under the table.. and will add support to the main frame at the rear where they always seem to bend a little.
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Rob, in the picture on your blog, the arm with the spindle is angled up towards the frame. That is an indication that the axle is no good. The arm should at the very least be parallel to the frame or pointing downward slightly. Here is a picture from your blog showing the axle mounted to the frame:
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A 40 year old Torflex axle would need to be replaced. The rubber in the tube will have hardened. Do a search on the forums about this and you will find all kind of information.

I apologize for taking your photo and putting it here but I am trying to help.
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Rob, in the picture on your blog, the arm with the spindle is angled up towards the frame. That is an indication that the axle is no good. The arm should at the very least be parallel to the frame or pointing downward slightly. Here is a picture from your blog showing the axle mounted to the frame:
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A 40 year old Torflex axle would need to be replaced. The rubber in the tube will have hardened. Do a search on the forums about this and you will find all kind of information.

I apologize for taking your photo and putting it here but I am trying to help.
If it is a 13, the initial set of the axle would have beeen 22 UP with another degree or two after break in.
Her's what it would have looked like when new (except the name).
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Hmm. The tag is clearly readable on the factory axle. It's a 1200 lb 10 deg Dura Flex. These torsion axles can be used trailing down and rear.. or forward and up. They are either 10 deg or 22.5 deg. NEVER flat. These trailers come from the factory with the arm forward and up 10 deg. This way the cross frame of the axle is tucked behind the lower floor. I have decided not to reuse the old axle.. I have new 2000 lb 22.5 deg. Rockwell axles.. yes two.. a right and a left. They come this way so you can determine your own width. I used these on the Boler frame l built from scratch last year. It does give the trailer a 2.5 " lift. That has worked out be be a benefit. First the hitch height is 14 " which means nothing drags on the ground. Less damage to the underside. And the bumper doesn't hit.

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