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Old 04-10-2008, 02:02 AM   #29
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I too am very impressed with your glass work.
I have done some of what your up to and have
a couple of ideas for you.
The side marker lights are frenched, did the same
as you on the tail light housing and added a polished
aluminum ring on the light, also closed the body
in around the frame which really cleans up appearance.
The most obvious change is the wheelwells, a little
change here can set it apart nicely.
Keep the posts coming, can watch someone
do a good job all day!
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:22 AM   #30
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I too am very impressed with your glass work.
I have done some of what your up to and have
a couple of ideas for you.
The side marker lights are frenched, did the same
as you on the tail light housing and added a polished
aluminum ring on the light, also closed the body
in around the frame which really cleans up appearance.
The most obvious change is the wheelwells, a little
change here can set it apart nicely.
Keep the posts coming, can watch someone
do a good job all day!
Fred

Wow, I love the lip around the wheelwell! How did you do that--build it up with Bondo, or wood, and then fiberglass over it?
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:48 PM   #31
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Donna D., I don't remember seeing anything on Scamp's website about selling empty trailers. Do you know about how much they charge for them? Do they come with a finished floor and walls? Thanks.
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:04 AM   #32
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Wow, I love the lip around the wheelwell! How did you do that--build it up with Bondo, or wood, and then fiberglass over it?
Thanks , really it would be simple for you with the talent you have already displayed.
Normal prep of the area, shape the opening, I tried to match the wheel oprnings of
the car I towed with. Then used 2 sided tape and cardboard to create the lip height
and wraped it in glass, a bit of bondo to smooth it out, paint.
It's been in use for several years with no cracking, the volume inside the glass
actually makes the panel stronger.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:18 AM   #33
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Donna D., I don't remember seeing anything on Scamp's website about selling empty trailers. Do you know about how much they charge for them? Do they come with a finished floor and walls? Thanks.
Pamela, I only know about it because we had a member that bought one. It had been used on a construction site. His name was Dan Landt and we lost all the pictures in the Hack. I did find the topic:
Scamp 16' Modifications If you're interested in a "Blank Slate" trailer, you should talk to someone directly at Scamp.
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:05 PM   #34
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Today was the day for what my friend calls the "Saucer Separation".
The body is lighter than I thought it'd be.

I finally got a good look at my crack today also.
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:26 PM   #35
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Today was the day for what my friend calls the "Saucer Separation".
Saucer Separation
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:01 AM   #36
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Just got the trailer frame back from the welder. I had 1 1/2" angle iron welded the entire length
of the frame as well as the crack repaired and some plates added at the "failure points".

The welder suggested I seriously consider replacing the axle. His reasoning was that when he lifted up on the frame, the suspension should have dropped a bit. I don't know if this sounds right as
the frame has no weight on it(well, not much) and the torsion arm is in the unsprung position.
If I bounce on top of the axle, there seems to be some movement. This is definitely the original axle.
Being over 35 years old, should I replace? Or, is there any possibility that it's still usable and safe?

If I do need to replace it, I want to keep the leading arm setup that is there now.
I don't want to add any more height.
Does Dexter still make this leading arm configuration?

Any input or pics of your installs/replacements would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-16-2008, 02:33 PM   #37
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Hi Brian, By the look of the second pic your syspension is in about the same condition
as mine. A little tough! I just make sure the bearings have grease and aren't loose.
I think your torsion bar is tired but if it's not falling out and maintains toe-in while
going down the road your only problem would be ride. With no travel the bumps place
a lot more load on the frame and body structure. I haven't seen any posts that discuss
a replacement of the leading arm setup. Anyone else?
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Old 04-16-2008, 03:05 PM   #38
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It seems to be functioning O.K.. I just dont want one of those arms coming off on the road.
I am just not experienced in this area at all....I'll wait to see if others have any thoughts.
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:41 AM   #39
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If I do need to replace it, I want to keep the leading arm setup that is there now.
I don't want to add any more height.
Does Dexter still make this leading arm configuration?
No. Dexter only makes trailing arm axles now.

Go visit their website, take a look around.

http://www.dexteraxle.com/products___literature
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(Isaac posted on Mar 26 2008, 02:57 PM) Hey Brian, What is that indentation along the kitchen side fender?
mine doesn't have that.
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I'm not sure. I acquired this trailer full of junk and most of the innards missing.
I've seen pictures of Bolers with what looks to be a heater in that location. Though
I've never seen one in person and don't know if it's slim enough to fit in that spot in the
kitchen cabinet.

Maybe someone else knows for sure?
That is it exactly Brian.

It is great to find another Boler American owner, we are a rare breed.
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This is definitely the original axle.
Being over 35 years old, should I replace? Or, is there any possibility that it's still usable and safe?

If I do need to replace it, I want to keep the leading arm setup that is there now.
I don't want to add any more height.
Brian, for the little it costs in the grand scheme of things I would replace it. Especially at this stage of the game. Mine looked OK like yours, seemed to tow OK.

But ...

I've worn out a brand new tire in 2 summers with a max of 6000 miles. The outer edge on my curbside was worn off while the new tire nibs are still everywhere else. What did the original tires look like? Here is a picture of my tires. The one on the left was the original (spare), the middle one was the car tire replacement and on the right, the closest trailer size I could get.


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Even if the alignment is OK, your rubber suspension is getting pretty poor. (think of a 36 year old elastic band). I had to use a hydraulic jack and pry bar to lower the torsion axle enough so the new tire would slip under the body and the rim would go over the hub. There was just not enough flexablility in the axle to even change the tire. I'm thinking the lack of flexibility may have something to do with your frame crack. Others have posted how they have gone from leading arm to trailing arm. For many reasons I am planning on doing the same. Hope we get a chance to talk before you make a final decision on the axle.

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Old 05-04-2008, 09:31 AM   #42
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I'm going to take a closer look at my axle. I just don't want to open another can of worms right now.
I suppose I can always replace the axle later if I sense a problem.
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