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Old 11-04-2012, 08:22 PM   #29
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Well the trailer is almost totally empty. I removed all of the doors etc. I then found that the floor is rotten in the front and in the rear. So, it looks like I'm going to take the shell off of the frame and replace the wood. While it is off I will be cleaning and restoring the frame. On first look it seems to be in good solid condition. There sure seems to be quite a few small machine screws holding the shell to the frame. Most of which are apparently well rusted.
I'll send pictures as soon as I can take time to take some. If anyone has any suggestions for removing the old wood floor and installing a new one, I'd sure love to hear them.
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Mr. Dave,
If you have not seen Mr. Frederic's thread you might find it interesting.

U-Haul CT13 ''The Project''

A PM to him mind yield you some info. Also, many of us will find your
wood repair of great interest!!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:52 PM   #30
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My original thought was to reinforce the soft spots in the floor. But, the front spot is simply missing. Nothing left to reinforce. My thinking now is to replace all of the plywood. It is probably a good think that this has happened as I found that many/most of the hold down bolts (elevator bolts) have rusted away. So far I think I found only three or four that were still in good shape.

I hope to get some pics of what I have found tomorrow. I'll post as things progress.

Thanks for all of your suggestions and directing me to Mr Fredrick's thread. It is indeed inspiring.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:17 PM   #31
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Apparently it is common for the elevator bolts to be rusted or missing. Our Uhaul had 4 broken, and others broke when turned with a wrench. I replaced all that were accessible and not under carpet. I used 5/16 bolts with large fender washers against the floor. Is it feasible to just lay something over the floor after patching in the bad spots, another sheet of plywood, or thick aluminum and fiberglassing that in. Or jack up the body and put new plywood under the old floor and patch in the bad spots. Seems like removing the body and replacing the whole floor will be a big project that may go bad. Not easy considering the inner shell, cabinets, benches, and all that. I know it's been done but not a project I would want to do.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:59 PM   #32
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Here are a couple of pics to show the hole. I also attached a couple of pics of my other projects that I have underway at the present.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #33
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You are a busy guy!

The pick-em-up looks interesting. Dodge? I love old pick ups!
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:21 PM   #34
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:26 PM   #35
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You are a busy guy!

The pick-em-up looks interesting. Dodge? I love old pick ups!
It's a '49 Studebaker. However it is a full on custom. So, about all that is still Sudebaker is the sheet metal all of which has been modified. It will by our tow vehicle when it is complete. I am in hopes that both the truck and the trailer are ready next summer.

The other vehicle in the background is a '49 Packard Super Eight convertible. I restored it a few years back.
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I looks like the trailer sat nose down and water ate a hole in the floor. I think it is fixable. There is little weight bearing at this location. Maybe cut out the rotten part and install a new piece of plywood with fiberglass top and bottom.

On mine, I used a 1" soffit vent as a drain so if water ever enters, it has a way out.
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I may see if I can do as you suggest and then replace all of the body bolts. The vent idea is a distinct possibility as well.
Thanks for the idea.
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Tom, where did you put that drain, and is one enough?
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Tom, where did you put that drain, and is one enough?
Bob, I just put one next to the battery and store nose up. One at each end would be better.
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It's a '49 Studebaker.
I thought maybe a Studebaker - but the grill threw me off.

I grew up in the South Bend, Indiana area. As you may know, there are still plenty of Hawks, Larks, Champs and even Avantis prowling around that town - and a nice little Studebaker museum.
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OK. I guess rational reasoning and practical thought (yours) have overridden gut level emotional reaction. I will be patching the hole and soft spots and not trying to replace the entire floor. The attached photo shows the first replacement in place. It will get another coat and the underside will also get fibergalssed. The soft section in the rear will get a similar treatment. I am thinking I will then put down a layer of underlayment to level out the floor prior to laying down a new vinyl floor.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:06 AM   #42
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Oh yes, the Grill was a fooler, Mr. Steve, because it is totally hand built.
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