Inspected a 1982 Perris Pacer
13 Foot trailer today. Gave it a good once over. She looks to be in pretty good shape, but needs a lot of deferred maintenance and tlc to find her former glory.
While inspecting the frame, I found an issue where the fiberglass body mounts to the chassis at the front end (tongue-side). The body looks like it's mounted by four large screws. Is that right? I expected bolts, not screws. Anyway, three of the four screws were rusted through and were either spinning in place or had disappeared altogether.
how difficult is it to re-secure the body to the chassis? The back screws (bolts?) are rusty but they appear to be solid. So, I don't think the body slid at all. Is this as simple as drilling out the old screws, cleaning it up and re-screwing (bolting?).
There is some fiberglass repair work at the bow (tongue) end of the body. There are patches directly over both chassis rails where the front corner meets the rail. My guess is that the body started bouncing once the mounting screws rusted, leading to cracks/damage in that location. Both patches are translucent amber colored, which I'm guessing is epoxy? Does this make sense? Major issue? Or likely the appropriate way to repair? I can nab photos if necessary.
That's all for now. If she becomes ours, I'll likely start a rehab thread.
Thanks in advance!