Originally Posted by MilesandJess
We have a 1972 compact jr with a rusty tongue, axle
, leaf springs and frame. In order to do the restoration right, we want to drop the frame off the fiberglass body and then I guess we would have it sand blasted and refinished before re attaching the body onto it.
Anybody out there done this and able to advise a total newbie in how to go about it?
I did our Boler
just last spring/summer...ours only had 2 bolts holding the floor to the frame if I recall...getting the body to clear the frame (the wheel wells in particular) was a choir...had to crib and recrib the body as we inched the trailer frame out from the body...once the frame was out we sat the body on ground so the wind couldn't get under it and knock it off the cribbing...as far as the frame I did some welding repair of sheet metal that has rusted out in a couple of spots and a support under the floor at the door, other wise the frame was in great shape for a '71. I didn't go with sandblasting as their was no place reasonable close so I wire brushed with a angle grinder and by hand and sanded with an electric sander where I could and then by hand the rest. Primed with tractor supply gray primer and used a rustoleum gloss black over that for the frame and axle
One very good tip I thought of afterwards is to make as many reference marks as you can of where the body lines up to the frame so when it goes back on you know it is in the right spot, same for the flooring if you replace it while the body is off.
All else I can say is you are brave and good luck!