Post by Teachndad on Aug 2, 2015 7:17:20 GMT -8
One thing I have learned from watching this project Rod is that if I ever need to get to the frame I will just do a frame up restore. It wouldn't have been anywhere near this much work to remove the top, front and rear and drop the walls. In most cases you have to go through almost as much anyhow.
From the looks of it your little trailer went through some pretty rough times in the past. At least you know it was well used and the POs probably had a lot of fun in it.
Tell me.... Now that you have gone through all this, do you think it would have been easier to just tear it down and remove the walls instead of lifting the entire trailer?
I have been thinking about this for days since you posted it. It's still not black and white for me. I really didn't like it when the body moved when I was lifting it. That made me really uncomfortable. Maybe for other's it's not a big deal. To me, it's a risky technique. If the body did topple, then where would I be? - splintered wood and a demolished body (Andy's, not mine...). That's not a good place to continue a rebuild from.
Now, I have this hulk sitting in my driveway and I have to figure out how to lower the body, LOL. I have some ideas.
Strictly from a safety point, it's just safer to take it all apart. Easier? I don't know. Ask me when I am done, and I will be more able to tell you. Space was an issue. I guess for my next trailer, I will have to sell my house and get a house with a work space. I am going to have trouble getting that by the DW, though. Maybe this is it. I got two sons heading out for college in the next three years...$$$
I never in a million years at the outset of this project did I think I would be this emersed in it. I didn't comprehend the depth of the project. Now I do, but not regretfully at all. It's been an awesome journey and I look forward to what comes next.