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    Posted: 23 July 2019 at 8:05pm
Originally posted by mbullism mbullism wrote:

Originally posted by takesiteasy takesiteasy wrote:

After a mishap where the trailer lost its connection to the truck going over a rough railroad crossing....

Shocked  Hope it was limited to a mishap!


Yes, a minor mishap. I wrote about it in the blog. We were traveling slow going over the crossing. A big bump popped the old Fulton coupler off the ball. The trailer dropped to the pavement and landed on the part of the landing leg casting that is exposed when the leg is rotated up. It scrubbed on the pavement a bit until I realized what happened and stopped the truck.The safety chains did their job and kept the trailer from going totally rogue. I was able to weld new metal back on the casting and grind it to the original profile. Looks pretty much as good as before the accident.

I think I know what happened with the Fulton and how to fix it but I decided a new coupler was a better idea for a working trailer. I kept all the parts to the Fulton so it can just bolt back on. I want to fix it first.

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Originally posted by takesiteasy takesiteasy wrote:

After a mishap where the trailer lost its connection to the truck going over a rough railroad crossing....

Shocked  Hope it was limited to a mishap!
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After a mishap where the trailer lost its connection to the truck going over a rough railroad crossing, I made a new coupler.

It was a fun project. I wrote it up in our blog- here's a link:


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Originally posted by PackRat PackRat wrote:

The plywood should be painted with an oil-based primer/finish coat so it lasts with moisture getting in there. I would suggest you get some of that non-skid stuff on rolls from Lowes/Depot/Mart and install it with the ridges from side to side. That will help keep things from rolling around like a BB in a boxcar and bashing into the front panel and tailgate with constant stopping and accelerating.

An option to the plywood is some of the stuff used in commercial kitchens on the floors....rubber or something with lots of holes for spilled liquids to not pool up where you need to walk...also will prevent cargo from sliding around.


The plywood is finished with an exterior deck stain. I have been considering getting a rubber pad to put on top of it. I did install multiple D rings around the perimeter for tie downs so I won't have things crashing around in there.

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The plywood should be painted with an oil-based primer/finish coat so it lasts with moisture getting in there. I would suggest you get some of that non-skid stuff on rolls from Lowes/Depot/Mart and install it with the ridges from side to side. That will help keep things from rolling around like a BB in a boxcar and bashing into the front panel and tailgate with constant stopping and accelerating.

An option to the plywood is some of the stuff used in commercial kitchens on the floors....rubber or something with lots of holes for spilled liquids to not pool up where you need to walk...also will prevent cargo from sliding around.
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Originally posted by LuzonRed47 LuzonRed47 wrote:

Real nice work--and the project got you into welding, an added bonus. Thanks for sharing--I'm beginning the semi-restoration of my M100 which (thankfully) came with shock absorbers as standard.


Yeah, I enjoyed welding- wish I had learned years ago. Thanks for your comment and good luck with your M100 project.
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Real nice work--and the project got you into welding, an added bonus. Thanks for sharing--I'm beginning the semi-restoration of my M100 which (thankfully) came with shock absorbers as standard.
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Originally posted by mickeykelley mickeykelley wrote:

how is the floor holding up as far as waves?


Floor is like new and perfect. Warms my heart when I look at it, haha.

I put a piece of 5/8" plywood in to protect it. I haven't dumped any boulders in yet either. LOL
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Originally posted by canorisa canorisa wrote:

CONGRATULATIONS Sir!  Very nicely done!!!Clap


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how is the floor holding up as far as waves?
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CONGRATULATIONS Sir!  Very nicely done!!!Clap
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An update on the trailer project. I made a spare tire bracket and a lid. I wrote up the whole trailer project in our blog for those that are interested in more detail and pictures:


Here's a picture showing the spare tire mounted and the lid:



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Well, I already have a spare, but I like that idea of a wheel adapter as a backup.

I think I will mount the spare in front of the tub on the draw bars but in a way so the bracket can be easily mounted and removed without affecting the trailer. I want to leave access for the tarp hook. I've got some ideas but am going to think about it for a while before I do anything. More ideas/suggestions are welcome.

Thanks everyone for all the comments, I appreciated reading  them. The trailer project was a lot of work and expense but I am happy with the outcome. Feels good to have saved one of these cool trailers from the scrap yard.
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  You did a great job on your trailer.  Another way you could do for a spare is get an wheel adapter and use your truck spare if ever needed.

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After working with the sheet metal and seeing how the floors are always "wavy", I don't think any spare tire should be affixed to the tub. If you can fabricate an "A" frame that sits on the drawbars just in front of the tub so you can still access the tarp hook I think that would be best. Make the "A" frame with extended "feet" so you can use a couple hefty bolts to attach that plate to the drawbars and don't be afraid to use some steel angle-iron for the "A" frame. To that you can weld on a repop WWII or post war spare tire mounting after you torch off most of it to keep the tire in position.

You can assemble the "A" frame with a spare on it and check for where you will drill the holes in the drawbars BEFORE drilling them to insure it will fit right.
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Yea. Makes me want one.
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Nice looking trailer,congrats well done .

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