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My Tow Behind Trailer Resto....

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I created a posting/thread called "Picked This Up Today" awhile back about a tow behind trailer I bought locally for $20.00 I plan to show with my Craftsman.

I just wanted to give a little update on it for everyone.....

I brought the trailer to the car wash the other night on March 10th and power/pressure washed it, otherwise this is all I have done to it for now. More to come in this post/thread. I took these pictures below the next day on March 11th.

I do not know what make or model it is, there is a sticker but that is just a "caution" sticker. It looks how I should of expected it, MAYBE a bit worse upon further inspection but it's nothing that can't be fixed with a bit a elbow grease.

I was originally thinking of doing a throw-back and creating a Sears trailer with painting it all white and putting Sears stickers on it, but now I am thinking of painting it gloss black with white rims and putting modern Craftsman logos on it. It just looks too new to looks old, if that makes sense. Please give me your input to tell me what y'all think....

Well this is all for now, stay tuned.....
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A little update on the trailer:

Today I hammered down/out some of the dents that were sticking up/out of the trailer. I am still not sure what color I will paint it but I am leaning towards yellow with white rims to match the tractor BUT I do most likely plan on dustless blasting it then prime it then paint it.

I do have more pictures I will post later on.....
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Update since my last post-

I contacted the dustless sandblasting fellow and he gave me a price of $150 but that is with a discount thanks to mentioning a friends name, but not sure if I wanna do it. I am still on the fence, anybody have any opinions on whether I should or should not do it?

On a seperate note, I made up my mind on what color I would like it to be. I want it to be a maroon red with white rims and put a vintage looking Sears sticker on the bottom front. Just like some of the old ones were besides the white ones.

I will keep everyone updated, stay tuned......
On another seperate note that I forgot to mention, I believe I found the EXACT same trailer or pretty close to it as mine currently for sale on Facebook Marketplace......


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No way would I pay someone to blast a little trailer like that. It's not hard to sand one down. Just takes time and labor. I did one exactly like yours except mine was in worse shape.




My build thread: Turned my ratty red dump trailer into a yellow Cub Hauler
A little update on my trailer project since last time I posted.....

I sanded the trailer down with a dual action (or DA) sander/polisher using 80 grit paper that sticks onto the DA from Home Depot, this here but a 15 pack......

DIABLO 6 in. 80-Grit Random Orbital Sanding Disc with StickFast Backing (5-Pack)-DCD060080P05G - The Home Depot



Then I primered most of the trailer with this......


The top where you will see is done, but the bottom still has to get done. (Pictures to hopefully come soon).

All of this was done about 1-2 weeks ago.
More of an update on the trailer restoration......

I ordered these genuine Carlisle tires for the trailer about a week ago and they came yesterday. I got them for about $39.00 plus the shipping, they went up in price since I ordered them.....


Now to finish primering and painting the trailer then get the old wheels off the rims, sandblast then paint the rims and mount the new tires on.
I finally decided that I want to do a "throwback" to the old sears carts/wagons/trailers from back in the day with my trailer, that said I also ordered this for it and it came yesterday. It is a little smaller than I originally thought but there again I just looked at the design really liked it and ordered it, I didn't look at the size. Ooops oh well, but it'll work though......


Now to test fit where I want it with some scotch tape and see what it looks like. (Pictures to hopefully come soon).

This all the updates I got for now, more to come hopefully soon stay tuned......
Hi all,

I'm back with a long over due 3-5 month update on this trailer project. At this point in time the trailer is all painted and ready for polishing, the rims still need to be sandblasted and painted which will happen in the spring, the new tires need to go on, and the hideous looking hitch needs to be switched out and replaced. Otherwise it is done.

In these pictures below I borrowed my stepdads dual action (or D.A.) sander/polisher to sand strip the trailer down to bare metal the best I could, and 80 grit on the D.A taking the paint off. Here are pictures of when I first started restoring it......

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Now onto primer, I primered the whole trailer with 3-4 cans of rustoleum filler primer.....
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All done with primer......
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Now onto test fitting the Sears decal, keep in mind the decal is a bit crooked but it is where I want it.....
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This is all for now, stay tuned for more soon......
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You're doing great! If you want to straighten that top rail you can cut 2 pieces of wood. One goes under the rail and is thick enough to hang below the steel lip. The other goes on top to sandwich and protect the rail while you clamp the boards and gently bend upward with a couple pair of vise grips, a c-clamp, or a pipe wrench.
Now onto test fitting the Sears decal, keep in mind the decal is a bit crooked but it is where I want it.....
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This is all for now, stay tuned for more soon......
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If you want to do the rims quickly and easily you can buy a $6 cup brush for a 4.5" electric grinder and it will take that rust and paint off really easily.

I bought one at Atwoods in the welding section recently and took my rusty seatback to bare steel quickly

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Thanks Randy, it is not the best but I think it came out pretty good. As far as the top rail goes, thank you for the tip but I think I will just leave it alone for now.
You're doing great! If you want to straighten that top rail you can cut 2 pieces of wood. One goes under the rail and is thick enough to hang below the steel lip. The other goes on top to sandwich and protect the rail while you clamp the boards and gently bend upward with a couple pair of vise grips, a c-clamp, or a pipe wrench.
Hi everybody,

It is now paint time for the trailer project, these pictures as you can see are after one coat after I ran out and needed to buy more paint.....
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Here are pictures after I got more paint, after about 2 or 3 coats.....
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Now onto re-testing/fitting the Sears decal for a 2nd time after paint.....
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I also went and bought some straw bales this past fall at my local Michael's craft store to put in the trailer when I display it behind the tractor, As you can see in my last picture I got 3 big bales and 4 small bales. The price on the straw itself is what it would normally go for, when I got it the price was reduced because it was the end of fall. I still must of spent close to $75.00 on all of it though, but I don't care because it will make it look a lot nicer when displayed.....
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Now since I got my new straw bales, I went and test fitted them in the trailer. They all fit really good like they were made to go there. I also got 2 American flags to display with the trailer too so I mocked those up with the straw, but I don't like how they look so I am going to figure out another way to display them with the straw and trailer.....
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Hey Eric...I don't know if you did it to tease us...but that picture has some really cool looking vintage car...more pictures of it ...please?...what is it?
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