I bought a small runabout ('71 MFG Carefree) on an International Erectors & Fabricators trailer a week ago today. The trailer seems to be very well designed and constructed, but in all my years of fooling around with vintage boats, I have never heard of this brand trailer, and have had no luck "googling" it. Anyone have one, or ever heard of them?
As of this morning, it is in pieces to be prepped for paint, painted and put back under my boat. I have new hubs and wheels/tires coming for it, so everything should come together soon.
Having already ordered new hubs, wheels and tires, I finished up this morning with all new rollers coming from etrailer. I have an inventory of hardware, but don't really need it until I get everything painted and ready for re-assembly.
Blew the winch apart after work, cleaned and sanded. Wanted to prime, but no self etching primer around the shop, so put to the side and finished all the winch post stuff. Got a yellow strap coming to install.
Doing everything by hand on the small stuff, will move to power when I get to the bigger stuff. Want this trailer done.
Apparently no one else has one, or has ever heard of this company? Very well built trailer, just ignored for 46 years.
Never heard of it but it does look well made. I can't wait to see the results. What kind of paint are you putting on. Any idea what the original color was?
Just washed all my sanded parts. A few things I did with spray can rustoleum self etching primer already - winch parts cause they're so darn small, and the fenders, which are galvanized. The rest will be done in rustoleum rusty metal primer, then coated with rustoleum oil based paint. It will be a mix of yellow, white and some black (axle and springs). Not spray painting yet, as my new dual stage 80 gallon compressor needs stuff for painting (like a pressure regulator and desiccant set-up) I can't afford just yet. So trusty brush will be used. I'm not looking for a trophy paint job here - just something that sorta matches the boat, and will last a while.
Here's a pic of clean parts. Nice sunny day, will have one side and more done soon.
The deck of this "new" boat we got is yellow. Basically, the wife wanted the boat, and is dictating trailer color.
Got everything in primer this morning, at least three sides. Will let dry, then hopefully flip later today and do the other side. Color will have to wait a while, as I have obligations Monday and Tuesday nights, then Wednesday morning are off camping, home a week from tomorrow. If nothing else, the primer with be good and dry!
So far, no response from the local paper about info regarding this trailer manufacturer. I also emailed a local metal fab shop, nothing there either. Oh well.
Got the first coat on black and white stuff today. For the black, one coat would probably do it, but I'll do two. For the white, two at least probably three, maybe 4.
Did not have time before work to do the yellow on the main frame, just would take too long. I have a long day at work today, but maybe I can do the yellow tonight before I hit the sack. Leaving town in the a.m., won't be back till Monday evening. Youngest son is getting married!
This picture isn't great. Reflection off the hanging black pieces, white stuff that looks yellow, but it's the best I can do. More to come.
Second coat of white (except tongue - turned over and did the bottom). White stuff is gonna need at least 3 coats. Second coat of black (except springs - turned over and did bottom). Maybe 3 coats for black, but 2 may do it. Started on yellow before the wife caught me painting in the shop. We're hustling to get out by 10 over to Three Valley Campground south of Buffalo with our RV for my youngest son's wedding, so had to quit mid-brush. Easy to see the yellow is gonna need at least 3 coats too.
I'm doing all this with brush on rustoleum. 24 hour dry time vs much shorter dry time with rattle can, but lasts much longer. Got a quart of each color, so am not gonna run out of paint.
Frame is all in yellow now. Most white parts got 3rd coat. Tongue is one coat complete. Still need to do another coat of black on springs.
We delayed some UPS shipments till we got back from the wedding. I'm a bit anxious about them, as they're the hubs, wheels/tires and a few other things I need. I thought they might appear today, but nope.