For those who are interested in more info re: these well made trailers check out the link below. The info on these pages can assist with the restoration of your trailer, original prices, photos of the original shop in Evansville, Indiana, parts for sale, trailers for sale & advice (obtained or given).......check it all out (it's free). Happy boating to all.
Ok...so 6+ months in & ~120 members. It's closed only because I can't deal with the knuckle-heads out there streaming. If the potential member decides not to answer the 3 simple questions re: trailers their request is denied. I was having a difficult time accessing this blog from my phone to attach photos of my restoration project (a 1958 Holsclaw ST-150 boat trailer)......any hints are greatly appreciated. I also made contact with the actual sales manager (Fred Herrman) from 1974 who answered many questions & also put me in touch with the original owners daughter who is now in her 80's. Lots of neat info & she enjoys see my photos of my last 3 Holsclaw trailers......tons of neat history about the family & their trailer products.
Nice looking rig, "67 Thompson". I had no idea Holsclaw offered a leaf spring boat trailer in the late 60's. I thought those weren't available until the late 70's. Great job on the colors used. The fenders should have had square cut holes for the bolts (as they originally used stove bolts)......A++ job either way.....
Thanks . The holes and bolts in our fenders are the original set up . Not carriage bolts .Just round holes in fenders . I have a original picture to prove it. I have a friend that just bought a 1963 Thompson and a 1963 Holsclaw Trailer and his set up in the same way . ( hex head bolts with washers . I believe the earlier trailers did use carriage bolts but don't know when the change over was . All of the bolts and washers were originally Galvanized , but when I decided to redo the trailer i went with Stainless Steel . So mine now has Stainless Steel hardware is not original ,but better suits me because I use it in salt water . Yes this trailer did come with Leaf springs but not shocks . I also went with powder coating instead of painting it .
very nice indeed...My UT-50 & ST150 trailers both have round holes as well. May just my motorcycle trailers are the ones with stove/carriage bolts.....How crusty did your look when you bought it? (Bob)
My father bought it new in June of 1968 when I was in high school . We used it on a regular bases until a couple of years ago when it showed a need for a complete restoration . Took some while for some research of how i was going to go about it . Got the plan into motion and proceeded. All of the roller shafts on the outside are also Stainless Steel . Even the Hubs are Stainless Steel . Was able to save the keel rollers too. Besides all of the bolts being now Stainless Steel ,I did go with LED lights. It has been a fun project. My boating friends tease me and say you don't plan on putting that in the water . They are just jealous that they don't have a buckle trailer for easy convenience in launching . Holsclaw Trailers are the best . To bad they don't make the buckle trailers any more . That's because the Government got involved . Their argument is do to safety . .
Beautiful restoration “67 Thompson”. I have a 1966 model D-1250 that I’ve just started to restore. This trailer has been in my family since new. I’m very interested in knowing what color blue/tan you painted your trailer. It obviously looks like you applied it with a spray gun. Also, where did you locate the roller replacements? I’ve been looking at Eastern Marine. I believe mine is a buckle trailer also. Not exactly sure what that means? I never noticed my uncle or Dad (previous owners) use this feature on the trailer.
Amazing job on your Holsclaw. Consider joining our group of many with the same love for these vintage rigs. This is a closed group on Facebook & most of us on there are only there because of this group page. We have been able to obtain past blank Holsclaw ID tags since most of these tags faded over time. Again superb job & if ever you need parts certainly let me know.....
Below is my very 1st boat restoration completed about 10 years ago (SW-150 from 1958) & used the paint made by the original company in Evansville (still in business today)...Red Spot Paint Co. The original paint was baked on at their trailer factory at over 800 degrees. This is why many trailers have stood the test of time (ie, mother nature).....Lots of history about this amazing family on our site as well. Hope you consider joining.......