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    RGN trailer neck rebuild

    Me and a friend of mine bought a 2 axle RGN trailer with a 3rd flip axle about a year ago then sold the flip axle for nearly as much as we paid for the trailer. So it came down to either scrap it for about as much as we sold the flip axle for or rebuild the neck then determine how much we want to spend on the trailer itself
    What it started out as
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    some of the scrap removed
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    nearly 400 lbs of rust was beat off with a needle gun
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    more rust removed chemically
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    wrapped in plastic to allow the chemical to work over night
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    rolling 2 pieces of 3/8x 4 1/2 T1 steel in my homemade plate roll
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    strapping the neck
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    Making cardboard patterns for the webs
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    webs welded in place
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    installing replacement king pin and plate
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    ready to go back together
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    new cross members and side rails
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    web stiffeners for D rings
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    Welds in slots cut through side rails
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    D ring mounts welded over slot welds tying the loop to the stiffener
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    ground sanded washed with a solution ready for rinsing drying and painting
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    first coat of paint after being dusted with an etching primer for the hard to reach areas is could not sand very well
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    Thanks Frank S! We've added your Trailer Neck Rebuild to our Trailers and Towing category,
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    Well I now have the final color on the neck and it is so yellow it hurts my eyes and my camera to look at
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    Never try to tell me it can't be done
    When I have to paint I use http://kbs.justoldtrucks.com/

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    Wow! I know a guy that dipped an entire mini body in acid to lighten it for a race car he was building but leaving something to rust and then knocking the rust off, Brilliant! No hydrogen embitterment from the acid reaction either.
    Pure genius Frank, pure genius. Learn something new everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
    Well I now have the final color on the neck and it is so yellow it hurts my eyes and my camera to look at
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    At least you won't forget where you parked it. Just look for the yellow glow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
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    webs welded in place
    We NEVER saw anyone weld cardboard before!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    Trailer Neck Rebuild




    We NEVER saw anyone weld cardboard before!
    you got to be good and have the right filler rods
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
    Well I now have the final color on the neck and it is so yellow it hurts my eyes and my camera to look at
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    Safety yellow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
    you got to be good and have the right filler rods
    And of course, the corrugations being vertical, have greater strength against the load on the neck.
    Nothing comical regarding filler rods comes to mind, including drinking straws and stir sticks...

    In other news, assembling a stack of cardboard storage bins here in Anaheim for my protege. I should rustle up a hot melt glue gun and weld inner corners and tabs, beefing up life span.
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    I am all for paint things with safety yellow. I attached a couple of pictures of the things I build. They are painted safety yellow. I tell the customer that he can put them away and never loose them. lolRGN trailer neck rebuild-0913181422a.jpg

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