Finding a trailer to purchase on craigslist or eBay comes with its own problems. One of which, having my wife see my new project vehicle by photo before seeing them in person. The trailer tongue nearly lost this one for me. The visible rust lead her to assume that the stability of the mount was questionable.
But while she was out for the day, I took my grinding wheel and a wire brush cup to the rust to reveal an industrial color that she loved.
A side shot of the Boles-Aero hitch release above and head on below. Fantastic, when looking at old trailers, check out the details. The finer the original product the more of these types of things you will find.
Even though the industrial color of the bare metal turned my wife’s crank, I had to prime it. Also, notice the cement blocks under the frame. During this time, I broke the nuts loose to get the wheels off. Jacked up the frame and braced her (the trailer not my wife).
Most good husbands listen to their wives occasionally, I have found that the more I follow this protocol I get along better in the house. BUT, the flat black on the tongue was her idea. I went with it yet, still felt uncomfortable about it. Never-the-less she came out and said, “wow that looks GREAT!” I’m learning to live with it.
Another great example of the HADCO hitch release handle.
Thank God for old men who never throw anything away. My father-in-law and I rebuilt this trailer jack from parts he had in the garage. Original jack as far as I can tell. Look at that crank handle….nice.
Can’t you see Virgo smile in this photo?