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Old 07-29-2018, 12:53 PM
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Recently picked up a J5 trailer that is fairly straight , but needs a little TLC. These trailers for their size , can take a very large load , so after 50 plus years in service finding a decent is rare. Were going to remove the pulp loader mast and rear folding gate and install pockets for pickets. It's going to resemble our other trailer , being able to haul logs or firewood.
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Nice !
Looks like it has large axles ?
Mine has small axles so maybe someone put older walking beams on it ?
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I guess your trailer is pre 59-60 Pixie, myself I have only seen 5 or 6 over the years, all large axles. It is definitely an early one, lucky it survived.
So we stripped the trailer , cut off the old and welded on the mods we wanted. The beams need to be re bushed and the 2''1/4 beam axle needs some lathe time . Hope to get the frame painted this week , then sort out some tires and rims.
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Nothing like a red paint job, even if it's a roller job !
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Are you going to use the original pivoting hitch ?
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Yes , my first J5 still uses that type of hitch, for the other machines, a pipe tonque will be used.
Pixie post a pic here of your trailer, if you get a chance.
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Wow , that was a toasty day, but managed to make some progress , it helps with a team of three. Finished repairing the beams and reinstalled them on the now true axle shaft and put on the adjuster hardware. Pickets are done, need to build a tube tongue for Muskeg towing, and rims /tires are next.
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