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  • Traded the single axle for double axle - Restore!

    Well, finally bit the bullet a few weeks ago and was able to swap these guys my perfectly good single axle for their double axle. Mine was a 1994, theirs a 1993. Perfect.

    Here is what it looked like the day I bought it.....



































    - Jeff

    1994 205, LT1

  • #2
    First thing I needed to do is freshen up just the underside. Armed with a $5 can of spray paint, I hit a few spots underneath to tidy it up just a bit. Not too bad really!









    And into our VERY tight storage......don't think using the suburban was going to work!!

    - Jeff

    1994 205, LT1

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    • #3
      Next.....the fun part! My wife and I talked before the trade and I said if we made the swap, I would need to put some money into it. With that, I called up California trailer works and ordered up some new gear!

      New tongue actuator for 4 disc brakes
      New swing tongue (cut to my specific length of 20")
      4 new rotors
      4 new calipers
      4 sets of new wheel bearings















      - Jeff

      1994 205, LT1

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      • #4
        I called a local trailer shop and asked if they could install new skid wheel mounts as well as the folding tongue. No problem. I also found a few cracks and they said they could fix them up. So off to the shop it goes......









        And drew the cut line for the Folding tongue.....

        - Jeff

        1994 205, LT1

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        • #5
          Just before taking off for Thanksgiving, I dropped the trailer off and had them do the work.

          For the most part, everything looked good. However, the tongue was not done correctly and was not parallel with the rest of the boat frame....



















          - Jeff

          1994 205, LT1

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          • #6
            After thinking about all through Thanksgiving, I finally brought it in and told them the problem. They looked at it briefly and agreed 100%....whew!

            So they re-did the trailer tongue again for me. MUCH better!









            Final weld.....Much better!


            - Jeff

            1994 205, LT1

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            • #7
              And in between the freezing evenings, I hit it with a little spray paint and looks sharp!











              that's it for now!
              - Jeff

              1994 205, LT1

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              • #8
                I have the same trailer but single axle. I restored it this summer. It started out better than yours (98). I needle gunned the frame to bare metal pretty much and POR-15'd and then enameled it. Tires, brakes, etc etc,,,, as well.

                But, rust is inside the channels. At the rear there are probably drain holes. Hopefully your fingers won't find, like my littles ones did--cancer rust and bad....When I told the Admiral, that was the humbling part.

                I'm hoping to get a dry storage spot at the nearby base marina, then there is not so much risk of the trailer frame disintigrating while most probably on the highway....

                Until then I'm taking chances. Heck, even launching poses a durn risk.

                I HATE #$*#@* RUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                Anyone got Santa's real address? I think I'll write and ask him to get some elves going to have me a new one made by Christmas. BUT, I doubt that will happen....
                Last edited by mcparadise; 11-28-2012, 10:51 PM. Reason: more info

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                • #9
                  Crap now you got me thinking about the swing away tongue now. My trailer on my 1995 was pretty darn close to rusty like yours... cool how a little elbow grease and a can of paint can make it look.

                  Your brake rebuild looks awesome.
                  sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mikeg205 View Post
                    Crap now you got me thinking about the swing away tongue now.

                    Your brake rebuild looks awesome.
                    This is priority #1 once we get our boat out of storage in the spring! Know any good welders in our area?

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                    • #11
                      Which brand and color spray paint did you use? Looks good and looks like a good color match.

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                      • #12
                        I'm really thinking you need to get rid of that crappy looking K-5....man, that thing's just an eye sore

                        PM me for my address and I can help you
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by milkmania View Post
                          I'm really thinking you need to get rid of that crappy looking K-5....man, that thing's just an eye sore

                          PM me for my address and I can help you
                          Don't get me started on that Blazer.....whole other story!! Let's just say I owned it in college, got married in it, had a kid, sold it and 12 years later, bought it back. That $3800 Blazer is now at least $11,000 Blazer! It has been fun restoring though, and ironically, the first kid (now 16) is driving it to school every day!
                          Last edited by Ski-me; 11-29-2012, 11:04 AM.
                          - Jeff

                          1994 205, LT1

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Legolamb View Post
                            Which brand and color spray paint did you use? Looks good and looks like a good color match.
                            I'll find the paint and post it up this evening if I get some time. It's not "bright white" but more of a very light, cream white. I actually really like it! But, as-is, not too bad either for spot work.
                            - Jeff

                            1994 205, LT1

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ski-me View Post
                              Don't get me started on that Blazer.....whole other story!! Let's just say I owned it in college, got married in it, had a kid, sold it and 12 years later, bought it back. That $3800 Blazer is now at least $11,000 Blazer! It has been fun restoring though, and ironically, the first kid (now 16) is driving it to school every day!
                              I've got a White/Red 88 K-5 that's been a subject in my divorce battle..... let's just say, "I've got a whole other story about mine too"

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