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Old 10-01-2018, 09:17 AM
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Fender Bracket Repairs

My guide poles were really loose, nearly floppy. It appears that the previous owner was less than accurate when putting the boat on the trailer. This resulted in the welds breaking at the outside corners of the box support and at the connection to the trailer. Based on how these breaks occurred and the construction of this support, I would bet that many have a similar issue.

Step 1: Remove the fenders. This was fairly easy. I was surprised that everything, even the u-bolts for the poles, were stainless.

Step 2: Assess the damage. Its ugly.

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Step 3: Clamp and prep for welding. I used a 16" bessey clamp (best in the world) and some precision striking with a ball peen hammer. Overall it slid back together nicely. Removed paint and rust, and got it ready for some welding.

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Step 4: Weld it up and grind it pretty.

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Step 5: Remove the surface rust, wipe it down, then paint. I used a wire brush to remove the loose rust and paint, dirt, etc. Then liberally used lacquer thinner to remove oils. Then, POR 15 to coat the entirety of the brackets, top and bottom. I ended up using 2 coats and it ended up nice and thick. Since it will be covered by the fenders, there is no need to top coat it with color. However, long term plan is to blast and repaint the trailer in total.

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Step 6: Repair and paint the fenders. May or may not do a write up on that. Does anyone know the SW paint codes for the trailer paint?
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:43 AM
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With those cracks extending out from the guide pole bolt holes I would suggest just cutting out the entire back section and weld in a new plate. As is, they will continue to crack.

Passing current through through the bolt while using it as a ground point and deformed the bolt and probably melted the nylon in the lock nut as well.

The repair will get you a few years for sure but on the MCOCD level I have to deduct points.
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:08 PM
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Thought about replating, but didn't think it was necessary. Assuming I don't get stupid when loading the boat on the trailer, I shouldn't experience the same failure at the outside corner.

Also, the entirety of the trailer wire is being replaced and I will have home runs for the grounds. So, the bolt and nut in question will be removed.
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:22 PM
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You could add a SS backing plate to the guide pole Ubolts. This might distribute the load off of the cracked area.
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:38 PM
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Dang I wish I knew how to weld.
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:50 PM
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Dang I wish I knew how to weld.
If CR and I can do it, then so can you!
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:14 PM
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One day I'm going to just go out and buy a welder and try. I actually tried taking a night class at adult education a bunch of years ago but the local school had ended their vocational classes. I think they replaced them with a gender studies curriculum.....
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One day I'm going to just go out and buy a welder and try.
That is exactly what I did. Been about 12 years now. Lots of practice and f-ups later, here I am as a passable hobbyist fabricator.
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I've been at it a bit. I did do some production welding for a while.

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Old 10-01-2018, 10:28 PM
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Maybe just how the dust sits on it but in last picture it looks like your tire may be delaminating....

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