Skipjack 24' - Sourcing Trailer Parts

Sportfish IV is a 1977 24' Skipjack currently being restored.

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Skipjack 24' - Sourcing Trailer Parts

Post by Bob Fisher » Sun Aug 13, 2006 6:55 pm

Champion Trailers have a comprehensive list of trailer parts - including a catalog downloadable in PDF format that I've found very useful. They also have detailed "how-to" instructions. I've downloaded the parts catalog simply to use as a reference. It can help you determine what you need and how to specify it - no matter where you buy your parts from...

Champion Trailers (Online Trailer Parts Store)
http://www.championtrailers.com/

Eastern Marine (Online Trailer Parts Store)
http://www.easternmarine.com/

Now that I have my bearing size and spindle dimensions I'm thinking of replacing my rusty old drum brakes with a new set of Tie Down, 5 stud, 10" disc brakes from Overtons http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-1384999-10046017
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My Rusty Old Drum Brakes lying in the driveway!
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Disc Brakes

Post by Bob Fisher » Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:30 am

After doing more research it seems that my current trailer isn't a candidate for disc brakes due to the spindle type and bearing size. On my trailer the inner bearings are 1 3/8" (L68149) but the outer ones are something weird, like 13/16" or 7/8" (LM12749). At this stage I am checking out prices for a new trailer versus the cost of rebuilding the current one... I'll keep you informed of my decision.

FYI I've done wheel bearings many times but removing the brakes was a first time for me. However it was quite easy. An air-powered impact driver was essential in removing the rusty bolts.

UPDATE: Latest quotes on trailers was approx $5500 from Pacific Trailers (California) and $6700 for a H/D custom trailer from DHM Enterprises (Sacramento, Ca) ...
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With the wheel off and the brakes out of the way I could now get get a closer look at the springs and how they are attached to the trailer frame. It has now become an area of concern....
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Trailer Rebuild

Post by Bob Fisher » Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:43 am

Just a quick update... I'm getting the trailer rebuilt by professionals. They have a lift for the boat and a dolly. I'm taking it in and they are going to remove the boat, replace the axles and springs, brakes (stainless steel discs) and tow hitch-brake actuator and brake lines... It's not cheap but it's less than half the cost of a new trailer...
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