Smoker Tom wrote:Hummmm....I'm gonna watch for a minute or two. Just wanna wait and see whats better, tube or angle????
But I would say for sure that if your adding to whats already there then the 3 inch is way to big. Maybe 2" would be more fitting, like 3/16 or so.
I would also advise that you check out the existing square tube really well since alot of the old boat trailers get a little rusty after time. Thats the only down fall I see with a square tube frame. The other thing I can think of is that at least with an angle frame its easier to see what the quality of the welds are. And the back side can be ground out and rewelded if needed. A beginner with a wire welder can cover up alot real fast and still look decent on top.
Cant wait to see some pics.
Well, its funny you said that 3in seems big, because i realized that myself over the weekend and went ahead and bought some 2in X 2in X 3/16in angle for the cross members and box frame for the flat bed. I have decided that i am going to leave the current structure in place. I decided Im not gonna use metal tubing, especially on a trailer that has a current structural frame. I dont need to check out the pre-existing tubing frame on the trailer because it isnt tubing, its 4.5in "C"channel so there isnt any area for water to sit and rust through on like there is on a tubing frame boat trailer. This trailer is very old but has been in a barn almost its whole life so no water has touched it. Im going to do a more thorough check though to make sure all the current welds are secure.
Kinda funny that you mentioned a wire welder. My grandfather has a wire welder that hasnt been used in 10 years or so. He had an anchient stick welder that was becoming contrary so i bought a new Lincoln AC 225 stick welder a few months ago for use on the farm and projects like this. I might have to go get some new wire and see how that wire welder works compared to the stick welder that i am used to using. I have used that wire welder once, right when my grandfather bought it 10 years ago but i didnt get much practice on it. I guess i just havent really experiemented with it at all because im used to using a stick welder and most things i have to repair on the farm need the bulky weld of a stick welder.