Fiberglass Lay-up The stinky–sticky part
Many molds needed to produce a trailer. Many are complex multiple piece in construction. Here are a few we use.
Gelcoat is sprayed in the mold first with a special “Dump Gun” sprayer. We use a paint compliable gray Gelcoat – same type used by large truck manufacturers on their fiberglass noses.
Here we are doing the fiberglass lay-up. Doing only hand lay-up gives a uniform thickness. All our parts are at least 4 layers thick of 1.5 oz matting for strength.
Our bodies are a one-piece unit. The floor is a combination of high strength bi-axel stand glass and lightweight coremat. We do not use a wood floor, as it can break loose over time.
A fresh body ready to send to assembly. Note the 6-piece mold needed to make it all at one time.
A good trailer needs a straight frame. You can see the welding jigs stored on hangers. This frame gives a strong backbone for your trailer.
Assembly Where is were it all comes together
Mounting the deck lid is done with the use of these expanding threaded steel inserts. They are used to secure the hinges and gas shocks. The other end of the hinges and gas shocks are attached to a steel bracket bonded to the glass body.
Getting close to finishing up. Here the 2-point latch, gas shocks, hinges, and weatherstrip are installed.
Another “basic package” trailer ready to ship. The neck, coupler, and fenders are wrapped and packed inside for safe shipping. This one has the 33 Ford fenders on it.