Rehabbing a 1983 Dilly boat trailer for a Coronado 15

I bought my C15 in Oakland, California and drove it about 35 nerve-wracking miles to Vallejo, California where I planned to store it temporarily. The greatest cause for concern on the trip was the condition of the trailer, which according to the registration is a 1983 Dilly.

Condition as-received

I wanted to clean off all of the surface rust and renew the padding under the cradle on which the boat hull sits.

Removing carpet padding, scraping paint.

With the carpet removed, I scraped off as much peeling paint as I could with a wire brush attached to my angle grinder. I applied Rust Oleum “Rust Reformer” primer paint to inhibit the recurrence of rust as much as possible.

After priming with Rust Inhibitor, I applied a topcoat of Rust Oleum Semi-Gloss Enamel in White.

Re-painted Frame, Re-installing the carpet on the cradle.

The next item of concern was the condition of the substantially worn tires, wheels and hubs on the trailer. I measured to find suitable replacements:

Wheels, as-received.

I kept the axle but otherwise replaced all the rolling gear.

New, well greased hubs:

I added new tires and wheels (not shown) to complete the rehab. I hope the little Dilly trailer is good for another 15 years.

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