I have two issues I'm trying to figure out on my early 60's tilt trailer, a Gator, I think. See the attached pic's.
1) The tilt release rod or pin was gone when I got the trailer. When the boat was off the trailer a week ago I straightened out the upper part of the neck. It had about a 1" bend in it and the holes for the rod would not line up. Now they line up and I have a small axle stuffed in. There is another piece that broke off, needs to be welded back on. The piece is shaped in a long U and holds what should be the release / lock pin. I think the rod or pin lock has either a spring or stops built on to it so it will not fall out when traveling.
Does anyone have a picture of what the pin looks like so I can make something close.
2) The bunks on this trailer release when the handle at the front of the trailer is pulled forward. I have never used this feature, but when I was working on the trailer I took the mechanism apart and cleaned it up and it looks like it works pretty good, lowers the bunks for easier offloading and loading. Right now I have an old bungee cord holding it closed.
My question - Is the handle supposed to stay in place or is there a catch or latch that holds it in place? I don't want it to move forward when traveling because the boat wouldn't be supported properly
Any input would be great. Thanks