A Labor of Love: Part 4

Mustang Restoration Part 4: Sheet Metal and Bodywork

Catch up on this awesome story with Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. You really don’t want to miss the shorts that Dave is rockin’ out in Part 1.

After getting the car sand blasted in April of 2010, Dave continued his work on the sheet metal and bodywork for the whole next year. Like any car restoration, this is the most labor intensive part. He spent an immeasurable amount of time in this phase, in order to get the perfect outcome and not a Bondo Buggy.

He first cleaned up the few places that had some rust. He replaced the floor boards, and patched up the fenders, doors and quarter panels. This involved hours of cutting, pounding, welding and grinding (and probably quite a bit of beer.)
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As the car was still on the rotisserie, he sealed up all the welds and painted the bottom of the car.

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Once he got the car back on the ground he went ahead with installing the new suspension, disc brakes, shocks and springs. It was nice to be able to move it around again and keep it out of the way when he needed the space for something else.

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And then the car sat… and sat… and sat…
In May of 2011, Dave’s finances were required elsewhere as he needed to pay for a wedding (sorry, Dad!) At the same time, he was going through a major career change. Dave had already been interested in buying Grandville Trailer for a couple years. After Kevin (previous owner) passed away, Dave spent more time working at Grandville Trailer and eventually went on to purchase it. During this time he was still running his counter top business, Tosh’s Tops. When the opportunity arose to sell it, he made a rather quick sale. It was then that he was able to focus solely on Grandville Trailer and devote all his work energy to making it the business it is today. 

After three years of intense business changes, it was time for Dave to get back to work on the car. In the spring of 2014 he continued the body work. He spent many nights and weekends block sanding so the car would be ready for paint. He then assembled everything together to make sure it all lined up. When it was as close to perfect as he could get it, he disassembled it to be painted.

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When it was ready for paint, he brought the Mustang to a local body shop: Dekker’s Collision. Although we all tried to talk her in to red or black, Andrea’s choice of color was Phoenician Yellow. Being a labor of love, Dave followed her request.

Once the pieces of the car were painted, Dave carefully brought it all back home to his barn. The car shell, fenders, doors, trunk, hood and all the other pieces were ready for the reassembly process.

We will continue next month with Part 5: Paint, where you will see some of the beautiful paint job and something that is starting to look a bit more like a car. Stay tuned! And don’t forget to share this with your car enthusiast friends!

And at Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!

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5 Exciting Things Happening at Grandville Trailer in 2015

Well, 2014 was an awesome year for us here. We gained a lot of new suppliers, products, and customers. We attended several shows and conventions around the country to learn more about our business and work with new people. We have grown our business in several ways and we can’t wait to see what is in store for us this upcoming year.

Even though we don’t know everything that will happen this year, I can tell you one thing for sure. With Dave Tosh as the owner, we will always, ALWAYS be striving for improvement. So of course, we have a few new things to look forward to this year.

5 Improvements for 2015

1. New Dealer Management Software

No doubt this will be a big learning curve for us as we try to figure out how to navigate the new systems (Please be patient with us as we do so!) But what does this mean for you as the customer?

  • Less time in the store as we will finally have a scanner and we can ditch the pen and paper.
  • We will have the ability to keep better track of you, your purchases, and any work done on your trailer.
  • We can easily communicate with you to quickly inform you of the status of your trailer.

2. New Suppliers

We are building our stock of open steel frame trailers with the help of two new suppliers:

  • Griffin Trailer will supply us with heavy duty equipment haulers, dump trailers, and landscape trailers.
  • JRC Trailers manufactures utility trailers and car haulers. They also do fantastic custom trailers.
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3. HitchGrip

This is a really cool product that will be arriving on our shelves in March. This was designed for those frequently towing campers or trailers. It takes the grease and awkwardness out of maneuvering your hitch.

Let us know if you want one before March!

4. You Guessed it: More Trailers

Throughout 2014 we had a hard time just keeping trailers on the lot. They kept selling before we even got them. A problem that we were happy to have! This year, however, we want to ensure that our customers have the best options readily available. We currently have over 60 trailers in stock and there are more on the way. We have over 80 on order from Aluma, NEO, Haulmark and Stealth. It’s probably safe to say that we have the most trailers for sale in West Michigan.

Now we’re just hoping that people around here still need trailers. If not, well, that could be embarrassing.

5. Where Are We Going to Put all These Trailers?

In case you didn’t hear, last year we bought a tattoo parlor! Mostly because we thought it would be fun to say that we own a tattoo parlor. But also, that tattoo parlor just happens to be right next door to our dealership. With all this growing we’ve been doing, we were looking for more space to expand our lot. This project is still a ways down the road, though. We are hoping to start the remodel this year!


I hope I don’t sound like a broken record, but I just wanted to say “Thank You” again to all our customers, friends and business partners! Without all the amazing people supporting this little business, we would still be a tattoo-parlor-less dealership with an empty lot! Who want’s that?

Please Like us on Facebook and share this post with your friends. Thank you for your support!

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!

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2015 Haulmark Transport Ramp Door at Grandville Trailer

Anyone out there on the hunt for a great car hauler? We have a great one here that I’d like to show you. This trailer is ideal for anyone who needs to transport their show car and keep it protected from the elements. Take a look at our 2015 Haulmark car hauler. (Model #TST85X24DT2 Ramp Door) showimagerv (2)

Here are a few of the key features of this Haulmark car hauler:

  • Ramp Gate, D-rings, Roof vent
  • 2″ x 6″ Tube Steel Frame, 18″ V Nose, Round Roof
  • 2 5/16″ Coupler
  • Ramp Door with 16″ Plywood Extension
  • Torsion Tandem (2) 5,000# Axles with Brakes
  • ST225/75R15 D Radial Tires
  • 48″ x 72″ Side PT Door w/recessed step

Watch our video below to see some pictures and to learn a bit more about this trailer:

Want to know even more? Here you can see all the pictures and specs on this awesome Haulmark car hauler. Got a friend who might be in need of one of these babies? Please share this with them!

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!

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5 Tips For Winter Haulin’

I’m sure most of you, if not all of you, have heard about the massive car pile up last week on I-94. Our prayers are going out to the hundreds of people involved as well as the family of the man who’s life was lost.

Winter driving can be scary stuff. I’m one of those people who would much rather stay home and wait a day or two for the roads to clear up before resuming my normal activities. However, that’s not all that practical and not possible for many of you. Despite the snow, we still have responsibilities and places to go. And for those of you hauling trailers around, there is an added threat on the icy roads.

Which brings us to today’s topic:

5 Tips for Winter Haulin’

I have compiled a short list of things to remember when towing your trailer throughout West Michigan’s notorious blizzards.

1.Use the Proper Tires:

Your tires are the only thing on your vehicle that are in contact with the ice, so good tires are a first priority. And if your truck or SUV loses control, your trailer will follow suit. So if you don’t have the means to place winter tires on both your vehicle and trailer, choose your vehicle first. For more information on tires (including the tires that we carry) read Ten Tactical Tips for Trailer Tires in Grand Rapids.

2. Drive Like Your Grandma:

Plan ahead and allow yourself plenty of extra time to arrive to your destination. Travel at a slow and manageable pace. Keep a good distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you and give yourself a lot of stopping distance. Keep your turns slow and steady and try to avoid any rapid adjustments.

3. Escape the Jack-knife:

In most slippery situations, if you drive smart and carefully, you should be just fine on the roads. Unfortunately, there are moments when a sudden application of the brakes is necessary. In these moments, you may feel your trailer beginning to slide around. Don’t panic. Ease up on the brakes and steer into the slide to regain control.

4. Use a Brake Control:

We highly, highly recommend making the small investment on a quality brake control. Specifically, the Curt Triflex Brake Control. It’s automatic calibration and sensitivity adjustments make towing so much easier. It decreases your stopping distance which can make a world of difference these next couple months. Seriously guys, you won’t be disappointed if you add this accessory to your vehicle. The extra safety it provides is so worth it. If you’d like to know more, read 4 Key Benefits of The Curt Triflex Brake Control.

5. Rinse Off The Salt:

Okay, so this one doesn’t really have anything to do with safety, but it’s still an important winter maintenance tip! Hopefully you already know that salt can be damaging to your vehicle if it’s left on too long. Whenever the temperatures are somewhere above the arctic grip of death, it’s a good idea to get your vehicle washed or at least rinsed off. The same goes for your trailer. After a trip through the salty, slushy roads, give that baby a good rinse off to keep the salt from corroding it.


 

Well there you have it: our top 5 winter haulin’ tips. We just really want all our friends (and everyone, for that matter) to stay safe on the roads. Please, please be smart out there!

Do you have any tips to add? Please share them with us! You can comment on the link shared on our social media pages or send us an email and we will post it and give you the credit! 

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!

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A Quick Look Into The Best Trailer Service in Grand Rapids

I’ve told you all about our trailers.

I’ve told you all about our trailer parts.

I’ve told you all about our awesome team.

Now it’s time to tell you all about our garage and how we offer the best trailer service in Grand Rapids. 

We have two guys that work full time in our garage. They are very experienced in trailer maintenance, and when you bring your trailer to them, your trailer is in good hands. We provide many different services. Here are just a few of the things we can do:

  • Wheel Bearing Repacks
  • Welding and Body Work
  • Tires
  • Brakes: Electric and Hydraulic (Surge)
  • Tongue Jacks
  • Trailer Hitches (We Install CURT Hitches)
  • Replacement Couplers
  • Electrical/Lighting Repairs

Although we are known for traditional trailers, we also frequently work on boat trailers and we do some maintenance work on RV trailers such as brakes and bearings. We also have the ability to install CURT hitches and wiring harness’ in cars, trucks, SUVs and vans.

We do ask that you call to make an appointment before bringing in your trailer or vehicle. Typically, when you bring your trailer in in the morning, we will have it ready for pick-up that afternoon.

I took a moment and sat down with Greg, who told me everything about the service department. Take a look at this short video and give us a call if you have any questions! We would love to be the ones to provide you with your trailer service in Grand Rapids this winter.

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!

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