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Old 04-18-2011, 02:32 PM   #31
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Well... startin to make progress again, I was able to get the floor mocked up and installed today, hopefully if all goes well I can be looking at doing some welding soon.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:37 PM   #32
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looking good. love the idea.

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Old 04-18-2011, 02:39 PM   #33
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Looks great man. How much weight do you plan on hauling with it. The only thing I don't like is the angle of the shackles on the trailer, but if you don't plan to haul much, it'd be fine.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:45 PM   #34
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Yes I agree Deathphoenix99, I actually moved them to that angle from more of the correct angle (DOH!). Originally I thought I had the wrong angle and moved them to where they are now, if you look in the pics you can see the original tack welds from where I moved them, and after doing some research I found out that they are not so good right now. I plan on moving them back to the original position. I should have just left them alone to begin with. Live and learn I guess!
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It's all good man, at least you plan to fix it. We're all here to learn and that's what it's all about. I can't wait to see how it turns out though man, definitely unique and looks great.

Edit: I looked back at the pics and in the first pic I see where they were, that actually looked about perfect to me, that was with no weight as well, so if you add the weight of the cab and anything you'd haul, it'd still have plenty of room for travel.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:56 PM   #36
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Got most of the tub welded today and ground down, and started welding on the frame. I'll post pics tomorrow cuz we all love pics, I sourced a mag drill today to rent for Saturday, I'm hoping to have the frame welded and painted by thursday afternoon so that the paint has all day friday to dry so that I can mount the body on the frame Saturday. Then next week will be the always feared BoDy WoRk Oooooo.
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Got most of the tub welded today and ground down, and started welding on the frame. I'll post pics tomorrow cuz we all love pics, I sourced a mag drill today to rent for Saturday, I'm hoping to have the frame welded and painted by thursday afternoon so that the paint has all day friday to dry so that I can mount the body on the frame Saturday. Then next week will be the always feared BoDy WoRk Oooooo.

Cool progress. The floor was a wait, but it looks like it was worth it. Just a thought, but it might be easier on your back if you do the body work with the tub on some sturdy saw horses at a higher height than the frame. Maybe a quick 2 x 6 cradle like we made for our build (link below)with some casters so you can move it around to get good angles on lights, etc. (even paint on). Maybe overthinking again .
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:47 PM   #38
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Well. I made some good progress today but not nearly as much as I wanted, I had to break a short spell to play ball with the 3yr old , and that took priority. I was able to get the frame welded (except for the shackles cuz I'm still not certain on placement) and put a coat of Semi gloss black Rustoleum on the top side. I'm thinkin that I will install the body on Saturday and most likely weld the shackles at that time, I'll have to do a little squirmy wormy to get in there but I've had worse. Here's some pics I hope you all enjoy, Oh by the way thanks to all for checkin out my post's.
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:57 PM   #39
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94 YJ ~ Nice thread, I checked it out, I have to say that your'e a bigger Man/Dad than I am, thats one heck of a project let alone doin it with the interaction of 2 young ladies. Sometimes my wife will come into the garage (wich is my territory mind you, she's got the rest of the house ) and I can feel my blood pressure and anxiety internally go thru the roof.
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94 YJ ~ Nice thread, I checked it out, I have to say that your'e a bigger Man/Dad than I am, thats one heck of a project let alone doin it with the interaction of 2 young ladies. Sometimes my wife will come into the garage (wich is my territory mind you, she's got the rest of the house ) and I can feel my blood pressure and anxiety internally go thru the roof.

Thanks, honestly, the girls like doing projects with me, they duck hunt, fish, etc. The wife is welcome if she "wants"....she never "wants" to hang out! She will lend a hand when I need it although she reminds me of it when it's convenient. We're actually building a camp in Maine together and doing most of the work ourselves.

Oh, by the way, thanks! My 16 year old already said she loves your trailer and thinks it would be a cool project when the YJ is done! Your welding/fabrication is nice.

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:50 PM   #41
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Ballistic 3/4" heim for 55k pounds $34

Ruff Stuff 3/4" heim for 44k pounds $16.45(Heat & Cryogenically treated Chromoly rod end)

Or use my design.


Oh, awesome work BTW.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:43 AM   #42
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Wow! Thanks TheTJRod! Simple and effective. AND! it looks bad to the bone!
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Wow! Thanks TheTJRod! Simple and effective. AND! it looks bad to the bone!
Two 3/4" bolts and the inline bolt is a 1". The 3/4" bolts can be substituted for hitch pins for easy removal. Drill and tap holes in the bushing housings and it would be greasable!

Or you could use a big Heim joint and have a piece of Dom tubing with a threaded insert coming out the front of the trailer. Take the heim out and people will really be stumped if they try to steal it.

Maybe next year I will work on my trailer. Right now I'm building a long arm lift. Steel is getting so expensive.
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:58 PM   #44
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Made some great progress today, heres an update; when I came home last night I gave the tub the ole fliparooney and set it on its top so that I could work on the underneath side this morning, I removed all of the unneccesary brackets and heatshields and so fourth and that really cleaned up the bottomside from debris that could get snagged on the trail, then was able to install the two floor supports and I also integrated body mounts like the existing factory ones by encapsulating a caged threads, tomorrow morning am hoping to undercoat the underside of the body and mount it to the frame. Here's some pics for ya.
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What a perect day here in Oregon, I think this might have been the first day of the year to reach 70 degrees, and it made a great setting to work on the tub trailer, had some help from the kids running the mag drill (rental) and was able to get all the body mounting holes drilled and the body set on the frame and bolted down. I did spray some rubberized undercoating on the underside of the body first though. Its nice to see the becomings of a single unit and not just a bunch of parts spread all over gods creation. here's some pics, enjoy!
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Coming along nicely. Are you planning on running a second spare tire on the trailer too? Nice to see it in one piece. Got to love the first 70 degree day!

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Old 04-25-2011, 09:57 AM   #47
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@ 94 YJ ~ Yes I am planning on running a second spare tire, I just wish they werent so darn heavy, I pulled the spare off of my jeep and set it in place when mocking everything up and all fit well but inturn it makes the front of the trrailer very light and rather concerning when it comes to tongue weight. I'm sure all will be fine with a loaded trailer though because there is so much more room for items in front of the axle then behind it. Americas Tire left me a message on the machine that my tires should be in at the end of this week .
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:15 AM   #48
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Looking good man! And I'm sure the weight of the tongue will help balance out the weight of the tire.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:17 PM   #49
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Heres a quick update, I was able to redo the rear shackles and get a better angle set and get the frame painted, I changed things up a bit and went with gloss black instead, and started on the body work, did anyone happen to see the new rules and regulations posted here on Wrangler forum? section 1 revision #1.4 specifically says that when I post pics tomorrow of the trailer there is no laughing at my bodywork OK!, Oh ya I also received a call from Americas Tire and they said that my tires are in . Hopefully if all goes well I'll be able to use it for the Sand Flea Rally this weekend. Only time will tell.
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Keep up the good work. Looks good. I'm enjoying following the progress.
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A lot of thought went it to that, very nice!
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:03 PM   #52
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Alright folks heres some pics and a brief update, I was able to finish the bodywork on the front enough to get me to the point where I could apply some primer and a little undercoating on the inside so it wouldn't rust, I'm trying like the dickens to have it ready enough to take it to the coast with me this weekend. I also torqued the suspension mounting hardware down tight. I was able to mount the flares back on and I installed the spare tire off of my jeep to get a feel for what it is going to look like. thanks again for checkin my post out
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Great Build!!!! About how much do you have tied up in it I think i will build one some day... Cant wait to see the finished product.
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Looks great. Have you decided on a hitch set up? What are the plans for the cover...flush like toneau or like a hardtop? What is your final length of your tub? You will have more than a few people asking if that was a factory option.
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@ Black Flame YJ ~ Here are some rough #'s I purchased the tub for $125 on CL my uncle brought it down from Washington for me I gave him $25 gas money, The axle kit was $199.99, the metal for the frame about $250, the floor from the fab shop was $200, the font panel and floor sopports from the fab shop was $150, 33X10.50X15 KM2's are $191 each I ordered 3, The wheels are $60 each I ordered 3, materials (sandpaper/primer/bondo/grinder discs/Argon gas) $250. Now mind you I still have to paint it and build my body armor and wiring for lights. I'm thinking when I'm done with it I'll be about 2500 into it.

@ 94 YJ ~ The top is still up in the air, not too sure what to do there . as for the hitch I'm thinking I'll probably have 2 one that is just a normal 2" trailer style and also an offroad hitch, I'm going to make the regular one tomorrow cuz I don't have the time to make a super cool guy off road one for this weekend. The regular trailer style is off the shelf at my local trailer supply and will be a quick no brainer. The trailer from body front to body rear is 59 1/2" long and that does not include the tail lights or the spare tire mount which is an additional 8" (without the spare)
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looking great man. Definitely one of a kind and great workmanship on it!
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Your attention to detail is admirable. The trailer is going to look great when you're done. Get ready to field a million questions when you get it to an offroad park...everyone is going to want one!
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Wow just stumbled on this thread, very cool, I've always wanted one of these. NICE JOB!
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I really really really wish i had fabrication skills...

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