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Old 03-26-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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Hey! Just wanted to start off I'm new to this forum so if I've posted this in the wrong place please just let me know, I'm 16 and a proud owner of my jeep jk, I love building something rather then buying, after converting a pop up to a flat bed and just learning to weld, I've been looking for a drop hitch for my rig, unfortunately the closest thing we have here in Newfoundland to harbor freight is princess auto and being a hours drive away I dug into the scrap box and decided to over build my own.. The way I want it... It consists of the square stock that fits into the standard hitch, except the larger piece that goes across the bottom which is the same size as the receiver, the strap iron that goes across the front and caps off the tubes and the shaft that I'm going to bend and weld to the top piece of stock as a tow, pull and tie point... The top stock is 10" the middle piece is 12" with two 45* cuts the bottom is still in decided as it's still not built. Here's the project as it lies and a very rough sketch and math of the hopefully finished product. All I can do today as the parents think I spend too much time in the shed and want me in the house got to track down the right size stock to weld the bottom now tomorrow will post more pictures as I finish it up tomorrow or tonight!
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:20 PM   #2
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:25 PM   #3
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Almost forgot!

Almost forgot to explain the whole idea behind it, basically relocating the receiver down will allow me to keep using those 3in1 hitches I love that you just flip to change the ball size, and the plan is to drill two holes in the male end that fits in the jeep vertical and horizontal so the whole rig can be stored sideways giveing you back your clearance and keeping it out of the way
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:10 PM   #4
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Good idea. I like your design. You are probably a better welder than me. Not sure I could trust my welds for something that important. I found this one on etrailer.com and it works great.

http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Access...w/MT70070.html
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:22 AM   #5
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Ya I know what you mean but I'm not really one to start a project and not finish it, might grind down the top of the weld beads and put a few braces across the top.. It's not really my welds or the bottom piece I'm worried about, plenty of support. If anything I'm worried about the top piece as it's a lot of pressure on a relatively small point without any other support I guess it's one of those things you'll decide and test once your done, it's only being used for a small >500lb trailer... I'm trying to think how ill test it and exert the type of controlled force to be equivalent of a emergency situation like breaking hard with the trailer or the trailer bringing up in a large pot hole... Going to finish it and test and improve if I'm not comfortable with it, worse comes the worst.. It goes back in the scrap box
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Taken another few hours to work on the drop today. After buying some 2.5 stock for the receiver I finally finished welding cleaned it up and hit it with some rattle can paint. Fit it on the jeep and realized my math was off.. The plans called for a 48* angle and when I saw the chop saw maxed out at 45* I figured that it might get by with that.. Wrong! The receiver was hardly off the ground. Never measured, I'm guessing it must have been a 10 inch drop so I brought it down and choped 3" above the "receiver" with the angle grinder and rewelded. Hit it with some paint and fit agian, perfect! all that's left is to drill some holes, but the 3 in 1 and test the welds with a good length of pipe to put a good amount of leverage on it will post one more "write up" after it's 100% done and tested and decide if I trust it and that it's what I want! Should be perfect for my light trailer!
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Before chopping down, way too big a drop still get idea of the design
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Nick, you're 16 and you are thinking like this and putting your ideas on paper and then making them a reality via fabrication? Fine job! You are way ahead of the pack. I like the fact that you show your math work too - those math classes actually have something worth learning eh?

I got started at just about the same age and have been fabricating ever since. I'm 48 now (time goes by too fast!). Scroll down a bit in the first link and you'll see the latest project I completed for my rig. Second link is a continuation.

My '14 Anvil JKUR build...

My '14 Anvil JKUR build...

Just keep at it. Your welding skills will improve and you'll start to look at things from a much different perspective. Great job!

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Nick, you're 16 and you are thinking like this and putting your ideas on paper and then making them a reality via fabrication? Fine job! You are way ahead of the pack. I like the fact that you show your math work too - those math classes actually have something worth learning eh? I got started at just about the same age and have been fabricating ever since. I'm 48 now (time goes by too fast!). Scroll down a bit in the first link and you'll see the latest project I completed for my rig. Second link is a continuation. My '14 Anvil JKUR build... My '14 Anvil JKUR build... Just keep at it. Your welding skills will improve and you'll start to look at things from a much different perspective. Great job! Tob
Nice work! Very impressive design and fab. I wish you were my next door neighbor. lol
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Nick, you're 16 and you are thinking like this and putting your ideas on paper and then making them a reality via fabrication? Fine job! You are way ahead of the pack. I like the fact that you show your math work too - those math classes actually have something worth learning eh?

I got started at just about the same age and have been fabricating ever since. I'm 48 now (time goes by too fast!). Scroll down a bit in the first link and you'll see the latest project I completed for my rig. Second link is a continuation.

My '14 Anvil JKUR build...

My '14 Anvil JKUR build...

Just keep at it. Your welding skills will improve and you'll start to look at things from a much different perspective. Great job!

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Thanks tob!! It's awesome to get some encouraging words from someone who can pull off work like you did in your latest project! It's funny when you learn something new like welding your constantly thinking of stuff you now can build.. It's like geting bit by a bug, can't stop now! Been fabricating for a few years now with wood and fiberglass since I was 12 but just getting into this welding thing now. Mind if I ask what program that if you use? That feature you can make it pivot on a axis's and be sure of no interference looks extremely useful! I love your jeep by the way! I don't know what it is about it but man it stands out! That hood Is that a custom job or the aev one? And lastly that rack is awesome! i can't imagine doing something as complex with as many angles and cuts as that just yet haha.. as for the hitch, I haven't done anything with it this weekend as I spent it out to the cabin, I'll get around to it after school tomorrow, hopefully, just got to drill a few holes for pins, and test it out,going to finish the trailer this week to, just got to weld on a " bumper" a friend bent for me mount my tail lights on and that should be done too. So should have pictures of my full towing "system" by the end of this week!
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Nice work! Very impressive design and fab. I wish you were my next door neighbor. lol
And how I wish I lived in Texas or was back in California! I'd be glad to help were we neighbors.

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Thanks tob!! It's awesome to get some encouraging words from someone who can pull off work like you did in your latest project! It's funny when you learn something new like welding your constantly thinking of stuff you now can build.. It's like geting bit by a bug, can't stop now! Been fabricating for a few years now with wood and fiberglass since I was 12 but just getting into this welding thing now. Mind if I ask what program that if you use? That feature you can make it pivot on a axis's and be sure of no interference looks extremely useful! I love your jeep by the way! I don't know what it is about it but man it stands out! That hood Is that a custom job or the aev one? And lastly that rack is awesome! i can't imagine doing something as complex with as many angles and cuts as that just yet haha.. as for the hitch, I haven't done anything with it this weekend as I spent it out to the cabin, I'll get around to it after school tomorrow, hopefully, just got to drill a few holes for pins, and test it out,going to finish the trailer this week to, just got to weld on a " bumper" a friend bent for me mount my tail lights on and that should be done too. So should have pictures of my full towing "system" by the end of this week!
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You started at 12? Crikey!! You must have a tradesman in the family somewhere.

The program I used to draw and render that sketch is called Spaceclaim. I'm just learning CAD now, on my own. I really like how intuitive it is. I'm also just starting with Solidworks - much more mentally taxing. If I were 16 again I'd be learning CAD, 3D printing, digitizing/3D scanning, etc. When I was 16 the best system out there was an Apple IIe. No Windows, etc. Your generation has far more resources available than mine did.

The hood is an AEV unit I purchased through Rick at Quadratec here on the Wrangler vendor forums. Even in cold weather I can see the heat pouring out of the vents on it.

Just keep at it and you'll continually improve your skills. I had the luxury of almost three decades in the trades (carpenter/millwright) so much of this is easy - it's just a matter of finding the time to do it! My only suggestion is to keep an open mind and realize that there is always a better way to do something. As you get older you'll look back on past projects and realize that you'd do things differently were you to do them again.

Good luck and keep up the good work!

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