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The General 06-14-2013 07:33 PM

General's M101 build
So I've made some progress on my old M101cnd and thought I would start a thread to show the build. Also, I've had a few questions along the way and it would be nice to bounce some ideas off of the forum members.

This was when I picked it up. 800$ and a couple hours drive. It seemed like a deal as I had been searching for one for about a year.

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The General 06-14-2013 07:37 PM

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This is dropping it off to have it sandblasted. The fenders are in the tub.

In hindsight this was a mistake...I should have used a flap disc and grinded the heavily rusted areas. The military paint on the trailer would have been nice to keep. I also stored the trailer like this, bare metal, in my garage over the winter which allowed some of the surface rust to come back.

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The General 06-14-2013 07:52 PM

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So as summer finally arrived I decided that if I wanted to use it any time soon I better get a move on it. So the next decisions were for paint and a lid. Now this was suppose to be a budget build and after some research on these two subjects I figured out that I would need to expand my budget.

First was the lid. I looked into having a nice fancy metal lid fabbed up with a foot of height built into it. After some pricing and thought towards weight I decided to go with aluminum. 2/3 the strength, 1/3 the weight but more expensive for material so I simplified my lid idea. Just a basic flat lid with a shoe box lip to help keep moisture out. Labour was 400$ and aluminum was another 240$.

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The General 06-14-2013 07:55 PM

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I wanted to mount a rack to the lid for a basket and bike trays ect. After looking into a Thule set up I realized that 400-500$ was insane. So I went to the wrecker and pulled this off of an explorer sport. 20$!!!!

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The General 06-14-2013 08:04 PM

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I needed a way to lift the lid so I went to princess auto and found a couple 80lb shocks for 15$ each. Awesome right? Nope. Could not for the life of me find mounting brackets for the shock heads. So back they went and I ended up with smaller more expensive shocks. 70$ for two 40lb shocks...but at least they had brackets on the shelf next to them.

I also needed a heavy piano hinge, that also was a witch hunt but I ended up finding a 3''x7' that fit perfectly.

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The General 06-14-2013 08:11 PM

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I saved the basket off my old jeep, thank god, because if I had to go spend another 500$ on one I probably would just do without. I am a little concerned that with the basket loaded the shocks may not be strong enough but ill have to wait and see as I need to find some new mounting hardware for the basket. It was seized on my old rack and I had to grind the bolts off.

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The General 06-15-2013 04:21 PM

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I took some holidays next week so ill hopefully be ready to start painting. After some thought painting options I figured the best way to do it would be to use por-15 which stands for paint over rust. 200$ later and I have the set up...not including paint.

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The General 06-15-2013 04:28 PM

I went with grey por-15 as I can paint directly on it without having to prime, this should help to not have the black show through. I think it may only come in grey or black with a gloss or flat option.

The steps are to soak trailer for 15 minutes with the ready prep and then rinse well. Dry and then apply the por-15 with a brush. Apparently 1 quart will go along way but I bought 2 just in case with the option to return the unused one.

I guess the trick is to paint while the por-15 is still wet to assist with a bond. Otherwise you have to sand and clean if you allow it to dry. This por-15 dries very hard and creates a great seal allowing nothing in or out (rust).

BManz 06-15-2013 04:28 PM

Awesome project.

The General 06-15-2013 04:33 PM


Originally Posted by BManz (Post 3864053)
Awesome project.

Thanks man. Hopefully I can have it finished up in a week or two.

The General 06-15-2013 10:31 PM

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Took my tie down hardware and other removables to a 'do it yourself' sandblasting. Cost me 20$ and everything turned out great.


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donmeca2020 06-15-2013 11:19 PM

looks neat dude !! im sure it'll come out great.

The General 06-17-2013 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by donmeca2020 (Post 3865020)
looks neat dude !! im sure it'll come out great.

Thanks man.

My tail lights arrived. They were a bit of a pain to find a dealer who would ship them into Canada. They were also ridiculously expensive at 180$ for the pair.

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krawdaddy 06-17-2013 08:36 PM

I want one of these so badly..

The General 06-18-2013 05:06 PM

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So I'm ready to get busy and paint in the next few days. I'm not looking to have the trailer match my JK exactly...more of military theme. I have an idea to do it in camo. Any one painted camo before and have any advice. I was thinking about this scheme with the brown being tan.

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JeeperJake 06-18-2013 07:06 PM

love the project!!!

The General 06-18-2013 07:23 PM


Originally Posted by JeeperJake (Post 3874715)
love the project!!!

Thanks! It's turning out to be more of a project than I had planned! Lol

The General 07-14-2013 11:46 AM

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Spent a few...well more than a few...hours painting the trailer. Por-15 the entire thing and then painted with a flat khaki camo. It doesn't match the jeep all that well but I'm not too concerned.

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donmeca2020 07-14-2013 11:50 AM

looks good to me dude !!! i know thats a military type trailer. what do you plan on using it for? or is it just for shows and events ?

The General 07-14-2013 12:03 PM


Originally Posted by donmeca2020 (Post 3960892)
looks good to me dude !!! i know thats a military type trailer. what do you plan on using it for? or is it just for shows and events ?

Well I bought this mostly as a cool toy to use for camping. Ill put some Thule trays on the rack and carry mine and my gf's mnt and road bikes. I do adventure races and have to travel for them and I hate how the vehicle is so overly packed full. This will help to organize and simplify:)

A_Whelan 07-14-2013 12:06 PM

I had (still have) the opportunity to pick up a Bantam T3 and this is making me want to pick it up! Looking great!

The General 07-14-2013 12:18 PM


Originally Posted by A_Whelan (Post 3960929)
I had (still have) the opportunity to pick up a Bantam T3 and this is making me want to pick it up! Looking great!

Thanks man. If the trailer is a good price pick it up. Once it's gone to someone else u may have trouble finding another one!

Scrivah 07-14-2013 12:19 PM

That trailer is super sweet! Brings back what the Jeep is really about!

kwill 07-14-2013 12:29 PM

That is nice and the top rack looks perfect. How heavy is it?

The General 07-14-2013 12:56 PM


Originally Posted by kwill (Post 3961001)
That is nice and the top rack looks perfect. How heavy is it?

The trailer is aprox. 775lbs, but I move it around by hand and it doesn't seem that heavy. The lid adds another 80lbs or so.

The General 07-14-2013 12:57 PM


Originally Posted by Scrivah (Post 3960972)
That trailer is super sweet! Brings back what the Jeep is really about!

Thanks bud. I agree. I love the look of it behind the jeep!

The General 09-13-2013 05:20 PM

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I used the trailer a lot this summer and it worked like a charm, no leaks and it pulled great.

Added a few things to it...2 Kolpin fuel canisters for emergency and finally finished up the rack. The Kolpins were on sale for 30$/each and I was able to build the rack for 105$ (I had the basket from previous jeep).

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JeeperJake 09-13-2013 10:28 PM

damn your eyes!! I mean.....NICE job!!!

I can't imagine a Jeep life style that wouldn't be upgraded by a similar personal "Jeep Trailer".....

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