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conceitedjake 06-08-2012 09:10 PM

1950's Sears Trailer build
I have been searching for years for a trailer suitable for dragging behind my Jeep when we go camping. I finally found one that I didn't have to finance to afford and started building.
The day I got it--
Refinishing the wheels-
After a ton of grinding/painting-

conceitedjake 06-08-2012 09:11 PM

One of the tires was unserviceable so I ordered a new firestone retro tire. Love those grave diggers-

conceitedjake 06-08-2012 09:13 PM

The first outing-
The trailer did awesome, tracked straight with no sway at all and very little bounce but that can be attributed to its really light weight.

Setting up camp-

I have square "jeep style" fenders on order too.

conceitedjake 06-08-2012 09:16 PM

Eventually I want to switch to a 3 axis coupler for offroading as soon as I can afford one without refinancing my house so I picked up a section of receiver tube to convert the tongue to accept a removable coupler.

conceitedjake 06-09-2012 11:30 PM

Does anyone have any tips/mistakes learned? Bueller? Bueller?

99_TJ_Wyoming 06-10-2012 12:14 AM

I recently saw a post of an off-road trailer with a u-joint between the tubes, I dont know if the pressure on a u-joint being 90 deg from designed would be a huge issue, they are made to withstand a lot of torque, so front to rear pressure shouldnt be that much greater than lateral pressure, I would say use the largest u-joint you can find, go to a salvage yard and see if you can get a truck drive shaft and cut both sides of a center joint, near a carrier bearing, that will be the strongest serviceable point in a class 8 drive shaft

conceitedjake 06-10-2012 09:32 AM

Never thought of using a u joint.

BriansCJ 06-10-2012 09:34 AM

Why not just get a pintle set up?

conceitedjake 06-10-2012 05:54 PM

I hate pintles. I'm military and have driven with them alot and that dang "bang, bang, bang" gets old really quick.

99_TJ_Wyoming 06-11-2012 01:32 AM

I just had a thought, you cant use a U-Joint unless its on a rotating plate so the trailer can tilt side to side independant of the Jeep on unlevel ground.

conceitedjake 06-11-2012 07:56 AM

I had already thought of that. I was envisioning using a trailer axle spindle to give me a bearing surface and a threaded portion so it would be able to be disassembled for service.

99_TJ_Wyoming 06-11-2012 10:52 AM

like this?

this is from JP magazine

conceitedjake 06-11-2012 04:40 PM

Kind of, I was going to weld the spindle into a section of 2"X2" tubing to allow a receiver on the trailer side as well as the Jeep side.

unlblkrubi 06-14-2012 08:42 AM

Fenders going back on? Those looked as good as the tires.

conceitedjake 06-18-2012 11:27 AM

No, the fenders will be replaced by "Jeep Style" square fenders. The original fenders were kinked in all the wrong places and the body shop told me they would never get them right if they tried to fix them.

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