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Unread 05-04-2011, 04:34 PM   #1
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My little M416

Well here goes...I have been wanting to have a trailer just for my 05' TJ since I got it.The other small trailers worked fine for hauling brush to the bottom pasture or the weekend trips to Home Depot but lacked in the looks when going on a trip.:hahaha: :mad:
Since I am new to the Jeep world and kind of a green horn when it comes to turning wrench's I thought it would be a good idea to hold off on molesting the TJ with newbee ideas.Thought if more time was spent learning how to do things like paint,body work,brakes,and axles on the trailer then it would give a better insight on the ways NOT to do with my pride.:2thumbsup: Also,it could give me a chance to pick up some well needed tools to boot.

SO...here she is in all her rusted up glory.It should be a fun ride.:cheers2:

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Unread 05-04-2011, 04:37 PM   #2
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I see someone did the tailgate mod on your trailer.
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Unread 05-04-2011, 04:40 PM   #3
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Sexy trailer. I like. Wish I could find one for myself though...
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Unread 05-04-2011, 04:44 PM   #4
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I'm searching to find out how to change the size of the pic's I post but am not getting anywhere.Does anyone know how to do this so it wont be this annoying to stare at??
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Unread 05-04-2011, 07:26 PM   #5
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I see someone did the tailgate mod on your trailer.
Yep. I was told by the PO that it was a radio trailer and the tailgate was a mod the military did soon after delivery. Don't know how much I believe of that story with the gate but it did have a plaque on the front showing it was in fact used as a radio trailer. Who knows. Will try to research that to see where it goes.

Stripped it down to nothing and sending it to the sand blasting boys. Hope it resembles a trailer next time I see her.

I will post a pic of the radio plaque tomorrow.Hope someone here knows anything about this so we can shed some light on it.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 07:28 AM   #6
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here is the pic of the attached radio plate.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 07:37 AM   #7
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As soon as I got the bed away from the frame I figured that maybe it might not be hard to just remove the rust myself with a grinder wire brush.It only took a few hours of going nowhere and a lot of not paying any attendtion to lose a pair of pants (and almost the reason i wear them!!) before giving in to defeat and sending her to the sandblaster.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 11:01 AM   #8
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I used aircraft remover to take alot of the paint off my trailer. As for the frame, my was clean enough that I simply hit with a wire brush to knock the worst off, then cleaned and applied chassis saver.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 11:56 AM   #9
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Spent some time with the axle while the trailer was at the sandblaster.Removed the drums to find everything was in great shape.No leaks,no pitting,no nothing.
Even the park brake shoes seem to be more then 50% left on them both! sweet
So i repacked the bearings and sanded the axle down to give it a couple of cans of rattle can.dont know what to do about the axle just yet...

Can someone please give some insight on the hubs? Seems that I hit a brick wall on lack of info with the search bar.My M416 came with a large hub dust cap.4 wheel parts sent me a set of wheel adaptors to go from 5x5.5 to 5x4.5 so i can run OEM rims.NEGATIVE.. That dust cap just wont fit inside the center of the adaptor.and from the looks of it,there is just not enough meat left if I was to have it machined out.HELP PLEASE
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Unread 05-05-2011, 12:49 PM   #10
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I have both a PDF file and paper copy of the TM 9-2330-251-14&P that may be helpful but will need an email address to send it...or a fax number. You can also visit this site "g503.com" for everything you could ever hope to know or find about the M416 trailer. Good luck.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 03:19 PM   #11
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jawalterusmc, that PDF has everything including the sink.lol thanks again for sharing.
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Unread 05-06-2011, 07:06 AM   #12
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Got the body and frame back from the sandblasters but forgot to take a pic before i started shooting it with primer.Let me tell you that yall did not miss anything here...the primer was a exact match as the cleaned metal.It was pretty hard to see where the paint was getting applied at. Once one of my buddies came by and opened the door a little to get some of those fumes out I could see the wetness of the paint compaired to the dry metal.
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Unread 05-06-2011, 03:59 PM   #13
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Spent some time with the frame....

shot it with primer and then undercoated the whole sha-bang.I love that stuff! Missed some of the cross braces in the pic but letting it tack up before i give it another try.
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Unread 05-06-2011, 06:23 PM   #14
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Finished up the undercoating.Looking good

Took the frame to the barn to get a feel for the height.Some people have done the SOA on their trailers.Really did not any idea the true height that it would bring.
So....6 beers (3 kicked over) here I am. Stuck the Jeep next to it just to find it WAY too tall.Next to the Jeep it looked like a monster Well...guess the only thing to do is kick over 3 more beers.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 05:07 AM   #15
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It has been really cool doing this build cause every nut and bolt has been removed with ease using the jeeps onboard air system & 1/2" air tools. That has got to be the smartest money I have spent yet.
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