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Lawdodge 09-13-2011 12:13 AM

TJ Trailer Build for my LJ
 
Well I have been talking to the wife for a while about wanting to build a trailer to tow behind our LJ. Of course the first thing said was "you already have one of the longest jeeps made, do you really need a trailer?". Need, well no ... want, um yeah! So after a few years of talking about it and a few days of looking, I stumbled across this... um... trailer ish thing. Yesterday after a three hour tow, I got it home. Lets just say I'm glad the first time the wife saw it, it was dark out.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02101.jpg

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Lawdodge 09-13-2011 01:14 AM

Day 1 of the build:
Tear it apart and see what stays and what goes.
Not a good start, unbolting the tub and broke a bolt.
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02112.jpg

Tub is off and time to remove the extras that aren't needed. Fuel lines, brake lines, rear bumper, tire carrier and 3rd brake light.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02108.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02109.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02110.jpg

Given where I got it from, a good bit of degreaser and preasure washing was in order.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02116.jpg

As the sun set today, I did a quick spray of black rustoleum on the frame. Made it look so much better, but to dark out to take the pic.

Lawdodge 09-18-2011 04:49 PM

The past few days have been slow. Work, work, and more work. My days off last weekend were spend pouring a cement pad for my new TuffShed that will be installed next week. I'll finally have a place to keep my spare parts (oh and the wife will have her loft for her x-mass stuff)
I took a few minutes and torched off the hitch, and a few other not needed brackets. Hoping to get the tub cut tomorrow and start fabbing a new front end to close it off.

1HouseMouse 09-18-2011 04:53 PM

Betcha it will look great!

Tylerzap 09-18-2011 04:58 PM

To save some weight, switch the axle, with one outta the front of a 2wd XJ

attentionwhore 09-18-2011 05:04 PM

This should turn out bad a$$.

Burlbook48 09-18-2011 06:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tylerzap (Post 12189133)
To save some weight, switch the axle, with one outta the front of a 2wd XJ

Say whaaaaaat?

Swap out the axle from the "FRONT" of a *2WD* XJ?

Lawdodge 09-18-2011 06:38 PM

I just scored a 3500# trailer axle that is 62" WMS to WMS and it's 5x5.5 with 2.5" tubes. My LJ sits at 63" WMS and is 5x5.5 so it should work out just fine. I also picked up some used 35" procomp xterrains with 75% tread, now just looking for some wheels. I'm trying to decide if I should cut the factory brackets off the D35 and weld them on the trailer axle or use new brackets. I want to keep the 4 link with coils since I already have a parts from a 4.5" short arm kit laying around.

I'm going to reinstall the factory fuel tank/pump with a skid so I'll have spare fuel on the trail without having to carry cans. I have 12" of floorpan at the front of the tub (back seat foot well) that I'm cutting the hump out and making it flat for an 11 gallon fresh water tank. With the fuel at the back and water up front, both sitting low into the frame, I should be balanced pretty well.

I am stuck though on how to close off the front of the tub. I had thought about having some 1/8" sheet bent into a U and then cap the front, but I think it may look tacky when it's all painted. Any ideas??
I'll get some pics up in a few.

Lawdodge 09-18-2011 07:46 PM

A few pics from today ...
Got the old tongue cut off to make room for the new 2" receiver tube.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02118.jpg

Removed the old mess and cut the line straight.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02117.jpg

The trailer tires and another spare, CL score. Just need to find some wheels now.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02119.jpg

Center hump cut out, gotta do some grinding then lay the new floor section for the water tank to sit on. The tank is poly, 30.25" x 10" x 9". It'll sit in the footwell and I'll cover it with tin. I will have enough room on the ends for a fill and a pump.
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02122.jpg


This is the part that stumps me. How to cap the end. I thought about cutting some tin to fit the curve of the door, weld it flush, add a 1" tube frame around the top, then make some caps similar to crusher corners or the diamond plate corners that are sold for the rear. Ideas??

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02124.jpg

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1HouseMouse 09-19-2011 06:56 AM

Subscribed!

ex m38a1er 09-20-2011 04:50 AM

Me too!

andy02 09-20-2011 05:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lawdodge (Post 12189950)


This is the part that stumps me. How to cap the end. I thought about cutting some tin to fit the curve of the door, weld it flush, add a 1" tube frame around the top, then make some caps similar to crusher corners or the diamond plate corners that are sold for the rear. Ideas??

Sheet metal cap welded flush and then use bed liner on the outside. It will help protect from road debris and cover any imperfections. Similar to what bricktop did.


http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/attac...r-013small.jpg

His latest incarnation, painted to match his JK

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/attac...p-trailer2.jpg

Tylerzap 09-20-2011 02:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Burlbook48 (Post 12189595)
Say whaaaaaat?

Swap out the axle from the "FRONT" of a *2WD* XJ?

Nevermind, OP got a trailer axle

Lawdodge 09-20-2011 07:45 PM

So not too much progress today. I picked up the remaining metal needed to cap the front. From the looks of it, I'll be doing it similar to the way Bricktop did.

Got the basic frame built and tacked in. Gotta do the bends to the 1/8" sheet that I got and then this weekend will tack it up and see how it looks. I'm going to try and use one solid piece wrapped 6" over on each side and straight across the front.
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02129.jpg

Sanded down the sides and tossed a coat of primer just to get an idea of the surface.
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02127.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/DSC02126.jpgChecked with a few paint/body shops today to get quotes on painting the exterior, holy crap they want a lot of money for almost no surface area. Thinking about hitting up the high school and borrow their paint booth with a donation.

Couldn't do any of this without my peanut gallery .. oh I mean assistant.
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Next is to order the bed liner. From what I'm hearing, a lot of people are liking the Monstaliner, so I may have to give it a shot. I have court tomorrow (no not for me, testifying for work) so not gonna get much done. The axle should be here Thursday and the water tank on Friday. I have 4 days off starting Sunday, so I'm hoping to get the tub to paint next week and start working on the frame and axle.

That1guy 09-21-2011 06:04 PM

Find another tj tub and put the ends together.


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