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Unread 10-09-2008, 11:40 PM   #1
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Dawson's M-416 Build

Look what I found!









The guy I bought it from had a new tub fabricated to the same specs as the original, just made out of 1/8" steel this time around. The sides and bottom are made of a single sheet of steel with the front and rear welded on. The front and rear sheets need to be cut, as you can see in the pics. The tub isn't bolted to the frame yet either. I'm going to need to weld some angle iron onto the bottom in order to bolt the tub to the frame.

I'm live in the DFW Metroplex so if any of you guys live here and can help i need it!:

Step 1: Cutting. I need to find someone with a cutting torch or plasma cutter. I'll bring beer and reimburse for any costs incurred. Disclaimer: The author of this thread is not responsible for any accidents caused by anyone drunkenly wielding a cutting torch/plasma cutter.

Step 2: Welding. I need to find Someone with a MIG or TIG welder and welding skills. Again, I'll provide beer and reimbursement for any cost incurred. Disclaimer: The author of this thread is not responsible for any accidents caused by anyone drunkenly wielding a MIG/TIG welding instrument.

Step 3: Sand Blasting. I used ICA to sandblast and powdercoat my PSC Rocker Knockers so I'll probably use them again for this sandblasting. That is unless anyone knows of a shop that'll sandblast for cheap. Please let me know!

Step 4. Paint. I'll probably buy a pneumatic paint gun and do this on my own.

Thanks in advance for comments/suggestions. I really need help from those of you who have welders/cutting equipment.

Thanks,

Dawson


Last edited by dawsonc61; 10-12-2008 at 06:24 PM.. Reason: Metal is 1/8" thick, not 3/16" as originally estimated.
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Unread 10-10-2008, 07:14 AM   #2
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I wish I could find something like that.

Nice looking trailer. Keep the pics coming.
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Unread 10-10-2008, 04:17 PM   #3
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I'd love to help ya. Have you weighted it yet? The 3/16" is gonna be awfully heavy. With 3/16" there would be no need for a frame.
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Unread 10-12-2008, 11:54 AM   #4
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I'd love to help ya. Have you weighted it yet? The 3/16" is gonna be awfully heavy. With 3/16" there would be no need for a frame.
x2!!!

Looks really nice though. What are your plans for it? Stock-type build or something different?
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Unread 10-12-2008, 01:38 PM   #5
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Nice!! Great Find ~~ Have fun !!

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Unread 10-12-2008, 06:23 PM   #6
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I'd love to help ya. Have you weighted it yet? The 3/16" is gonna be awfully heavy. With 3/16" there would be no need for a frame.
Ha ha. True...i overestimated on the thickness of the metal. It's only 1/8", but still pretty thick. I don't know what the original thickness was. Hmmm.
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Unread 10-13-2008, 06:50 PM   #7
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i dig the trailer, but i like the sticker in your back window better!!!
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Unread 10-16-2008, 10:40 AM   #8
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Well my new buddy Keith and I did a little work on the trailer yesterday evening. We mounted the tub to the frame with some 3/16" tabs and 1/2" grade 8 bolts.





Then we mounted the old trailer lights and and wired it up so I could drive home safely! This is temporary. I think we will build a bumper and put lights directly in the bumper.



When I got home, I took a cutting wheel and removed the excess metal from the front and rear of the tub.

Before:


After:


Anyway, just keeping everyone updated. A BIG thanks to Keith Maddox for his help and expertise.
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Unread 10-16-2008, 10:59 AM   #9
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Ha ha. True...i overestimated on the thickness of the metal. It's only 1/8", but still pretty thick. I don't know what the original thickness was. Hmmm.
1/8" is still thick, but it should be a tough trailer. I think the original was 16-18 gauge. The original floor was probably 1/8".



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i dig the trailer, but i like the sticker in your back window better!!!

Ditto X 100
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Unread 10-16-2008, 11:17 AM   #10
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looks solid, I wish I could find one.
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Unread 10-16-2008, 12:32 PM   #11
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looks good man.....also wanted to say I am diggin on the NObama sticker
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Unread 10-16-2008, 11:22 PM   #12
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The NOBAMA sticker has been a big hit. Lots of thumbs up on the road. I did get the finger the other day from a dude in a Prius....go figure!
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Unread 10-19-2008, 01:34 PM   #13
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What are you planning to use it for? Hauling, camping, everything?
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Unread 10-20-2008, 02:24 PM   #14
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What are you planning to use it for? Hauling, camping, everything?
Camping, once finished It will have a lid and a RTT on top. Onboard with be a 40 gal water tank, 3 Energizer deep cycle marine batteries (run in series to a power inverter), 2 propane tanks, a small kitchen compartment with burners and hot plate, and some sort of LED outdoor lighting system. I'm sure I'm leaving off things but you'll see it develop.
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Unread 10-24-2008, 09:09 AM   #15
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Well I've been messin' around with Google "SketchUp" and here's what I've come up with:






I'll be designing the interior of the tub next, including a water tank, deep cycle batteries, sliding runner with kitchen components and propane setup.
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