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Unread 01-28-2012, 02:34 AM   #1
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Off Road Trailer Build CHEAP!

Well I started an off road trailer I found the pikes peak trailer so nice but no way could I afford the thing. I started to build my own from scratch on a budget. this is what I have so far :-)

First off I started this build with an 1967 Boat trailer I used lots of parts off this old bird.





Here is the 8 foot main beam I recovered from the boat trailer.



Next I moved on to the axle its made from 3/16 inch 1x1 square tubing.



here is the axle and leaf springs. the axle will have to be cut to size its a bit to long.




Once I broke the trailer down I started to build the basic 5ft x 3ft frame.



More frame building the box is coming together!



Us hanging rope for our makeshift paint hangers.



More to come after the 1st of Feb.!

Sanding, Grinding and Wire brushing the leaf springs try to clean them up they have been on this boat trailer since 1967. The leaf springs look over rated for the trailer any way 5 leafs? what do you think? the trailer is only suppose to be 2000LBS.



One painted with Bedliner lets see how well they hold up once they are on. not like any one is going to be looking at them any way.



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Unread 01-28-2012, 03:15 AM   #2
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any ideas or comments are welcome!
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Unread 01-28-2012, 04:49 AM   #3
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Nothing exceeds like excess.
Overbuild whenever you can, ( I think you got that part down already).
Your shop looks like an airplane hangar, I wish I had half that space.
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Unread 01-28-2012, 01:29 PM   #4
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I wish I owned this shop too, Its my Father in laws shop. Another question I had is I looked at the 8ft 3x3 inch main beam the metal is thinner than the frame like 14ga or something should I scrap it and go buy some 2x2 inch 3/16 to match the rest?
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Unread 01-29-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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I bought a boat trailer also $80. Cut it down, reused axle,springs,hubs. Saved some money doing it that way. I made mine 4' x 5'.6'' Thought it would be big enough to haul my 500 H.O. It will but can't shut tailgate. Did'nt have four wheeler nearby to measure off of. Keep up the good work,they're nice to have.
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Unread 01-29-2012, 07:03 PM   #6
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awesome thanks! I hope to make this thing look good. Its going to have ceder wood siding. The plan is to have it build by the end of this month.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 01:42 AM   #7
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Nice project. Can't wait to see it completed.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 11:08 PM   #8
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Hopefully tomorrow I will be buying some more metal to get this thing at least on it temporary tires.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 11:09 PM   #9
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Unread 02-01-2012, 08:53 PM   #10
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Well I got more done today here is some updates!


Here is the top rim and the frame parts for the Lid.




Here is the main tow beam











Finished so far

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Unread 02-02-2012, 10:15 PM   #11
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Well I got some more work done today. I had a error in my measurements. The Wood is 18inches high so I had to lop off an 1inch to make it fit right.




Welding the lid real quick since I have the parts all cut out.



Got the top rail started.



The Top rail is finished, I'm mocking up the leaf springs and started to cut the V pieces for the tow beam.



I'm welding up the shackle mounts.



OH NOES IT CAUGHT ON FIRE!!!



Got the front leaf spring mounts welded up!



More Images noting really going on but informational.



The back shackle is now tacked in place ready to weld I'll do that tomorrow its 9:00pm CST a bit tired :-)


Mock up of the front V




OH! I almost forgot here is the lid all finished.



Well going to bed now I will work on it a bit more tomorrow hopefully I will have it on its tires.
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Unread 02-04-2012, 07:50 PM   #12
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Got More done today. here is the font v welded.




got the shackles welded up at 10 degrees.










Here is what this baby looks like so far behind my tuck. looks good so far.

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Unread 02-07-2012, 05:58 PM   #13
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Today's update!

I haven't worked on the trailer in a few days but here is what I got in the mail today!

I picked both up on Amazon REALLY CHEAP!

For the truck shocks I paid 12.92 they were 6.46 a piece and for the Hood lift supports I paid 2.95 EACH! for a grand total of 18.92 and the best part was Free 2 day shipping from amazon!

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Unread 02-07-2012, 08:19 PM   #14
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Gotta love Amazon! Great build so far, really is some inspiration for me to go pick up a welder when I get back from Okinawa.
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Unread 02-09-2012, 06:47 PM   #15
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got side tracked today with restoring my old lanterns got them all working again! they were pretty beat up

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