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Unread 11-29-2012, 05:38 PM   #16
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Wow, $150.00! Cant touch a tub to cut up around these parts for less than 5 bills, that makes it 1K for two of them, which almost make the Aqualu's worth the money.
I got lucky , one was cheap and I was able to trade for the other . For $1000 I would have gotten a Dinoot .

Got the tongue cut in and welded up . Also made the four other body mount supports .


Square and ready for welding .

Welded .


Frame is welded everywhere except the top . I will weld that when I pull the tub . The four center body mounts are cut and ready for top plates , hopefully I can finish welding them in tomorrow . I am picking up the axle on Saturday , hope to have it on wheels soon .

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Unread 11-30-2012, 02:26 PM   #17
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Looking good cant wait to see it on wheels!!
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Unread 12-01-2012, 07:16 PM   #18
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Looking good cant wait to see it on wheels!!
Me too , its getting closer .



I have good news and bad news . The good news is that after digging through the parts bins I was able to find most of the small parts I need to finish putting the trailer together .The bad news is that I should have listened to gspup and gotten a new axle. My old school solid bar steel drop axle isnt going to work . If it is flipped up its too tall and has too much camber , if its flipped down its too short and doesnt have enough camber .

I will go get a gspup appoved reliable axle tomorrow . By Monday it should be rolling ! Next up is to start collecting parts for the 3 axis jscherb hitch . Once thats completed it will be time for a test tow around the yard .
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Unread 12-02-2012, 09:13 AM   #19
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Jscherb posted this link on the Bolt together fiberglassJeep tub kit page 144
BTW for anyone interested in building their own under-$50 3-axis coupler as I've done in this thread, I've condensed the plans and steps into one hopefully easy-to-follow set of instructions at Scott's new Tventuring trailer forum:

http://tventuring.com/trailerforum/t...-post-365.html

I'm not sure if you"ll have to register there to see it all:

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Unread 12-02-2012, 12:39 PM   #20
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Jscherb posted this link on the Bolt together fiberglassJeep tub kit page 144
BTW for anyone interested in building their own under-$50 3-axis coupler as I've done in this thread, I've condensed the plans and steps into one hopefully easy-to-follow set of instructions at Scott's new Tventuring trailer forum:

http://tventuring.com/trailerforum/t...-post-365.html

I'm not sure if you"ll have to register there to see it all:


Same plan I am going to use . I am heading over to TSC to start collecting parts this afternoon .
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Unread 12-02-2012, 08:30 PM   #21
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Same plan I am going to use . I am heading over to TSC to start collecting parts this afternoon .
Please do a write up on this
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Unread 12-02-2012, 08:42 PM   #22
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Please do a write up on this
Sometime this week ok ?
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Unread 12-03-2012, 03:45 PM   #23
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Occams Razor came to mind today as I looked at the hitch designs I decided to make a gspup style hitch as I love the simplicity and function of it . Once I made that decision all that was left was to go get some steel. I managed to get a few holes drilled , but that was about it for the afternoon.

This is the gspup hitch . And below is the start to my version of it .



More hitch work tomorrow , and an axle in the afternoon . Hopefully it will be a good productive day .
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Unread 12-04-2012, 01:31 PM   #24
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Looking good bud, can't wait for updates. I'm out of Mig Gas so I'm out till Friday then more parts will be needed! What color are you going to paint the trailer?

Also, what coating are you going to put on the frame work?

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Unread 12-04-2012, 03:21 PM   #25
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What kind of leafs are you using btw? Trying to figure out of I am going to r k some 26" springs or head to the junk yard and pull some springs.
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Unread 12-04-2012, 08:25 PM   #26
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Looking good bud, can't wait for updates. I'm out of Mig Gas so I'm out till Friday then more parts will be needed!
Murphys law , Mig gas always runs out at the most inopportune moment .
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What color are you going to paint the trailer?
Also, what coating are you going to put on the frame work?

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The trailer tub is going to get painted the same color as my jeep which is dark green . The tonneau cover will be made of metal and I think I will paint it tan . The frame is getting painted with black hammerite , its a durable and forgiving finish .


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What kind of leafs are you using btw? Trying to figure out of I am going to r k some 26" springs or head to the junk yard and pull some springs.
I decided on CJ rear leaves with three leaves removed for a couple of reasons . First off they had a nice arch and good heavy bushings on each end . Second they are easy for me to come by for free , which I like a lot . And lastly I had most of the hardware here for them from my CJ days .
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Unread 12-04-2012, 08:44 PM   #27
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Today was a rough day in the shop . First off my porta band threw a tire , then my drop band saw broke a blade and finally the vertical bandsaw threw the blade . And just to add insult to injury I had to put an oil sending switch into my wifes WJ for the second time as the first one didnt send a signal.

Once the WJ was taken care of I headed to Machine and Welding to get blades and parts . From there it was off to pick up the trailer axle and then home . Enough talking heres a few pictures .


No camber and a little bit of toe in should make for a nice towing trailer . It is a 3000 lb axle and it is 58.5" wide . The center pins are 29" apart . The u-bolt spring plates I have are to narrow , or I would have bolted the axle in tonight . Tomorrow I will make two plates and bolt the axle in .



The gspup hitch fabrication is under way . I still need to get a few more bolts , and do a little welding but its close .
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Unread 12-04-2012, 11:25 PM   #28
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Today was a rough day in the shop . First off my porta band threw a tire , then my drop band saw broke a blade and finally the vertical bandsaw threw the blade . And just to add insult to injury I had to put an oil sending switch into my wifes WJ for the second time as the first one didnt send a signal.

Once the WJ was taken care of I headed to Machine and Welding to get blades and parts . From there it was off to pick up the trailer axle and then home . Enough talking heres a few pictures .


No camber and a little bit of toe in should make for a nice towing trailer . It is a 3000 lb axle and it is 58.5" wide . The center pins are 29" apart . The u-bolt spring plates I have are to narrow , or I would have bolted the axle in tonight . Tomorrow I will make two plates and bolt the axle in .



The gspup hitch fabrication is under way . I still need to get a few more bolts , and do a little welding but its close .
We have all had those days buddy, get them back up and running and keep it rocking. How are you planning on setting the toe on the axle?
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Unread 12-05-2012, 07:30 AM   #29
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Looking good. Can't wait to see the end result.
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Unread 12-05-2012, 07:56 AM   #30
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We have all had those days buddy, get them back up and running and keep it rocking. How are you planning on setting the toe on the axle?
Yesterday ended on a good note , and today is going to be better . Theres your positive thinking for the day . The trailer shop set the toe with a jig that held the spindles in place while they welded up the axle tube .

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Looking good. Can't wait to see the end result.
Me too , I am off now on yet another parts run to get this thing on its wheels .
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