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Unread 07-16-2013, 09:40 PM   #121
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Looking good! You are way more motivated than I am, but I did touch mine tonight.. I moved it to mow.
Its getting close to being done and that is motivating me .
I hadnt considered that this thing is getting close to being one more thing to mow around .

Todays progress .

This is what 5 minutes of Kleen Strip aircraft stripper did . The yellow is all gone , tomorrow it will get cleaned then painted .

The front panel is tacked in place . Initially it was going to be removeable , but once it is LineX'd its not coming out so I went ahead and welded it in. Between seam sealing the front edge and LineX'ing the backside the front panel should be pretty weather resistant .

The tub is clean and ready for seam sealer . It took a lot of scrubbing to get all of the grinding dust out .

Lastly I started cutting out the trim for the old wheelwells . The plan is to cut and roll the angle around the radius to clean up the edges .

In addition to working on the trailer today I had both J trucks apart and I worked on them as the trailer was drying . It was hot as heck , but Kimbo kept the ice water rolling out to me .

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Unread 07-18-2013, 04:29 PM   #122
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The trailer is seam sealed inside , and on the front filler panel .

The final trim is cut , unfortunately I ran out of angle .

I feel like the trailer is complete enough to go get it inspected tomorrow morning ... wish me luck
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Unread 07-18-2013, 08:57 PM   #123
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Tonights progress .

1st full coat of paint is on . Tomorrow I will wet sand the entire trailer and put down the second coat . It will get much darker on the second and third coats if cures like the test section did .



More first coat pics .

Welded up the trim bracket . Tomorrow I need to go get some more angle to finish the trim and make a hinge mount up front .
Not sure if I will make it to the inspection station tomorrow morning after all . Theres still a lot of little stuff to do before I take it over , and I would rather put more time into labor than go over and fail .
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Unread 07-18-2013, 09:30 PM   #124
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Unread 07-19-2013, 08:56 PM   #125
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Looks awesome.
Thanks , its nice to see it almost towable

Today there was more sanding , but that allowed me to shoot the second coat of paint on the trailer .

I used aircraft stripper and picks to clean the tailgate and there was no getting it 100% clean . It looked ok , but a quick phone call found a guy that was willing to sand blast it for $20 . This is what it looked like when I picked it up , there will be no more airplane stripper at this house !

The first coat of primer and paint are on , it needs a lot of wet sanding to slick up like the rest of the paint .

I thought blasting the hinges might make them bind up , but I figured what the heck they cant get worse. Surprisingly enough they pivot much smoother now and with a little oil they should be buttery smooth . The blasted surface takes primer and paint so nicely that I am motivated to get an even bigger blast cabinet so that I can blast larger items .

Close up of the second coat of paint . It is starting to shine a little more and its getting much darker . Tomorrow I will wet sand again , and I think the third coat of paint is going to be just about right ... or at least I hope so

Last paint picture for the evening . There is no way I could do paint and body for a living , it requires entirely too much patience
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Unread 07-21-2013, 08:20 AM   #126
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Late night yesterday delayed my posting ... I was beat !


The paint looks good everywhere except the front panel , so I started putting everything back together . The flares were terribly faded so after I trimmed them to fit I used a heat gun to turn them black again .

You can see the difference in the flare in this picture . I was surprised at how well the heat gun trick worked . The process left a little blotchiness , but overall the flares look much better now than before . I still need to shoot another coat of paint on the tailgate , but I may leave that until I shoot car paint .

Definitely need another coat on the front panel .

Once its buffed I think a lot of the blotchiness will go away .


This is it for now , more this afternoon .
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Unread 07-22-2013, 06:38 AM   #127
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Yesterday I took the trailer out for its maiden run to see how it would tow on the road . When I first finished the tub I took it around the yard , but this was the first time I had it over 10 mph . I didnt know what to expect with it at speed , but it towed great. There was no hopping or wagging and best of all it was quiet .







You can see in this picture how much the trailer tub needs to be raised . Its not terrible and the 33's should make it sit about level with the LJ . Once the LJ gets 35's I think a spring over on the trailer will allow enough height to put 35's on the trailer with plenty of clearance .





Thats all the fabrication for now. I am off to work for the next six weeks , once I get back I will start working on the tonneau cover .
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Thanks for sharing ! Turned out awesome.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 09:44 PM   #129
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Thanks for sharing ! Turned out awesome.
Thanks for the kind words . Its towable now, but still needs some work . Next up will be the steel tonneau , then Line-X and finally a pro paint job. Oh and I cant forget the 35s on matching wheels .
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Unread 08-24-2013, 07:53 PM   #130
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Almost ready to go to the "real" paint shop .

Heres the trim piece welded up and ready to cover the rough edge of the old wheel well .

Trim piece in place .

Hard to see , but both trim pieces are in place .

This is where it gets tricky , this is a picture of the hinge mount . In this position I think its going to catch water and hold it .
I think that I am going to reverse it and have it face forward . This way with a little seam sealer it should seal up well and allow for a solid mounting point for the tonneau hinge .

Basically I will mount the angle opposite of this . More work tomorrow afternoon , its going to be close getting it ready for the trip .
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Unread 08-25-2013, 07:24 PM   #131
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The tailgate latches are complete , all thats left is the aforementioned hinge mount for the tonneau . After some thinking and measuring I came up with what I think is a pretty simple solution for the latches .

A piece of barstock happened to be laying on the counter and it was the perfect size for the latch to close onto .

Heres the barstock in place .

A few bends in the vice made for a good stop / catch for the latch .

And a nice out of focus picture of the tailgate latched .
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Unread 09-08-2013, 08:56 PM   #132
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Pretty darn nice fab work Greg, looks like it will be all dialed in for the next big trip.
You will have a ball dragging it up the Dusy. about 30 miles of continues offroad action
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Unread 09-09-2013, 06:48 PM   #133
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Pretty darn nice fab work Greg, looks like it will be all dialed in for the next big trip.
You will have a ball dragging it up the Dusy. about 30 miles of continues offroad action
Thanks Art , it is going to make camping much easier as we cross the country as we wont have to be so compact . And with water on board and food we can stop wherever the notion hits us .


Whats this for and how does it relate to this thread ? See below ...




Heres the tub loaded up on the apparatus and ready to go to Hendrix's . The cribbing will keep the tub secure on the way home so it stays pretty .
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Unread 09-10-2013, 06:18 PM   #134
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Hendrix has gone buck wild on the tub ...
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Unread 09-11-2013, 07:16 AM   #135
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Hendrix has gone buck wild on the tub ...
Awww, no way, no fair! That thing is going to look amazing when he's done with it!
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