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Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by shooter207, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Sep 30, 2010
    shooter207

    shooter207 New Member

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    I just drug home an old beat up trailer, to rebuild as a trail trailer.
    I began researching and found some pics on ECJ5 of similar, albeit not identical trailers.

    Does anyone have any idea if this was a commercial trailer or a brand or where a serial or vin might be? There is no tag that I can find.

    There were stake pockets at 4 corners, but they are rusted off.

    The floor is shot but the rest of the tub seems salvageable. The frame and axel is solid. Bearings and hubs are good. wheels seem salvageable.

    Note the weird hitch connector, square axel, greasable spring perches and shackles.

    I thought it odd that the tub is welded to the frame. Also odd that the spring perches are on "scabs" welded to the frame.

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  2. Sep 30, 2010
    CJjunk

    CJjunk < Fulltime 4x4

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    I use a similar hitch adapter, they are sometimes available from equipment rental places.

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  3. Jan 27, 2011
    shooter207

    shooter207 New Member

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    Well, after much research on the net, I'm convinced this trailer was built from one or more commercial trailers many years ago. So, I registered it in Maine as a home built.
    Since it does not seem to have any collecter value, I intend to repair the tub, add tie downs for a tarp, I already have a tarp to use. Then basically add "rock rails" similar to what is on my jeep. Also, I intend to build a trailer hitch from a driveshaft and a spindle to permit 360 degrees rotation and 80 degrees or so side to side and up and down. Also, I will be making wheels match. A spare tire carrier and tool box will also be added. I'll post pics as I go.

    Here is a rough sketch of the hitch i intend to fabricate.

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  4. Jan 28, 2011
    hudsonhawk

    hudsonhawk Sponsor

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  5. Jan 28, 2011
    lynn

    lynn Time machine / Early CJ5 HR Rep Staff Member

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    I know where you can get some good used parts for that project... ;)
     
  6. Jan 28, 2011
    Old Bill

    Old Bill Aggressively passive....

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    A D25/27 spindle is a good part to have for the swivel part. Could even run a piece of plate 90* up from the tongue and bolt the spindle onto that.
     
  7. Jan 29, 2011
    shooter207

    shooter207 New Member

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    Yea, Lynn,

    I think I know the source of those parts too :)

    Hey old bill, cool idea for a souce for the spindle.

    Once the snow clears, I'll be junyard scrounging.
     
  8. Jan 30, 2011
    cj-john

    cj-john Member

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    I have an old trailer that looks almost exactly like that. It has a tag on the front that says "Sears and Roebuck". I assume they sold them out of the old school catalogue. Probably made by some unnamed company and tagged from several retail stores. I had to cut off that goofy hitch because it was rusted so bad. Mine does have a working tail gate.
     
  9. Jan 31, 2011
    shooter207

    shooter207 New Member

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    cj-john,

    Would love to see pics of your trailer. What did you do for a hitch?
    My tailgate seems in operable condition, I think the hinge may need some work.
     
  10. Feb 3, 2011
    Cooper

    Cooper New Member

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    I have a small trailer that looks similiar to that. It was homemade by my father inlaws dad and he made a frame/tongue and welded on a old pickup box from the 30's or 40's. Any chance yours is homemade?
     
  11. Feb 3, 2011
    shooter207

    shooter207 New Member

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    Anything is possible, it could be home made. The tub is not a truck bed though. It looks like a comercial built tub. The frame also looks comercial built, but it looks to me as if they were perhaps not originally together, like somone took 2 old trailers and put the decent parts from both together. Note in the original post there were scabs on the frame for the spring perches.
     

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