I have been lurking here for a little bit, and I bought an M416 from one of the members here to tow behind my TJ for camping and such. At first the trailer seemed to be in decent shape, but upon closer inspection, the bed was in pretty rough shape. Here it is the day I got it.
The floor had pinholes all over it and was wavy. The front and rear had significant rust holes as well. However, the frame and axle assembly are in good shape. I decided to fabricate my own bed from 12 Ga steel. I found a local sheetmetal shop that was willing to help me out with the project. They sourced the material and cut it to shape. Their cuts were perfect and it was well worth the extra money spent on waterjetting and bending.
I just got done tacking the bed together and I couldn't be more pleased.
Here is my trusty little Hobart Handler 140 on its home built cart
I plan to paint the trailer using rustoleum's flat sand color, and add a hinged lid with a rack of some sort on it. Eventually I'd like to put a RTT on it for longer trips.
Also, does anyone know where I can find the keyed washer that goes in-between the two nuts holding the hub assembly on?
Any comments or tips would be greatly appreciated.