Hello yall I have lurked on here for a good long while. But I finally have something worth posting. I have wanted a M416 or a CDM101. However every thing I have seen within 3 hours driving distance have been BOTH overpriced and in poor condition. SO....
My Dad and I have gathered scrap iron for years, but we try to collect usable stuff, rather than just junk. Anyway I got to looking and had some good raw materials so I got to work with a little help from a bored professional welder friend of mine.
I had a 20ft joint of 1.5"x 1/8" wall square tube and a 20 ft joint of 2"x 1/4" wall square tube. And a bunch of old bed frames. Oh and some delineator posts (highway reflector posts) from when my dad worked for the state road department these where replaced because the bottom was rusted (the end in the ground) Used these 2 as crossmembers.
We used as much of the 1.5" as we could I think I ended up with a 6" long piece left over. Tacked up a frame and the sides.
Flipped it over and added a tongue burned in the welds on the bottom threw some paint on it.
cut new axle to length.
pulled an axle out of an old camper But it was 1) too wide 2) solid and heavy and 3) a drop center axle.
We cut the spindles off beveled the ends of the new axle squared it up and burned them on.