Well folks, I finally decided to whomp together a build thread. Now that I am 99% complete phase one that is! heh I still have a lot of work to do, but I figured as I spend 90% of my online time on this forum, and 99% of my spare time working on the trailer, I may as well back-fill my project and add my trailer into the mix here on ExPo. I was sure that I had a thread on here at one point, I searched and came up with nada?
Here is my "project" so far...
After looking for one for months, I finally found what I was looking for in Vancouver BC. Actually, it found me! I posted an add on CL in Van, and a guy who was "thinking" about selling his sent me an e-mail and said I could have it if I was interested? Wow, after a year of looking for the right one...I was stoked.
SUPER nice guy, loved this little trailer too. You could tell he didn't really want to sell it, but it was taking up space at his shop, and was replaced by a MUCH larger trailer to haul their new quads (behind the M101 in the first pic). Still, I think he was a little teary when I pulled out of the parking lot. lol Anyhow, here it is the day my dad and I picked it up, 1992 M101 CDN2 1/4 Ton trailer, Canadian Military Spec with BAD Tremclad paint job.
Paid $1200 for it, more than I wanted to spend, but hey...when opportunity comes a knocking, you better answer right? When I picked it up it was wearing a set of 215 x 85 x 16" E Load rated Cooper ATR's on it, brand new. He was using it to get to the cabin, some 500 miles away...and wanted nice road tires with some grip. Very nice tires, but not quite what I had in mind.
Also came with the stock Michelin X military spec rubber.
I really wanted to get the trailer wheels and tires to match my XJ, so I picked up a set of drums with the 5 on 4.5 bolt spacing, and proceeded to pop them on. In the process discovered that my brakes were also brand new. Everything in the drums was in perfect condition, which made my day.
new drums (princess auto SKU number 8211716 if you want some)... has electric brake backing plates to match too, not on mine yet.
NEW shoes (new to me tires on brand new Soft 8 rims)
Also installed a 1500# swivel wheel for the front to augment the footy... very nice add on (but really a cheapo wheel setup I found out later).
custom spacers made, took 20 minutes to install.
First trip (to the landfill) with the new tires and drums with a load. 250 KG and it towed like a dream.
More build to come. Next steps are Monsta liner for the tub, POR15 for the frame, axle, running gear. Nice matching red industrial enamel and chassis saver on the frame. A couple of Gerry Can holders and a lid! Oh and a 2" receiver hitch to mount my bike rack.
Stay tuned...more to come.