One more M416 build

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About ready to start the frame,I've looked all over this form on how to relocate the hand brake, an other than people saying they relocated the hand brake I couldn't find any examples. I needed to do this because all trailers need a Harbor freight tongue box an this one is no exception,so here's what I did: I'm not sure I like the position of the lever an may end up mounting it vertical not sure yet.
 

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#17
I relocated mine where yours is but stood it up vertically not horizontal as yours. I did have to get a turnbuckle to connect to brake lever. If yours works that way and your happy keep it. I just wonder if it's going to be a shin buster sticking out there
 
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Cemeb4dk that's my thoughts exactly,I can imagine running into that thing in the dark,but not sure what you mean by "turnbuckle",I was thinking just some sort of U channel ??
 
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About ready to start the frame,I've looked all over this form on how to relocate the hand brake, an other than people saying they relocated the hand brake I couldn't find any examples. I needed to do this because all trailers need a Harbor freight tongue box an this one is no exception,so here's what I did: I'm not sure I like the position of the lever an may end up mounting it vertical not sure yet.
On my build my handbrake was 'frozen', I had to heat it to free it up and completely disassembled it then rebuilt it.
Like you, with my build my hand brake was not going to work in the original location.
I used threaded rod which you can get it in some pretty long lengths from auto and hardware stores.
Find the one that thread right into your brake assembly.
I heated up the rod to bend the ways that I needed it to and relocated the handbrake along the main beam up front.
On the ends of the rod I used that rubber dip stuff you can get at lowes to help eliminate metal on metal contact.
I had to also make a new pivot point because the original was not 'clocked' at the angle I needed (see pic) which helped me get more leverage to lock the brakes in place.
You can see where the handle is now in the pic. I like it because it is tucked out of the way and almost not visible, just looked cleaner.
Of course I ditched the original frame and went with ⅛ wall tubing for the main portions of the frame which I am very glad I did.
You are on the right track, there is no manual for fab, just keep staring at it and ideas will pop into your head.
Good job, and good luck.. Trailer1a.jpg Trailer2a.jpg Trailer3a.jpg Trailer4a.jpg Trailer5a.jpg Trailer5a.jpg
 
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Well after some of these post I decided to move the brake lever ,however I couldn't put it under the tongue box because I didn't extend the tongue the way PNWJeeper did, so it would've took some work to do that . I just made a bracket an repositioned it but it's still gonna be a shin buster but I do like it positioned this way better.
 

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