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Thread: M416+Time+Money+More Time= Eventual Expedition Trailer

  1. #21
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    Default New tailgate!

    Decided to re-do the tailgate to make it straight with no dents, and also fit a little better to the rear that was just a tad off of square due to the removal.

    A simple frame that was a lot more square than the original.
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    Marking the frame and drilling some holes to attach the plate to the frame.
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    Plug welding the holes and grinding them flush for a smooth finish!
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    Default Tailgate latch cutout and some hinges.

    Cutting a hole for the latch that i got off ebay. It was used for old school buses but was able to retrofit with little work.

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  3. #23
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    Default Fenders!

    In between the tailgate fab work, i decided i was in need of some fenders so decided to test my skills and attempt make some. Its was a pretty simple design, with only a flat top and rear guard. I used a tube bender and pretty much eyeballed the bends to a degree. Used a level, measuring tape, some steel tube, and some stainless steel sheets i had propped in the corner. Turned out pretty good, until i decided to sand blast them at work for too long. Oh well, they will do for now.


    Bending the outer bar and welding on the transition tube support.
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    I used some flange nuts i had to create a bolt on style the would bolt from the interior.
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    Skinned up and ready for test fit!
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    They were pretty much good to go and actually really stable.
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    I thought I could get them prepped for paint by sand blasting them at work...that blaster is made for heavier metals, and that thin skin didn't stand a chance. They came out blasted, but very warped from the heat. Left them in a tad too long.
    Oh well....live and learn. We were leaving for a camp trip that weekend, so I quickly threw on a coat of primer and black paint. they worked very well and will continue to be until I decide to re-make them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeeperJake View Post
    Are those stacked dimes in the corner of the new tail gate frame???!!!! seriously nice work

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratled View Post
    Are those stacked dimes in the corner of the new tail gate frame???!!!! seriously nice work
    Thanks! Finally got my welder dialed in.

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    Fenders look awesome man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyinco View Post
    Fenders look awesome man!
    Thanks. You will see the warps later on. But they for sure started out nice.

  8. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeeperJake View Post
    Pulled this beast out onto the gravel and primered it all up. Then added a couple coats of Raptor Liner to the bottom of the tub and to the frame! Also shot my poison spyder bumper and fridge slide tray at the same time. All turned out great.
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    What kind of axle are you using?

    Javy
    1988 Mitsubishi Montero SWB 5spd - almost 500K miles
    1990 Mitsubishi Montero LWB A/T- AKA Titanium
    2001 Mitsubishi Montero XLS - Wife's

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