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M416 Restoration Project

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by GillaFunk, Jul 15, 2021.

  1. Jul 15, 2021
    GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I'm the Dude, so thats what you call me.

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    Last year I picked up an M416 to restore and then tow with my CJ for camping and yard projects. I figured now that its all done, I should post up a restoration thread. This was my first vehicle restoration, but I have lots of experience with 12v, and basic mechanical repair and replacement. As this trailer was in pretty good shape, I chose not to go all out with body work and the like. Just tear down, repair, replace, upgrade where applicable, resurface and reassemble. I'm pretty proud of what I was able to accomplish with basic tools and the use of my garage. I got a lot of good advice and tips from the M416 group on the FaceBook.

    So, here we go. I found a fella on CL selling these for $600, which I thought was a steal.

    Purchase day and tow home.
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    The electrical harness was shot
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    Looks pretty goofy behind my dad's loaner truck since my rig was in for repairs.
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    The bed was a little corroded, and stressed, but it was solid.
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    Tear down was easy, but stripping off the years of paint and corrosion was outside the abilities of my power tools, so I found a fella in Reno who was able to blast everything in a day.
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    And done
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    I had Line-X line the bed and undercarriage for durability.
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    Some parts were sent to my small bits sand blaster and powder coating.
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    Found another fella in Susanville with some OEM CJ 16" wheels. Those got blasted and coated too.
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    Now to re-assembly, painting and Electrical.....
     
  2. Jul 15, 2021
    GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I'm the Dude, so thats what you call me.

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    Lets begin

    Weld in a rear reciever for whatever.
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    Weld in a surface plate for spare tire carrier.
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    Raptor epoxy the frame, axle, bed & tool-box
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    Paint the frame & axle satin black. Springs were replaced with OEM CJ3-B front springs as they are the same dimensions.
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    Paint the bed battleship grey
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  3. Jul 15, 2021
    GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I'm the Dude, so thats what you call me.

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    Re-assembly, electrical & finishing touches

    Crosswind M/T LT 245/75-16 tires on OEM CJ5 16" wheels
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    Assembled rolling chassis with lunette and safety chains. Bearings and races replaced with Timken. New shocks from Napa.
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    Installation of spare tire carrier by use of Nissan X-Terra spare tire crank
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    Welded rod with 3/8" socket head to allow for easy cranking of spare up and down.
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    Entire wire loom replaced with my own design using a 7 pin harness and electrical panel.
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    HMMWV tail lights and LED marker lights
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    New reflectors and lights mounted
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    Installation of Harbor Freight trailer box
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    Horse bed rubber mat from Tractor Supply to soften impacts into the bed.
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  4. Jul 15, 2021
    GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I'm the Dude, so thats what you call me.

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    And done

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  5. Jul 15, 2021
    Howard Eisenhauer

    Howard Eisenhauer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Very nicely done :)
     
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  6. Jul 16, 2021
    Fireball

    Fireball Well-Known Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

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  7. Jul 16, 2021
    GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I'm the Dude, so thats what you call me.

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    Thanks. It’s a fun little hauler
     
  8. Jul 16, 2021
    Dave Deyton

    Dave Deyton Member

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    Well engineered, cool setup.


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  9. Jul 16, 2021
    OzFin

    OzFin Vintage Jeep Guy

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    Very nice, great attention to detail :drool;
     
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  10. Jul 16, 2021
    Mr Vaughan

    Mr Vaughan Fly by the seat of your pants

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    i lke it!

    do you really need mud tires on a trailer though?
     
  11. Jul 16, 2021
    Mr Vaughan

    Mr Vaughan Fly by the seat of your pants

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    i guess you could have a spare for it or the cj under there. makes sense.
     
  12. Jul 17, 2021
    Downs

    Downs Kubota Orange Rattlecan

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    Very nice. I'm still int he paint striping phase of my M416.
     
  13. Jul 18, 2021
    GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I'm the Dude, so thats what you call me.

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    I didn’t, but I wanted spares for the CJ. Plus, it just looos cooler. They were inexpensive.
     
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  14. Aug 24, 2021
    Buster1

    Buster1 New Member

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    Great write up, super cool.
     
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