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Old February 24th, 2014, 08:10 PM
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I finally found a really decent M416 trailer that wasn't thrashed, bent, no title, waaaay overpriced or rusted out, cheap too. It has been sandblasted and primed, so just need to get the tub painted white and a bunch of pieces powder coated. Then to the welder to make a frame (removable) that tilts to the side and then I can put my Autohome tent on top. Also have to re-wire it and put some decent lights on it (LEDs naturally). It just took two visits to two different MVD offices to get it titled and tagged in AZ. Seemed like all of northern AZ had to be at the MVD while I needed to get this done. The last owner even changed out the axels out so you do not have to use POS military wheels.



So I hope to have something ulitmatly ends up looking like this:




And does this:

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Old February 24th, 2014, 08:13 PM
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Sweet. That thing would look amazing in the same white as your D90 but with matte black (LineX?) fenders & Freestyles on it.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 12:33 AM
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Finally finished the frame for the Airtop tilting support. Powder coated a bunch of the lower frame, wired it up with new LEDs. Just the need to paint the tub Alpine White and its done. So I went to the local welder to get the farm welded, but they wanted $105 an hour! Went a bought a Lincoln welder and did it myself. The new MIG welders are beyond easy to use. MIG = Monkey In Garage.

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Old March 10th, 2014, 12:35 AM
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Lookin Good!
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Old March 10th, 2014, 09:35 AM
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That is one clean trailer--good find.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 06:35 PM
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It was the first M416 I found that wasn't beat up or rusted out. There also seems to be a widespread issue with titles on them. Finally put the Airtop on it for a trail fit. I really need to put some gas lift struts to help tilt it, or hang out with Capt. America types.

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Good looking trailer...But I really like your 185! Especially with the observer doors!
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Very nice trailer but you really need to put some Rover hubs on it so you can run some matching Freestyles.


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Old March 10th, 2014, 09:52 PM
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That would tie the room together, like Lebowski's carpet. Alas, it came with three of those rims with nearly new Goodyear Wrangler tires on them. Perhaps in the future, meanwhile I may get some "Deep Dish" rims for the Defender and powder coat them deep metallic grey.

Every 185 I have had, had the Patrol Doors, kind of a thing with us Geologists, we like to look down at stuff, it has bubble windows to boot and camera mounts for the struts and wing tips. 185's are the off runway brute of aircraft. 600' and 1,750 lbs useful load, 6 people (well four with legs and two double amputees) cruise at 160-170 mph and get 11.5 mpg.

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Finally got time to finish the trailer. May make a Yakima gutter mount for x bars, for bicycles. But I think it is done.
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Very nice. If you find another that is local please pass it my way.
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Had my m416 for years. Came to me with a decent cut in tailgate that come in handy moving mulch etc. are you going to linex yours?
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I would love a tailgate, my back is not the strongest bone system in my body. A few hundred carrier landings didn't give it the trouble free longevity I would have liked. I was thinking while I am in Australia on project, I am going to look for a distressed tailboard. De-rivitet it and adjust the plate and bracket size to fit the proposed tailgate cut in the M416. Use all the standard Series tailboard fittings as well. Its unpleasant to pay for one, got my last tailboard for free. Scavenged it and the soft top hood sticks off a UN one that had an unfortunate encounter with something explosive in Lebanon.

Funny, my wife loves the trailer. The first thing she wanted after I painted it and did the bed liner (a combination of Rustolium bed liner and Duplicolor's version, one has good coverage and the other did better texture). She had me take a load of yard debris to the dump already. The top frame unlatches and 4 bolts hold the hinges and it just lifts off.

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