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Pick-up bed trailer

Post by MudRaider on 11/17/2011, 9:53 pm

So for the last 10 or 11 years i had a ford Courier pick-up bed trailer. Paid a whopping $35 dollars for it and immediately towed bag a bunch of Christmas swag and used it a lot ever since. Sad to say but the frame and the bed rusted out on it, so on to something new. had an old S-10 that never got built, Austin from CC4X$ needed the leafs off of it for his buggy, I needed a new trailer, he had time and I had the parts. Long story short, Austin got the 6 lug (same as my Mitsu/Dodge) axle under the S-10 with the Courier springs. There lies the problem.The Courier springs are shot. I have some helper springs I can bolt into the Courier spring pack, But I would like to go SOA. Might be dumb question, but instead of cutting off spring perches, re-welding, etc, can I just flip the axle and run it upside down? That way the perches would be on top and I can just bolt the leaves on. I know I would have to weld up the breather tube/make a new one, but if I have the fluid in it will it be ok to run it upside down?
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Post by MudRaider on 12/2/2011, 12:57 am

I will be doing the SOA conversion this weeknd, along with Putting some gussets and bracesa on it. Need to fab up two brackets to mount body, plus will be welding a hit on the back, and possibly one on the side so I can mount a grill.
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Post by MudRaider on 12/4/2011, 10:36 pm

Got the reciever hitch welded on, which is acting as a rear crossmember. Hit the axle u-bolts up with some lube, they are the original early 70's ford Courier u-bolts. Really am expecting to cut them off. but can always hope. Should mount the bed Wednesday. Forgot Embarassed to grab the taillight wiring from my S-10, will have to get that from the JY. Evil or Very Mad
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Post by MudRaider on 12/8/2011, 10:32 pm

Got the mounts for the bed welded on, some additional cross-bracing for the front, some tie down loops for the front triangle section, where I will eventually get some expanded metal in there. Pictures whenever I see it in the daylight.
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