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Old 11-18-2019, 08:19 PM   #1
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I'm in the process of building a trailer to go with my CJ-6. It started as a Hasbro GI Joe Bantam T3. After doing a little research, I decided to make it the civilian version, the T3-C. I got some wheels and tires from a stock Willys Jeep, and painted them up. I made an axle and fabricated it so each wheel spins independently on bearings, that way there isn't any binding while turning. Waiting on some cut-off wheels that I ordered, so I can get the tongue pieces cut. I'm still not sure how I'm going fab up the drawbar/lunette mount.

So here's a couple of pics of the progress so far...
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Old 11-24-2019, 12:09 AM   #2
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More progress today...shackle/spring mounts fabbed and mounted, tongue support bars cut and installed, and shocks mounted. Trying to use as much scale hex hardware as possible, but I will need to order some more. Just have to use button heads for now.

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For the lunette, I used an eyebolt, & on the jeeps bumper, I used a keychain clip
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Thanks Mike, that's awesome! Quick and simple solution that looks like it works well.

I may not have used the proper terminology, but I'm planning on the civilian ball hitch.

This is how the original would look...


...but I want to add a little more modern touch to it, with a newer style hitch...


I scoured the Google machine for anything that would resemble a newer style hitch, and could only come up with a 1/10 scale hitch...


It really looks the part, but it's too small for a big Jeep. It does give me some good ideas for fabbing one up that will be the right scale and functional.
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:26 PM   #5
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That'd be cool if you could fab one.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:28 PM   #6
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Had a few days off for the holiday and made some more progress. Fabbed the stanchion mount out of styrene. This a little too intricate to fab out of brass or aluminum. Maybe it could be 3D printed in aluminum.... Although this is a small update, it took me 2 days to build it. It's fully functional and scale, at this point.

This is what I wanted to replicate


I still need to fab the coupler to fit a scale, 2 inch ball, but here's what I have so far...
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Cool looking trailer! Might have to find one to haul along...
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Thanks. The hitch is finished and functional and I may venture to paint it up later today, after I shovel the snow out of my driveway.
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Cool looking trailer! Might have to find one to haul along...
Ebay has one with the Jeep right now for a reasonable price.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/GI-JOE-JEEP....c100008.m2219

Bonus for this one...the grill is M38.
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I have been debating using my unbuilt dragon jeep as a donor for the M38 build - it’ll be more accurate and I just have to change the grill and windshield.

Lots to think about ��
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I have been debating using my unbuilt dragon jeep as a donor for the M38 build - itíll be more accurate and I just have to change the grill and windshield.

Lots to think about ��
I'd just do it...but that's me.
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Well, being home with everything that's going on right now, I actually got motivated to finish the frame.

The hitch is functional on an 8mm ball, which is about scale for a 2" ball. Each wheel rotates individually which minimizes any potential binding while turning. I'm hoping the weather will be good enough to get the bed primed tomorrow, for now, some pics...enjoy.
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Finally finished for now. It'll be painted the final color to match the CJ-6, but for now it has been primed and is ready to go. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. On to the pics...
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