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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted April 13, 2012 - 02:03 PM

I picked up this old lawn and garden trailer about three years ago for $20 at a swap meet.
It wasn't very convenient to use because it sits so low to the ground.
With the tongue set at about the height of the hitch plate on most garden tractors, you see how the trailer tilts down at the back.
If I take it over any rough ground, the back of the trailer often rubs the ground.

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It's built from fairly heave gauge steel and is set up as a tilt bed with a lift latch on the front.

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The tailgate lifts off and is held in place by two pieces of angle iron welded to each side.
There are stake pocket brackets welded to the inside on each corner.

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Here's a view of the underside.

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The first thing to do was to strip it all down.

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Then I cut the axle off the bottom of the trailer.

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The axle is welded back on with a piece of angle iron welded on each side to extend it up off the trailer bed.

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Angle iron was then welded along both sides of the trailer to strengthen it.

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Support brackets are welded to the axle on each side.

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Edited by jdcrawler, April 13, 2012 - 02:05 PM.

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Posted April 13, 2012 - 02:16 PM

Looks good so far! I bet that will work much better when its done. How much did you raise the bed by?
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Posted April 13, 2012 - 05:50 PM

When I cut the axle off the trailer that also took away some of the support across the center of the bed.
I bent up a piece of solid steel rod and welded it in place to add support back to the center of the bed.

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The tongue is bent so it still sets into the "V" notches that keep it in line with the trailer.

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The locking lever is welded back in place and the trailer is ready for sanding and painting.

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Here's how it looks with the bed tilted.

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Posted April 13, 2012 - 05:52 PM

How much did you raise the bed by?

It's about 8 inches higher than it was.

Edited by jdcrawler, April 13, 2012 - 06:06 PM.


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Posted April 13, 2012 - 06:14 PM

Cool modification to the trailer. Bet it won't drag the rear now. Plus it's much more usable.
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Posted April 13, 2012 - 07:36 PM

you sure do good work on your projects thanks for sharing
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Posted April 13, 2012 - 08:02 PM

Nice mod Ray, definitely more usable that way :thumbs: . What are you thinking for paint colors?
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Posted April 13, 2012 - 08:48 PM

Looks great. It looked solid before, but your modifications look bullet proof. Nice job. I am looking forward to the finished product.
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Posted April 13, 2012 - 09:13 PM

. What are you thinking for paint colors?

Charcoal gray to go with both the R/T and the Shaw.
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Posted April 13, 2012 - 09:26 PM

Great fabrication work! Can't wait to see the finished pics. :thumbs:
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Posted April 14, 2012 - 06:18 AM

Very nice modification work. That will look great painted up to match your equipment.
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Posted April 14, 2012 - 06:43 AM

Good color choice. I'm kinda partial to that myself.
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Posted April 14, 2012 - 12:10 PM

Decided that it might be a good idea to add a brace to the underside of the tongue to support the curved area.
Both of the tractors that I would use this on have a ball style hitch on them so I welded a ball style coupler to this trailer.

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Posted April 14, 2012 - 01:53 PM

Really nice mod. I just purchased a new garden cart for mine from TSC and was really dissapointed how they are made now. Overall a decent product but nothing like yours!
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Posted April 14, 2012 - 01:59 PM

Here's the finished trailer.
It's a working trailer and not a show piece so I'm not going to waste time and money on painting the inside.

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