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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #61 on: October 25, 2017, 05:00:47 PM »
That looks nice.  A lot better than when you got it.  Don't make it too nice or you won't want to use it.    ;D

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #60 on: October 25, 2017, 03:49:27 PM »
Thompsons water seal with semi clear cedar tint:



Picked up the steel yesterday to finish it all, including a bi-fold loading gate.  That was another 280 bucks.

So, if I've got it all tallied right in my head, I'm around 680-700 bucks in to it all told.

Now i just need to find time to get to it to finish it....
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #59 on: October 22, 2017, 06:29:04 PM »
. Keep up the Good work !  ;)

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #58 on: October 22, 2017, 04:56:35 PM »
It all takes time my friend. Keep up the Good work !  ;)
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #57 on: October 22, 2017, 04:48:31 PM »
Still coming along. More welding in progress.

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #56 on: October 22, 2017, 04:44:40 PM »
How is the trailer coming along ?
Last time I looked you was on a roll !
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #55 on: October 22, 2017, 04:41:47 PM »
Little bit of work done today on the dash layout:



One the left side is a 12v port, a double usb port, and a voltmeter. Next to that is the hour meter/rpm/maintenance minder. Finishing off the left is the bildge pump panel that was already in the argo when i bought it:



On the right is a brace of switches and the ignition key cylinder:



Well, at least its all in and mounted. Now is just to wire it all. Easy peasy, right?

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #54 on: October 17, 2017, 07:31:00 PM »
You're doing a very nice job. :)

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #53 on: October 17, 2017, 07:09:12 PM »
Looking good.  6" gives you 3" per side, that's plenty of room for a tight squeeze.    :o

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #52 on: October 17, 2017, 06:43:23 PM »
I didn't realize just how big it was going to be until i got a deck on there.  I knew the measurements were 6 1/2 feet by nearly 11 feet, but the deck really made it fill out.

Its just right for my argo though, as its 72" wide with the supertracks. That gives me 6" of play for when I'm driving the argo up on to the trailer.

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #51 on: October 17, 2017, 06:13:15 PM »
Looks like it should turn out to e a good trailer .
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #50 on: October 17, 2017, 05:28:15 PM »
Started decking the trailer out:





That's just cut and fit. Not bolted down yet. I have to clean and paint the frame before I bolt the deck down and I still have some welding to do before paint as well.

Probably going to stain it walnut or something like that.

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #49 on: October 14, 2017, 10:15:53 PM »
More welding today. Put in a few more cross braces and added a 16" beavertail. It's not overly long, but it makes for a nice reduced breakover when used with my 6 foot ramps.
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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #48 on: October 12, 2017, 08:43:30 PM »
I'm beginning to thing I'm just going to give building a beavertail a pass.

Instead of the beavertail, I think I'm going to build a folding rear gate so it can be nice and long to ease loading and fold over to minimize the wind resistance.

Something along these lines:



Probably a touch taller than that since mine is a deck over. Not taller than the argo si going to be for sure.

I've had full height trailer gates before and you can really feel them back there. Just too much drag for my liking.

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Re: 1986 Conquest 8x8 build up for SAR!
« Reply #47 on: October 11, 2017, 05:15:39 PM »
Add two lengths of 2x4" tube:



Et voila! Deckover utility trailer:



The new pieces have a little "stand off" from the original spring mount piece because the cross rails they are welded to aren't flush with them. Rather than notch the crossmembers, i just welded the ends of the 2x4 tube to them and accepted the space between the 2x4 and 2x3 pieces. To compensate, i'm going to amke a couple 3x3 plates and weld 2 per side across the gap. Kind of like a "fishplate". There will also be a support welded between the 2x4 tubes to make sure it all stay nice and rigidly in place.

I moved the axle back to the 60% postion. The orginal camper trailer had the axle dead center of the deck. I figure they had it centered due to the way the camper had the deck loaded with its components, putting the 10% tongue load on the hitch. Or maybe it was to account for the battery and propane tanks on the A frame. Meh, dunno. Utility trailers arent built that way, so i moved the axle back to a conventional postion for a utility trailer.

The deck will be 2x6 wood. Probably just local spruce. A piece of 1.5" angle will be welded to the top of the frame rails and that will form the channel for the wood to sit in.

Beavertail rear piece will follow later down the road. Im just getting it functional for now since we're moving to a new house in march 2018.

I'm going to swap the spring with my 12' aluminum boat trailer springs. The camper ones are 3 leaves and the boat springs are 4 leaves. The boat trailer is so stiff it doesnt give at all and the trailer just jumps around. Swapping springs over to the argo trailer just makes sense.

Next is to weld on some spring perches as i currently just turned the axle over to do the axle under spring flip.

Deck, some cleankng and painting and i can at least move the argo around.

Still not in to it for more than 300 bucks!

:)
« Last Edit: October 12, 2017, 04:56:16 AM by SARgo1 »