by Field Reporter Dennis Baldridge
I have wanted a matching Jeep trailer to haul my camping supplies and spare parts for quite a while. This is my first major project combining leftovers and junk to try and make something useful. So far, the total investment is less than $100 for Phase 1.
It all started when I was offered a CJ-7 tub that was going to the scrap yard due to rust. I figured “How bad could it be?” Maybe I could salvage it to use for a trailer. I knew that I wanted a low investment, so this was perfect. Once it was home, more than a few times I threatened to recycle it, but an S-10 box came my way that was rusty on the outside but pretty solid on the inside. After some head scratching, I decided that the two would become one.
I took a 5″ grinder to the tub and ended up with basically two sides that have rust and dents.
The Jeep tub sides had to have a patch panel added, so I bent a 1″ flange on some sheet steel and tacked them in.
I then laid out a working plan for the box and proceeded to cut it into a rough layout of the size I wanted. A Jeep Tub is approximately 59 1/2 inches wide outside-to-outside, The S-10 box is 59 1/2 inside-to-inside so it was close enough.
Once I had the pieces clamped into place, I started tacking it all together. I used the door openings pieces to fill-in and tie into the box front. In the pictures, the tire is sitting to give proportions and the patch panels are tacked in.
I have finish welded the trailer and added diamond plate corners and tailgate. The tailgate I made from some 3/4″ X 1 1/2″ tubing and used factory hinges and some panel locks for tailgate latches. I mounted it to the trailer which is phase 2. I am waiting until its all mounted to do any body filler to save on rework.