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Today 06:41 PM
waterhorse I don't understand how you hook up that universal one unless the trailer is light enough to move by hand easy. Pretty cool though.
Today 05:28 PM
DMANbluesfreak I don't see why you'd run both. If it's on a swivel, I think the U-joint style is better, unless you're concerned with having to unhitch the trailer often?
Today 02:26 PM
brokedana35
C3 Pod C3 Mutt

Here are my two thoughts.

First is a HD 55 series yoke, capable of 90 deg bends. I am thinking this will be super smooth, no racking back and forth, just about as tight a connection you can get. I am guessing good for 10k lbs tension.


The other option is the typical military pintle ring style. Good for 30k lbs plus some. But, a little sloppy without some substantial tongue weight.

Both will be on a swivel shaft. The trailer will be able to roll over and over and land on its tires. LoL. Hope that never happens!

Maybe carry both?, U joint for the off road and pintle hook for the road???

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Today 01:57 PM
brokedana35 Yeah, I am thinking of a portable winch stashed away somewhere. If I need to scoot the trailer sideways or recover from the back, I'll just slip the winch in the receiver.

Speaking of that. I have two options I am playing with for the front receiver hitch. Let me take some pics and see what you think.
Today 12:34 PM
waterhorse Is there going to be a receiver on the back of the trailer? (For another trailer or winch or recovery point)
Today 10:59 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod C3 Mutt

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Originally Posted by waterhorse View Post
The trailer looks great. I would like to see the pieces that came out. How will you install them? (Finished painted?)
I was just goofing with ya. The trailer is still whole. I have some hidden joints on the exo thing-a-ma-jigger.

It separates in to the upper camper/tent support, the mid exo section, the lower front, and the lower rear.
I will post some pics of the exo thing disassembled for final paint.

The trailer has a long way to go for paint, inner fender wells, hood separation and hinges, bumpers etc.
Today 10:24 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod C3 Mutt

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Originally Posted by gregj50 View Post
Many people would just dream of doing a project like this.... you sir are Fkn doing it!!!!
This build is awesome.... great work!!!!!
Thanks man. Not to get all mushy, but... your comment means a lot to me.

Sure, I have friends and family wanting to help occasionally. But, it's really a one man operation. Sometimes you just get burned out, especially when the current task is dragging on forever. It's that kind of comment that keeps me going.

In fact, I have learned, when I am just stuck and demotivated on the project, all it takes is a Sunday drive thru town. All the staring, photos, and videos pump me up! Reactions from the 5 year old kid to the 95 year old man. ALL awesome. Almost better than wheeling.

Even when the local law enforcement looks at me like "WTF is that?"
Of course it's all legal, registered, safety inspected, and insured. Like it aught to be.
Today 08:31 AM
waterhorse The trailer looks great. I would like to see the pieces that came out. How will you install them? (Finished painted?)
Today 08:20 AM
gregj50 Many people would just dream of doing a project like this.... you sir are Fkn doing it!!!!
This build is awesome.... great work!!!!!


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Today 06:38 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

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Today 06:24 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

OK...I have reached a big milestone in this off road trailer project. So I thought I would share a few photos of the exo frame thing. I am super happy with it. Embarrassed to even guess at how many hours went in to it. Now I can get back to the real meat of the trailer.


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01-23-2020 10:05 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

I had to cut the C3 Pod in tiny little pieces to get it out from this contraption.

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Just a few more details and some paint left on this tent support/recovery gear support/spare tire holder/exo nurf bar thing.

I am excited to toss it aside and work on the cargo area of the pod.
12-15-2019 10:51 AM
brokedana35 Right now it only makes trips to the liquor store and an occasional trip to Decatur for work and the raceway for drag nights.
12-15-2019 10:42 AM
SLOWPOKE693 Every time I travel through Rhome for work I hope to see this thing on the road somewhere. Lol
12-15-2019 10:38 AM
brokedana35 Just the dirt roads, straight woop-d-doos, donuts in the fields and such. No rock crawling or mudding yet. So... I guess you could say it's just a street queen still.

Still have some work to do for some real suspension work out. Front fender needs to be trimmed back some. The tubing is already good to go because I knew it was an issue. I just did not get back to the fender and well yet.

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There is actually a bit of welding to do on the underside. I want to change the drive shaft braking disk a little. Hell, even the trans mounts are not welded up completely. I always get excited about the next few things on the list.

yep...and now i'm off sidetracked with this trailer. Some say it's the story of my life. I can't finish a thing, get bored and move on too quickly. Probably true.
12-12-2019 11:07 AM
pitchitpitchit Has the Vette been on the trail yet?
12-10-2019 05:00 PM
locrwln Nice work as usual.

Jack
12-10-2019 11:32 AM
brokedana35 It still looks a little tall.. But, it is deceiving, the leveling jacks are jacked up way high, probably 4" higher then it will ride.

But to easy my mind a bit I, added some 2" wheel spacers, giving a 4" wider stance. I am not a big fan of wheel spacers, but in this case, it's a 7500lb capacity 8 lug axle. I will be surprised if the trailer is much over 2200 lbs.

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12-10-2019 11:22 AM
brokedana35 Here is a mock up of the Maxtrax, shovel, axe, and jack mounts. It looks a little rear end heavy, but its really not. There is still plenty of weight in front of the axle, even without cargo.

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12-10-2019 11:09 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

OK, I think I got the tire mounting issue cleaned up. It is mounted onto a spool and then to the chassis with a large T handle. No more nut buster. Just lift the tire up a little past the bumper and slide it on up into place.

I will most definitely change the vette to do the same.
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11-05-2019 09:58 AM
brokedana35 Ha. That is funny.

Not to start a wife bashing thread, but... I always say, building and creating things in the shop for 8 hours is way healthier than scrolling thru your phone for 8 hours. Even if there is a few beers involved.
11-05-2019 09:06 AM
waterhorse
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Originally Posted by brokedana35 View Post
I'll post in two weeks or so. I have to keep the wife happy and get some other house projects taken care of. It's all a delicate balance you DON'T want to mess up.
You don't have to explain to me. My wife and I are both retired and she said just today "are you going to spend the whole day working on the truck again". Like I should do something more productive watching Netflix. Lol.
11-05-2019 05:56 AM
brokedana35 Yes. I'll see how the spool mount thing turns out. I might be able to clean up the back of the Mutt when not carrying a spare. Although, some folks liked it, at least during Halloween, "looks like a spider" was a typical comment.

I did not plan on carrying a spare all the time on the Mutt, just long trips. The Pod will always have one.

I'll post in two weeks or so. I have to keep the wife happy and get some other house projects taken care of. It's all a delicate balance you DON'T want to mess up.
11-04-2019 01:25 PM
waterhorse Seems like you could have the spare frame attach to the Mutt or the pod. Then you don't have the bare frame sticking up on the car when you arnt hauling the spare. (Unless you plan on a spare for the car and for the pod.)

I guess if you haul a single spare on the Mutt, you could lower the tent more.
11-04-2019 06:55 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

It's looking like I can lower the tent about 8".

I'll have to use some sort of spool that will stay with the spare tire so it can just slip right in and not up and over studs like on the Mutt. Which I should of thought of earlier.

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Probably RW this set up if the trailer comes out well. Just to avoid the tire change being a ball buster, or a two person job.

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