1974 Toyota Truck Bed Trailer

The Jade Bean

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EDIT (NEW TRAILER):
I’m adding to this thread rather than start a new one since it’s in line with the same theme. The 1980 Hilux bed from the original thread had been converted to a wall bench as the rust was to much to work with. I just got a new trailer bed conversion that someone else did. It’s a Frankenstein, but with some time and labor it’ll be cool
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I’ll post up as I dig into it.

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ORIGINAL POST:
I scored a free ‘80 Hilux bed from friends at Tandem Offroad. I was gonna keep just the tail gate and scrap the rest, but then thought...TRAILER!! The frame, axle and springs were gone, but then Tandem said they had the frame and springs still!! The frame was cut up a tad, but repairable. I’m trying to use as much scrap steel as possible to keep cost down. The body is super rusty, but solid enough and a fun project to work on little by little.
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Wow awesome! I’m not alone in my weirdness. Great start you’ve got going. What are you doing about axles? Are you making a camping trailer or just a plain old utility trailer?
 

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Wow awesome! I’m not alone in my weirdness. Great start you’ve got going. What are you doing about axles? Are you making a camping trailer or just a plain old utility trailer?
You’re defiantly not alone. :D Right now the need is utility trailer, but it’ll be multi purpose I’m sure. I’m putting my split rims off my 70 series I sold since I already have them. I’m just gonna put a 3,500# axle with brakes on it. I have some inversion shackles I’ll put on it to give it a tad lift. It’ll really be too tall for a lot of utility trailer work, so eventually I’ll likely buy a cheap low to the ground one too. I thought eventually it’ll be cool to put a soft top on it so maybe you could sleep in it or something like that.
 
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@The Jade Bean Are you using the original stock leaves? I'm thinking I need something a bit stifffer...

Where did you get the spring mount hardware?

I've been debating buying the rears of an OME kit. Not sure what year will work for my 77. The earliest I can find is 80 pickup.
 

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@The Jade Bean Are you using the original stock leaves? I'm thinking I need something a bit stifffer...

Where did you get the spring mount hardware?

I've been debating buying the rears of an OME kit. Not sure what year will work for my 77. The earliest I can find is 80 pickup.
Yes originals as they were free. I can’t recall where I bought the mounts. Oh found it: Mounts I may change the springs out later. My goal was to keep the build as cheap as possible and upgrade as time goes on.
 

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NEW TRAILER:
I’m adding to this thread rather than starting a new one since it’s in line with the same theme. The 1980 Hilux bed from the original thread had been converted to a wall bench as the rust was to much to work with. I just got a new trailer bed conversion that someone else did. It’s a Frankenstein, but with some time and labor it’ll be cool.

The 1980 beds fate.
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The new one.
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You can see in the front there’s a rail road track, pretty funny. Not sure on where to attack first. I plan to use Nolen’s patina tactic to preserve the look as much as possible. Obviously the whole front end will be redone.
 

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What I'd be tempted to do, rather than try to find the original tail light assemblies (guessing they're rare and spendy) would be to make some sheet metal inserts that screw in like they're the lights. Then cut those plates for a red oval tail/stop light and a a small round amber turn signal light.

Like these: Maxxima 6" Oval Red Stop / Tail / Turn Light w/ 6 LEDs - https://zips.com/parts-detail/maxxima-6-oval-red-stop-tail-turn-l-m63346r

And these: Maxxima 1 1/4" Round Mini P2 PC Combination Clearance Marker Light w/ 6 LEDs - https://zips.com/parts-detail/maxxima-1-1-4-round-mini-p2-pc-combinat-m09400light
 

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Dig it! Recently acquired a 1981 short bed. Love the blue patina on yours! @cjmoon build inspired by his Datsun trailer he did a few years back.

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I like those stripes. 🤙🏼
What I'd be tempted to do, rather than try to find the original tail light assemblies (guessing they're rare and spendy) would be to make some sheet metal inserts that screw in like they're the lights. Then cut those plates for a red oval tail/stop light and a a small round amber turn signal light.

Like these: Maxxima 6" Oval Red Stop / Tail / Turn Light w/ 6 LEDs - https://zips.com/parts-detail/maxxima-6-oval-red-stop-tail-turn-l-m63346r

And these: Maxxima 1 1/4" Round Mini P2 PC Combination Clearance Marker Light w/ 6 LEDs - https://zips.com/parts-detail/maxxima-1-1-4-round-mini-p2-pc-combinat-m09400light
The repo lights are cheap enough.
 

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