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M816 wrecker

Discussion in 'Project Central' started by red, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. red

    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    Thank you, lots more coming up with the truck especially with the bed now off the chassis. Maybe start on that camper build in the fall. Lookin forward to hanging out more often
     
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  2. WarWagon

    WarWagon Well it hits on 7 of 8...

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    Amen! This is "heavy" work requiring more than manpower to move things or work on stuff.
     
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  3. MrMarty51

    MrMarty51 Well-Known Member

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    What kind of camper do You have ? I just restored My 1976 homemade camper, I had a lot of fun taking it down to the trailer frame and building it back up from there.

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  4. red

    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    It's not a camper yet but planning to build it into one. The reason for making the m816 wrecker bed removable is for different beds as wanted/need, and a camper is one of those that's in the plans. Kinda like those Unicats and Earthroamer expedition vehicles.

    Picked up this trailer for $2 at auction back in August. Using it for storage until the wrecker bed, 5th wheel tractor bed, and the 4bd1t swap projects are done. Then I'll start with the camper build. The trailer is light enough that the pickup can pull it, just can't activate the air brakes on it.

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  5. red

    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    Heavy stuff does have it's benefits though. More space to work on stuff (can sit upright when under the truck), and with it being as heavy as it is you're kinda forced to find ways to 'work smarter not harder'. Like the inboard brake drums/hubs, they weigh over 160 lbs each. Could strain and pick them up by hand, but I just use a come along hahaha. (pic of early setup using a ratchet strap, same concept).

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  6. Will L.

    Will L. Well-Known Member

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    Make a tire dolly with attachment for brake drum- I bought a super single dolly like the one in pic and weded on couple tabs for brackets that hold drum. One of best semi tools I ever made. Sold it for $150 and used single tire dolly(for my hummer) when i got out. Use bigger tires like drum dolly for dirt work when needed and easier leverage.
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  7. MrMarty51

    MrMarty51 Well-Known Member

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    Old drums makes good grinder/vice stands too.
    I use a piece of 3/8ths or 1/2 inch flat, drill holes in it to match several of the lug holes in the drum, weld My pipe stand onto the flat then boltum down. Works good for the small stuff I have in the garage anyway.
     
  8. red

    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    I've gotta keep my setup mobile for the next few years at least until I get my own place, so rough terrain workable stuff is best for me.

    Stuffed in some lumber between the chassis and the bed sub frame, then lowered the manual outriggers for the last time. Drove the wrecker forward and used the bed winch on the pickup to pull all 4 outriggers off of the truck permanently.

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    Then did the measurements for the winch that will be used to load/unload the beds and starting cutting out the front section of the bed to make space for it.

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  9. red

    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    Fired it up for the first time in months yesterday. Flipped the front wheels around since they were touching the steering then pulled the truck forward/shifted it over to the side to do some organization.

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