Cheapo Tow Rig project

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by 77GreenMachine, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    Yeah I intend to tow to Uwharrie as well as drive it quite a bit for work. It’s getting a set of new tires and alloy wheels shortly, so after a set of tires I will be driving it quite a bit. Currently you can see the air in the rear tires so I’m not driving it much :eek:

    I agree what’s the point if I don’t trust it. I made plans for the rental truck a while back. I just stumbled into this truck.
     
  2. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    I'd like to think it'll get at least 10 mpg....
     
  3. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    I like to estimate low. So 9-10 would be awesome since I expected and figured for 7.

    I really think I’m going to take it.
     
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  4. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    Send it!
     
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  5. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    Worked on my truck and Jeep some today. I have all the trailer lights working now. Turns out it was just corrosion inside the plug on the truck.

    When I got to a good stopping point on the jeep I decided to hook it all up and do a test tow. I towed it thru some hilly, curvy back roads and then up the highway a few miles. Pulled one hill that’s not real steep but long and steep enough to get a feel of how the truck will do. I was VERY happy with how well the truck pulled!

    It held 70-75 no problem. Cruise control works well, and the AC will freeze you out. I also went thru town to pickup a pizza to see how the stop and go was. It brakes good, accelerates good, in the curves out in the sticks it handles good. I could not be happier with it!

    And the oil pressure seems to be right where @Croatan_Kid said it should be!
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    I still can’t get the brake light and ABS off. It’s driving me nuts, I HAVE to figure it out before I drive to Rausch Creek. Gonna get a scanner tomorrow.

    New wheels and tires coming next week!


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  6. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    Yeah, that's good enough I suppose!
     
  7. skyhighZJ

    skyhighZJ Thanks for your taxes

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    ABS could be a sensor down at the wheel sensor. I had a Chevy I drove for work and the slightest bit of gunk/dirt/mud would get in there and throw a ABS light. I would take it to the car wash and hose it out it would go away. Not sure why it was so sensitive. On my 2500 4wd Ram when I see those lights in conjunction it means a front wheel bearing is getting squirrely and starting to crap the bed. FWIW.
     
  8. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    Thanks! I’ve been reading up on it. Checking the wheel bearings and cleaning those sensors is my next move. Hoping it’s not a wheel bearing, but they are unit style and not terribly expensive so if so it won’t be a big deal.

    I removed the ground from the parking brake assembly like mentioned earlier, nothing changed.
     
  9. ord.sgt.26NC

    ord.sgt.26NC Gott mit uns!

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    put some damn gas in that truck fool!!!!!!
     
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  10. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    I filled it up when I started, I burned it all in the 10 mile loop I made! :driver:

    Haha I was heading to the gas station when I took this pic.
     
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  11. k5-1402

    k5-1402 Well-Known Member

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    I understand estimating gas mileage on the low side, but you will probably be getting around 10 -11 mpg towing to Rausch Creek. I get 7-8 mpg with a slide in camper and towing the Jeep. That's with a 454.
     
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  12. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    Not sure if you knew it previous to filling it up, but that jewel has a 34 gallon gas tank :D It's a blessing and a curse....
     
  13. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    My buddy has an ABS scanner and checked it out. C0550 was the code, he cleared it and it can back right away. I have already cleaned the ground for it. From what I read it would not even be able to run a self test and throw that code if it was a bad ground so it means the module is bad. I’ll just learn to live with the light I reckon, I’m not really willing to spend the money to replace it. I rather have a touch screen radio than the light go away :D
     
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  14. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    Thanks to an awesome customer of mine who is also a good friend, I scored a set of FREE brand new tires and some steel wheels. The wheels are in much better shape than mine, and came with center caps with all of the plastic lug covers.


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  15. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    Dude, you overpaid!!


    :lol: That's friggin awesome man!!!:rockon::rockon::rockon:
     
  16. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    That's a steal at twice the price!
     
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  17. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    Going to look at a camper shell tomorrow afternoon. If it’s pretty good I’ll be ditching this roof rack if anyone wants it.
     
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  18. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    Tires mounted, camper top acquired!
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    Scored this for $50! Throw some cheap white paint from the parts store on it, wire up some 12V power and a light and I’m in business!


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  19. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    Ladder rack is gone! Looks so much better, and no more whistling.
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  20. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    Camper shell test fitting. I thought my wife could help me put it on, but her little accountant arms just couldn’t do it. Luckily the neighbors heard our laughter and struggle and came to relieve my wife and give me a hand. I felt bad saying “yeah that looks great, now let’s take it back off”

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    I think this will be right nice for sleeping on wheeling trips, I won’t have to fool with a tent and I can keep everything dry. I’ll enlist the neighbor kids again when it’s time to take it on and off.

    The real question is: should I bother sanding/painting it or just rock the green? Oreillys has gloss white for $6 a can, figure it will take 6-7 cans maybe more?


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  21. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    I'd paint it....but....that's just me :huggy:

    It'll take 6 rolls of tape, paper, and likely 3 cans for the sides/front. The bear will be the TOP. 10 can's would be a safer bet (keep the receipt)
     
  22. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    Would probably be easier/cheaper to spray it with a quart of while rustoleum thru hvlp
     
  23. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    When I saw the alert that you commented I was so sure you were going to say paint it black! :D

    I don’t have a paint gun, and my compressor is currently down. I’m sure I will paint it, I’m just not sure when. This truck has been cheap but with this and other things around the house, needs for the jeep, kids and life in general I feel like I am literally BLEEDING money. I need to calm down a bit and get back in gear.
     
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  24. untchabl

    untchabl On the rocks

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    I'd leave it as is for now and take a trip or two with it. See how you like it and then worry about painting it later.
     
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  25. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    I should have a couple paint guns, and my compressor works.

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