Rainy day project

Overcast as hell and it starts to rain every time I go near a paint roller. So I looked around for some other little thing I could do, where it’s not a disaster if I get rained on while I’m doing it…

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We had a discussion in comments about this not long ago; I’ve always had the habit of strapping the trailer’s tie-downs to the trailer walls so they’re handy. I could put them in the Jeep but there’s already so much permanent junk in the Jeep. But now weather and incidental damage (once a cow tried to eat one, and cleaning up after that was not great fun) has caused me to have to replace the straps, and I don’t want to have to do that again. Somebody suggested I bolt an ammo can to the trailer, and that made good sense. Happened I have an old ammo can not actually being used for ammo…

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Until I actually tried to do it, my plan was to bolt the can to the trailer wall just over a fender. That way it wouldn’t bounce around and maybe fatigue the ammo can wall. But it turned out that the angle iron on the top of the wall made it impossible to open the lid when I put it there. Fortunately I learned that before I actually had things bolted down. It has to be down low so the lid can swing. I did figure out ahead of time that I had to tilt the top of the box away from the wall with washers to leave a gap for the inner edge of the lid.

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It’s got 3/8″ bolts with big washers and lock nuts, so it should stay in place okay. If it doesn’t, then I’ll know that idea doesn’t work.

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4 Responses to Rainy day project

  1. Kentucky says:

    The idea is good.

    Experience may indicate execution might stand review.

    (I’m a great fan of stainless steel bolts/nuts/washers.)

  2. Klaus says:

    Just my two cents and feel free to ignore it but my experience with attaching thing to expanded metal is it will break. Unless it’s a license plate or something of no weight. What I did with my little utility trailer was to bolt a piece of 3/4″ plywood(painted) up by the tongue to the frame rails and bolted a tool box to that. It’s been on there and still solid since the mid 90s. Just an idea that I know has worked well.

  3. MJR says:

    Hey Joel, good job. The 50 caliber ammo box I’ve attached to my trailer I mounted to the front on the tongue away from the body so I can open the lid easy.

  4. anonymous says:

    Very cool. If you have occasional need of a machete while doing roadwork, one resourceful deer hunter welded a steel pipe sleeve onto his bumper where he left the machete while driving the roads. To use, dismount vehicle and grab machete. Insert back when done – easy peasy.

To the stake with the heretic!