Made more progress today
Finished the hitch up, changed the original design a little
The original pintle mount was not designed to rotate to allow the trailer to articulate, it just had to positions 180 degrees off from each other- if you look at the bottom of the socket the hitch goes into, theres a flat bar on the bottom and a flat spot on the shaft to lock it form rotating..
I hit the flat spot with the grinder to allow about 45 degrees of rotation each way
then welded the plate to the old pintle and bolted the ring on and its officially towable!
Next was to try to overhaul the original military blackout lights
The lenses were pretty bad, they outside of the plastic was crusty and dried out
some sanding and polishing made them workable
Then used the jeep winch to stand it up so I could get to the underside
good news is this thing is SOLID, no rust!
one of the brakes is still functional and had the cable in place, the other cable is missing, gonna see what I can rig up..
worked on the lights a bit more, gonna retrofit the original housings to LEDs and the spider eye reflectors that had been painted over got cleaned up and thats where I quit for the night