It has been progressing quite nicely. I have made a few more trips to the salvage yard and found some of the brass bushings I was looking for, along with some of the special larger nuts such as the one which holds the towing bracket to the trail. Last weekend I found these buried under the grass.
The lower shields are spare to my requirements so will go to the guy who got the other recoup mech. I was quite happy to find the larger upper shield as these were discarded many years ago when we went to the 11-20 tires on our guns.
I have pretty much found all my axle parts with the exception of the brake shoes and hardware. All the seals, bearings, the two large castellated nuts for the wheel bearings, and even the brake pivot shafts were found on ebay at reasonable cost. I have assembled the axle without the brake shoes for now. Besides, there are no hills here in Manitoba anyway.
I also picked up a pair of M35Cdn rims and 11.00 X 20 tires which will have to do for now. Canada has not used the 9.00-20 tires for over 25 years so those are getting hard to come by up here. Perhaps I'll pick up a pair at the next MVPA convention.
Below are some of the inspection and property marks found on top of the axle.
The pintle bar has been sandblasted along with the trial hinge pins. Amazing how well the threads turn out after having been buried in the ground or subject to the weather for almost 40 years. I am now just waiting on some 4" bronze thrust washers for between the pintle bar and the axle. I found something close that will just have to be lathed a bit to match perfectly.
Next step after the pintle bar has been assembled will be to blast, paint and install the top carriage assy. I still have some feelers out for the brass bushings that go onto it.
Re your photo requests, I can help with the recoil mech threads, but I still have to source those trunnion nuts myself. A tip for the recoil mechanism thread is that it is 1-1/16-12, and can use the same castellated nut as the wheel bearing adjusting nuts.
The carriage cradle trunnions are 1-7/8"-16tpi thread. I have found almost the identical nut on ebay but in lh thread. The search for rh thread is still in progress.
I'll try and snap some photos of the recoil mech front tomorrow when it is light out. Winter is fast approaching in these parts, so I think that I will have to be satisfied with just accumulating parts and pieces for the next 5 months, as it will be far too cold to sandblast or paint.