Q.M.C. G-518.

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Q.M.C. G-518.

Post by D.R.H. » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:07 pm

So I am now lucky enough to be the recipient of my 3rd. Ben Hur Trailer. This one is an early war having a Dec. 1942 delivery date. I suspect that it is one of these three variants; K-52 equipped with a PE-95 generator, K-63 equipped with a PE-99 generator, K-63A equipped with a PE-197 generator. Research on these trailers concludes that the general purpose cargo trailers did not have a spare tire carrier. Mine does and there are evenly spaced holes in floor where a generator unit should be. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. I welcome any input that will provide further identification. Thanks for looking.

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I am thinking that there may have been the P.E. 95 Gen. here judging by the paint outline.
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Post by Hammerhead » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:24 pm

Nice find. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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Post by D.R.H. » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:49 pm

Thanks Hammerhead and Your welcome for the pics. I FINALLY stumbled upon an implement I have been looking for, for about ten years that will go into the trailer. It is not a P.E. 95 though. It'll be here in about ten days. :D
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Post by TopKick » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:13 pm

Outstanding original Ben Hur, Have fun with the restoration. 8)
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Post by D.R.H. » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:34 pm

Thanks Topkick. This one will be a snap.
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Post by D.R.H. » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:45 pm

I received a package from a very reliable source in College Station, Texas last night. Thank You Brent Mullins, the bows are indeed in very good condition for their age. And reasonably priced too I might add.

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I am not one bit dis-appointed with the date, I like the fact that they are still available.
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Post by D.R.H. » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:45 pm

Hey Gents, I've been messing around with the bows I bought from Mullins Jeep Pts. and found one of them to a little twisted due to its' age. First thing I did was to sand all the old paint and dirt off the wood, then the brackets. I primed and painted the brackets and treated the wood with boiled Linseed oil, except for this one. I wasn't sure how I would remove the twist from the one bow, but after watching a video on line in which a wagon builder removed the twist from the entire floor of a wood wagon using two clothes irons, I figured I could give it a try too.
I followed his example with a clothes iron and towel. Here are some photos of today's attempt. Enjoy.

First I cut two 2 2 X 4 blocks and screwed them to my bench. I made sure that they were about 2 inches closer together than the width of the brackets. My thinking was that if this works, it will also put a lttle more arch back into the bow.
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After securing the clamp closest in the photo, I then pushed the far end toward the back of the bench to off-set the twist. I gave it a little extra opposite twist just in case it wants to come back after I release it from the clamps.
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Then I went to work with the iron applying plenty of heat and steam.
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I'll know more tomorrow whether or not this works. The guy who made the video didn't leave enough cool-down time with the wagon bed, and the twist was only partially removed. So, I'll wait for the bow to cool thoroughly before I remove the clamps. :)
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Post by D.R.H. » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:27 am

Well boys the end result of the steam trick was met with great success. Sorry the photo is a little on the dark side, my camera is old and starting to die. When I released the clamps holding the bow in place, it came back to a neutral position. The twist is gone and I even managed to get a little more arch back into it. I set the assembly on the side board of my bed because it is the closest thing I have to a flat surface.
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