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Trailer Canvas

Post by nick peters » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:54 am

Hello Everyone
Do any of you guys have an opinion as to any manufacturer/dealer who's producing a close copy of the trailer canvas?
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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by Mark Jesic » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:27 am

Nick, John Worthing does them. He is located near Ludlow , Shropshire. I have never been disappointed with any of his products. :D

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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by nick peters » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:18 pm

Hey Mark
Thanks for that. I know John and Mary do them. Just wondering if anyone else has an opinion .
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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by TopKick » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:00 am

What about New Life Canvas? 8)
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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by Chuck Lutz » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:02 am

You might die before delivery from what I hear....or before you can even order.
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Post by Steve Webb » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:50 pm

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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by nick peters » Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:58 am

Thanks for the input. I looked at their website. And indeed doing so raises another question . They state that their m100 cover is the same as one for an mbt. So my question is . Was their any difference in style between original willys and Bantam covers?
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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by Chuck Lutz » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:19 am

Now you have asked a question that might fall into Farrell Fox's domain...and I say that because the width of the canvas and any stitching of pieces together might identify a Bantam from a Willys tarpaulin.

For instance, here is an original WWII top from Italy and as you can see, it is constructed with a middle seam running from the front to the rear panel. No idea if this is Bantam/Willys, early/late or if there even WAS a difference between one made for the Bantam or one made for the Willys trailers.
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The second is on a trailer with a dateline of December 1942...
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...I posted the photos so you can at least say that this is how TWO of them were produced.
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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by 1942GPW » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:38 am

Hello Chuck - There seem to be several making reproductions, is there a favorite that is priced reasonably? Also, I’m in Oregon, so would prefer to buy on domestic rather than farm UK. I see them on eBay, Midwest Military, and other places. I’d like to buy one that is well made for my trailer, but not certain who to get it from. Do you or others have an opinion?
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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by Ben Dover » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:45 am

G-529 (MBT/Bantam) and G-747 (M-100) do share the same Willys and Ordnance Part Number and specs.. I have the Drawing and specs in my filing cabinet.at my office. Maine problem with reproduction is not unstalling correct grommets. They are to be marked on the bottom side. I have a WWII Tarp stored with my parts. One will note that the rope material alternated from Manilla, Sisal, etc.There is another ORD Number involved in the spec for these tarps.
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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by Ken Perkins » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:56 pm

got my m100 tarp from weebee webbing. like their color and its aged well...im not gentle on it...
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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by Farrell Fox » Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:31 pm

Chuck Lutz wrote:
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No idea if this is Bantam/Willys, early/late or if there even WAS a difference between one made for the Bantam or one made for the Willys trailers.
There is indeed a difference between a Bantam canvas tarp, and a Willys canvas tarp. The Bantam tarpaulin has very large corner reinforcements compared to the Willys made tarpaulin which has noticeably smaller corner reinforcements that conform to the W.O. drawings. Since the primary construction was #10 canvas with a center seam, early versus late details might be non-existent, and negligible, much like the canvas half doors. The W.O. drawings list cotton rope, not hemp, manila or sisal, and no substitute is listed. The photo of the Bantam trailer also shows bright white cotton rope. So all indications suggest that both manufacturers used cotton rope.

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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by Ben Dover » Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:53 pm

The WWII 1/4 Ton Trailer Tarp set me by Lawrence NABHOLTZ was manufactured by Tweedie Footware. ORD# is 7328289, it has White cottonlike tiedown rope. Who is to say it did not start out on a brand new MBT or BT-3.
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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by nick peters » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:49 pm

That's very interesting info. So I guess it raises the question. Are you willing/doing, remakes of Willys and bantam trailer canvas's Farrell?
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Re: Trailer Canvas

Post by Farrell Fox » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:06 am

nick peters wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:49 pm
That's very interesting info. So I guess it raises the question. Are you willing/doing, remakes of Willys and bantam trailer canvas's Farrell?
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I just finished re-drawing the drawings and purchased the setting dies for the eyelets. I'm mulling over using #8 or #10 canvas at the moment
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