1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

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1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by Rml1708 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:25 am

looks like I bought a 1945 MBT Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer. the story goes it was bought in 1947/1948 and stored in a tractor shed and never used. Two new Firestore tires and two new MDJuan Combat rims. Do I still send the data to Chuck Lutz?
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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by sjalbert » Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:51 am

AFAIK Chuck is still collecting data. Rare trailers like this especially pique his interest.
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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by nick peters » Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:33 pm

Nice one mate. I have a Gemco same month as yours.
regards Nick.
ps can you tell me the manufacturer of the reflectors please?

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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by Rml1708 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:19 pm

Since Chuck won't be getting any new data or sharing any new data thru the Gee any longer I will post the answer to the question on this trailer that I did send to Chuck.

Here is the data from the trailer all but the ACM number. the Trailer is currently inside another trailer. I am unable to disassemble the spring hanger to see what the ACM number is

1) the data plate. you have a photo

2) the USA number is 0887316

3) unable to obtain at this time

4) Both ends of shock are held on with threaded nuts. the shock mount is attached to the frame with nuts and bolts with PAL nuts

5) The axle is straight and appears to be in one piece. No indication of a weld in the middle

6) there are 10 leaf springs. They have the later wrap about spring clips (like those on an M38). spring clip closure is on the top

7) Taillights are Arrow Lights. Reflectors are Arrowlite Model 217 with Grotelite NO 100 inserts

8) Taillight mounts are standard bolted-on brackets

9) None found but it is hard to search where it is currently

10) there are no visible bolt head markings. when I get better access to the trailer I will look closer

11) there are no unit numbers

There is a Decal on the back panel of the lubrication points sheet. it appears to have been set with some sort of clear coat. It is clearly a decal as it is very very thin and not a paper glued to the back. The paint is original but very faded. I sprayed a little penetrating oil on the paint and the OD comes back bright and strong. The brake handle is frozen and will take time to free up. I think I already told you it had the original combat rims before the PO could not disassemble them and threw them away. There is a putty substance on all the reflector bolts and on the data plate rivets. There might also be some on some of the seams.
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1953 M38a1 'Dagwood'
1952 M100
1943 WC-52
1941 Nash-Kelvinator Ben Hur trailer
6/1/44 MB 337296 "SaMaKa"
9/42 GPW63323 "Sylvia"
9/42 Bantam trailer 9663B (in work)
http://www.surfacezero.com/g503/showgallery.php?cat=962" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by Rml1708 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:22 pm

Nick,

I hope this answers your question
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1953 M38a1 'Dagwood'
1952 M100
1943 WC-52
1941 Nash-Kelvinator Ben Hur trailer
6/1/44 MB 337296 "SaMaKa"
9/42 GPW63323 "Sylvia"
9/42 Bantam trailer 9663B (in work)
http://www.surfacezero.com/g503/showgallery.php?cat=962" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by nick peters » Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:33 am

Thanks RM
That does show what I believe is 100% correct. for the late trailer contract manufacturers . The same type round Arrowlite reflectors are also seen with (trimmed ) edges to make them ovals. Not sure why they did that but i'm guessing it was to save on metal? Trimmed edges are fitted to my Gemco. Looks as if you have a very nice trailer there Mate :)
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ps Would be very interesting to see a close up picture of the Decal you refer to please :)

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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by Bill H. » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:08 pm

My 1945 Gemco T1 had round Corcoran Brown bezels with Grotelite No. 100 lenses.
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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by Schneider » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:13 pm

Fantastic trailer condition.
My 42 T3 also got Model217 bezels with Grote #100 after repairing 04.04.45
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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by nick peters » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:00 am

Hey Schneider
That's a much travelled trailer you have. I'm guessing it went thru a rebuild program early 45 for the build up of material ready for the Invasion of Japan. After they 'persuaded ' the japs to surrender, It got shipped east to keep the peace. !!! Wonder if anyone else here on 503 have a rebuilt trailer from that company?
regards Nick
ps Are your Arrow reflectors round or clipped on the sides? I can see rounds on the back.

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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by Schneider » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:10 am

Hi Nick, yes, the side reflectors is the same Mod217. And Yea, my trailer come from Philippines to me.

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Re: 1945 Fruehauf 1/4 ton trailer

Post by nick peters » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:34 am

Hey Mate
That is one very well travelled trailer.
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