1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by thidisbogus » Tue May 26, 2015 10:04 pm

Pulled off the wheel to check out the hub. Didn't get a photo but the grease looked pretty darn good. I think this was an older restoration as the grease looked pretty fresh. I did not have a chance to pull out the bearings though.

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Pulled off the M100 light brackets and the bolts and nuts looked pretty new too...

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by thidisbogus » Tue May 26, 2015 10:05 pm

Was this hole original? If so what is its purpose?

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Post by thidisbogus » Tue May 26, 2015 10:06 pm

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A comparison of the M100 and MBT tail light brackets

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Got the MBT brackets installed

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by canorisa » Wed May 27, 2015 4:25 am

Rodney:

Did you had your trailer sandblasted as a whole unit or did you take it apart? I'm debating whether I want to take mine apart but don't know yet. If you don't mind me asking, how much did that run you? I'm trying to get a decent quote here in Florida.

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by TBowman » Thu May 28, 2015 6:54 pm

Hi Rodney

Looking good! Will be a nice addition. : )

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by Bill H. » Thu May 28, 2015 10:28 pm

Rodney, that hole in the rear frame is correct. In fact, crawl under the trailer and you will find that same hole on all the other crossmembers except the front one. In an effort to keep production costs down they used just the two crossmember designs; the front and all the rest. It is also where the wire harness goes through the frame :)
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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by cmpman » Fri May 29, 2015 4:36 am

Always neat to see how far some of our Canadian trailers have migrated. Your trailer was made just 100 miles from here, in Winnipeg Manitoba. I can look up the Canadian Forces registration (CFR) data at work for it and it would give some of the military history of the trailer.

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by cmpman » Fri May 29, 2015 6:56 am

Had a look, and your vehicle was assigned to CFB Trenton for the majority of it's career (from Jan 53) until Aug of 1994, at which time it went to 2 RCHA in Petawawa Ontario to finish up it's career. Most likely, when it was listed as Trenton, it was actually held at a local militia unit, as the airforce generally would not have held army equipment in Canada. It was typical for the trailer to be held by the major equipment section and then signed over to the militia unit. The records, however will show it as being held by the supporting base, in this case Trenton.

It was sold in April of 1995.

The recorded CFR for it is 53-70810. I note in your photo that it is stamped 52- on the front drawbar, which is incorrect when compared to the registry. Production of the M100 Cdn started in Dec of 52, and while your trailer shows as being produced in that month, for some reason the DND gave it a CFR of 53-. I have found inconsistencies in the early trailers. One has to remember it would have all been paper documents back then.

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by Bill H. » Fri May 29, 2015 8:52 am

Very cool information! It would be nice to have that type of data for US equipment.
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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by thidisbogus » Fri May 29, 2015 11:32 am

canorisa wrote:Rodney:

Did you had your trailer sandblasted as a whole unit or did you take it apart? I'm debating whether I want to take mine apart but don't know yet. If you don't mind me asking, how much did that run you? I'm trying to get a decent quote here in Florida.

Thanks,

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Hi Joel, I took it to the site and had it sandblasted as a whole. I can tell that they were thorough enough to remove the wheels at least. And the price to do it was amazing. It was 150.00

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by thidisbogus » Fri May 29, 2015 11:33 am

TBowman wrote:Hi Rodney

Looking good! Will be a nice addition. : )

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Thank you Tim!

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by thidisbogus » Fri May 29, 2015 11:34 am

Bill H. wrote:Rodney, that hole in the rear frame is correct. In fact, crawl under the trailer and you will find that same hole on all the other crossmembers except the front one. In an effort to keep production costs down they used just the two crossmember designs; the front and all the rest. It is also where the wire harness goes through the frame :)
Thank you Bill!

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by thidisbogus » Fri May 29, 2015 11:37 am

cmpman wrote:Had a look, and your vehicle was assigned to CFB Trenton for the majority of it's career (from Jan 53) until Aug of 1994, at which time it went to 2 RCHA in Petawawa Ontario to finish up it's career. Most likely, when it was listed as Trenton, it was actually held at a local militia unit, as the airforce generally would not have held army equipment in Canada. It was typical for the trailer to be held by the major equipment section and then signed over to the militia unit. The records, however will show it as being held by the supporting base, in this case Trenton.

It was sold in April of 1995.

The recorded CFR for it is 53-70810. I note in your photo that it is stamped 52- on the front drawbar, which is incorrect when compared to the registry. Production of the M100 Cdn started in Dec of 52, and while your trailer shows as being produced in that month, for some reason the DND gave it a CFR of 53-. I have found inconsistencies in the early trailers. One has to remember it would have all been paper documents back then.
CMPMAN, I really appreciate that!

I have been ti Winnipeg before twice. I was stuck there on 9/11 at a Nortel conference and Nortel rented a bus to drive us back to Dallas.

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by cmpman » Fri May 29, 2015 3:00 pm

Bill H. wrote:Very cool information! It would be nice to have that type of data for US equipment.
It may well exist. All the info jammed into the computers ends up somewhere. In the case of Canadian equipment, the computer records started around 77 or 78. The only problem is that with a small potential of only 99,999 numbers to use for a CFR, they eventually get overwritten by new equipment. When you consider that the jeep trailers left Cdn service in the mid 90s, and things like the M135 in the early 80s, the Jeeps in the mid 80s, we are lucky to still be able to access their data.

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Re: 1952 M100 Trailer Restoration Thread

Post by thidisbogus » Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:16 pm

I do not currently have the drain plug piece in there (the rubber thing with the spring) and have sourced two of them. I am now attempting to unscrew the slotted holder things and the screws are frozen. I have put PB Blaster and Kroil on there but I am starting to strip the screws. I will follow with photos soon, but was wondering what anyone has done to get them loose on theirs?


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