Chevy K-43 Signal Corps Telephone Truck "ALLEY OOP"

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Re: Chevy K-43 Signal Corps Telephone Truck "ALLEY OOP"

Post by Tonywan Kanobby » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:47 am

Ah, progress. It's fun watching your rig come along. Great pics too.

Looks like that truck is happy to have found you !

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Re: Chevy K-43 Signal Corps Telephone Truck "ALLEY OOP"

Post by granpadavid » Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:41 pm

I do not recall if I ever answered your question. No, my dad was not 33d. I am still tracking some of his service. VII corps on June 9, 1944. 255th Signal Construction Company when he first deployed. Was in England early enough to have worked on English wire. (His statements to me).

Re: trailers and the K-43. Might have pulled a cable trailer or pole trailer as needed. Probably with just a few poles for specific jobs.
With as many CCKWs as would have been in use, I would suspect the need to pull trailer would have been rare.
This was civilian practice when I did this type of work. A flat bed would haul supplies and pull trailer. Or, a larger auger and pole handling line truck
would pull the pole trailer and any large load of poles. Cable trailers pulled behind modern 3/4 ton or 1 ton trucks have been seen as late as this spring.
(2016). Pulling a cable trailer with large reel of cable could have been troublesome with gin poles rigged on truck. Rigging gin poles on truck at work
site would require detaching cable trailer. Some reels of cable can be rather heavy. I have personally handled a number of such reels. Telephone copper, CATV hardline, messenger support steel cable. The possibilities of the trailer getting tipped over on its back and flipping the reel off or the tongue weight
making the trailer awkward to handle by hand are very real.
Also, a trailer hitched to the K43 when linemen are trying to rig up and access materials in the back of the truck can lead to lapses in judgement and minor accidents at least.

I have a picture of a civilian use version of the K-43. The viewpoint is from the rear and shows a lot of the equipment and related material as it might
have been positioned while in use. This photo is from somewhere in the SW US. Plants suggest low rain fall region. I believe the caption mention REA or WPA. It is one of the best pictures I have seen of the truck set up for work. Let me know if you want a copy (electronic) and I will try to recall the original source so you can get it direct. Otherwise, I can copy my download and send to you.

You are doing a good thing my bringing this truck back to life and sharing the progress and the process at the same time.

Thank you
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Post by johnseidts » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:03 am

Thanks for posting the interesting photos. One question on the TE-21 equipment- what is an LC-1 hand axe? Is this the typical WWII US-marked hand axe that shows up regularly for sale, or something else? Thanks!
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Re: Chevy K-43 Signal Corps Telephone Truck "ALLEY OOP"

Post by 33rdsignal » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:12 am

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1944 Truck Engineering Corp. 1 Ton Trailer (Wood)
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Post by johnseidts » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:09 pm

Chad,
Thanks. Another bit of OD to file in my OD-saturated brain....
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Re: Chevy K-43 Signal Corps Telephone Truck "ALLEY OOP"

Post by pintelhook11over » Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:25 am

Hello, I was tinkering with a take-out steering box I bought and was wondering something because I haven't pulled the original steering box out of my G7117 yet...

Does the pitman arm shaft seal have to be installed from the inside of the worm gear box or can a seal puller yank out the old seal from the outside @ the sector shaft hole? I was figuring if that was possible I could just smack in a new one from the mounting flange side of the steering box instead of stripping down the whole thing. It felt pretty tight when the organ donor truck it was in was rolled/moved/steered around the yard, I didn't want to upset the whole assembly if I could get away with just a single seal change.

I was de-grease-ifying the exterior of the box with a small hamer, putty knife and about 2-3 hours of elbow grease. After cleaning in seal bore area it kinda looks like it could come out, but It kinda doesn't look like it will come out that way if the metal body of the seal is larger that the hole.
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Post by 33rdsignal » Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:48 am

Pintle,
Sure it could be done. I would just worry about damaging the seal retainer. Taking the sector shaft out was pretty easy and I was able to go through the entire box in about 2 hours.
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Post by 33rdsignal » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:51 am

So it has been a long time since I last updated this post. pretty much the grind continues...Disassemble, Repair, Clean, Paint, Reassemble. Work to fill the wallet, buy parts to empty the wallet.

A few things done:
Removed, Cleaned and rebuilt the transfer case (Speedi sleeved yokes, new seals, gaskets, and bearings)
Removed, Cleaned and rebuilt the Winch PTO Case (Speedi sleeved yokes, new seals, gaskets, and bearings)
Rebuilt front and rear axles. (Speedi sleeved yokes, new seals, gaskets, and bearings)
Cleaned and painted frame.
Worked Emergency Brake system (Different then the normal G506)
New Brake Cylinders all around and relined shoes
Bought and restored truck specific tools and accessories
Blasted and painted parts
Blasted and painted parts
Blasted and painted parts
Blasted and painted parts
Blasted and painted parts..........Will it ever end?!??!?!?!??!?!?!
Removed tires from the rims.

And now Pictures.....
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1943 Chevy K-43 (G7173)
1944 Truck Engineering Corp. 1 Ton Trailer (Wood)
1942 Dodge WC-52
1942 Willys MB

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Re: Chevy K-43 Signal Corps Telephone Truck "ALLEY OOP"

Post by 33rdsignal » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:52 am

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1944 Truck Engineering Corp. 1 Ton Trailer (Wood)
1942 Dodge WC-52
1942 Willys MB

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Re: Chevy K-43 Signal Corps Telephone Truck "ALLEY OOP"

Post by 33rdsignal » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:53 am

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1943 Chevy K-43 (G7173)
1944 Truck Engineering Corp. 1 Ton Trailer (Wood)
1942 Dodge WC-52
1942 Willys MB

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Post by 33rdsignal » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:39 am

Also in my time, I have been doing extensive research on the K43. This is what my truck will be modeled after. This is the original "Alley Oop" belonging to Co. A, 33rd Signal Construction Battalion (My Grandfathers outfit) as seen when coming ashore on UTAH beach in July of 1944
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1943 Chevy K-43 (G7173)
1944 Truck Engineering Corp. 1 Ton Trailer (Wood)
1942 Dodge WC-52
1942 Willys MB

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Re: Chevy K-43 Signal Corps Telephone Truck "ALLEY OOP"

Post by Ben Dover » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:55 am

It doesn't get any better than this scene, go for it. Note the Headlight covers. I believe they match the NOS GI Issue one I just rediscovered. I hope to find a shop that will make up a few exact copies for MV collectors.
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Re: Chevy K-43 Signal Corps Telephone Truck "ALLEY OOP"

Post by gentrysgarage » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:38 pm

Wow Just Wow...LOOKS GREAT!
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