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Re: Q.M.C. G-518 Ben Hur Trailer.

Post by D.R.H. » Thu May 16, 2019 7:53 pm

Thanks Tim. I found a place on line that has N.O.S. starboard tail lights in the original packaging. They are inbound and I will post photos of them as I open them. Can't wait!!
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Re: Q.M.C. G-518 Ben Hur Trailer.

Post by D.R.H. » Fri May 17, 2019 3:17 pm

Hey Gents. I received the two starboard side tail lights today, they are perfect. I asked about port side, and was told he didn't have any. I will have to paint them to match the trailer, but it's a small task. I called the guy to thank him and to find out how many he has left. He said about ten. The price was $70.00 each plus shipping and they are in their original packing. If anyone else needs some, please let me know and I'll forward the info to you.
Here are the pics. of the lights.

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Re: Q.M.C. G-518 Ben Hur Trailer.

Post by Farrell Fox » Sat May 18, 2019 11:34 am

I'll bet they smell amazing!
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Re: Q.M.C. G-518 Ben Hur Trailer.

Post by Ben Dover » Sat May 18, 2019 11:37 am

Yankee is a good find.
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Re: Q.M.C. G-518 Ben Hur Trailer.

Post by D.R.H. » Sat May 18, 2019 4:06 pm

Thanks Guys. YES, good find and they smell great!!!
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Re: Q.M.C. G-518 Ben Hur Trailer.

Post by Ben Dover » Sat May 18, 2019 4:27 pm

I'll look at my spares for a NOS Yankee Service Tail Light Door, Chances are slim but it's worth a look.
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Re: Q.M.C. G-518 Ben Hur Trailer.

Post by D.R.H. » Sun May 19, 2019 5:14 pm

Well Gents, today I felt a bit like getting something accomplished. Earlier in the thread I had to build an adapter frame for the generator in the trailer. I made the side blocks a bit too big at the front. I did not have the Jerry Can holders to measure and figure out proper spacing. Today I made some 'adjustments' and installed the last two holders.

I cut one inch from these blocks so the holder would fit. I then sanded the faces down smooth and sprayed some paint.
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The problem was that the blocks prevented the holders from lining up with the stock holes in the floor. I wasn't about to drill new holes in either. :wink:
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This 'shorty can' is not a backyard modification. All the assembly seams are just like the tall ones behind it. I featured it in the Jerry Can section asking if anyone knew about ones like it, but no one had an answer. I will have it cleaned, painted and stenciled for Motor Oil.
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I haven't run the Gennie in almost 2 months, so it was time to warm Her up a bit.
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The Water can in front is a Monarch '42. I am very pleased to say that the genius who owned it before me, put used motor oil in it! That saved the bottom from being rotted out. The inner coating is coming away from the steel, so it too will be cleaned and have a new food safe coating applied.
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Total liquid compliment for the trailer will be: 18 Gals. of Gasoline, 5 Gallons Water, and 2.5 Gallons of Motor Oil. I am undecided right now whether or not I will fill them though.
Thanks for looking... :)
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Re: Q.M.C. G-518 Ben Hur Trailer.

Post by D.R.H. » Thu May 23, 2019 7:41 pm

Hey Gents! A few photos more for the archives. My Trailer had two Port side tail lights installed when I bought it. Two weeks ago I was sloshing around on the internet and found a guy in the south who had 12 new in the box, old stock port side T. lights. Now he has only ten. Yesterday I cleaned all four up then primed and painted them. Here they are installed.

I had forgotten that Robin had made four tail light wire protectors for me, that is why they're not painted yet. Tomorrow they'll get tightened up. I'm thinking that I may want to put a radius on them outboard corners. They look as though they may invoke some serious foul language, in public, if encountered at just the correct time and angle :evil: ...... :)
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Yep! After looking more closely at these photos, they're getting a radius on 'em. They'll ruin a nice pair H.B.T. Trousers at precisely the wrong time!! :D Thanks for lookin'.............
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Re: Q.M.C. G-518 Ben Hur Trailer.

Post by timsresort » Fri May 24, 2019 7:40 pm

That just reminded me I got a set from Robin at the meet. Nice photos of the install. I'll dig them out this weekend and try them on, I see what you mean about the sharp edge.
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Re: Q.M.C. G-518 Ben Hur Trailer.

Post by D.R.H. » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:50 pm

Hey Tim, these photos are for you if you haven't made a decision about trimming the tail light wire guards.

I cut them back just to where the radius on the tail light bracket begins. They will still cover the wire harness ends and I think they look okay too.
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Here is one of my many Gerry Cans for the trailer. The rest are at the sandblaster and coming home tomorrow. This one is a Nesco 1941. It had been galvanized when it was made and is still in great shape, in and out. I used a 'galvie' friendly primer 1st., then Rustoleum Red Oxide over it. The Paint was mfg'd in 1983 and is Acrylic Laquer 34087. I'm gonna be sad when it's all gone. It sprays well, lays down great, and is as tough as nails when fully cured. It smells like soap too, a rather pleasant aroma if I do say so myself!! :wink:
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Thanks for looking.
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