Tim's Project G518

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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by timsresort » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:18 pm

Looking for a snowy day project without too much effort required. I didn't have to look too long, got this black out switch from a friend and fellow Dodge Boy.
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This is a photo of a similar one installed on another trailer, and they are getting kind of scarce.
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Really happy that this one has the backing plate and it matches the holes on my trailer.
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A little ugly on the inside>
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Got out the ohmmeter and figured out what it's supposed to do.
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Once I knew it works, bead blasted.
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Primed
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Ready to go.
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by timsresort » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:51 pm

Trying to get this trailer on the road, so next is bearings. Cleaned up nicely and see no reason not to run them.
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Found these in the stash, fun to open up some history.
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Hubs and drums bead blasted, primed,, painted, bearings packed and installed. Also got the flaps.
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Getting closer to being on its wheels.
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by signsup » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:44 am

Great job so far.
On one of my Ben Hur project trailers, it has an original looking BO light switch with the remnants of a flat braided ground strap. like it was grounded to the frame with a strap. This may have been original. May have been one manufacturer over another. May have been a early vs. late production thing, or it may have been Bubba wiring.
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by zepher11 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:51 am

timsresort wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:51 pm
Trying to get this trailer on the road, so next is bearings. Cleaned up nicely and see no reason not to run them.
A lot of the wheel bearings I pull out of the old Dodges often seem to be in good shape. I've reused them when they look good. Seems like the wheel bearings are always well packed in grease, however I find that most former caretakers evidently didn't own a grease gun as the spring shackles are often times dry as a desert. Those bearings look pretty good.
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by timsresort » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:43 am

signsup wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:44 am
Great job so far.
On one of my Ben Hur project trailers, it has an original looking BO light switch with the remnants of a flat braided ground strap. like it was grounded to the frame with a strap. This may have been original. May have been one manufacturer over another. May have been a early vs. late production thing, or it may have been Bubba wiring.
Interesting. Usually means an attempt at radio suppression. Maybe it was generator trailer, and everything got suppressed. There are a lot of different versions of the black out switch, seemingly no 2 are the same. I was just happy the mounting holes lined up, so it's at least close to original.
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by timsresort » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:48 am

zepher11 wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:51 am
timsresort wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:51 pm
Trying to get this trailer on the road, so next is bearings. Cleaned up nicely and see no reason not to run them.
A lot of the wheel bearings I pull out of the old Dodges often seem to be in good shape. I've reused them when they look good. Seems like the wheel bearings are always well packed in grease, however I find that most former caretakers evidently didn't own a grease gun as the spring shackles are often times dry as a desert. Those bearings look pretty good.
Yes, thanks, I was glad to be able to use them. My guess is they are over-designed and as long as they don't get submerged the grease lasts a long time. The grease that was in them was ancient, possibly original, but still pliable. I started down the path of getting the Timken numbers, and they are available in the Timken catalog, but didn't have to go any further.
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by Rustman » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:09 pm

I looked them up once. Those bearings are I think $25-30 per bearing via eBay and a whole lot more from an industrial supply house. Being as you need four bearings on a trailer the originals being in good shape is a happy thing. At least for me.

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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by D.R.H. » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:03 pm

The bearings in my trailer has some seriously ancient grease in them. It was black and like tar. Ben D. cited that it looked like original W.W. 2 grease. My friend pulled the trailer, (empty) from its' cocoon in Tehachepi Ca. to Coos Bay Or., Then I pulled it home to Seattle, it traveled just around 1150 miles. This happened this month last year. When I finally serviced them, they looked to in great shape, they were not overheated and blued. The races were in great shape as well.
I am really enjoying your thread Tim. It is filled with great work and lots of fun..... :)
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by timsresort » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:48 pm

These had the really black grease in them, and I assume since almost no one ever cleans the grease out of the hub that it was WW2 vintage. The last time this trailer got any attention was probably May 1945, the date on the rebuild tag. And that's still WW2. Thanks for following, guys, I appreciate it. There is a lot more to come, obviously.
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by timsresort » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:00 pm

The tires are here!
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For a guy that has jeeps, a half ton and a 3/4 ton, these are big. This is next to a 37" on my 3B.
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And for a chuckle, next to a 7.50-16 on my CJ5. That's not going to fit!
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by timsresort » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:06 pm

Thanks to my local Les Schwab, that didn't blink an eye when I brought in the split wheels, I got them mounted and couldn't wait to see them on the trailer.
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I think they look pretty darn good.
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by timsresort » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:18 pm

One of the most glaring holes (literally) in this project was the tailgate. This has been solved with a NOS unit from Midwest Military. Thanks, John! The license plate is wishful thinking, knowing the CA DMV.
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Here is the tag from the tailgate, really cool.
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by timsresort » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:05 pm

Blizzard warning today, so another easy and interesting project to get out of the way: addressing the reflectors.
This is the one left on the trailer.
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I have now acquired 4 Do-Ray Nobbys, but they need attention. Here is one next to the old tailgate.
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I ground off the back of the brass grommets that hold it together.
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Interesting that these don't have individual marbles, it is one piece of glass.
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Opened up the others with mixed results.
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Bead blasted the steel parts, and ran the glass though the dishwasher.
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Old vs. old-new
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by timsresort » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:41 pm

Next, time for paint, but really not painting weather right now, so a quick shoot and in to the curing station. And yes, I did run this by the C.O.
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Ready for assembly
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Decided to replace the felt and/or cork backing with tin foil. This will enhance the reflectiveness, and provide a cushion for the glass.
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Got a grommet kit on eBay, had to play around to get it right.
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This is the little setting tool, the amount of tap was important.
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Done. Old vs. new
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Re: Tim's Project G518

Post by zepher11 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:47 pm

The reflectors look great! I need to start collecting some extras so I can rebuild the ones on my BH.
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