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M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:12 pm

The WWII/Korean War era Air Force was loaded with them, every unit that had aircraft capable of dropping bombs had them. The M-1 Bomblift is a 3 wheeled cart, that is moved and steered with a T-handle with a hydraulic platform that raises and lowers by operating foot levers. It is used to maneuver 100lb-2000lb bombs under aircraft.
Anybody have one besides Taigh and I?
I am always looking for any and all of the various accessories that go with the M-1 Bomblift.
It has an SNL G-Number G-189 and was manufactured by Weaver. I have two new G-189's.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Taigh Ramey » Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:54 pm

Hello,

I have an M-1 bomb lift that came with my Chevy M-6 bomb truck.

Here is a shot of it in use at our Bomber Crew Fantasy Camp at Stockton Army Air Field last May:

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We made concrete bombs molded from an original ANM34 250 pound GP bomb. We then dropped the bombs, 5 of them, from the collings B-24J using the Norden bomb sight.

The lift is in need of seals and new tires. It is unrestored just like the bomb truck. Here is a link to the web page showing the whole camp and the bomb truck in action:

http://twinbeech.com/images/collings/fa ... 655web.jpg
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:08 am

Each Bomblift came with a seal kit in a little tin box underneath the name plate. Mine should still be there. Maybe a hydraulic Jack or Machine shop that repairs hydraulic cylinders will recognize them. I have the SNL G-85 Volume 4 with the parts list, all numbers for the packing and cups are Weaver numbers.
Weaver is no longer in business, what was left of the plant burned a number of years ago. My Bomb lift was stored indoors in the GI wrapper for 40 years prior to bringing it home and still operates on the original hydraulic oil.

I can take my parts list to my favorite machineshop that rebuilds all types of cylinders to see if they may be familiar with the type.
I would offer to copy the SNL on the M-6/ M-1, but it is stiff and may break the spine. It has been in my possession since te late 40s and may have come with the new surplus bomb lifts we bought at DOW Field in 49.


I have one NOS 14" Spreader Bar available as trade for one each Cradle used to set the bombs on.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Taigh Ramey » Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:01 pm

I would sure love to see photos of your lift. It sounds great.

I will check under the data plate of my lift to see if there are seals still there. It didn't leak until one of my mechanics put 5606 aircraft hydraulic fluid into it by mistake. The lift came with my bomb truck as it was on the back of it evidently since the truck was sold surplus in 1950. The weathering seems to match the truck so I guess this is possible.

Do you know what the bracket looks like that secures the lift to the back of the truck? It is missing and there is a slot for it in the wood bed of the truck on the aft end. The parts and maintenance manuals that I have don't show any details.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:18 am

Best product is Permatex Hydraulic Jack Oil, and is available today. It is handy to have as it is suitable for lube for Hydrovacs and the Delco Knee Action Shock absorbers on the Bomb service, CCKW's and Armor.
Will try to dig out photos of my M-1, or take new ones. I have the Original 1943 Dated tires with flat spots, but have installed a set of 3 NOS BFG knobby tread tires with NOS AAF boxed tubes. It took a real men to push one of these loaded in mud, snow, sand, soft soil.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:50 pm

Here's a few photos of my WWII USAAF items, the M-1 BOMBLIFT is a favorite part of my collection, I am always on the lookout for M-1 Bomblift accessories. Every WWII USAAF Unit that dropped Ordnance from Fighters and Bombers had a number of M-1 Bomblifts.
Mine is a "Matching Numbers" Bomblift. It has it's 1943 dated tires that it came new with.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:59 pm

Note the raised platform, it only has a range of 6 3/4" and will lift up to a 2000# Bomb.
The M-1 Bomb Lift was manufactured by Weaver Manufacturing in Illinois, they were famous for their Automotive Front End Allignment Machines. Note the front fork, it is similar to the dolly used on the air Portable CCKW Cab. The M-1 Bomb Lift is a rare item, the USAAF and USAF once had thousands, they were obsolete by the end of the Korean War.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:12 pm

Another "BLAST FROM THE PAST"
I just had to include the CCKW, the SWB was more than just a truck assigned to the Field Artillery and for hauling general cargo. The USAAF also used them to haul bombs in, my friend Bill Knight was in the Quartermaster Corps in North Africa and told of hauling bombs in CCKW's and unloading them onto the ground by backing up fast and jamming on the brakes.. They were quite safe minus fuses and tail fins.
The 100lb GP M30A1 Bomb pictured is a product of Bombs Away LLC, and molded using an original casing. My next Replica Bomb from "Bombs Away" will be the 500# GP M-56 which is huge at approx 4' long X 14" O.D.
The SWB 1941 CCKW was imported by me from the Danish Army in 1983, it had been overhauled at Red River Arsenal in the 50's and refitted with an Open Cab. Thanks to friends Kevin Kronlund, Greg Wolanin, Bob Rubino, Jim Gilmore, Eric Kosalko, and Frank von Rosenstiel, it now has a restored 1574 Closed cab which was installed in Oct. 2007.
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I have NOS Spare hard to find M-1 Bomb Lift Accessories to trade for M-1 Bomb Lift items that I need.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:38 am

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A couple weeks ago the delivery truck dropped off a surprise package, it was a prefabbed kit for the Bomb Cradle used to place bombs under aircraft. I have wanted one of these for years. A couple hours of welding and a coat of black primer resulted in this.
There are nice some super people that make up the MV hobby and this is what happens when they practice the tradition of the "two way street" .
These cradles existed by the thousands during WWII and into Korea, bombs were transported from the dumps by M-6/M-27 Bomb Trucks, M-5 Bomb Trailers, or by Cargo truck and were placed on these cradles and placed under wings or bomb bays using the M-1 Bomb Lift.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:39 am

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The bomb in this pic is a 100# Practice Bomb, I paid $40.00 new for it at the local surplus store back in 1961. It was originally blue. These weighed 100# when filled with sand. When used for practice a small powder charge was added to it. I probably should not have painted it OD, but "BOMBS AWAY LLC" was way off into the future.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:40 am

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There are about two dozen special tools and lifting devices that are used to handle the conventional WWII Iron Bombs.
Note the two Bar, bomb service, short hoist, 14" , Bar, bomb service, long hoist, 30" and the Bar, Bomb handling, 2-man, 36" that are resting on the cradle.
The WWII Armorers were a rugged bunch as the M-1 Bomblift had to be pushed around on not only pavement but gravel, grass, mud and snow with bombs weighing up to 2000#. Imagine two men trying to carry a 250" bomb using two 36" bars, or 4 men carrying a 500 or 1000" bomb using two 48" bars?
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:41 am

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The M-1 Bomblift is operated much like a pallet jack, the long foot pedal raises it, the short footpedal lowers it. This particular machine has the original 1943 hydraulic oil and functions perfectly. It was still wrapped in its' 1943 factory paper when I took it out of storage in 1990.
The M-1 Bomblift gets the best gas mileage of any MV.
Note the BF GOODRICH Knobbies.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:42 am

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Note the two round studs on the bottom of the front and rear angles to restrict the cradle from sliding when it is on the platform.
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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

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Re: M-1 BOMB LIFT

Post by Joe Gopan » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:44 am

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The M-1 Bomblift is a complicated little device, it is considered a Truck by the Army Air Force and assigned G-189 for supply and maintnance purposes. It weighs about 250# empty and will transport up to a 2000# Bomb.
This M-1 Bomblift, was manufactured by Weaver Mfg, Co in 1943 and is NOS. It was surplused during the 1949 closing of Dow Field in Maine. The unit that turned it in was the 14th Fighter Group, the first USAAF unit to receive the F-84B Thunder Jet. Originally it had 1943 dated General Tires that were stored flat and cracked, they were replaced by NOS BFG with the popular "knobby tread". I have the original tires. It still has the original hydraulic oil installed when it was new. This one was still in factory wrapping when I got it ready for display in 1990
There are only a handfull of these that exist out of thousands as most were considered useless and scrapped during the post war years. They are in demand by WWII Warbird owners for handling and displaying wing tanks. M/Sgt Joe DeShay, a Line Chief in Chuck Yeagers WWII 357th Fighter Group told me that these also came in handy for lifting P-51 radiators into place.
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