Often when things appear to be junk, they can be re-purposed to be a part of your military collections.
I took a rusted out WWII M100 trailer and converted it to an ammo trailer to haul blank ammo for a 75mm pack howitzer. I thought Military Vehicle Magazine readers would like to see how it was done.
The material used in the rebuild:
*2 pieces 1/4 inch steel plate measuring 38” x 18”
*2 pieces 1/4” inch steel plate measuring 41” x 18”
*1 piece 1/4” inch steel plate measuring 41” x 38”
*1 piece 1/4” inch steel plate measuring 42” x 38” (top)
*1/2 inch steel rod 42”
*2 pieces for 1/2” rod measuring 2-1/2” long
*4’ of dog chain,
*4 steel loops, 1-1/2” long with nuts and washers.
Trailer Restoration Process
Three hinges were welded to attach the door. The lock was created from a 1/2” bolt, nut and lock washer with a circular handle around the bolt with a large washer ground off. A small cut in the top plate to allow to lock the door shut.
We used a chisel, grinder, and a steel saw to cut the box off the trailer.
To attach the pintle hitch, we used a piece of 3/8” steel, 12” wide and 6” tall connected at a right angle to a piece 12” by 8”.
We used 4-3/8” bolts with nuts and lock washers to attach.
To support this off the trailer frame, we used 2 pieces of 3/8” steel measuring 38” long and 3”wide. This was all welded together, and the trailer was welded to the frame.
The approximate cost to build it was $2,500.
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