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Army Semi Trailer Wanted 28 Aug 2018 21:33 #195750

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I have a ribbed vacuum tank and 2 large vacuum brake boosters, I just took them of my McGrath single axle strap trailer.

Was almost about to bin them?

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Army Semi Trailer Wanted 29 Aug 2018 06:36 #195751

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Army Semi Trailer Wanted 29 Aug 2018 16:41 #195753

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Just found the original Army workshop/parts manual for the McGrath trailers. The vacuum hose is described as Hose 3/4" id X 5 ply.

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Army Semi Trailer Wanted 31 Aug 2018 13:03 #195764

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Lang, I dont know much aabout vac brakes, but I wonder if you can find old compresser hose like they used on mobile compressors for jack hammers etc, I have some that wont go flat even if you drive on it, awful dirty black rubber stuff to use (makes everything black) but would definitely not suck flat. The acco and the C line had the same stuff in red for a vac trailer set up.
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Army Semi Trailer Wanted 31 Aug 2018 13:18 #195766

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Lang, it's always puzzled me why the front of Army trailers are curved. :huh:
Is it because of kit stored behind the cabin?
Obviously you can pack less gear inside the front of the trailer being curved?
I'm sure you have the answer! ;)
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Army Semi Trailer Wanted 31 Aug 2018 17:09 #195770

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Pierre

The reason was to get a turntable close to the cab on very short tractors. If it was square the corners of the trailer would hit the cab during a turn.

The whole thing was a waste of time because nothing that short eventuated (even the very short C60/F60 Blitz tractors) and a normal square trailer could be used. Apart from the inconvenient shape for loading you lost quite a few square feet of floor space. They put a spare tyre on the front of the round trailers No.3 which gave up all desire to come up close to the cab. Many transport operators and cockies built add-on corners after the war to make the round front models look "normal".

Trailers No. 2 had round end
Trailers N0. 2a had square end
Trailers N0.3 had round end
Trailers No.4 had square end
Trailers No.4a had square end

Apart from minor details all trailers were almost identical in all design features and parts were interchangeable. All built in Australia by McGrath. Freuhauf in USA built very similar shape and general design trailers for the American forces.

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Army Semi Trailer Wanted 31 Aug 2018 17:40 #195772

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Stop looking! I found it. Ebay to the rescue. Lots of suppliers.

Modern silicon vacuum hose 19mm/3/4" id from about $20 per metre and as a bonus comes in a choice of 5 different bright colours.

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Army Semi Trailer Wanted 01 Sep 2018 18:13 #195777

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Hey Lang, before you buy any, let me see what is kicking around the shed.
Pretty sure you'll find one of those vac trailer brake thingo's at Prices.
You could always convert it too air, I've probably got all the valves for that, and air tank and boosters.

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Army Semi Trailer Wanted 01 Sep 2018 20:15 #195780

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Lang a few photos what i have








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Army Semi Trailer Wanted 01 Sep 2018 20:16 #195781

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