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Old 28-02-19, 04:39
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Default Hubs and hubs....

Would appreciate you looking into the Maple Leaf front axle.... it may fit..... I know for a fact that many CMP were converted to dual rear wheel by simply removing the CMP brake drum/bearing and sliding in place the late GM/Chev dual wheel drum and all.... everything was a bolt on.....

Will see you at the OMVA show.

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Default Wooden wheel mockup .adapter.......

....well we palyed with our MDF wooden adapter that allows bolting a regualr 16 in. CMP rim to the 10 bolt Chev front I beam axle........

...it fits quite nicely but gives the wheel a full 5 inch outboard offset and would explain why the LRDG trucks had the front fenders extended/widened by 4 inches.

We also removed the front bearing for inspection ..... and has appropriately nicknamed by Australian/New Zealanders..... "bicycle wheel" bearing of real punny size............

It seems that only the HD 3 ton trucks, COE and C15 had the sturdier roller bearings.

...and the search continues.... still considering all options...
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But looking at the color pic in post #9, the wheel is bolted directly to the brake drum without the 4 1/2" spacer. Where would that put you? Will the rim clear the brake drum?
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Bob,

Good to see you experimenting with the wheel/brake drum setup!
That offset will put quite some leverage on the axle stub and put a large load on the bearings. As long as you don’t go lugging around the desert packed to the rafters you’ll probably be fine.

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But looking at the color pic in post #9, the wheel is bolted directly to the brake drum without the 4 1/2" spacer. Where would that put you? Will the rim clear the brake drum?
Like I said, looking at the WB model, I wonder if they could be civilians rims, possibly widened and mounted inside out? One can clearly see the rivets so this is not a split rim.

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Old 02-03-19, 04:27
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Hi Tony

On posting #9 that rim when enlarged shows signs of being a rim with an outside ring........ I have no doubt the rim has been modified and possibly mounted backwards....... if it is mounted on 10 bolts then they have to be mounted to a hub/adapter of unknown size as the actual adapter mounts to the brake drum with only five bolts of different diameter to the 7 1/4 diam 10 bolt pattern............ it is unusual and would not be surprised if it was 18 inches....and here is why I think so

If you look at my mock up posting the brake drum is fully cleared of the CMP rim. The inside diameter of the CMP rim is 15 + inches as it is slopped a few degrees as you get closer to the center....and we measured the stock brake drum which measure a hair over 14 iinches....leaving less than a half inch clearance between rim and drum....The other is that the front picture fo Rick Cove's repro shows clearly the front brake drums outside the front rms and his brake drums are ribbed/fins....... which is a variety of brake drums used on those vehicles by GM.

Another factoid...... just got a hold of two new 1940 Chevrolet and Maple Leaf parts book and in the listings.....although only one size hub/adapter of 4 1/4 inch is listed they have four different offset rims sizes ranging from 4 1/8 to 5 1/4 offsets on the rim center parts....all in 20 inches. My spare rim and spare axle has the inside part of the rim even with the brake plate ...this to me implies that it is the smallest offset......... Philippe in Florida has the opposite on his 1939 Chev and his rim clears the brake drum completely. so GM played with the track width by varying the offset of the wheels and the greater offset seems to be on the larger truck axles....series 15 to 18 had the wide offset....... they were not to concerned with the overloading of the bearings. Honestly I am concerned with the old technology and will search to see if I can find roller bearing that fits that particular hub/adapter....... too much unsprung weight to far outboard for my taste.

Hanno.... I agree they are not split rim as far as I can tell.....but have a closer look at the rim/ring edge........looks to me to be a 2 or 3 part rim of that period with the tire pressure locking the rim bead....

The tight fit of the GM brake drum and the split CMP rim may partly explain the reason for using a two part 18 inch rim......18 inches rim where popular in that period and Ford trucks did use them as well.

It would seem possible that a regular 16 in. CMP rim would fit by reversing the location of my adapter plate and mount the rim backwards.... in any event I will play with the mockup to see if I can have the wheel mounted with less overhang..... yet not quite overlap the brake drum...... might be able to gain an inch or so......

Thanks for the interest and questions in this challenging project.

Now looking at finding mid to late 40s production Chev/Maple Leaf 3 ton front axle...... and Ford also had 3 ton I beam front axles...... but only after this snow cover finally melts.......

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Default Front end view of Rick's truck.....

Clear view of the brake drums fully exposed with implies a healthy offset....

Second shot shoes the civvy hub/adapter which measures 4 1/4 inch and the only size listed in the civvy book.....

A special one does exist for the C15 at about 2 1/2 inch..... but it is using roller bearing along with a CHEV HD I beam axle........ which must match one of the HD front axle such as the Chev COE...... and why not they already used the 4 spoke steering wheel from the COE for CMPs......
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Default Confused.......

Which one is Rick's truck.......

One with a small cannon


One with windshield post stubs and machine guns.....


and whose is the last one....same plate different tires smooth brake drums

on the side view of the first......I am correct in saying the spare wheel is not drilled with the 10 bolt holes........
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what I dream of.....
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Iíve got a spare front beam and pretty sure a couple of those extensions of my truck , if your interested!
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Took a spin out through the snow with my broom for a few photos,
first of the non driving front axle, second of the 41-46 ? maple leaf chassis.
May also have extensions availble will have to check in the spring.. BP

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Another factoid...... just got a hold of two new 1940 Chevrolet and Maple Leaf parts book and in the listings.....although only one size hub/adapter of 4 1/4 inch is listed they have four different offset rims sizes ranging from 4 1/8 to 5 1/4 offsets on the rim center parts....all in 20 inches.... So GM played with the track width by varying the offset of the wheels and the greater offset seems to be on the larger truck axles....series 15 to 18 had the wide offset....... they were not to concerned with the overloading of the bearings.

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Ford explained the problem well in their Service Bulletins. Different capacity trucks were fitted with different tire sizes for their weight capacities. This resulted in different tire diameters, but still with the same steering geometry. This would cause tire wear issues on the front tires because the centreline of the kingpin axis should intersect the centreline of the tire contact patch on the road. By using wheels with different offsets with particular tire sizes, this geometry could be corrected and irregular tire wear eliminated.

It should be noted that tires would scrub out and become unserviceable much quicker than wheel bearings would fail from being overloaded or not in line with the tire centre.

This geometry will be a more critical issue in determining your wheel offset than exposing some brake drum.
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Default Precious information....

Thanks for the diagram Tony..... explains a lot...... also shows the roller bearing...... the ribs on the brake drum which I have seen in books only and the picture of the LRDG I posted yesterday.

Could you tell me from what book/manual it was taken from so I can see if Grant has such a copy.....

On the brake drum..... if you look at the last pictures from Bob Phillips you will see the exposed brake drum has a very flat face to which a 4 1/4 inch adapter/hub/spacer is attached by 5 bolts.

Thanks Bob...... that tubular axle is just the ticket and a match to the picture I posted. Your 41 46 Maple Leaf axle is identical to the one that Philippe J.has in Florida with the front brake drum fully exposed.....on my truck the 20 in. rim totally overlaps the brake drum and the backing brake plate is even with the rim's edge..... which means my track is narrower than his truck...both trucks are 1940 1 1/2 ton pick up with the long cargo box and duals on the rear wheel..... a WA model.

Bob the brake drum and adapter that allows a CMP rim to be bolted is very similar to the adapter used on C15...... no measurements just visual... but nonetheless interesting.

When will this snow ever melt....?

Again thank you guys.....
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Ford explained the problem well in their Service Bulletins.
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Thanks for the diagram Tony..... explains a lot...... also shows the roller bearing...... the ribs on the brake drum which I have seen in books only and the picture of the LRDG I posted yesterday.

Could you tell me from what book/manual it was taken from so I can see if Grant has such a copy.....
It is in the "FORD Canada Service Bulletins", the brake drum pictured is from the Ford Truck. I used the diagram because it illustrated quite well how tire diameter relates to kingpin geometry.

Ford don't use a spacer, they use a one piece cast hub/drum with proper roller bearings. Instead of different offset wheels, they use a different dimension on the hub/drum. The brake backing pate and brake shoes remain the same, as do the spindle and wheel bearings. Ford also used the same axle, spindle and bearings with a different hub/drum for the F8 and C11ADF.
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Default Thanks Tony.....

Will consult the resident librarian Grant..... I am sure he has that book and I may have seen that axle in the two volumes of Ford Assemblies that he owns....

So much to learn so little time....

Philippe in Florida was asking about a small spring at the back of his rear brake plate..... we found it Brake cover spring rear axle....... 24 hours later we found a pair listed on Ebay........ some days it works!!!!!!

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Some interesting points from Cletrac (From this thread, posts #40 and #103):

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Today I took the rear end carrier assembly out of my Maple Leaf 2 ton parts truck to compare it to the C15 and F15A rear ends. It's the same as the C15 (same ratio too) but the Chev rear ends in the F15A are about two or three inches more in diameter. They must come from the civvy three tons. It makes me wonder which civvy models they sourced the C60 units from.
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Well, I came up with another bit of insight today. On my C15 the outside of the frame rails are 36" and on the F15A they're 34". I also measured the distance between the axle flanges and it's 65" on the C15 and 72" on the F15A.
A C15 is looking more and more like a good parts donor.
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Default Caramba!!!!!!!

thanks Tony.......

Ideally the front and rear axle from a C15 would be perfect...after all that is what they used on the 1942 LRDG GM made LRDG......

BUT I cannot find one in Canada........ shipping from Europe is ridiculous.

Trying hard to do like the early 1938/39/40 conversion done in Egypt with cowl/frame that were converted from civilian model....... I may have to use a HD Maple Leaf front axle with roller bearings for better endurance.

Currently playing with using an adapter plate to allow the use of CMP rims with the 10 bolt GM bolt pattern.... made a mock up using wood and it is feasible to machine a 3/8 plate to fit........... big issue is the rear axle is narrower to accommodate the previous dual wheels and may require fabricating a spacer or just plain using a C15a rear end which I have but then it is wider and the frame width had not been standardized yet as discovered by Dave Pope...... so the spring plate on the CMP axle would need torching off and replacing to fit the 1940 frame width I plan on using...

The worst part is the 1940 truck is currently enclosed in ice/snow and can't be access yet for measurements.

Blah!!!!!!!!

Thanks for your help.
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Now I know GM/Chev is not my forte' Bob.

But the axle used on a GMC 6x4 is the axle you are looking for.....

(famous last words....I think)

Have a look at the "Its infectious" thread in the softskin forum.
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....during a lull a t the barn today....... we no longer have to keep moving to keep from freezing...... Grant urged me to check out part numbers in the C15A book and the C60 L parts book....... now I realize that the C15a rear axle and the C60 rear axle are identical....except for the gear ratio and from what Dave Pope observed the rear axle are also the same for the civilian 2 ton axle...although I still have to see the proof in the parts book.....

Quite common here in Canada for CMP owners to replace the single wheel CMP drum and rim with a dual civilian drum and rim and they fitted...... so bearings and brakes worked......

The things you learn when you can read.....

We took apart a 47 to 51 Chev front axle/hub today just to learn about the bicycle bearings...... now to see if the HD roller bearings will fit in the same hub carrier.... or need machining.....more to follow.
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Default Missed replying t Mike Kelly from the first page.....

Sorry for missing sending a prompt reply Mike.

Do appreciate all the pcitures I can get my beady little eyes on....

If it is a 1941 Chev based Canadian built LRDG they should be 16 inch special CMP rims.... but..... the hood/bonnet horizontal air vents and the fact that they are bolted on with the GM 10 bolts in the center leads me to believe possibly the weird 18 inch rims as used on some NZ LRDG....?.... and the wooden cargo box???

Anybody else cares to comment.......

Bob C

Enlarged the picture again and I see 6 bolts on the center of the rim....not ten as written above...... some kind of civilian rim converted.....???......
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No not working for CNN.....

Just acquired a new manual with information that may pertain to the LRDG truck.

I do have a number of manual fo the era such as ....

1940
Chevrolet Truck Preliminary Parts List
series 13-14-15-18
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Part list no 154 effective January 1940
GM Oshawa

I also have the Maple leaf truck manual....series 16-16h 1940

My NEW manual is entitled...
Chevrolet ARMY Parts Listing
1941
Model 1543X2
Chassis and Body

Parts List no 167
Effective November 1940
GM Oshawa

Inside certain parts are preceded with * "intended for 32x6" wheeled trucks........ and some new series of parts...one more digit and starts with a X 5ooooooo and the wording reads "intended for 10:50x16"

CMP rims are shown as disc...inner....outer....part X 5xxxxxxx

Other parts are shown with the caption....... "First 925 Jobs) or the HD X marked parts show ""After 925 jobs)

This is the first parts book now including the word "ARMY" in the cover page and evidence of special parts for the start up of the LRDG series...also roughly coincide with stopping production for civilian use ...... regular MP truck were made but for governmental control of distribution.

Still need to read some more and compare to the 1940 series manuals.

The best part........ the manual was offered to me by a MLU member who was not using it......... how lucky can you get!!!!
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Also mentioned in the Maple Leaf Truck thread, there was an Australian Maple Leaf parts catalog, but I am not certain if there is any info in that relating to the Military versions?
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Default Previous posting by Paul Singleton.....

in 1940 they had the following series

Series 13 half ton....wheel base 113 1/2 in.
Series 14 one ton....wheel base 123 3/4 in.
Series 15 2 tons..... with the lighter ball bearings in the front axle...
Wheel base 133 and 158 1/2 in.

Series 16 2 1/2 ton MapleLeaf wheel base 133 3/4, 157 3/4, 175 3/4
Series 16H 3 ton Maple Leaf Wheel base Same as above

Series 18 2 ton COE Wheel base 108, 131, 156 5/8

This is based on GM publications for 1940

Now for a question....?

We are all familiar with the 1533x2 being the adapted 1 1/2 ton ( 30cwt) of the LRDG.....but ...... what is the 1543x2 in 1941 GM publications.....

Unfortunately the 1941 ARMY GM books of parts listing does not include dimensions/specs.... but makes a clear distinction of ( First 925 jobs) (after 925 jobs ) and the heavy duty parts are shown as X 523XXXX.....7 digits.



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We are all familiar with the 1533x2 being the adapted 1 1/2 ton ( 30cwt) of the LRDG.....but ...... what is the 1543x2 in 1941 GM publications.....

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The 1543X2 is a 160"wb 3 ton with 10.50-18 tires. The 1543X1 was the same with standard wheels and 7.00-20 tires (duals on rear) and the 1543X3 was also standard wheels and a 2 speed rear diff.

The X1 and X3 used standard front sheetmetal, while the X2 had wider guards to cover the 10.50 tires.
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In the GM 1941 book they show tires as either 32x6 with lighter bearings or HD for the 10:50x16...... I see no reference to the 20 inch wheel/tire except for the old designation of 32x6 which were 20 inch rims.

So the X2 with the wide fenders also sports cab 11/12 headlights.....shown in the manual as X580xxxx.....but no illustrations.

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Pic of the Chev WA replica by the LRDG living history group of Paul Lincoln (see post #8).

PS: I hope the snow is melting...

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..............slowly getting educated............ I keep going back to old threads and reading/viewing again and again and noticing new things every time...

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Default Indian pattern desert truck...

...from Hanno...

NOT a "pure" LRDG but still very interesting.

Although an Indian pattern with wooden bench seats it does depict a special purpose truck for wide open country....

Some observations...

Flat cowl 1938 or 39 Chev truck probably a 3/4 ton model.....

Nice areo wind screens.
No modification done to the front fenders.
Interesting 6 nut wheels with an additional (x)series of nuts to hold the two part rim together.
Wheel/tires look like they may be 13 inches...?
No visible water expansion tank.
Right Hand Drive.
Cargo box looks very similar construction to the truck on display in the London museum....also looks like wood boards on the box sides....

PS....Hanno the snow as melted....now waiting for the mud to dry!!!!
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Plenty of RHD Chevy components in this part of the world.
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NOT a "pure" LRDG but still very interesting.

Although an Indian pattern with wooden bench seats it does depict a special purpose truck for wide open country....

Some observations...

Flat cowl 1938 or 39 Chev truck probably a 3/4 ton model.....

Nice areo wind screens.
No modification done to the front fenders.
Interesting 6 nut wheels with an additional (x)series of nuts to hold the two part rim together.
Wheel/tires look like they may be 13 inches...?
No visible water expansion tank.
Right Hand Drive.
Cargo box looks very similar construction to the truck on display in the London museum....also looks like wood boards on the box sides....
Here's another pic of one of those 15-cwt Chevrolets with Indian Pattern wooden body. It accompanies two 1533X2 30-cwt trucks, so it seems these were used by the LRDG. "Pure" enough for you?

"Object description: Three Long Range Desert Group 30-cwt Chevrolet trucks, surrounded by desert.
Label: LRDG (Long Range Desert Group) Chevrolet 30-cwt trucks, 25 May 1942."

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