Need Dimesions for a WWII Water Trailer

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Need Dimesions for a WWII Water Trailer

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I am looking for dimensions for the WWII "Ben Hur" water trailer, specifically the tank and the spicot covers.

Thanks for any help.

Tom
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Re: Need Dimesions for a WWII Water Trailer

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Re: Need Dimesions for a WWII Water Trailer

Post by 36th Tom »

Thanks, Robbo!

My goal is a 4/5 scale version of the trailer (using jeep wheels) for use in my mess setup. The 4/5 scale version will only carry about half the water (and weigh half as much), but is a much safer tow for a small p/u. It will also look more authentic than a big white plastic tank on a yard trailer.

Thanks again
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Re: Need Dimesions for a WWII Water Trailer

Post by daveyboy »

hey Tom,

do a search on line for poly water tanks. They make all kinds of shapes and sizes, and I am sure you can get one that has the oval shape of an origianl. Painted OD, not many would notice.

somthing like this one on ebay. I know its round, but there are others out there that have the more oval shape:

http://cgi.ebay.com/125-gallon-poly-pla ... 7C294%3A50


Another option to the separate trailer would be getting, again, a small poly tank and mounting it up and under the kitchen trailer you bought, up and out of the way.
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Re: Need Dimesions for a WWII Water Trailer

Post by 36th Tom »

Thanks Dave!

I have been looking at that option. Another idea was to find a square plastic tank and make a plywood and fiberglass shell to surround it that is in the origanal oval shape. I can do that first, and later have a Fab shop make me an aluminum one the right size. I already priced one in stainless, and for that $$$ I can buy an origanal!

I was inspired by Spooky Dad's truck, and it is amazing what you can do with painted plywood.

Another reason for the smaller size is the "Baby Buffalo" can be pulled by a jeep so "Water runs" can be made at Public events without having to get a Chevy or a Duece going (which are usually burried in a display), or having to explain to the security at the gate why I need to take my Civilian truck out of the parking lot into the show during peak hours.

Tom