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Author Topic: "Spen Hur" finally completed  (Read 2262 times)

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« on: February 23, 2009, 08:17:03 AM »

We just completed the restoration of my 1940 Henry Spen trailer. The project was a complete restoration, with the trailer having been rolled at some point. I bought it from Ken Thompson in the Chicago area about two years ago.

Greg Alexander in the Railsplitters, who teaches shop in the Branson area, took the project on for his metalworking block for his students. He found they work better on things like this versus other projects. They straightened it completely, fabricated new hardware, worked the dents out of the fenders, rebuilt the missing tongue, and attached what new parts we could find.

The tongue is probably from a Ben Hur and came with the trailer. We scrounged the other parts from different dealers who had Ben Hur parts. The brakes were scavenged off a Ben Hur axle we got from John Bizal, with the rest of it scratchbuilt or reusing what was on the trailer. When his class moved into the woodworking phase, they built the bows, including the metal brackets for it.

Even though it is a hodgepodge of parts, the "Spen Hur" turned out great. we nicknamed it "Hur-B."

http://s462.photobucket.com/albums/qq342....urrent=010 .jpg

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