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KILIGIA, NEW GUINEA, 1944-03-12. NX4174 SIGNALMAN J. WALKER (1) AT HEADQUARTERS 5TH DIVISION SIGNALS, USING A 12 VOLT 300 WATT "JOHNSON CHORE HORSE", TO CHARGE BATTERIES IN THE FIELD.

 

 

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KILIGIA, NEW GUINEA, 1944-03-12. NX4174 SIGNALMAN J. WALKER (1); Q128304 SIGNALMAN J.P. BELL (2) AND QX52479 SIGNALMAN T.J. CROWLEY (3), MEMBERS OF HEADQUARTERS 5TH DIVISION SIGNALS, PICTURED CARRYING "JOHNSON CHORE HORSE" 12 VOLT 300 WATT CHARGING SETS, FOR USE BY THE WIRELESS DETACHMENT.

 

 

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KILIGIA, NEW GUINEA, 1944-03-12. THE "JOHNSON CHORE HORSE" 12 VOLT 300 WATT BATTERY CHARGING SET, VIEWED FROM A CLOSE DISTANCE.

 

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Two unidentified signalmen operate a field wireless set during tactical training of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). They were taking part in amphibious training on uninhabited islands in the Inland Sea. 3919 Corporal (Cpl) J Gerrans is sending and receiving messages on a wireless transmitter and the man on the left is cleaning the sparkplug of a portable petrol generator. Note the rechargeable Exide battery attached to the transmitter (centre) and the antenna erected above their position.

 

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Thanks to a photograph found by Rob Miller late war BSA production of Chorehorses is now confirmed. Quite how many were produced before 1945 is questionable.

 

Unfortunately none of the war-time manuals show any war-time BSA examples so quite how to identify one is still questionable.

Any 30 volt is post-war.

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I have two a Chore Horse that initially didn't work and a BSA that did. I wanted the Chore Horse, naturally as it was WW2 date, so decided in blissful ignorance to swop parts about. The Chore horse had knackered points and condenser, so I thought change them over from the BSA. Didn't quite work like that. :blush:

 

In the end the face plate from the BSA fits the Chore Horse Engine block, then BSA points and condenser, change flywheel with magnets as well. The result IT LIVES!!!! :-D

 

Did intially try to pull start it. Now S*d that! Plug a full battery on, start by reversing the dynamo, when running change to dud battery. Quite a brutal charger, but great when a pice of plant has an expired battery in the middle of muddy hole. Five minutes on the Chore Horse, it can fight but never wins.

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I had a win last weekend, this Chorehorse arrived to be added to the collection. It spins over on battery but has no compression and no spark. I am also in need of the correct exhaust pipe and muffler if any one has one out there.

 

 

 

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These photos are a bit fuzzy as at the time, the light was not conducive to mobile phone photos.

 

Regards Rick.

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I had a win last weekend, this Chorehorse arrived to be added to the collection. It spins over on battery but has no compression and no spark. I am also in need of the correct exhaust pipe and muffler if any one has one out there.

 

 

 

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These photos are a bit fuzzy as at the time, the light was not conducive to mobile phone photos.

 

Regards Rick.

 

 

I am still looking for the correct hose and silencer for mine so if you find two I would be very happy to buy one off you, but I have now realised you are in Australia so perhaps it not possible!

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Just resurrecting an old thread. Anyone know what colour the Chorehorse would have been?

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Thanks Gents. Assuming they would probably have been done in canadian camo shades of green/brown.

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Hi  back in 1980 I bought a NOS Canadian chorehorse in the original ww2 shipping crate. The chorehorse itself is a matt medium green. The spares box is matt brown The paint is matt flat without any shine . The kit includes tools and a can of oil ... real ww2 oil . Canvas cover too. The Maple leaf decal is on the chorehorse and spares box... spares include ammeter ig. Coil . Can post pics if your interested

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As with vehicles it depends when the Chorehorse was manufactured.  As with the British Army our version of Olive Drab was only introduced in May 44 with strict instructions that vehicles in previous colours were only to be repaint when due and necessary!    The same would also have been true of the colour of the canvas covers.

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On 1/26/2019 at 11:41 PM, goanna said:

Hi  back in 1980 I bought a NOS Canadian chorehorse in the original ww2 shipping crate. The chorehorse itself is a matt medium green. The spares box is matt brown The paint is matt flat without any shine . The kit includes tools and a can of oil ... real ww2 oil . Canvas cover too. The Maple leaf decal is on the chorehorse and spares box... spares include ammeter ig. Coil . Can post pics if your interested

Sounds like quite a purchase! If you can post pics it would be much appreciated.

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On 1/27/2019 at 10:58 AM, REME 245 said:

As with vehicles it depends when the Chorehorse was manufactured.  As with the British Army our version of Olive Drab was only introduced in May 44 with strict instructions that vehicles in previous colours were only to be repaint when due and necessary!    The same would also have been true of the colour of the canvas covers.

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Makes perfect sense for the British Army! Also thanks for the pic, looks like I'll need to paint every bit of it 😄 

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Ok some pics .   There is more stuff .  The canvas cover and the wooden shipping box .

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more pics

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Looks like you have a cracking set up!

Many thanks for those pics, gives me a good idea what I'll need to put together.

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