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10 Cwt…. 2 Wheeled Lightweight Murex Welding Trailer Restoration.


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I think it’s now confirmed I have a trailer problem… !

Yes another one has joined the collection, purchased from two avid trailer collectors. 
 

This is the murex welding version, very complete, sat in its post war bronze green. For now this will be pushed into the shed, but at some point will be stripped engine lowered back into the chassis, repainted and fitted back with ww2 electrics. 
 

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15 hours ago, Chris Suslowicz said:

Very impressive, but why would the engine be jacked up? (Surely it would make the trailer far more unstable when being towed? Or was ground clearance an issue when used off-road and they had to do that to resolve it?)

Chris. (G8KGS) 

Originally truck mounted. 

More information:-

http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=5434

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On 11/8/2023 at 8:47 PM, Chris Suslowicz said:

Very impressive, but why would the engine be jacked up? (Surely it would make the trailer far more unstable when being towed? Or was ground clearance an issue when used off-road and they had to do that to resolve it?)

Chris. (G8KGS) 

Chris. 
 

It’s a good question, something I’ve be thinking about. Certainly not a ground clearance issue. 
 

These we made to be air-portable. So needed a low hight to fit inside a glider, whether or not these were ever moved in a glider is another question. 

As Matchfusee pointed out these were originally skid units, then some adapted to fit into trailers, trucks etc. 

I would surmise the engine being sat so low in the trailer was a pig to work on, so having it sat on the upper frame made any maintenance whole lot easer. All be it now being top heavy. 
 

Some pictures I have found showing the Austin engine sat down in the chassis…. See how impractical it would be to work on it. 
 

 

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On 3/29/2024 at 8:36 PM, Jerryjeeprichard said:

Another trailer to the collection. 

I spotted that one listed and did wonder if you'd buy it 😁

Alec

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Ha. 
 

This trailer collection is boarding on being a problem!!! Apparently.. 

For the price it sold for I had to buy it. Complete with its original data plate which my complete murex is missing. 
 

Also the chassis currently under my first murex is 5KV generator type frame.
To make into a WW2 murex frame it would take a substantial amount of work to adapt.
 

My plans are to build one good WW2 spec trailer out of the two. 
 

I’ve spent a good day today cutting and grinding off all the clagged on bits of steel. 

 

 

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