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1941 GMC Tractor Trailer

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Beautiful truck. Never saw a fifth wheel pintle hitch hybrid like that. Very interesting. 

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very interesting set up  not much danger of anything coming loose

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The trailer is a Lapeer. Designed by Sidney Winn of Lapeer Trailer Co. of Lapeer Mi. (info from Bill Semple in the New England Chapter ATCA "Hudson Horn").

There is a Youtube video of something similar - Scarab Mechanical Horse.  .............Hippy

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Thanks Hippy!

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On 1/6/2018 at 12:46 PM, 70mackMB said:

The trailer is a Lapeer. Designed by Sidney Winn of Lapeer Trailer Co. of Lapeer Mi. (info from Bill Semple in the New England Chapter ATCA "Hudson Horn").

There is a Youtube video of something similar - Scarab Mechanical Horse.  .............Hippy

That is a Lapeer Fifth Wheel unit also from about 1931 before Lapeer merged with Trailermobile. Only works with Lapeer trailer units.

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Hancock, that GMC is the same sheet metal as my dad's old Chevy 1.5 ton flatbed, a 1946, except for the grille and script on the hoodside! The whole windshield cranked out, unlike his Diamond T where each side could be cranked out separately! Took me a minute to figure out what the little iron wheels were for! Thought They were on the back of the trailer! The guy that engineered that fifth wheel must have been Rube Goldberg!

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Right, a lot of sheet metal was a hold over because of the war.   Crank out windshields certainly improved ventilation on a hot day!

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