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Tailgate Chain Sleeve 1937 1/2 Ton
#1415652 Fri Jul 02 2021 05:29 PM
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What (if anything) would originally have been used to cover the tailgate chain? Without some sort of cover, seems like the chain's pendulum movement would scratch the paint on the body. Currently using a section from a bike innertube but would like to find out what the factory would have originally used.

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Re: Tailgate Chain Sleeve 1937 1/2 Ton
ArmyMike #1415663 Fri Jul 02 2021 06:49 PM
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I believe it was canvas. Canvas will rot and 50+ years later there is no evidence left.

Rubber and plastic need a hole at the bottom of the loop to let the water out.

Bike innertube is what I use.

Re: Tailgate Chain Sleeve 1937 1/2 Ton
ArmyMike #1415668 Fri Jul 02 2021 07:13 PM
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Canvas...I never thought of that but it makes sense. Now that you mention canvas I can recall lots of similar uses for canvas on military vehicles to provide some protection for or from moving parts exposed to the elements.

I just had my "as seen on TV" expanding garden hose blow out on me. It is a soft rubber hose protected by a loose woven nylon cover. Now that the hose is ruined I may salvage the nylon cover to use on my chains. I'm happy to send you some if you want to try it out on yours.
Mike

Re: Tailgate Chain Sleeve 1937 1/2 Ton
ArmyMike #1415670 Fri Jul 02 2021 07:28 PM
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I see you have a trailer hitch on your truck. Could you post a picture of how it's made and attached. You said it's a 37 and that's what I have and have been thinking about building one
Thanks, Bill

Re: Tailgate Chain Sleeve 1937 1/2 Ton
ArmyMike #1415672 Fri Jul 02 2021 07:36 PM
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Curmudgeon
I remember seeing worn canvas covers and the chain scratching the paint.
I guess after time the truck got old. Fast forward in time, we are fixing today what was neglected back then.

Thanks but my wife and I ride bicycles for exercise. Changing out worn tires includes new tubes. I have enough old tubes to last me. Thanks again.

Re: Tailgate Chain Sleeve 1937 1/2 Ton
Bill Trotter #1415690 Fri Jul 02 2021 09:49 PM
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Bill,
Trailer hitch pics attached. The PO who restored the vehicle built and attached it. Looks like he built it from scratch. It is welded directly to the chassis cross member just forward of the rear bumper. Happy to send more detailed pics if you need. I probably should have PM'd you but couldn't figure out how to attach photos that way.
Mike

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Re: Tailgate Chain Sleeve 1937 1/2 Ton
ArmyMike #1415691 Fri Jul 02 2021 09:58 PM
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P.S. Interesting story on that trailer hitch; I probably wouldn't even own my '37 if it weren't for that hitch.

I was getting ready to be reassigned from the Pentagon to Fort Hood, TX, so I went to search Craigslist to find a used trailer to move some things myself. I typed "trailer" into Craigslist's search box and, because the truck had trailer hitch, the truck popped up. I had always wanted a '37, but I figured it was for when I was retired/much older, etc. and truth be told, I probably would have never gotten around to it before I died. But the truck was only an hour away, was in good drivable condition, and the price was great, so I talked to my wife and she agreed that since I'd been such a cheapskate on myself our entire marriage, that she wouldn't object. The next morning she had second thoughts, but I told her, "Sorry Honey, I've already arranged to meet the guy today." Needless to say, I've had a bad-**** '37 Chevy truck for the last 11 years now and I love it.

Re: Tailgate Chain Sleeve 1937 1/2 Ton
ArmyMike #1415742 Sat Jul 03 2021 11:33 AM
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'Bolter
This same subject was discussed on the VCCA chat site. I bought some rubber tubing from Jim Carter years ago and it works ok but I am going to go to an Upholstery shop to see about getting some canvas ones made.

Re: Tailgate Chain Sleeve 1937 1/2 Ton
ArmyMike #1415756 Sat Jul 03 2021 01:47 PM
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I used some hydraulic hose cloth sleeve covering that I rubbed into the concrete floor under my foot and roughed up and faded the color some so they look like they are aged correctly with the patina of the rest of the truck. Im happy with them.

Re: Tailgate Chain Sleeve 1937 1/2 Ton
ArmyMike #1415842 Sun Jul 04 2021 02:34 AM
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Take a look at the sleeves they use for covering hydrolic hoses they look like they would work and last forever...


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