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The Sears David Bradley Trailer

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by maurywhurt, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Aug 8, 2019
    Josejeeper

    Josejeeper New Member

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    Well im new to this forum/ i picked up a (233-22-46 ) 1946 ben- hur From a guy who didnt even know much about it never mind the name ben- hur i guess he bought it from someone that had stored it in a barn when he died it was sold id guess. He used it seldom but owned it for about 10 years . Its in great shape no dents, a few small extra drill holes here and there
    the blue paint was not going well with me when i saw it . I happened to be going through town when i noticed it on the side of the road with for sale sign ,i looked at it quickly and thought well its not a m416 that i had been looking for for several years ,but it looked kinda military . so i snapped a photo of the telephone number on the sign. and snapped a photo of the id tag . So after a few days i decided to look up the id tag and saw it was a old collectors item if i was correct. Anyway i wasnt sure but i decided to call the guy and i just tossed out a low ball figure of 100 bucks lol . He said no. (He said I just put it out there but ill sell it to you for $200 i said well idk ill get back to you, then hung up . Then i thought about it and said where would i find a solid trailer like that for $200 so i called him back and said ill take it.
    He lent me his plate to get it home and gave me his registration and i handed over the 2 bills and off i went . Homeward bound , then i started looking up the model number on the tag and matched the photos of the early Ben- Hur trailers the more i looked the more i was becoming certain it was great deal . Im thrilled to have this piece of history / already started painting it drab green / prob/ bed line the flooring and toss a rubber mat in there and get a good canvas tarp to keep water out . Not going to alter anything with welding or anything it will fit my needs for a small trailer to take in the back woods . A on off road tag along / i drive a 2012 2 door rubicon not lifted so a perfect . I bought a hitch and 1 7/8 ball to get it home .I do have a heavy duty new pintel hitch i had bought in case i found a m- 416 or m-100 somewhere along the way / i might see if i can find the hoop end that would convert that ball . idk . ill be adding some round fenders from tractor supply i think they look like they would match up with the style that belongs on it .? The sheet metal ones on there right now will be coming off but will do for right now. . Prob do underside in roll on bed-liner or por- 15 idk / hubs pulled repacked with fresh grease/ everything looked great inside one side was just a little low on what i call packed but bearing was in fine shape . Bearing numbers (bower Bt 09078) made in USA / Also note * The id tag on mine as well has the sideways
    #1 ---- like Joe DeYoung's Ben-Hur Model 22-46. Note the identical sideways numeral 1 used as a dash in the serial number:
     

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  2. Aug 8, 2019
    Josejeeper

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    Few more pics in progress / little at a time i guess . * Worth noting on page 10 doubl _ D
    has the same model and the axle is the same , round with a flange . only his is on the lower side . Not sure who has the axle flipped , Mine (flat flange ) is above allowing more clearance.
    see image 15 in my photos its prob crazy but those bent up tin fenders are kinda growing on me . What do you think change them ? Or just leave em ? Kinda military look to them though sort of weak even though its pretty strong sheet metal they kida add a bit of character
    in a odd way !
     

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  3. Aug 9, 2019
    Chris Insull

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    So... I think the trailer is great and hope the resto-mod goes well for your use. I would love to find a DB in as good of a condition! That said, those fenders need to go! Kind of difficult to find OEM replacements, but something closer to original will much improve the look. Of course, this only my opinion!!
     
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  4. Aug 9, 2019
    Josejeeper

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    Yeh .Thank you also enjoyed your photo albums nice trailer u have - That must weight in a little more on the scale than the ben hur lol How much does it weigh ? I saw some fenders on line at tractor supply co / 30" x 9" with a back plate 59.00 each within the next couple of months ill prob grab those! Raw steel . (Round) souldnt be bad to install Also found out my old tent sets up pretty well inside the bed !
    only takes 5 min and less to tear down .
     

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  5. May 28, 2020
    68BuickV6

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    Here's another trailer to add to this thread. Seller thought it might be a David Bradley, no data plate, no title. Reminds me of a Ben Hur. Data plate mounting holes can be seen at bottom right in this pic. Tail light brackets are welded on. Short strap on tailgate and double knuckle tailgate hinges. I have both fenders, PO removed one.

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  6. May 28, 2020
    89/01 XJ

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    Yes, that is a David Bradley.
     
  7. Jun 17, 2020
    68BuickV6

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    Anyone mounted a Thule rack to these? I've seen pictures of it done, but no one has linked or specified a fit kit to make it work.
     
  8. Jun 28, 2020
    dane71

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    My coupler looks like the original one that everyone is saying is 1 7/8" but it seems to fit and work with a 2" ball just fine. Is that typical? Is there any way to know for sure what size ball I should use it with? Dumb question possibly
     
  9. Dec 1, 2020
    Michael Kauffman

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    I picked this up last summer and restored it. I didn't know what it was before I saw this thread. Do you think it's a Ben Hur or a Bradley? I'm thinking Ben Hur 22-46. The title says homebuilt 1973. Thanks, Mike, Issaquah, WA

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  10. Dec 2, 2020
    89/01 XJ

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    A good place to start is the first page of this thread. First post has info with pictures detailing differences. Start with examining the swing down parking leg on yours with the styles shown for Ben Hur and David Bradley. Another thing to check is any sign of the data plate, it looks like different locations were used for Ben Hur versus David Bradley. To me the fender style indicates Ben Hur or perhaps early David Bradley.
    After that you are going to need someone much more knowledgeable than I to help you out.
     
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  11. Dec 6, 2020
    Michael Kauffman

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    Another question about this trailer... When I pulled the hubs, I noticed that they didn't use inner rubber seals back then. Is there a 5x5.5 replacement hub available for these? I'd like to get one that excepts a bearing buddy too. I'm also going to build a wood bed fence. What are those metal brackets (hasps) that hold the upper corners together called? Thanks again everybody!
     
  12. Dec 6, 2020
    todd hofsaess

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  13. Mar 15, 2021
    maurywhurt

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    I'm posting this for Diane Germain, whose David Bradley trailer has an interesting story:

    The year on the title of this trailer is 1956, and my father purchased it new.

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    My father built the wood cover for the trailer that is pictured below. The cover was just as deep as the trailer itself. This allowed him to carry all of our camping gear for a family of 6. We no longer have the cover and don't recall what happened to it but you can still see the hinges on the one side of the trailer where it hooked to the trailer. You could lift the lid from the other side and prop it up with a stick to get all of your camping gear.

    The jeep in the photo is a 1960 Willys Wagon, I am looking out of the drivers window (age 2) and two of my siblings are sitting on the wheel wells. Note the green tow strap hooked to the front grill and the door handle, this was to prevent us from falling off while 4-wheeling :) When we got older we either sat on the wheel wells without the straps or stood on the back bumper and held onto the roof.

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    My father and brother many years later built a new longer tongue to replace the original one, this allowed them to make sharper turns where the original did not.

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    Lots of memories and good times!
     
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