IHC H542-9 Truck and Fruehauf CPT-22 semi-trailer – lot 0107

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IHC H542-9 4×2 Tractor Truck (M425 COE) and Fruehauf CPT-22 semi-trailer

Very practical and rare combination to transport your WW2 vehicles ‘in style’!

Introduction & history
When the International Harvester Company of Chicago, Illinois, commenced production of motor transport for the US forces and for Lend-Lease supplies in 1940/41, the majority of these vehicles were more or less militarized versions of their newly introduced K-line commercial trucks. Among them were the K7 (2 ½ ton, 4×2), the K8 (3 ½ ton 4×2) and the heaviest were the KR11 models.
These chassis were delivered with various wheelbase sizes and body options. Of the KR11, for example, there were cargo, dump and tractor variants and most of the latter had the same 451-cubic inch overhead-valve six-cylinder engine known as the ‘RED DIAMOND’ that later also powered the M5 and M9 halftrack series which the company also produced.

In 1943 the US Ordnance Corps initiated designs for a new compact semi-tactical 4×2 tractor truck, with shorter wheelbase and overall length and a military pattern soft-top cab mounted over the engine, to supplant the potpourri of existing types. Two variants were envisaged: a light type for use with 16-foot 5-ton semi-trailers and an up-rated, heavier type for hauling 25-foot 10-ton semi-trailers.
They were intended for use by the Transportation Corps and by the US Ordnance.

The M425 was a straight army release from the French Army in the eighties. It was one of the few which was never used in a civil application. The original Red Diamond engine was replaced by a reliable Hispano Suiza Diesel. During this restoration also an original WW-II Tulsa winch was added on the rear bed for haulage operations in combination with the trailer.
A very practicable and nicely implemented modification!
The trailer was also discovered in France and basically also in good condition however it need some maintenance.
Both units are older restorations the condition of as well the M425 COE as well as the CPT 22 semi-trailer are remarkable!
Both come with French registration papers! For the serious MV collector a very practical and rare combination to transport his WW2 vehicles ‘in style’!

The vehicles were developed and prototyped by International and went into production in late 1943 / early 1944, with respectively model designations H-542-9 and H-542-11. The two types had the same Red Diamond engine as the KR11 and differed from each other mainly in the following respects:
• tire size, 9.00 and 11.00-20 respectively (the tire size being indicated by the suffix to the model designations, ‘9’ and ’11’ respectively),
• number of spring leaves (11 for the light and 13 front, 16 rear for the heavy; the rear springs were supplemented by auxiliary springs, mounted on top of the main springs and consisting of respectively 8 and 10 leaves for the H-542-9 and -11,
• the fifth wheel coupling was mounted three inches ahead of the rear axle on the lightweight and six on the heavy model.

As a result of these differences in specification the data as dimensions, weights, speeds, angles of approach and departure also varied.

The wheelbase difference stated in TM9-2800 of October 1947, with 117 inches for the H-542-9, was in error, and may have stemmed from the original design specification; actually, both were 120 inches.

For ease of identification, the lightweight model had two accessories which the heavy version lacked: a spotlight on a hefty bracket to the left-hand side of the cowl and an auxiliary horn (with a separate button on the instrument panel).

The two were, among the very few WWII American trucks, to also have an M-number assigned being respectively the M425 and M426. This number was introduced when the vehicles had been in production for a while.

It soon became obvious that there was not much point in having both tractors, made by the same manufacturer, with very minor differences. In the field, where all manner of semi-trailers where used, it was a little ludicrous to expect a driver not to hook a spotlight-equipped tractor to a semi-trailer if it were longer than 16 feet!!!! The decision to discontinue production of the H-542-9 was therefore made soon; in fact, after fewer than 5,000 of them had been made, all by International.

Those already in service were reclassified as ‘Limited Standard’ and many, if not most, were in due course uprated to ‘heavy’ by at least fitting the 11.00-20 tires.
The heavy M426 was a very welcome and successful piece of equipment. For tactical use the 4-5-ton and 5-6-ton 4×4 types were retained (and continued in production) but for all strategic purposes, i.e., long-distance road haulage of cargo, the M426 was to be employed.

Main areas of operation became the China/Burma/India theatre and the ETOUSA (European Theatre of Operations, US Army). Many were used by the truck companies of the Quartermaster Corps in the Communications Zone of ETOUSA; these truck companies were under the jurisdiction of the ETOUSA Chief of Transportation and designated as ‘ QM Truck Co. (TC)’, a good example being the 3885th QM Truck Company (TC) which trucked supplies and reinforcements to the front lines from D-Day to VE-Day. The 542s were also in evidence in such operations as the Berlin Airlift soon after the war.

In order to boost production of the M426, two other companies, which had manufacturing capacity available, had been awarded additional contracts: Marmon-Herrington and Kenworth.
Already from early 1944 they start to build the M426, both with the same model designation as International; H-542-11 and to the same specification.

According to Fred Crismon in his book US Military Wheeled Vehicles, the total number of 542 tractors produced was well over 15,000, namely:
M425 M426
International 4,640 6,678
Kenworth – 1,100
Marmon-Herrington – 3,200
4,640 10,978
Grand total: 15,618

As mentioned earlier, the bulk of these vehicles were shipped to Western Europe and South-East Asia were the proofed to be very successful in all kinds of services and loved by its crew.

After VE and VI-Day, many of them – good and bad – were demobbed and retired to surplus vehicle dumps from where they were auctioned to find their way to civilian operators, who welcomed them with open arms. Many were modified or fully converted for civil applications in many differed models and for various applications.

In the post war years most of these vehicles were heavily used (and abused) and for this reason finally only a very few survived! However, it was, from its looks not the prettiest of the US Truck Tractors it was by far the most comfortable and desirable! For this reason, so many of them were used after the war by civil companies to rebuild the enormous destruction as caused by the war! By the way: this applied in ‘superlative’ even more for the trailer!

Tractor Truck

Model: Truck, 5ton, 4 x 2, Tractor (COE), M425 (Model H542-9)
Manufacturer: International Harvester Company, 180 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Weight: 11,400 Ib. (5.175 kg)
Crew: 2
Engine:

International RED-450-D 6-cyl. in-line, gasoline (petrol), overhead-valve, liquid-cooled
Piston displacement:     451 cu in (7.390 cc)
Bore/stroke:                    4 x 5” (111.12 x 127mm)
Power output:                 143 bhp gross at 2700 rpm
Torque:                            354 Ib. ft at 900 rpm
Compression ratio:        6.3:1
Carburetor:                     Zenith 63-AW-14R

Currently installed; Hispano Suiza 6-cylinder diesel engine

Transmission: 5-speed, manual, constant-mesh and clash
Make, model:                  IHC F-54D (design Fuller 5A62)
Suspension:

Type:                               semi-elliptic leaf springs

Number of leaves:          front 13, rear 16 (plus 10-leaf auxiliary springs) Shock absorbers:   Houdaille

Front Axle:                       Type:                      I-beam

Make & model:      Timken 26450-WX3

Rear Axle:                        Type:                      double-reduction, full-floating

Make & model:      Timken R-3100-WX5

Ratio:                      8.14:1

Brakes:                            Type:                       Main: Bendix-Westinghouse,

Air-actuated.

Parking: four-shoe disc type, on

propeller shaft

Wheels and Tires :          Wheel type:           Budd ventilated disc, 10-stud
Tires:                       9.00-20, 112-ply M&S,

nondirectional; dual rear

Wheelbase:                     120 in                      (3.048 mm)

Performance: Max. speed:                                    35 mph (56 km/h)
Cruising range:                                280 miles (450 km) loaded
Gradeability:                                    41 %
Max. fording depth:                          33 in (838 mm)
Turning circle:                                  47 ft (14.3 m)
Dimensions: Overall Length:                200    in       (5.080 mm)
Overall Width:                    94.6 in               (2.403 mm)
Overall Height:                107.5 in        (2.730 mm)
Note: Height reducible to: 84 in (2.134 mm)
Wheelbase: 120 in (3.048 mm)
Electrical installation: 6 Volt
Armament: Non
Permit(s):

Since this vehicle will be delivered without armament basically no specific permits are required.

However, in / export regulations will be applicable.
Comes with French road license documents.

Documentation:

Technical Manuals:          TM 9-812 US 5-TON 4×2 TRACTOR TRUCK

TM 9-1812 US 5-TON 4×2 TRACTOR TRUCK
Parts List:                           SNL G-671 PARTS LIST

Date of Delivery: 1944
Chassis Nr.: 5391
Notes:

·         Engine replaced by a reliable Hispano Suiza 6-cylinder diesel engine.

·         Additional WW-II model which mounted on the rear deck for recovery and haulage operations.

·         All tires truck tractor are recently replaced.

Registration: Will be delivered with French road registration papers

 

 

Semi Trailer

Model: Semi-Trailer, Flat Bed, 22-Ton Model CPT-22
Manufacturer: Fruehauf Trailer Company Detroit Michigan USA
Weight: 12.790 lb. (5.801 kg)
Loading capacity: 48,500 Ib. (22.000 kg)
Dimensions: Overall Length:                  39′              (11.900 mm)
Overall Width:                    102”                (  2.600 mm)
Overall Height:                   5′ 7 ½ ”        (  1.700 mm)
Documentation: Technical Manuals:    TM5-9208 G 710
Date of Delivery: 1943
Chassis Nr.: 14869
Registration: Will be delivered with French road registration papers

Location: & Collection

Current location of this object is Heythuysen, The Netherlands.
Local collection is available for this lot. Depending on the destination the Buyer shall obtain an International Import Certificate / End User Certificate. Some of the items listed in the auction may require special licenses or permits.
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No item will be allowed to be collected without 100% of all legal requirements being fulfilled.

 

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This object is offered by Tracks & Trade pursuant to consignment sale on behalf of a private individual. Therefore, the margin scheme will be applicable, so no sales tax (VAT) over the hammer price will be applicable. For more info see General Conditions of Sale Article 9. 

Inspection(s)

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Parts, accessories, and militaria

The batches of spare parts and various accessories are sold as is, stored in the best conditions and without any guarantee of functioning.

 

Vehicles

Cars and motorcycles, trucks, cannons, and armored vehicles are sold in as is condition , with or without registration.

 

Collection

Parts, accessories, and militaria

The collection of the lots, subject to payment, starting Monday July 11th 2022 by appointment only.

 

Vehicles

Vehicles can be picked up, subject to payment, starting Monday July 11th 2022 by appointment only.
Handling costs for the removal of the vehicles will, when applicable, be applied at cost.

 

Arms & weapons

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If required and applicable (fire)arms can be made inoperable or permanently disabled by BAIV in The Netherlands as being a licensed Arms & Weapons Dealer Registration Nr. NL20191618779. In this case all relevant cost will be charged to the Buyer in addition and have to be paid in advance in full. Collection by appointment only!

 

Delivery and Storage

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Lots not picked up by Buyers before Saturday August 6th 2022 will be returned to secure storage at Buyer’s expense. In this case storage fees will be applied as follows :

  • Parts & accessories: € 25,- / lot / week
  • Cars and motorcycles: € 50,- / lot / week
  • Armored vehicles, tanks, cannons etc. € 75,- / lot / week

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Erik van den Dungen (NL)

o.a. Director National War Museum Overloon.

However, the M425 is already very rare the truck; the combination with the Fruehauf CPT 22 Semi Trailer makes it absolutely unique! The Fruehauf CPT 22, with a loading capacity of 48,500 Ib. (22.000 kg) was a very desirable and practicable combination to transport light tanks and armored cars as well to maintenance facilities and for long distance traveling.

The combination is therefore a unique discovery from France.
The M425 was a straight army release from the French Army in the eighties. It was one of the few which was never used in a civil application.

It was restored near Versailles France during which the original Red Diamond engine was replaced by a reliable Hispano Suiza Diesel. During this restoration also an original WW-II Tulsa winch was added on the rear bed for haulage operations in combination with the trailer.
A very practicable and nicely implemented modification!
The trailer was also discovered in France and basically also in good condition however it need some maintenance.
Both units are older restorations the condition of as well the M425 COE as well as the CPT 22 semi-trailer are remarkable!
Both come with French registration papers! For the serious MV collector a very practical and rare combination to transport his WW2 vehicles ‘in style’!

Experts estimated value:             Set price between Euro 50.000 and 60.000,- (May 2022)