Welcome to the WWII Forums! Log in or Sign up to interact with the community.

Can anyone tell me what this piece of equipment is?

Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by classicfins, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. classicfins

    classicfins Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2011
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi everyone.
    I am scanning some photos from my father's Army album and ran across him working with a piece of equipment that I do not know what it is. He doesn't remember it either and it has our curiosity up. This was taken around 1953 in Japan at Camp Younghans. He was a welder in the 94th Ordinance DS Company. Does anyone know what this thing is? Thanks!
    Doug Young
     

    Attached Files:

    • wha.jpg
      wha.jpg
      File size:
      39.9 KB
      Views:
      36
  2. Ken The Kanuck

    Ken The Kanuck Member

    Joined:
    May 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,282
    Likes Received:
    472
    I'm sorry I don't but I suspect by the size of the wheels that it is not where you would normally find it.

    KTK
     
  3. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    Messages:
    5,983
    Likes Received:
    899
    mmmmm....guess what? Im guessing a heater!
     
  4. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    Messages:
    6,906
    Likes Received:
    1,097
    Location:
    The Land of 10,000 Loons
    Well, Doug, I can't help you either. However, we have some pretty sharp folks here who have figured stuff out with a lot less info and worse photos. It may take and hour or a couple days, but somebody here will probably dig up an answer for you. Now I'm curious, too!
     
  5. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    Messages:
    6,906
    Likes Received:
    1,097
    Location:
    The Land of 10,000 Loons
    You mean like the NFL teams use on the sidelines during games in cold weather stadiums? ;)
     
  6. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    Messages:
    5,983
    Likes Received:
    899
    Actually...yes! well...a less advanced example...probably used to heat a hall or large area...then again it could be a golf ball cleaner hehe...
     
  7. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    24,985
    Likes Received:
    2,377
    Could it be a compressor?
     
  8. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    Messages:
    5,983
    Likes Received:
    899
    There does seem to be a compressor involved...but what for?
     
  9. dazzerjeep

    dazzerjeep Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2010
    Messages:
    767
    Likes Received:
    29
    Perhaps it could be a pump of some sorts, Just a guess
     
  10. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2002
    Messages:
    13,478
    Likes Received:
    1,381
    Location:
    London, England.
    I could be 'way off beam here and I'm just guessing ; but I'm sure I've seen something similar which was a portable air-heater of some kind used for assisting with aero piston-engined starting in cold or damp conditions.......
     
  11. leccy1

    leccy1 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2011
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    23
    I have seen and worked with some similar looking beasties in the British Army, since you say he was a welder could it not be an arc welding machine?.
     
  12. urqh

    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2002
    Messages:
    9,683
    Likes Received:
    953
    It looks like an American soldier...I could be wrong...But its possibly an American, cold war era....Making jam butties...Jelly sandwiches to our cousins...Bread over two rollers..Jam inserted thru tube out of site at rear..turn handle comes out onto plate like a washing roller dryer...We used them in Germany to make egg banjo's..The machine not the yanks..
     
  13. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2002
    Messages:
    13,478
    Likes Received:
    1,381
    Location:
    London, England.
    Warning To Those Who Are Not British :

    Our colleague urqh has just given an excellent demonstration of the renowned English Sense Of Humour.

    ( Warning : The Surgeon General Has Determined That This Can Be Injurious To Your Blood Pressure )
    ;)
     
  14. classicfins

    classicfins Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2011
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    It does remind me of some sort of heater unit, especially with the sections on top that look to have tubes in them for air flow or something. One thing for sure is that it belongs on concrete because of the little wheels. The area down at the front he is fooling with looks like a fan or pump to me, but I'm not sure.
     
  15. Ken The Kanuck

    Ken The Kanuck Member

    Joined:
    May 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,282
    Likes Received:
    472
    Taking guess I am wondering if it might be a combination oxy/acy. outfit and a portable welder. The tubes/bottles on top maybe hold some form of gas for cutting steel and a typical welding machine is heavy (perhaps explaining the wheels and frame) and tow hitch. He might be showing how to start it by crane or if it is a rectifier (electric) type welding machine he maybe using that crane affair to set the amps?

    KTK
     
  16. Biak

    Biak Adjutant Patron  

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Messages:
    6,519
    Likes Received:
    957
  17. classicfins

    classicfins Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2011
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    We have a winner! That's amazing! Thanks so much for the help. I just called dad and now he remembers them. He knew it was familiar but just couldn't place it. Thanks!
    Doug
     
  18. dazzerjeep

    dazzerjeep Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2010
    Messages:
    767
    Likes Received:
    29
    Doug, You need start a new thread 'Name that thingy' :)
     
  19. Biak

    Biak Adjutant Patron  

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Messages:
    6,519
    Likes Received:
    957
    I forgot !! Welcome to the forum classicfins!
    I began a search looking for "jam sandwiches made like they do in Bloody Old England" but didn't get a hit.
     
  20. brndirt1

    brndirt1 Saddle Tramp

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2008
    Messages:
    9,713
    Likes Received:
    1,501
    I too forgot to welcome you to the forum, when the "answer" appeared I thought of something else. This sort of like the early version of a Knipco space heater to fill a huge area with warm air without filling it with noxious fumes.
     

Share This Page