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Hobart WeldMobile/Truck, 1945 with Chrysler Straight 8


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Old 09-17-2019, 09:29:06 AM
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Default Hobart WeldMobile/Truck, 1945 with Chrysler Straight 8

1 of the neatest things at the vintage construction show last weekend. They had it welding just fine. Shop built by Hobart using a Chrysler chassis/engine. .










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Old 09-17-2019, 03:26:53 PM
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Default Re: Hobart WeldMobile/Truck, 1945 with Chrysler Straight 8

Wow, that's really neat!

How does it drive? A clutch and trans off the back of the generator? Or a traction motor powered by the generator? Looks like it has a gear shift lever?
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Default Re: Hobart WeldMobile/Truck, 1945 with Chrysler Straight 8

Neat looking machine, I bet it weighs a few tons! Doesnt look like it has much of a suspension does it. I bet it has a harsh ride!
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Wow, that's really neat!

How does it drive? A clutch and trans off the back of the generator? Or a traction motor powered by the generator? Looks like it has a gear shift lever?
I don't know how it works, didn't get to talk to ower very long, busy with all the stuff there.

Heres a walk around video of it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9GktG6WB9E&t
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Default Re: Hobart WeldMobile/Truck, 1945 with Chrysler Straight 8

now that's wild...….
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Default Re: Hobart WeldMobile/Truck, 1945 with Chrysler Straight 8

Nice video! Looks like it's got a clutch pedal and a gear shift lever. If it's got some nice low gears, it ought to be able to really pull, what with all that weight on the drive wheels!

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Default Re: Hobart WeldMobile/Truck, 1945 with Chrysler Straight 8

Very, very cool! My son and I have welded with a model A Ford powered welder on a 2 wheel trailer.
Worked good! Smoooooooth. Like the straight eight.
Like the Schramm air compressor tractors but way different.
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Default Re: Hobart WeldMobile/Truck, 1945 with Chrysler Straight 8

Now THAT is one neat welder!! ---I had a Hobart 200 amp welder that looked exactly like that one!--Best welder out there!
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I have that same welder, Minus the Super Cool Hot-Rod Truck which I'd be cruising around in on a regular basis if I had it.

Mine had been powered by a Buick Straight-8 but was changed over to a freshly rebuilt Wisconsin V4 shortly before I bought it at Auction.

Whoever rebuilt the engine set the valve guides too tight and 3 of them seized up after about 10 minutes of run time so I didn't get a whole lot of practice with the welder and have yet to get around to redoing the valves.

One Cool Feature on the welder is that the center Control Unit Pops Out and can have an extension cord plugged in-between it and the welder for Remote Amperage Control, so, say if you were welding on the second floor or roof of a building with the welder down on the ground, you could adjust as needed without having to climb down or holler at someone else to change the settings.

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Hello everyone, I am the owner of the Hobart Weldmobile. It is a 1945 (I think) and has a Chrysler 324 straight 8 and a Plymouth transmission (only one speed forward and reverse) The rest was all factory made by Hobart. They made a 200, 300, and 400 amp model. This is the 400 amp model, able to make 525 amps at full power.

The welder generator is directly coupled to the bell housing of the motor, and the transmission mounts to the back of the welder. The rear end seems to be a cut down chrysler axle and mated to planetary hubs for ground clearence. No suspension other than the tires.

I had been looking to get my hand on one for a few years and never saw a single one for sale, of any size, until this one popped up on eBay last year in Oklahoma. Ended up winning the auction and had it shipped back to Michigan. When it arrived it was seized in gear, but within a few hours we had it driving around, we were unable to get it welding before the snow hit. The front axle had been replaced at some point with something much too wide and a very strange bolt pattern. The 16.5 inch tires were beyond use so we flame cut some bald trailer tires just to get it rolling. This year we decided to take it down to the HCEA show having done no work on it. She fired right up and drove onto the trailer. While at the show, I worked on the generator and found a few stuck brushes and after I got them cleaned up, she welds great! We even used the welder to jump start a D6 dozer!

I plan to put on a proper front axle, new tires all around, and figure out how the governor linkage is supposed to hook up, seems I am missing some pieces that need to be made.

If anyone has any kind of information on these machines, please get ahold of me, Id love to hear/see whatever you have!
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Welcome Aboard The Stak Luke.

That Thing is Beyond Kool !

Of course now that you're on here, we're gonna need More Pictures and maybe a Video of it.

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Really neat machine. Thanks for sharing !!!
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I would like to see how the drive line drops down behind the welder to the rear end.
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