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Ralph Lovett
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I just bought a US Army Escort Wagon. I think it is the Model of 1901. It was in the vicinity of Camp Greene, SC so likely had a history with that installation. It is largely complete and all original. There are some issues with the wheels but I have replacement 57 inch rear wheels in good condition but will have to look around for the front 48 inch wheels. Both of the existing front 48 inch wheels have damaged felloes. I am missing the ridge pole, brakes, correct double tree and single trees and the spring seat. The under carriage is painted red so you would think the bed would be blue, but it is green. This makes me think the wagon was put together from parts from a pre-war painted wagon underframe and a wartime painted bed. Overall, it is a good example and should be a comparatively easy restoration.

Let me know what your opinions are, and if you have some spare parts laying around for the restoration.

This is the link for the web page:

http://www.lovettartillery.com/US%20Escort%20Wagon.html

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Are you sure it was painted green, or has the blue faded to green? At any rate, it is a nice find. :thumbup:
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What a nice find!

With the damage to the felloes I have used Liquid Wood https://www.abatron.com/product/liquidwood/ and Wood Epox https://www.abatron.com/product/woodepox/ for similar damage rather than have new wheels or more substantive repairs done. The Wood Epox becomes structurally sound.

If one needed new wheels done I have sent a hub and spoke for a pattern to Holmes Wheel Shop and got back 4 new wheels. It cost almost more to ship them to me in California than to have them built. Their address is Holmes Wheel Shop, Inc. 7969 C. R. 189 PO Box 56 Holmesville OH 44633. They are an Amish firm, I just don't have their Phone now.

Can't wait to see the restoration.
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I found this image from the Collection of the National WW1 Museum and Collections.
http://theworldwar.pastperfectonline.co ... 8156107417
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Steve and Couvi thanks for the responses. I have not had a lot of time to study the color of the wagon bed, but it looks green. There is always a chance that it is discolored blue paint. Steve, thanks for the link to the photo. In that image it is being pulled by a team equipped with M1916 harnessing. I have a good collection of this type but will likely put together the typical Escort Wagon Mule harnessing set for the wheel and lead teams.

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Find some place on the wagon that doesn't get much sun and test it there for color.
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