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Old 03-31-2016, 11:36 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Could not find a specific thread on 'C' Hooks and wanted to start the ball rolling with my latest addition to my collection of German Stuff.

Mine is for Medium Tanks - a larger version was used for the Heavy Kit.

I had the main body of the 'C' Hook for some time but the Locking Device had broken off and was missing.

I was lucky enough in managing to unscrew the base plug and found that the original bolt, washer, spring, and the shaft part of the locking device was still there and in great condition.
Still had a small amount of grease in there as well.

I got an original locking device at a bargain price (together with a few other bits) from a chap in Latvia


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It needed a fair bit of cleaning but came up a treat.

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Bits ready for re-assemble - nice to have all original parts.



Now working as it should.

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Could only find these two photos of 'C' Hooks in use, both on a Tiger 1.

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I'm now on the lookout for a nice Big 'D' Shackle to go with this.
Will also get hold of a Towrope End - just to show example of connection.

Happy for you all to add to this thread on 'C' Hooks - I know there will be quite a few of you out there who have them.


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Old 03-31-2016, 11:47 AM   #2
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Could only find these two photos of 'C' Hooks in use, both on a Tiger 1.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:19 PM   #3
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Interesting the one guy standing on the deck is carrying what appears to be a sten.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:50 PM   #4
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Hi Friends Collectors

The big C tow hook weight is 26 kg

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Old 04-01-2016, 05:04 AM   #5
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Thanks for all your inputs to this Thread so far, some good examples- Keep them coming !

Ok, so mine weighs in at 12 kg

The large one at 26 kg - Wow - that's more than my Tiger 1 track links, early or late.
Mind you, looking at Stephane's ( ARQUILLE ) example of both together you can see why - these are big chunks of metal that need to be able to take a lot of strain and punishment.

Like I said - Please keep those 'C' Hooks coming!



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Old 04-01-2016, 06:56 AM   #6
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StuG with C tow hook.

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Old 04-05-2016, 01:41 PM   #7
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S-hook versus C-hook.

I think S-hooks were employed at the beginning ( see on Pz IV which passed from S-Hooks to C-hooks), while C-hooks were employed later. Because the C-hooks were great improvement as they would not loose while not in tension.

Anyhow there were 2 of each for one tank, and that is why I have two of each...

Ho, Carles, yes, I know that you appreciate !

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S-hook versus C-hook.

I think S-hooks were employed at the beginning ( see on Pz IV which passed from S-Hooks to C-hooks), while C-hooks were employed later. Because the C-hooks were great improvement as they would not loose while not in tension.

Anyhow there were 2 of each for one tank, and that is why I have two of each...

Ho, Carles, yes, I know that you appreciate !

Eric
So there would have either 2 S hooks or 2 C hooks then, I understand. As I don't know what kind of vehicle I will have (when I win the lottery) I'll try to get two of each.


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My display in picture too

Towing Panzer IV
Towing Tiger

Regards from France.
Stephane
Nice to see your's also, Stephane. Spring is in the air and hooks are blooming

Here's a pic of the 2 C hook cage on the Pz IV in el Goloso barracks, Madrid and of the support for a single C hook on a StuG III in Cartagena, Murcia. (neither pics are mine, but sent by friends)


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A post on 'C' hook !
Good idea !

I will post what I have in the future.

At present, I'm glad to see how it is inside ! As one of mine is almost blocked.

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I have just posted mine at the Panzermania thread!! 10kg PzKpfwIII/IV hook. Locking part missing, though. Oh, I also have an S hook, if someone want's to start another thread!!

Please, confirm the weight of your hooks, so we can relate them to each vehicle.

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Wow, That is a great difference, Stephane. How much does the big one weigh?
Here is an original C tow hook on a Spanish contract StuG III. Pic #1 taken some years ago. i believe it is not present any more, now.


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Hi Friends Collectors.

My examples for Panther/Tiger (the big) and PzIII/PzIV families (the small) :



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Some Corrections to my post below:

First of all, the small one for StuG with the towing eye.

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As I noticed, the C-Hook can NOT rotate freelY in the eye : only three positions are OK. Much of the stress is given to the locking part for the 2 downward positions.
The C-hook is very tight in the hull eye.

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Was there no D ring to attach to the eye, as in larger tanks?

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Was there no D ring to attach to the eye, as in larger tanks?

Carles
That was not necessary.

Lots of pics show the C-hook attached to /hanging on the front eye ( StuG ) or towing device ( Pz IV )

Also: I remember a guy posting here what he dug out from eastern country, and I noticed a mix of S-hook and and C-hook ( for a StuG ).

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