Machine is a Hobart Bros generater coupled to a Ford V8, all shop put together in de days of mechanics. Picture been around a long time and looked at by some good men.
Hobart Bros sold a lot of dem generators up into de 50s. Army put thousands of dem on Jeeps wid PTO drivin em off transfer case. Other Jeeps had compressors set up same.
Eyeball dat spring setup, not much suspension to it.
Steering on wagon is Ackerman wid all de problems of dat in a wagon. If aligned perfect wid good kingpins & tie rod ends it tracks, most just waddle till you find right speed makes dem happy. Dat machine heavy fer truck pullin it so probably never went more den 20 on de street. Stoppin it was a chore for de pickup.
Hobart Bros made 2 self propelled machines for factories & ship yards, but both very short production due to cost and usefulness. 1 was designed wid hard tires fer in factory use only. Bigger machine had air tires. Also made a kit up fer Farmall tractor but not many sold. 1 Farmall still around in collection.
Hobart Bros was very inventive company leading de parade till it got sold to ITW when inheritors more money hungry den willing to work... ITW had to abandon several product lines including engine driven machines and Plasma welding (NOT CUTTING). ITW give poduct lines to Thermal Dynamics along wid warehouse full of Hobart Bros parts to get clear of lawsuit. TD bein fools scrapped all de parts & drawings, so now Hobart Bros parts is paperclips.
White Hobart products are China JUNK!