There is a running board gas can set on E-bay that locks in an enclosed case and clamps to your running board. What would something like this be worth?
for whatever reason these are more expensive than unicorn horn. the repros are like 500 bucks.
Thank you for sharing your Model T knowledge.
Running board sets are like 32 Ford parts, GOLD......... or the sellers have bidder friends to run the price up.
however dont let that discourage you, you never know with ebay, ive never seen a used one at a swap meet, theyer kind of hot items and everybody wants one because they are practical and cool.
One of these days id like to make my own when i get some access to some sheet metal equipment.
if youve got your heart set on a set, keep watching ebay and swap meets, eventually one will show up at a good price.
Glen Chaffin has a set advertised in the classified section on Dec 11th for $300.
I sold a set of repo can set, by Howell, on the classified here on this MTFCA web site just recently.
WOW! I've got a set exactly like that in way better shape. I even went so far as to take a hi-res photo of the original "BoYcO" decal and did a Photoshop clean up. Then I printed up some new decals before I glass beaded it.
Just have to get around to finishing it one of these days.
So, based on the foregoing, if you can "acquire" (Mercedes Benz-speak) an original set for $13,999,999.00, as opposed to a new cheap repro set from Chaffin for as little as the paltry sum of $300.00, then you should immediately jump at the opportunity to do so. Right? Never concern yourself as to whether the originals might be rusted out and whether such accessories might set your car on fire with a leak. Right?
These are not just the cans and a band that hold them. They are enclosed in a lockable box or cover. I never seen anything like these.
Howells reprod. are not sealed the last time I talked to him
The set Glen was selling for $300 was an original Bear Brand set not a repro.
Dennis they are a great looking set and it looks like several other people think so too!
I don't know the value but you can bet the bidding isn't over yet!
Gee for $14,000,000 I hope they are full not empty. :<)
At an auction a couple of years ago I saw a single can with holes in the bottom sell for a lot more than I was willing to pay. On the other hand, I have a couple of cans that I picked up at swap meets cheap. A big part of what you pay depends on luck.
My son Mark is selling the original cans. They are a rare enclosed set and are nice. I think Mac's sells the repos for about $495.
We bought this set at a local auction about 5 years ago for $12.50. No one but one other guy knew what they were and he didn't want them that bad. I thanked him.
Mac's repo set is $390. Lang's is $295.
Does anyone know of a good gasket material to use on a Boyco can? I've tried several but haven't had much luck with the gas can. It's not nice when it leaks gas out arouond the cap.
Make sure the threaded neck top edge is flat. Put flat washer the diameter of the inside of the cap(provides a firm flat support since the boyco lids flex when tightened), cut some decent rubber or cork gasket to fit.
Mine doesn't leak without a gasket, but I don't fill it more than about 2/3. How are you taking into account thermal expansion? Seems to me a cap with air hole in center, and paper or cork gasket with offset air hole would work. Look at any small engine tank.
I am glad I got mine when they were cheap. I have never put anything in mine they are just for looks but functional. One set of Mine are boyco and have a funnel with them, the only ones I ever saw with a funnel?
Did you get the ebay running board set?
I went back to completed listings but couldn't get it to come up.
It is certainly a nice can set...a design that I've never seen before.
I did bid on the set because it was an original and not a remake and because it was an unusual set being that it is enclosed in a case. I have seen many can sets that have just a band holding them on the running board but not many that are enclosed. The description stated that the cans do not have holes in so hopefully they can be used as intended. And yes Floyd to answer your question I did buy the set.
I haven't found a gasket material for the cap to replace the original that is happy with the gas.
Same was true with the car gas tank cap until I found the an oil filter o ring was the same size.
I remember seeing someone that converted a rusted out BoYco can into a toolbox by removing the old bottom. I just soldered up the pin holes in the bottom of my water can.
Was the original color Red, White, and Blue? I remember seeing some other colors.
Has any one found a replacement cap for them,I have a set but there are no caps (or lids). I know something has lids that would look like the orig.ones. I've only had them for 30+ years.
Dennis, glad you got them!
I have a few loose cans. Some day hope to have a full set. I believe your set is the nicest style I have ever seen!
Bob, I have seen repop caps Stamped BOYCO for the more common can sets. Problem is they are very expensive.It is possible to find caps of antique product cans of the period that are a cross over fit.
Straight from Howells sheet metal $195 plus shipping
Here's the photo of the can set offered by Howells that Layden provided the link to.
The cans sold by Howells are not soldered. That is why the cans sold by the dealers are more expensive. We have to have them soldered.
I had a set of cans,from Howell, like the ones pictured and they were soldered. Don't know if they leaked. Sold them recently on this site's classified. Maybe the new owner can chime in.