When C1651 was found after 70 plus years of storage another Canadian anomaly was uncovered. What was very interesting as both valences on either side had been pierced for the acetylene tubing hose from the generator. Interestingly the running boards were not drill both sides, leading me to believe that this operation was still done car by car as required upon assembly.
What I am asking is for all of the original gas light Canadian assembled cars, whether RHD or LHD, please have a look and check to see how early this practice was started by Canada. Please note - on an original valance the hole is pierced leaving folds of material on the underside. Reproduction valances the holes are drilled and clean underneath. We are looking for original valances on original cars
C'mon guys. It is your summer and not even snowed in. How hard is it to go out to your shed and please just have a look?
I have a splash apron for left side that is punched for two gas hoses,but that is it. Don't know why two holes.
Thanks Jack, very unusual.
Hi David, I can not help much here but my car never had a hole in the left hand valance and do not remember what was on the right side as it was very rusted away... Ray
Here is a picture of My Canadian Panels for my old 1913 Runabout Project. I believe they came off a late 12 Frame.
Note the Handbrake cut out for both left and right hand drive.
It is possible they were stamped the same then rolled and folded, edged as left and right.
That is sort of how they did frame rails in mass production.
Lots of matching holes for you to work out the Gas tubing one.