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It's a pretty early 10. Real nice picture.
I am again amazed at 3 sitting across in the rear seat. Apparently people got bigger and hats got smaller over the years.
1909 - 12 Model T's are several inches wider than later T's, especially in the back seat. I often carry three in back of mine.
So is it left or right and where is the acc gen or Presto- Lite tank? Bud.
Charlie - Some hats got smaller, but cowboy hats didn't. Instead, they bent them up on the sides so you could fit 3 across in a pickup.
Were Prestolite tanks commonly housed in utility boxes? Looks like the gas line may exit this box then drop through the apron.
It certainly looks like a gas hose from the box. It could be a battery cable too. I don't know the advantage of a tank in a box and could be a hazard if the tank leaked and had a spark. Probably not room for a tank behind the box. Also they might not have driven that car at night and didn't use a tank or generator.
I guess we will never really know.
Acetylene tanks enclosed in tool boxes were a common accessory. Many higher priced cars came that way from the factory and they were also available as an aftermarket accessory (although the toolbox in the photograph seems smaller than what I've typically seen for holding a tank).
This 1914 Empire car description says "Presto tank and cover." Not sure if that is a "hard cover" or some type of bag?
And this 1913 classified says Presto tanks in three sizes. Maybe the smaller one(s) would fit in a running board box?
I just scanned the pages below from a couple of accessory catalogs.
RE: acetylene tank sizes
Prestolite Model A = 22" x 7.25"
Prestolite Model B = 20" x 6"
Prestolite Model E = 16" x 6"
Searchlight No. MCSL (for motorcycles) = 13" x 4"
Searchlight No. 1SL = 16" x 6"
Searchlight No. 2SL = 20" x 6"
Regarding tank covers - see the third picture below - a tank cover is shown in the lower left.
Regarding combo tank/toolboxes. Note two different styles shown below. One style has the tank in the box. The other has the tank behind the box.