1913 with Prestolite tank.
This is where the idea for using a Model T to go get ice cream came from. And it all started with one sentence from Mom on the front porch... "Get those darn kids out of here so I can relax a little while, take them for ice cream or something!"
Nice car photo
That can't be dad driving. Looks way too young
Sure see a lot of low tires in these old pictures.
Thanks for posting them Jay!
Ya know Bob, you're right. It does seem that there are a lot of soft tires in these old photos. I wonder if it was just carelessness or if maybe folks kept them low on purpose for a smoother ride. Of course, I guess a third possibility is that it was a lot of work to pump them up by hand so it didn't always get done when it was needed and 'free" compressed air was scarce.
I think you've hit the nail on the head, Henry. If I had to use a hand pump on my car tires all the time, I'd probably let them go longer before topping off the pressure.
Could be the theory was that they "floated" better in loose sand too. If I recall correctly, my Dad mentioned that his Pa did this on a trip between Falfurias & San Antonio, TX back in 1922.