I have a 1923 Touring which already has the later type of wheels, which I know are incorrect but I am going to keep it as is and enjoy the car before I decide to revert to the older and larger type.
So, I am pretty sure the spare tire holder has been changed also. Question is: it appears to be a two spare tire holder. When got the car, it really had a tire with no rim and one complete spare tire.
Was it common to have a two spare tire holder?
How were these used? Both tires with rim or was it correct as it was left by the previous owner, one tire, and one mounted tire on the rim?
This is my spare tire holder:
Someone got creative and added the 21" holder to the original 30x3 1/2 holder.
Victor -- Your car would have come with 30x3-1/2" tires originally, and as Kenny said, someone added the 21" holder when they switched your car to 21" tires.
But to answer your question about double spares, yes, it was common earlier when Fords had two different sized tires on front and back. There were lots of aftermarket spare carriers made in that configuration. Even if a car had all one-size tires, folks often carried two spares, because flat tires were a common occurrence. The roads were full of horseshoe nails.
So... someone got creative, but luckily in the future when I decide to switch back to 30x3-1/2" tires I just have to unbolt it... and leave my one spare tire carrier, just as it should have been.
... and if your price is reasonable, you can sell it to me.
Sure, but you really need it you better find another one as this one may be installed in my car for a couple of years or so.
I have to add a funny (now) story to this - about 30 years ago I was on a road trip for work down in the Nashville area. We did a 2 week stint then rotated home for a week, then back. Over one of the weekends I drove to some small car show and Flea where I found one of the nicest - nearly NOS - "chicken-foot" style carriers for the lowly sum of $20.00 - It even had the special Ford script locking wing-nut! I could not get my money out fast enough. There was no airport security then to ask what the heck this thing was and it came home in my carry-on bag. I was so darn proud of this find right up to the time I held it up to a wheel rim and found out it was for a 30 x 3.5 clincher...
I'm pretty sure that is why it was only $20 at a time when they usually were priced double that. It's funny now, but at the time my father gave me quite the ribbing on it and I was pretty PO'd...
I see the person who creatively added the spare tire carrier also was creative in moving the licence plate bracket and light.(normally in the center of the original rim carrier). Looks good!I put wires wheels on my 23 touring and replaced the carrier with the later one and had to Jerry rig a licence plate/tail light bracket to fit on the spare tire.
Thanks! So now I know I need to move license plate and light to the center of the spare carrier, but I am nit sure if I will be able to do it now or till I get the car back to the larger tires.
In Wisconsin we do not have to show a license plate. It just has to be with the car. Mine is in the trunk. Do other states allow this?