Looks like a bright idea...
Hang on...I think they finally saw the light.
I know...what a bright idea!!!
Thanks for posting the link ( http://www.shorpy.com/node/18871 ) to the Shorpy photo from 1922ish that shows a Military Cadillac built to carry a search light. The trailer the light is on is the best part – using T front axles and wheels. I have seen other trailers similar to that one in WWI photos and had always wondered if they used the T axles or a different axle with the T wheels. You can clearly see the T front axle and wheels in the photo.
I’m not really sure of the front wheel size. It looks like 30 x 3 on the left front tire but it is hard for me to say for sure what it reads. I would guess it is 30 x 3. If it was standard USA front wheels then 30 x 3. But Ford USA supplied front wheels for the ambulances in 30 x 3 ½ during WWI. And of course the company making the trailers could have purchased the 30 x 3 ½ wheels without hubs and the front hubs separately and assemble their own 30 x 3 ½ wheels. And all the Canadian Fords that went to support WWI had 30 x 3 ½ on all four wheels. So if the spot light trailer was built to support WWI – then 30 x 3 ½ would be a possibility. Note also that the T wheels do NOT have valve stems. Our 1907 Model S Runabout came without a tube in a couple of the tires. The tires had been filled with cotton seeds. That worked fine for display as it kept the tire from being flat. I don’t know if they would have heated up if it was driven much or not. We replace the seeds with tubes before we drove it.
The Shorpy site had a good note stating the Cadillac was probably a 1917 model 55 modified and the light was probably produced by Sperry Company.
Again thanks for posting the link to the photo.
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I saw this 1933 Volvo ladder truck yesterday:
In the rear a Model T differential was used in the ladder mechanism: