Kinda Look Like Solid Rubber Circus wheels?
Is that a chain-drive sprocket on the LF wheel ???
It would appear that there is a steel ring of bolts on all four wheels. If you look closely at either front wheels you can see day light between the intersection of any two spokes and the ring. Also if you look closely at the left front wheel you can see some type of band around each spoke.
Those wheels have a spring inside each spoke. I have seen one - never a full set.
It could have been a smooth ride.
I wonder what they were thinking when that wheel was designed? The internal spring idea may have merit taking some of the shock load on rough roads, but the spokes do not act alone. If one is compressed, those next to it need to move also, and the ones opposite need to extend. That would all be OK if things all move in the same plane, rather than radially, as they do. Without slop in the tubes or some way the spokes can pivot at the hub, the whole thing will be trying to tear itself apart.
Have I missed something?
Allan from down under.
Smooth, but noisy. I bet they clacked worse than a set of loose wood spoked metal felloe wheels!
Really interesting, cool wheels!
Maybe 2 springs...one on top and one on the bottom... What about dirt and water
Seems to me that someone attempted to make flat tires a thing of the past while maintaining ride quality.
Royce can you tell s about the wheel you saw?
Maybe this is obvious, as nobody has mentioned it, but altho' it's hard to tell for sure by the picture, I don't think there is any kind of tire on those wheels; I think it is all steel (or iron). Whatever the case, interesting for sure!
That is a great photo of a 1911 touring, the car looks like a new car. Notice that the front doors are of the style that are more commonly seen on the smooth sided 1912 touring. The touring shown has the dashboard and filler board for the windshield typical of a 1911. The 1911 style body used front door panels that typically dipped down to the lower dash to clear the windshield filler board. The 1912 dashboard was taller and used the style of front door panel as shown that was straight without the dip. Both the 1911 and 1912 front door panels were detachable so I guess that anything is possible
Also clearly shown is the correct stripe detail on the hood, something that is rarely seen on restored 1909-1912 cars today. The windshield looks like a 1912. If you look closely at the top of the windshield support rods you will see the small tabs with holes at the hinges on both sides of the car for the shorter 1912 style top straps to hook on to however this car uses the longer top straps that run down to the radiator, again typical of a 1911.
That fellow sure looks proud of those wheels kinda makes you wonder what the heck he was thinking of.
I presume the tires are solid rubber. I see no valve stem.
The car is a very early 1912. It has the 1911 style step-side body, with straight top fore-doors, yet it has the two-piece dash and 1911 windshield. Note the car has the top straps come down to the front fender bracket (1911 style), yet it had the eyes for the top straps at the windshield hinge (1912 style).
Excellent example of pin striping.
Thanks for posting the picture, Jay.
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Those are hideous looking wheels.
The license plate looks like Kentucky, 1921. Nice shape for an old car. The guy seems a bit over dressed. I wonder if he's a juice runner.