Is This spare tire carrier Model A Or T?
T with wood wheels.
The bracket which mounts to the back of a 26-27 coupe or roadster make for wire mount wheels. The Y shaped bracket bolted onto it is to adapt it for de-mountable 21" tires. This was standard equipment for a roadster or coupe with wood wheels and without the y bracket for the same car with wire spoke wheels.
I believe some of the Y's fit 30 x 3-1/2" rims.
Mike that is correct. I know of at least one that holds the 30 rim on the back of a early 26 coupe.
I have the same mount on the rear of my '25 Racer - 30x3.5 demountables - not an easy "Y" to find - equipped on non-starter "Improved" cars.
Here is one installed on a T.
Also note that there is a 3 hole and a 4 hole version, where it bolts to the back of the car. All of the current knowledge I have so far is the 4 hole version was used Aug 1925 till aprox sometime early in 1926. then they changed to the 3 hole design till the end of production in 1927, probably as another cost and labor cutting change. The date of change is still vague, as I am still collecting dates of existing examples on well preserved cars. The latest date for a four hole version I have so far is Jan 5, 1926. The earliest date for a 3 hole is April 1926. So if the numbers keep holding true, the date of change may be between these two dates. I also hope to someday find a date of change for the part. If their is anyone who has not already sent me their dates and info about the spare tire mount on their car. And your car has not been built up from parts. Please send me your info. Maybe together we can slowly piece the Improved models story together. submitted with respect. Donnie Brown ...
What's the hole between the Y brackets for? It looks like a padlock hole or something. My 26 roadster has this same hole and I can't find anything about why it is there.
It allows you to padlock the nut so it can't be loosened.
I have a few n.o.s. 30 x 3 1/2" Y's in stock if anyone needs one
What's this hole for