Ulster volunteers, the Ulster Unionist paramilitary force, in training.
Nice photo. I suspect the caption may be off a little either on that photo or a second one of what appears to be the same car and same 5 men. When I Googled "Ulster volunteers, the Ulster Unionist paramilitary force, in training." That exact image came up.
But on page 107 of the "English Model T Ford" book they show the identical or extremely similar 1914 with what appears to be the same 5 men. This time the rifle men are lined up but the machine gunner is still standing ready to fire. For that caption it reads, "Ford Times, January 1915, p179. Fig 5.27. Model T Light Patrol Car of the Northern Irish Volunteer Regiment: a Runabout, supplied and converted by Larne dealer, F E Craddock.
It is not an area of history I have read about -- but in the Google search just now -- it appears those two groups were opposed to each other so it is unlikely that they supported both sides.
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What is on the running board?
The Ulster Volunteers and the Northern Irish Volunteers regiment were on the same side of the Irish Troubles. Not a good time in Irish history.
also non ford headhights.charley
On page 67, 72,79 etc of the "English Ford Book" they show a similar shaped carbide generator mounted on the right side running board. So I'm 90% sure that is one style used on the English Fords.
On page 117 of the "English Ford Book" they show a photo of a Tonelyte headlamp. It was produced in Germany. They say it was used briefly in 1914 prior to the start of WWI. It is flat looking rather than the hump the E&J 666 or John Brown lamps we are more accustomed to seeing.
The lamp in the photo may or may not be that lamp, but the English Fords used lamps supplied over there. Some of them looked very similar to the USA style while others did not.
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"What is on the running board?"
Looks like a small butter churn from here, Keith.
A very long adjustment screw would make it much easier to adjust the water drip in the carbide gas generator from the driver's seat.