Acquired a box of radiator caps. In the group was a used Motometer dog bone cap. The cap was used but without the meter. In the centre is a set screw with the following "Remove to Install, Boyce Motometer" The screw is attached to a flat nut with "Patent Pending." No date is given. The dog bone measures 5 inches by 1 15/16 inches.
I wish I had that plug for my original dog bone, I would take my repro meter out and put the plug in!
George would you part with this?
James - I will keep you in mind when I am ready to dispose of the dog bone.
Thank you George
That is really neat. I have a couple of those dog bones, but NEVER have seen one with an original Boyce plug. Great find!
I am glad to see that one. I had forgotten about them. The rubber in this one is rock hard but could be replaced. This is another item that could be reproduced but probably not enough demand to make it worth while.
Send me a PM
Incredibly rare for some little detail that was made in the several millions. I would almost bet that in all my years in this hobby, all the shows I have gone to, all the cars I have seen on tours, swap meets and antique shops. I wouldn't be surprised if I have seen ten thousand original dog-bone and winged accessory caps. All those, I have seen maybe eight or ten of those original plugs. Slightly more common, are the "ball" plugs, I actually owned one of those years ago. They stand up about an inch, and knock out to create the hole for a motometer. I have probably seen about a dozen of them over the years.
Paige offered the motometer as an option from the dealer. And some last couple years of Paige offered a dash gauge for engine temperature. I have a fairly nice original Paige cap that has a nice wreath pattern around it, with a floral design in the top center designed to be drilled out to add a motometer. Just an interesting different way things were done at that time.
Not too many people crazy enough to really want one of those plugs (I am one of them), but probably several of our regulars here would. So sadly, they are not worth much. In fact, I have heard of hobbyists buying a cap because it fit their car, and then throwing out the special plug so they could put in the motometer. (Grrrrr!) So if you don't desire to keep it? Do try to find a good home for it.
Thank you George J D and all!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Dan I sent you a PM I hope it worked. Thanks James