Was wondering if anyone has any information on two handles I found off of a T - '26 roadster.
The two "hand holds" are about 7" long and were removed from the rear body shell (Turtle back) left and right of the trunk lid like they'd be placed for a rumble seat, which this car was not set up with. They have part number 368820 on the backside. See photo. No Ford stamp. They are pretty heavy in weight and have no pits - are decorative - with tapered points at both ends. Looks to be brass plated (?) - no nickel present that I can see, which may have worn off.
Any idea if these are an accessory or the origin of? Thanks, Bill.
Sorry for the shadows in the photo - it was a nice bright day outdoors!
Origin of those "handles" could be from anything, as added by someone in the past.
Trunk lid did not any any handle... the key , after unlocking would serve as a handle to lift lid so that both hands could open lid and set lid brace to hold open
Trunk lid did not "any" any handle.
....... should read... did not "have" any handles
Is there a chance they had wood slats from side to side to carry some luggage, skis or other items or to look good on the car like the little sports cars I remember? A dresser piece?
Joe R. Independence, Mo.
Someone added those unknown grip handles there for maybe riding in the turtle deck with the lid removed? Or for leverage when reaching in to lift out heavy packages?
No wood slats on the trunk lid, Joe, but definitely could have been used as tie downs, if needed in a pinch, that's for sure. I gather from everyone's comments that these handles were not a Ford accessory. They looked like they were made for the car by seeing how they appeared fastened onto the body before being removed. I'll keep them for a future project (C-cab handhold may work). Thanks for all the help everyone.
Maybe they were just for the top to rest upon?