Hi guys, I'm looking for photos, info or T era brochures showing runabouts fitted with "salesman" rear storage compartments (for a lack of a better word).
What would the process be in going about making one of these? What materials could you use to keep it very light?
To keep it light I would panel the side in aluminium and make the top with cedar slats covered with canvas. Both were used in the days, so would be period correct.
allan from down under.
Do any of the vendors make the spare rim carrier in the picture?
My 1925 pickup doesn't have a place for the spare 21" rim.
J.R. Watkins delivery boxes are the type with which I am most familiar. Some of the delivery boxes have survived - I have seen a few over the years. I also saw a reproduction box on a Ford roadster a few years ago at an auction here in Minnesota. The Watkins delivery boxes typically have drawers in them.
See the links below to see examples of the various boxes used by Watkins salesmen.
For the link below - scroll down once page opens:
Erik, Your recall abilities never cease to amaze me! THANKS!
If only I could figure out a way to make money with my "talent."
That's a great part if you had to try to keep something dry or somewhat safe. A camper she'll for a T.
I think that the gentleman that recently passed in Missouri (his name escapes me) had a JR Watkins box in original paint for sale a few times. He was a frequent poster and dealer of both old and new parts.
John Cox,I make a RB tire carrier that will fit your 21 inch tire. firstname.lastname@example.org
david! that would have been john danhoser, he got the box from me . i made one for a guy in kc it was for his 1914. i have all the drawings from it. charley
mark! thanks for the spelling fix. charley
Thanks for all the replies.
Allan, I was also thinking of using aluminium to keep the weight down. Think I'd also use it instead of canvas for the top for better security.
Erik, great photos in those links, thanks!
Charley, would it be possible to get a look at the drawings you have?
I'm not really looking for an attractive and perfect period correct box; but rather something lightweight, strong and easy to make that doesn't look completely out of place on a 1920s car. I was thinking of a pickup bed but they offer little security for your gear.
To keep things simple I was thinking of a large drop tailgate door rather than two side opening doors like on the Watkins. Would that work?
Also maybe use the top of the box to secure spare tyres/wheels.
Constantine, You have not said what you have to mount one of the boxes on.
If it is a roadster then one of those would be great if you are looking at finding parts and constructing something then what about an original Ford Australia 1926-27 panel van.
Or an even more desirable Australian salesman's
Don't know what went wrong "again"
Thanks for the photos. I did mention the body style in the post subject line; runabout.
Have any Aussie Ts with the above body styles survived?
I think some remains of those have been found but don't think any have actually been restored yet.
Here is a Victorian one for you
Great photo, thanks Peter.
Peter, with that box on the back I would half expect that the circus fell on hard times and Mr. Crone is helping peddle some of their surplus...