Here's a link to the accessory of the day post on the fender braces you see on this cars front fender.
It looks like there are rectangles done with tape on the drivers door window and the windshield. What do you suppose they were for?
They did that so it would not frost up. They would tape some sort of clear material to the window. It was still common to do yet in the 60's on old cars with poor defrosters.
No kidding? That's new information for me. Where I grew up we didn't have such cold winter weather, so I guess that's why I've never heard of it.
I do not know for sure what those rectangles are, but having driven an enclosed car with no defroster in cold weather I suspect they may provide an area of free vision.
I may have to experiment with that idea..... And those radiator covers Do help.
The ones I saw as a kid back in the 60's and early 70's were aftermarket accessories. They were more oval shaped with adhesive tape on the edge. Saw them a lot on VW bugs. Maybe some one can post a picture of that accessories version.
My question is how long would it take to put those boots on?
Philip I'd guess both men were motorcycle riders too! My dad wore the same.
Bill Harper, the license plate is from Minnesota, so it could the middle of May, before black fly season.
ps: no offence meant, I have a nephew who lives in Minnesota and I live in New Hampshire we have plenty of cool weather here as well.
Hibbing Minnesota is where Robert Zimmerman grew up.
You may know him by a slightly different name.
Durkee Atwood in Minneapolis manufactured "Frost Shields" - both electric and non-electric.
Here in Minnesota, both types show up at swap meets - some still on the car. Also, there are a lot of junked cars sitting in groves that still have them installed.
Thank you for the pictures of the Frost Shield. Are they glass or some kind of plastic?
I will have to give this a try. I do have a small period correct 6 volt defroster (a stretched out coil of wire in a metal frame with two suction cups) and these gizmos on the door windows could be a real benefit. Thanks, again. "Gets a fella thinkin' ". Bill
The one I showed above from the internet is glass.
Early ones came in glass or celluloid. Later came plastic. You can easily tell the celluloid and plastic ones when they are mounted on a car because they have usually yellowed and look pretty crappy.
The frame you have with suction cups and wires may originally also originally included glass.
More info on frost shields:
Looks like a great option for any Model T owner to have. I'm not going to say "if Henry wanted his Model T", you know the rest, but I have found that when driving Seabiscuit in cool weather (it's never to cold to drive my Ts), if the windscreen fogs up I just open the drivers side door window and that clears it up right away.
Sambuca, has never had that problem
Warren: Will you please tell me the paint source and code number for the Green body on the Seabiscuit? Thanks, jb
James, I would if I could, but I don't know myself. However I will try to find out and send you a pm.
Thanks, Warren. jab35atCornelldotEDU
Thanks for the picture of the defroster. That one must be the better (more expensive) model with the glass and multiple heating wires.
Mine is a plain heater only. I have had this thing for decades. When I found it I was still in college and driving a Renault 4CV, a rear engined car in which heating and more importantly windshield defrosting is something between an unfulfilled wish and a concept. I used this defroster in the Renault with success.
Hey Bill, I love your defroster, have you used it with any of your Ts? I also like your comment "windshield defrosting is something between an unfulfilled wish and a concept". Back in '62 when I was going to college, I was driving a 1958 Saab (a great vehicle, but not much heat during the winter months).
ps: you could bring to the meeting on Monday so i can take a look at it,please