At first, I thought the owner was going for a more modern look with aftermarket fenders. But then, thinking about Chicago, I wonder if the original fenders were damaged due to city traffic. Cars driven in a major city do not survive as well as those driven in the country. Maybe the original fenders were replaced out of necessity. It also appears that these "new" fenders are already beat up.
Richard could also just be a bad driver!
Salt on the roads in winter could have caused the fenders to rust out. Remember almost all the saltwater is thrown by the tires onto the fenders. If there were also gravel thrown during the summer the paint would be chipped and saltwater could quickly rust out the fenders. In the past when I used to buy used cars, I found that cars from the east had a lot of undercarriage rust than those from California or the southwest desert.
I doubt the streets were salted after snow storms in Chicago during the teens and twenties. If they were, it was probably in limited areas.
Minneapolis didn't start salting streets until 1955 when an 1873 ordinance banning salting streets was repealed. (I realize Minneapolis is not Chicago.)
In Minneapolis, most streets weren't even plowed back then. The only consistent plowing was done by the rapid transit company of their street car right of ways.
I would like to reinstate that 1873 ordinance, state-wide.
Derek, I'll second that motion, only nation-wide!! They use road salt here like it's free. We still had salt residue on the main highways just up until two weeks ago, it was so heavy even the rain wouldn't wash it off. And we didn't have hardly any snow this winter either. Plowed my driveway once and even then I could've let it just melt away. I wanted to play on the tractor.
Did you see these recent articles in the StarTribune?
Neat picture. Tim