This might be a stupid question but ... If you had something in your running board luggage rack that you wanted to secure, what would look correct? Baling wire? leather belt?
The day glow orange ones available now just won't do.
My bet is they used good old fashioned hemp rope back in the day.
I found a wire reinforced wicker basket on Ebay that fits in my rack, it was advertised as a magazine holder.
Looking at the period pictures of lots of "stuff" packed on Model Ts, it's plain a lot of those old folks were pretty familiar with throwing a diamond on a pack horse, mule or burro. Rope is handy, definitely "period correct" and more reliable than bungees or baling wire (that will cut through in short order). To be period correct, don't use nylon or poly. A grass rope doesn't stretch like synthetics.
I suspect rope, as well. I always have a had no or to of hemp rope on Fritz
Is 'hemp' rope a generic term in USA for rope made with vegetable fibres? Most ropes in Australia are made from sisal, the fibre also used in binder twine before the advent of coloured synthetics. Finding good sisal rope is getting harder with so much poly and nylon around these days.
Allan from down under.
Allan, The 'Hemp'they are talking about is rope made from hemp plants - the grand-dad of cannabis / gunga/ weed/ marajuana and probably one of the best natural fibre ropes you can get. Often referred to as Indian Hemp, it's seeds were found in parrot feed before the hippies found you could grow them and smoke it. Your "Sisal" is the fibre from Agave cactus which has similar rope uses as does Flax fibre. True 'Linen' is made from flax fibre also.
Allen I have no problem here finding Sisal (I have been known to make cat condo's) What size are referring to 1/2 and 3/8 are common around here.
Rope would probably be the way to go. Since I was never a boy scout I guess I will search "how to tie a rope" on the www.
Believe this fellow's bungee cords have come loose
Let the old sailor help, here you go tommy
Noticed in the photo posted of that '25 touring, the little brown jug at the rear tire......
Made sure that won't happen to me, tied the jug to the running board carrier with rope!
G.R., your reference to different sizes of sisal rope raised another conundrum. Rather than diameter of the rope, which I presume you were using to describe that to which you referred, old time measurements of cordage were recorded with reference to the circumference of the rope. Thus your 3/8" may be listed as 1 1/4", which is way confusing!
I can get what I need from more specialised stockists, but big box hardware shops rarely stock sisal ropes these days. That is understandable, as better quality offerings are superior in performance and durability than sisal, but they look out of place on a T.
Allan from down under.