The center hole measures 2 and 5/8". I think I know what it is but what do you think?
When your cousin from Minnesota visits, you use it to pry his hands off of your valuable early Model T parts before he leaves.
Is it for pressing the hubs out of wheels? (hooks on spokes)
Is it a steering wheel puller?
I think part of it is missing?
It's a wheel puller - had one !
Rear wheel - that is !
If I buy another T, my wife could think of some interesting ways to use that tool on me!!!!
My mistake - too small of hole for wheel hub but I had one identical but larger to pull rear wheel.
Went out in the shop to measure a rear hub - rear wheel puller and I'm sticking with that !
This tool is a rear wheel puller. It was apco tool No. 7, was originally black enamel, it weighs 6 lbs., and sold for $4.00 in 1923. It is a fairly rare tool today, I don't believe it was a particularly popular tool originally.
Steve is correct, I think it was made for the 1909-11 straight axle hubs. Eric, when my cousin visits, I turn on the electro shock scale at the shop door. If he leaves the shop weighing more then when he went in.... well he only had to learned that lesson once!
Kim - how's about sending me the "blueprints" for your electro shock scale ? I could use that from time to time in my shop but not for for my cousin "Vinnie" !
Kim, make sure your cousin doesn't go in the shop with his pockets full of rocks, that could be interesting.
I will try and post a picture of an APCO Steering Wheel Puller. It a very poorly made tool, made of brass and breaks easily. I have a KRW steering wheel puller which is much better that I always use.