This tool was made from 1913-1935. What is it?
That’s right, a tire jack. Talk about a workout! Because the early cars’ tires blew out often, every driver quickly learned to change and repair their own car’s tires.
The majority of people kept a tool box in their cars so that tire repairs could be done whenever and wherever needed. The tire repair kit was a cardboard tube that had a metal lid with a grate built in. Inside the tube were rubber patches, self-sealing cold patches or patches that required a special cement or adhesive. Some tubes also contained extra metal grates. Sure appreciate the reliability of my tires even more now.
The popular Ford Model T was a fairly simple car and many owners completed minor repairs for fun, convenience, or savings. Car owners became skilled with the repairs on their cars. Some had experience fixing farm machinery, others learned from repair manuals.
Many car owners claimed to fix their cars with clothespins, twine or baling wire. Can you imagine? A screwdriver, wrench and plies were the basic tools that were used in those early years. No big tool boxes or fancy hoists for these guys or gals.
Car repair has come a LONG way! Thankful for that!
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