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An English Model T floor jack

Post by Jem » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:26 am

Once upon a time, every British breakdown lorry had a Harvey Frost crane on the back - HF did lifting gear. I bought this HF Ford Jack at Beaulieu (our answer to Hershey) in September 1994. Thereby hangs a tale:-

I was just out of hospital after bypass surgery, forbidden to drive or lift anything, but determined to hang out with my mates on our stand. I found the jack just 2 aisles over and said to the guy - I'll have to get Fred to collect it, then Linda piped up - No, I can carry it. When we got back to the stall, Fred burst into laughter. A friend had just come past and said - You won't believe this! I have just seen a bloke strolling along looking at stalls, calm as you like, with his wife 5 paces behind struggling with an enormous cast-iron jack!
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Re: An English Model T floor jack

Post by Kaiser » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:42 am

That is a beautiful piece, and a great story ! :lol:
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Re: An English Model T floor jack

Post by RustyFords » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:33 am

I LOVE the look of these old Ford axle jacks and desperately want one.

However...the gorgeous and expensive 3 ton, low profile jack that my family gave me for Christmas does a great job and I don't really NEED one of the vintage ones.

Like my grandfather used to say..."It's not a NEED, it's a GREED"
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Re: An English Model T floor jack

Post by Terry_007 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:49 pm

The Brits made some interesting stuff. Harvey Frost was a well known name in the tire business. Here is a pic of one of their vulcanizers from my collection.
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Re: An English Model T floor jack

Post by doodlebugt » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:55 pm

Hi Jem,
Here is another English T floor jack.
The "Ern Lake Ford Garage Jack"
I bought this on T-bay Australia about 6 or 8 years ago.
I found the GB patent for it (180327), but can't remember the details.
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Re: An English Model T floor jack

Post by Jem » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:19 am

The patent no is the same and I found a site which says Ernest Lake was associated with Harvey Frost

http://www.classic-british-car-jacks.uk ... _Jacks.htm

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Re: An English Model T floor jack

Post by Jem » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:26 am

Just been reading that site - I feel a collection fever coming on!

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