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    I have a 1930 Model A Town Sedan and now have collected the tools, jack, etc. that came with the car, now I would like to display them along with the car. I am in search of someone to make a wooden folding case to contain them, I have seen them in shows but not recently. The Model A club listed a man , Sewall Tyler, as a supplier of these, I contacted him and he was very Ill at the time and has recently passed, so now I am in search of another maker. I do not belong to the Model A Club of America so I can't post a question there. I may be handy enough to make the box myself but need the complete correct dimensions, any information someone could give me would greatly appreciated I will attach a picture of the box if this site allows, Thanks

    Bob Meyer

  • #2
    Bob Welcome to the VFF

    Wow I did not know that Sewall had passed away. That is shocking news,, may he RIP. Sewall was selling them through Bratton's, as they had them listed on their website. Did you try contacting them to see if they had any left? Depending on your skills many people make their own cases.
    Mitch
    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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    • #3
      Sewalls' son Thomas contacted me by email to inform me of his passing from a massive stroke in Jan., I had been in contact with Sewall by email and spoke to his wife on the phone in Dec ,he was having health issues then. Thomas told me in a email he could make a box for me but he couldn't start working on it for several months, so far 2 phone messages and 3 email to Thomas have gone unanswered. I didn't know Bratton carried them I don't remember seeing them in the catalog but I will try them. I am OK at wood working so I could probably make the box myself.

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      • #4
        Hey Bobm, WELCOME to the VFF!!
        You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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        • #5
          Thanks for the welcome guys !! I called Bratton's, Macs, Mikes and Snyder's - no luck Bratton hasn't had them in awhile. I will attempt making one myself if I get the dimensions, the case itself seems simple I am not sure what the inside is made from, looks like pool table felt with something under it.

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          • Mitch
            Mitch commented
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            You can also get a peg board for the back ground, paint it and use wag straps to hold the tools. Mine is non folding like that
            Can post pics tonight if you're interested

        • #6
          Great Thought Mitch, yes I would like to see the pictures when you get a chance, I am still finding my way around your site - this is a GREAT place thanks for letting all of us use it.

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          • Mitch
            Mitch commented
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            Thanks Bob, enjoy the VFF. We have a great group of knowledgeable folks here as you found out.

            The weekend of the 28th @April will be our one year Anniversary. We're having an online bash so don't miss it. Tonight I'll post up some photos of my tool case

        • #7
          Seems like the tire pump plus 1” give you the ID L, lay out the jack parts and go from there. Find a pool table for the green felt.

          Like to tell folks Henry was ahead of his time when they ask about my GPS. It looks like the same goes for Velcro. LoL

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          • CarlG
            CarlG commented
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            Just this week I was asked if my GPS was "original equipment"

          • BNCHIEF
            BNCHIEF commented
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            Tell them they have a choice gps or the wife reads the map, I'm goin with GPS she tries to correct it too. And no she does not read this forum.

          • Bobm90
            Bobm90 commented
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            Thanks rider, I think the tool kit for the 30 Model A contained a divining rod as standard equiptment, LOL.

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          Bob
          Here are the pics of my case. It has a plexiglass shield and a Model A hood handle to carry it.

          3 ~ Tudor's
          Henry Ford said
          "It's all nuts and bolts"


          Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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          • #9
            Nice idea Mitch, this is doable, thanks for posting it.

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            • Mitch
              Mitch commented
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              It might be a little more bulkier than a fold up but it's easy to make. When transporting it, I usually put it on the back floor and face the glass towards the seat. One reason is the wag straps won't rub the seat material.

          • #10
            I know Sewall supplied his with a cover made from a sewed moving blanket, might work for you no danger of damage to car or box.
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            • Mitch
              Mitch commented
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              Thanks that is a good idea. I could even make a slit for the handle

          • #11
            Just don't let the guys know you know how to sew

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            • #12
              I have attached a picture of the tool case that I built. It is made of oak. The glass is etched with the year of my car on the bottom and my cars nickname at the top right. The inside has each tool raised on a area that resembles the shape of the tool to give it a 3D look. The tools are attached using black zip ties The back of the tool area was sprayed with a splatter paint. The tools are accessed by inserting a key in the hand crank hole and lifting up. (hinge at the top). The back of the unit itself has an easel that comes out for display. I have locking wheels on the bottom with a handle in the back for moving it around. I realize all the tools are not for the year of my car but I wanted to display some of the different things I had. ex: oiler, tire gauge

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              • Mitch
                Mitch commented
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                Now that is really, really nice. An ingenious overall design
                Thanks for sharing your tool case project.
                I bet you can sell those in your spare time

            • #13
              Wow!
              All I can say is it's ingenious, and you do excellent woodwork. I like it.

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              • Fordfordora
                Fordfordora commented
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                thanks

              • DaWizard
                DaWizard commented
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                X10!! That is EXCELLENT!!

              • Bobm90
                Bobm90 commented
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                I can only echo what the others have said here - excellent !!

            • #14
              I am one step closer to having a complete set of Model A tools for my collection. The instruction manual I ordered from Don Turley arrived today. The condition was better than described and the care he took in packaging it for shipping was excellent. Already opened up the tool display and exchanged the reprint with the original
              Last edited by Fordfordora; 11-05-2018, 10:46 PM.

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              • Bobm90
                Bobm90 commented
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                Let me know what tools you are still looking for, I have some duplicates that I will be putting for sale on here one day.

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