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Dependable Spark Plugs: 1926

Dependable Spark Plugs: 1926

Rockville, Maryland, circa 1926. "Montgomery County Motor Co., Parts Dept." Our umpteenth visit to this Chevrolet dealership in the Washington suburbs. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Re: Inventory

And every one of these parts could be installed by any shade tree mechanic like me with a minimum of tools and no special schooling. Also, you didn't have to take a car apart simply to change a part. Last week, I spent 3 hours changing a serpentine belt in a Cavalier and had to have my wife help at the end because I ran out of hands and it took nearly 2 hours the week before to change a headlight bulb. I used to do those jobs in minutes. I think my next car or truck will be pre-1980 (or way earlier if I can find one, preferably a Model A). Those were the days!

Seiberling

Seiberling is a well known name in Akron, Ohio. Frank Seiberling founded Goodyear Tire & Rubber and then later Seiberling Rubber, both of which were headquarted there. He build a mansion in Akron named Stan Hywet Hall which is today open to the public for tours. I visited many times as a boy, and my Boy Scout troop held campouts on the grounds there during which we cleared away underbrush in some of the areas that had become overgrown.

Frank Seiberling's grandson John F. Seiberling served as Congressman for the Akron area from 1971 to 1987.

See the USA in Your ... Ford?

Interesting to note that this Chevrolet dealer was stocking so many Model T Ford parts.

The shelves are loaded with parts specific to the Model T. A hood, timer spark advance rods, front fender support arms, coil boxes etc.

Inventory

As a professional auto mechanic with over 35 years in the trade, I should recognize almost every part on view. However, the reverse is true. If it's not an oxygen sensor, brake caliper, fuel injector, variable valve timing actuator, or any of the myriad of electronics of modern motoring, then I would lose a contest of "what is it?"

Bumper?

Is that a bumper leaning against the parts cabinet?

Seiberling

I don't think Seiberling did much OEM business, but they were a popular aftermarket brand. My maternal grandfather was working for Seiberling when this picture was taken; he retired in 1964 as their chief engineer.

"A Name You Can Trust in Rubber"

Was the Sieberling Tire Company's slogan during the 1940's and 1950's. They supplied a lot of heavy duty tires during WWII. I can't help but notice their logo looked a little too familiar. Eventually, someone in their marketing department must have felt the same.

 
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