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Posted 2 years ago

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areliczone
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Unknown small car, you pump the steering wheel shaft to make it move. It also has a hand brake. If you have any information, I would greatly appreciate it. It is missing the front spoke wheels, 12" that fit a 7/16" shaft, and the seat. It's in my shop for restoration.

Mystery Solved

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  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Google Images Irish mail cart
  2. LoriLovesVintage, 2 years ago
    This is an Irish Mail cart
  3. Dan121156 Dan121156, 2 years ago
    That is really neat.... If it is an Irish Mail cart, what would bring it to the US? I bet it has a very interesting story behind it.. Thanks for sharing!
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    They were mass produced in many forms, it's just a generic name based on the original design & use.
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    One possibility of it's origin:

    http://www.bretl.com/Mid%20Continent%20RR%20Gallery/pages/Velocipede.htm

    further reading
    http://www.mth.msu.edu/~drachman/cycle/irishmail.html

    Keep us posted on the restoration.
  6. Dan121156 Dan121156, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the further information... from the Midwest hic :-)
  7. areliczone areliczone, 2 years ago
    Thanks to all for your help !
  8. areliczone areliczone, 2 years ago
    My work is done
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Great job, now how about a video of it in action, that I would love to see! :-)
  10. areliczone areliczone, 2 years ago
    The antique dealer has already picked it up. Sorry
  11. Miguel, 2 years ago
    I found this Links and maybe could be a little help for you it have a photos included.
    Congratulations it is a really a jewel.
    If wonder if it is possible to have a photos from under the steering system?

    http://vandm.com/Deluxe1920_s-Irish-Mail-Pump-Action-Car-Fully-Restored/3_239_60=558_product=262949.aspx

    Deluxe Irish Mail Pump Action Car VandM.com

    B.RGDS.

    Miguel.
  12. areliczone areliczone, 2 years ago
    Thanks Miguel.....I don't have any pictures of the steering system. The cart has been sold by the dealer.

  13. Cellarjams, 11 months ago
    Hi my name is Scott, I'm brand new to this site. I found you while researching Irish mails. A friend gave me one to restore for his first grand child. The one I have is identical to yours it is complete but missing a rear wheel. Did you find any info on this piece and I noticed you needed front wheels...how did you find them? This particular model seems rare I would love anything you can tell me about it!! Thank you cheers~Scott
  14. areliczone areliczone, 11 months ago
    Hi Scott..I had to calculate the size of the missing back wheels by setting the frame level. I searched the webb for vintage spoke wheels of that size. Found some old buggy wheels that were close. The hub shaft hole was a little to small. but I was able to ream it to size. You have a more difficult problem to match one wheel to the other. I would suggest if you cannot find one, replace both with matching wheels. Search for vintage buggy wheels, but before you buy question shaft size of hub. I was not able to find any info on this cart. It has a steering wheel which is unusual. Good luck with project.
  15. Cellarjams, 11 months ago
    Hi, thanks for getting right back to me! Buggie wheels is a great idea that's just what I'll do.. you are right the steering wheel and brake are unusual I haven't even so much as found a picture of one other than yours (you had) I noticed one of your commenters Miguel wanted pics of steering. I don't know how to contact him on this site??do you? I will be disassembling,blasting and painting this piece so I plan to take a ton of pics before I take it apart. I would send some along to another. I have seen some of the t-handled ones on eBay for as much as 300.00 or so dollars..did you sell yours? Or did you get sense of what it was worth? Not that this one is going to ever be sold just curious as to value of such a thing..sorry if that was wrong to ask...anyhow this has been in front of me for a couple of hours now as I do research and I like it!!!its cool...thanks again~Scott
  16. areliczone areliczone, 11 months ago
    I repaired it for an antique dealer, I understand it was sold. I will attempt to find out for how much.
  17. tlemon, 10 months ago
    Ihave the same irish mail with a round steering wheel. It is complete, just needs
    refinishing. It was my father's and I am 68 years old now. I would like as much
    information as I could get on it so I can completely restore it. I would like a picture of a completed one. It has a logo and a name on the seat area but it is
    faded real bad so I would like to know what it read originally. Thanks Tom
  18. areliczone areliczone, 10 months ago
    Hi Tom... the one I worked on I had no information, and was missing the seat and front wheels. I guessed what the seat looked like. Does it look like yours?
    The last picture is what it looked like when I returned it to the dealer. He finished the seat and left the rest in this condition.

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