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    Posted 5 years ago

    SD-Jimy
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    I acquired this lock in an estate's garage. It's about 10" long and fairly heavy, maybe 4 lbs.
    Just curious what is was used for?

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    Comments

    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      What I find odd is, it doesn't appear to open up to fit around something. That type key is not real old either.
    2. UncleRon UncleRon, 5 years ago
      It is an old automobile wheel lock (the original tire boot - to keep someone from stealing your car), ca. 1920's. There is a hinge in the pointed end.
    3. UncleRon UncleRon, 5 years ago
      PS. it's for wood spoked auto wheels, not steel rims.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Oh, now I see the hinge. So you lock this on the hub & somebody drives off with the lock on the hub ? Guess it will get loose & fall off at some point. LOL !
    5. SD-Jimy, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the information. And yes, I can see a hinge in the pointed end.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Oh, this goes around the tire !
    7. slackjack, 5 years ago
      Revelations abound !
    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      I might be slow, but I get there. Had to look up "tire boot" since they aren't used down here.

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