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Get Out and Get Under: 1934 Ford Phaeton Images Shot in 1945

“Get Out and Get Under” is a term used since the early days of motoring when roadside under car repairs were necessary which fits in well with the lead image. The second photo (below) of this attractive 1934 Ford Phaeton gives a clear view of the coachwork and top. Rare even when new the open car has a Connecticut plate with a 1945 tag and the picture was taken at a roadside garage; note the drive-on lift behind the man working on the tire and wheel.

Outside lifts have never been common in the Nutmeg State due to harsh New England winters. Visible at the upper-right of the shot behind a telephone pole, palm tree fronds are visible signifying that the picture was taken somewhere in the southern part of the country.

Eleven years since the car was first produced, it appears to have been repainted and the top, and possibly tonneau cover are replacements. The factory-supplied rear window is mounted higher than its original position and is also offset to the left-hand side. The wire wheels all appear to be the original seventeen-inch size and the spare wheel rim has a significant dent in it and has an oversized tire.

During World War II tires and gas were in short supply and rationed. Although since the gentleman appears to be wearing US Navy “whites,” his car use was probably considered essential and he may have had a “C” gas ration sticker and was also allowed to purchase tires when necessary.

Share with us what you find of interest in the photograph or can add to the article. The pictures are via contributor Benjamin Ames.

9 responses to “Get Out and Get Under: 1934 Ford Phaeton Images Shot in 1945

  1. It appears the guy is busting the bead of the tire with his bare hands,he shoulda used a large C clamp but of course forgot to pack one.
    You cant even do that with motorcycle tires anymore!

    • I always put the jack on the tire, and used the weight of the car to break the tire bead. Now that I’m in my ’60s, I wouldn’t even think of changing a car tire myself. However, I do have 5 early motorcycles with clincher tires and they demand the human touch.

  2. This guy’s wife seems to have made a habit of recording his various run-ins with that old Ford, maybe in a effort to convince him they needed to trade up. And he seems to have been a good sport about it. “Yeah, yeah, I know… we’ll get a new car, but first…” The outside lift indicates they were at a service station but no… “Honey, I can fix this myself”

    Reminds me of a time in my impecunious youth when a shredded fan belt stranded me at a service station where I was able to purchase a replacement belt and then had to sheepishly walk back inside and ask if I could borrow a wrench since I was one short of being able to do it with what I had in the car. Graciously, the guy loaned me the wrench since he probably realized I couldn’t afford to pay him to do it.

  3. …. And to those that think ‘peticides’ were an invention of the baby boomer generation when in fact it was ‘the greatest generation’ actually ….

  4. I made a hot rod out of a 1933 Phaeton in the late 1950s, had it in the 1958 Hartford Autorama, sold it in 1961 to go to college and become a teacher – I can email you a few pics

  5. hi guys… looks to me as though he was remounting the tire rather than dismounting it as he is standing on it and appears as though he was pressing on it with all his weight.

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