|Schrader spark plug air pump advert|
The 1974 'a guide to Land Rover expeditions' has a few interesting paragraphs on tyres, as the quote above indicates. Metal dust caps are still available (check your local ebay) however I don't think I know anyone who has metal dust caps fitted!
One item in particular caught my attention: 'Spark plug air pump (Petrol models only)'
The paragraph continues: 'The latter is extremely useful, as manually inflating large tyres in hot conditions can be very exhausting'.
Ever heard of a Spark plug air pump? Here's an overview of this outdated item:
A third “powered” pump, and a bit less labor intensive, was the spark plug pump. When needed, you would remove a spark plug and screw this device in its place. With the engine running it would create a two-stage pump for the air that was needed. The Mayo Manufacturing Company of Chicago stated that any other way besides their Mayo Spark Plug Pump would be the hardest job you would ever tackle. They also told you that their pump would inflate the largest tire in from 2 to 4 minutes. Another brand of this type of pump was made by A. Schrader’s Son from Brooklyn. The Schrader name might be familiar because of their fame from the manufacture of valve stems. Source: DerekGoogle images and Ebay have a few colour photos of this device:
Old Classic Cars has the following image displaying the action of the Schrader spark plug air pump:
I wonder what other old vehicle equipment was recommended in those days and what equipment we carry that we will look back at and wonder why we ever used it!