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that picture dosnt help me understand - what on earth is a   " LYON side-mount cover" ?  Anyone have any photos that would give us a better idea what we are looking at, and what cars have them ?

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3 hours ago, SaddleRider said:

that picture dosnt help me understand - what on earth is a   " LYON side-mount cover" ?  Anyone have any photos that would give us a better idea what we are looking at, and what cars have them ?

A Lyon cover is generally a two piece metal cover for spare tires mounted in the front fenders of car - sidemounts (or on rear of a car) and they were made approximately 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, and 1932.  The company went on the make other automotive accessories.   They put their emblem on (see picture) some of the covers and if I recall it is about the size of a quarter (perhaps a touch larger than a quarter). 

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I have found a person who is lending me a NOS emblem for which we can make reproductions. The cost will be around $25 per emblem. If anyone is interested, please let me know so we can make enough.

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I should be receiving my "borrowed" emblem today, so hopefully this project can start to move forward again. John mentioned some historical information about the Lyon covers. I should add something, though. They are not merely an emblem to show the maker of the sidemount covers. They serve a purpose. The emblems are positioned on the very top of the tread cover, which actually covers a hole. The hole is for the mounting of a "lolly pop" stalk mirror. I understand that that several Reo Royal owners have gotten together to reproduce a batch of these two-piece sidemount covers. For more information as to size of those covers, I believe Al SanClemente can provide more information.

 

The cost is still estimated to be around $25-30, but that has not been set in stone yet.

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Wes, I have Lyons Covers on my Franklin  roadster that has the mirrors that you mentioned. So if this is the case , these  emblems would not have been used?

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8 hours ago, mikewest said:

Wes, I have Lyons Covers on my Franklin  roadster that has the mirrors that you mentioned. So if this is the case , these  emblems would not have been used?

 

I don't know for sure. I'm just assuming that they were only used to cover the mounting hole, but I don't see why an owner couldn't put the plate else where on the sidemount. It's very attractive.

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I would think if they were mounted anywhere it would of been on the faceplate. The chrome bands have a radius and the badge wouldn't look right not laying flat. Also those stove bolts don't look right to me. I would think the badge would have a stud on the back.. But not sure as Ive never seen one before. 

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It is small enough, thin enough and flimsy enough where the crown of the tread cover is not a factor in the way in which the emblem lays down, as can be seen in the photo at the top. In regard to having a stud... no stud. However, it's possible they may have been riveted from the factory as opposed to the screws. If you think I should reproduce them without the holes, give me your opinions please. Since the holes would probably be the last operation, I could have some made both ways.

 

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