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Hi

I recently acquired a 3 foot square welded wire luggage carrier with 4 suction cups. I have searched and searched the internet and can find nothing like it. I am thinking of restoring it to its original condition, but cannot decide between rechroming it or powder coating it. Anyone have knowledge of this. The suction cups were made by a firm in Wisconsin, but the exact is not readable. Email me for pictures, I am not sure how to attach here.

Jon Westberg

Anderson, CA

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In the 40's and 560's an aftermarket roof rack for luggage could be purchased at JC Whitney, Western Auto, Montgomery/Ward, or Sears.

I believe they were painted silver, gray, or gray with a black fleck finish.

They may have been chrome but I doubt they would have spent the additional money.

Our neighbor had one on their 55 Ford but the top rail was straight, not curved.

Just as a guess, check if yours fits a VW as they were common for traveling.

The VW dealerships even sold them.

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Wow, don't think I would trust four suction cups to hold that to the roof of a car. Or were there some tie-downs that attached to the drip rails?

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Yes, the ones I remember were heavier duty, about 1/2 inch tubes.

Black VW is a model not the real thing.

Also, the racks were held on by straps to a drip rail with "J" shaped hooks.

The suction cups were used to protect the paint on the roof.

I have seen the nylon straps and "J" hooks at auto stores, not sure about the suction cups.

Cleaned up & painted, it should have value to a collector.

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