PBIZ Quiz - More on the Prestolite story.
Thanks to Bill, I ended up with a bit of controversy on this week's
Quiz. Here was the PBIZ Quiz: "We commonly use the "B" tank style for
our rigs but Bill P. of PA pointed out that the smaller tank -- the
one we use in crawl spaces etc. Is called the MC tank. What does the
MC stand for?"
According to research and feedback from PBIZ members, there are two
camps for the MC tank size designation. One group says "Motor
Carriage" and the other group says "Motor Cycle." The stronger
evidence, including antique advertisements and catalogs I've stumbled
across suggests that MC may indeed be "Motor Cycle" because during the
brief period between acetylene generators and electrical lighting
Prestolite offered a popular compressed gas conversion kit.
There's even confusion over the "B" size tank. Does "B" stand for
"Bus" or is it "Buick?" Buick offered Prestolite lighting on its
luxurious automobiles in the early 1900s. (Personally, I've had
Prestolite tanks with the fancy "Prestolite" script on the side and
the off center outlet which was supposedly designed for proper
operation in automobiles. At the time, I didn't know I had a bit of
history in my hands!
If anyone has any "light" to shed on the subject send me the info and
we'll share it here.
Christopher A. Young
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