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Tool bags

Tool kits were provided in a roll-up type package. The earliest ones were made of canvas with a canvas strap. Beginning around 1953, a vinyl bag was provided. This type went through minor changes up to the C model, when a substantially different tool kit was introduced. Here is a summary of the major types, along with brief descriptions. Please keep in mind that the bags were not changed exactly at a model change. There may be overlap as a new design replaces an old one and the old inventories are used up.

Description Diagram of open bag
Please note: colors are approximate, and sizes shown are relative to each other and not drawn to scale. Not actual size!
Early Pre-A:

-eight pockets in main area, plus three in the upper flap
-may have been gray vinyl or red canvas
-belt may be fastened on opposite side! (compare photo at right to others on this page)

toolbag Pre-A 53.JPG (18779 bytes) 1955bag.JPG (184560 bytes) (click for larger image)
Late Pre-A:

-eight pockets
-pockets in upper flap deleted
-flap for holding the fan belt moved
-new flap for holding the tire gauge

toolbag Pre-A 55.JPG (18497 bytes) (click for larger image)
Early A:

-seven pockets - pocket second from right (hammer) deleted, as that tool not found in A tool kits
-vinyl has a fine criss-cross pattern
-may use two different shades of vinyl, one for the largest piece and a different color for all the others
-click here for a close-up of the vinyl pattern and colors
-only found in very early A kits

toolbag early A.JPG (15072 bytes) 1956 bag 1.JPG (258056 bytes) 1956 bag 2.JPG (201509 bytes) 1956 bag 3.JPG (225105 bytes)
(click for larger image)

-same as above, except color changed to pale green
-vinyl has leather grain appearance
-click here for a close-up of the vinyl texture

toolbag A.JPG (21887 bytes) a1.JPG (162425 bytes) a2.JPG (115800 bytes) a4.JPG (129495 bytes)
(click for larger image)
T5 B (up to early 1962):

-same as the A bag, except for following points:
-black leather belt
-may also be gray, or blue
-gray vinyl has a pebble pattern

toolbag A.JPG (21887 bytes) or toolbag t5 b.JPG (23503 bytes) (click for larger image)
Early T6 B (1962 only):

-same shape as T5 B, but different gray vinyl
-vinyl was lighter weight, similar grain pattern to earlier green ones, but pattern is "softer" or more delicate
-click here for close up of vinyl
-stitching is wider than earlier bags, with about 5.5 stitches per inch
-soft brown leather belt

toolbag early t6.JPG (15476 bytes) 1962 bag 2.JPG (187035 bytes) 1962 bag 3.JPG (182324 bytes) 1962 bag 4.JPG (196048 bytes) (click for larger image)
Late T6 B (late 1962):

-uses laces rather than belt
-at least 3 different versions:
-blue with white lining
-gray 2-sided vinyl (gray laces?)
-gray vinyl with gray lining (blue laces?)

The 2-sided vinyl is very similar in texture to that used on the 1956 and earlier bags (see close-up at right)

toolbag late t6.JPG (13872 bytes) (click for larger image)

-all new design, uses clips rather than belt to close
-seven pockets on one side, with three pockets plus a lugwrench pouch with snap on the other side
-inner material is same as the outer (i.e., cloth backing doesn't show as it does on A/B tool kits) due to double thickness
   -smooth black, black stitching
   -light grey, off-white stitching, similar (but not identical) grain pattern to A/B bags
   -dark grey, dark grey stitching, similar (but not identical) grain pattern to A/B bags
   -red, smooth vinyl

Copen.jpg (15220 bytes) Cclosed.jpg (7781 bytes)

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