Johnson's first use of rubber tiller grip

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Skeg2
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Johnson's first use of rubber tiller grip

Postby Skeg2 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:26 pm

Restoring some Model A's and wondering when Johnson first starting using the rubber grip with their name on it? What are the years that the leather grip was used?

Thanks much for any input.
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Re: Johnson's first use of rubber tiller grip

Postby PM T2 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:29 pm

To the best of my knowledge Johnson was using the leather-wrapped wood grip until 1926.

I believe when the A-35 came out in 1927 that they switched to rubber grips. I cannot tell you if the Johnson name was on it or not, but I honestly don't think that showed up until sometime in the 1930's.

FWIW I've seen many 1926 vintage A-25's and P-30's with the leather-wrapped grips, but never anything later.

Hope it helps.

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Re: Johnson's first use of rubber tiller grip

Postby Skeg2 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:30 am

Thanks very much !
Appreciate the input.
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Re: Johnson's first use of rubber tiller grip

Postby SquierKA39 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:34 am

I don’t know about the 20’s but from 1930 to 1939 my Johnson’s with original grip are all rubber and none have the name script yet. On mine the name seems to start with 1940. Might have been earlier on other models I don’t know, mine are all K model Johnson’s.

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Re: Johnson's first use of rubber tiller grip

Postby twostroke » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:57 am

I've got a K-35 and an OA-60, both of which I'm 99.99% sure have original grips. The K-35 is plain rubber, the OA-60 has the "Johnson" lettering on it.

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Re: Johnson's first use of rubber tiller grip

Postby Skeg2 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:54 am

Thanks for the input guys. Much appreciated.

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