In the picture shown of the Hoover Cart it is using the front axle of a car or truck with the tie rod showing at the rear (small rod between the wheels attached to the steering arms) and not the rear axle assembly as the center section (Hog Head as it was called) would be shown in the middle of the axle. where the drive shaft would attach.Some carts used the leaf springs from the cars/trucks but most were mounted solid like in the picture.
Many thanks for the Hoover Cart picture. For forty years I traveled the SW states selling furniture for NC factories; when the subject of the Depression came up, I would make mention of Hoover Carts, and no one had ever heard of them. I do believe they were indigenous to Eastern North Carolina.
To make a Hoover Cart you cut the car in half, take the back half, rig shafts to it so that a mule can be hitched. The flat tires are stuffed with rope and off you go to town. The Hoover Cart was indigenous to Edgecombe and its surrounding counties during the 1930s.
The building in the background was the Post Office. This is on Evans Street. The Pitt County Courthouse would be behind the photographer