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Old 10-15-2009, 09:14 AM   #1
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Just stumbled across this 1940s vocational education film on becoming a mechanic. Its a great film clip for checking out vintage service equipment, car part cutaways, uniforms, etc. What strikes me is how radically the skill set has changed for a new...

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Old 10-15-2009, 09:54 AM   #2
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Cant find the link??????
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:02 AM   #3
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Me either....
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:35 AM   #4
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Click on the arrow in the picture to make it play.
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Default Re: 1940s Auto Mechanic...

love that old stuff. I have a bunch of "filmstrips" from Chevrolet dealers. these are the ones where you play a record and move to the next picture manually... kind of like slides but all the pics are on a strip.

I need to find the machine to play them on.
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:47 AM   #6
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Nothing like "Washing Down" with a bucket of gasoline...!
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:37 AM   #7
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I was thinking the same thing, wingnutz!!

It sure is interesting to see day-in-the-life stuff from then. Thanks, Ryan.
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Click on the arrow in the picture to make it play.
No arrow???? Found it on youtube.
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:05 PM   #9
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I lol'd.. I love old movies! Imagine if every mecanic of today had a metal lathe!
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:18 PM   #10
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:36 PM   #11
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I have worked in service at auto dealers for the past 16 years and am still amazed at what we throw away/replace. We arent technitions anymore....we are parts replacers !
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:20 PM   #12
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Default Re: 1940s Auto Mechanic...

It really has changed alot but some of it still stays the same. We dont fix much anymore we just replace alot items. We do alot of paper work here in the dealership. I have spent a ton of time and money and training and special tools. Thanks for posting that movie clip
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:55 PM   #13
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Great film,thanks for posting.
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:41 PM   #14
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"Plug it in, find the code and replace the part", I wish it were always that easy! Although the basic principles and many of the components of the modern car remain little changed from those in the video, the addition of extra equipment and technology has made them a far more complex machine. Each new technology brings it's own set of potential problems, the more "stuff" the more potential problems. Give me points ignitions and carbs anytime!
Cool old movie.
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love that old stuff. I have a bunch of "filmstrips" from Chevrolet dealers. these are the ones where you play a record and move to the next picture manually... kind of like slides but all the pics are on a strip.

I need to find the machine to play them on.
I Know what you're going through. Someone gave me a bunch of pornographic movies, but I have been unable to find a pornograph..........insert rim shot!
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:34 PM   #17
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Cool video and thanks for posting. I have been an Automotive Tech for 26 years. Things have changed.....alot! I miss working on the simpiler systems...in a way though has become easier ..at times..to diagnose electrical and driveabilty issues when the advancement in test equiptment.

Its funny about once a month we get an older carburated car in and the guy that works with me refuses to even look at it. Probably cause he would not know where to start.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:37 PM   #18
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These old films remind me of the ones that we used to watch in grade school when the teacher would haul out the old 8mm projector. Notice how clean cut and thin everyone was? Different times I suppose. It's amazing to me that there was a peroid of time when those cars were cutting edge technology and folks went through training to learn how to work on them. Now...They're archaic and I'm still learing how to work on them. That's a great look to our past for sure.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:51 PM   #19
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Also made my living fixing cars, for the past 25yrs. Love the old movie, some items might be dated, but allot hasn't changed. The technicians whom take their job seriously, stay updated on technology by attending classes and seminars and actually give a crap about what they are doing will stay on top. Still some good money to be made out there, despite the economic situation. Top shelf workers will always be in demand, no matter what the field.
Just this week I tracked down an electrical short that several other city technicians have given up on. Getting paid by the hour has its advantages. Overall, makes you feel good about yourself at the end of the day. Can be hard to have this as a hobby when you do it all day long. Sometimes I'd rather come home and work in the yard than play with old cars. zzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Also made my living fixing cars, for the past 25yrs. Love the old movie, some items might be dated, but allot hasn't changed. The technicians whom take their job seriously, stay updated on technology by attending classes and seminars and actually give a crap about what they are doing will stay on top. Still some good money to be made out there, despite the economic situation. Top shelf workers will always be in demand, no matter what the field.
Just this week I tracked down an electrical short that several other city technicians have given up on. Getting paid by the hour has its advantages. Overall, makes you feel good about yourself at the end of the day. Can be hard to have this as a hobby when you do it all day long. Sometimes I'd rather come home and work in the yard than play with old cars. zzzzzzzzzzzzz
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There is a WorldPac seminar with lots of good training, next week in Orlando at the Disney resort.You wouldnt have to be going to that would you? I fly out Friday early.

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