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Old 01-14-2011, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default Hints from the Model Garage...



There was a time only a few generations ago, when it was much more common to fix it or make it yourself when it came to the automobile. Paying a mechanic was the very last resort when you just didn't have the specific tools, or the job required more ...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:57 AM   #2
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

I love me some Gus!
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

I remember these from when I was a kid. In addition to the tips, they had stories about the clever things "Gus", the owner of the Model Garage would pull off. One I remember is how one of his customers was racing an MG, but it was loosing power. Gus figured out that the exhaust pipe was clogged with carbon, so he used his torch and started a slow burning fire that burned the carbon out. Takes me way back!
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:58 AM   #4
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Ah yes, Gus and the Model Garage . Read it for years. Here is a link to the stories-
http://www.gus-stories.org/The_Stories.htm

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Old 01-14-2011, 09:59 AM   #5
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I used to read the stories and tips when I was a kid.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:08 AM   #6
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Ah yes, Gus and the Model Garage . Read it for years. Here is a link to the stories-
http://www.gus-stories.org/The_Stories.htm

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Thanks for the link; the story I remembered was in the June 1953 issue. I guess the old memory still works!
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:16 AM   #7
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

wonder what sort of computer program they used to make the illustrations....
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:21 AM   #8
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yep - two "must reads" for me were Tom McCahill and Gus.....I'd probably be a shoelace dipper if it weren't for those early articles and commentaries.

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Old 01-14-2011, 10:24 AM   #9
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

Back in the seventies or maybe early eighties Old Cars Weekly did a series like this.A guy had found a large filing cabinet in a service station and would pull a clip a month and run it.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:28 AM   #10
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

Thanks, Ryan, for the time travel. Gus was one of my favorite reads as a kid.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:33 AM   #11
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

I remember the thermostat test from Auto Shop Class.
The tips, artwork & tone of the text makes me think of Bruce McCalls "Zany Afternoons". Very funny book.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:46 AM   #12
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

I remember there was a band that had a hearse for transport. Gus set up a dist. advance/retard rod for the tired engine.
Good stuff!

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http://www.gus-stories.org/march_1967.htm
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:19 PM   #13
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

I like the steering wheel puller idea - seems like that could work in a pinch if you don't have a puller with you. Could be great for junkyarding if you don't want to haul around a regular puller.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:47 PM   #14
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I'm not going to name any names, but I think that parking brake buzzer would be a great idea for a few folks I know. Might even work well enough with just a really bright, red idiot light mounted top and center in the dash where it'll be glaringly obvious in the driver's line of sight.

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Old 01-14-2011, 01:18 PM   #15
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

Cool. Looks a lot like the reading I shared from a 1952 Popular Science hard cover...

Here: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=487897

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Old 01-14-2011, 01:19 PM   #16
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Cool post! I don't know what I like more, the tech tips or the illustrations. They are both cool. I'm sure a lot of people benefit from things like those posted.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:13 PM   #17
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Hey! Now I have a cigarette carrier...no more crushed packs wedged in the seat crack!

Actually I may use the steering wheel cover...the belt idea is way classier than my tennis racket grip tape....
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:17 PM   #18
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

That was really fun to read. Now I am motivated to do some of those types of things myself, because that is the only way to get unique and one-of-a-kind things.

Here is a picture of my nearly completed steering wheel cover I am sewing myself. I made it from $5 worth of scrap leather from Hobby Lobby and some labor.
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:34 PM   #19
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

Thanks for posting. I learned a lot of clever fixes from the likes of Model Garage and listening to the old guys who worked on cars. In the last 40+ years, these handy hints have gotten my friends and me out of grief on the roadside out in the middle of nowhere and I still use 'em today, even on the modern stuff.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:26 PM   #20
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Default Re: Hints from the Model Garage...

Always loved reading the stories and the hints.

My favorite story was of the International truck stalled on a bank while the water was rising, loaded with valuable cargo. The butterfingered driver had dropped that long distributor shaft and couldn't retrieve it.
Gus wrapped copper wire around a screwdriver, put the ends across the battery and using the makeshift electromagnet to fish out the shaft, slapped the truck back together and drove out of there just ahead of the flood.

Gus was the man.
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