plement the practical knowledge obtained as a repairman by a
careful observation of the experiences of others.
With the object of outlining the entire subject, the various items
of equipment, tools and special appliances to facilitate repair work
are covered fully and a concise review of the various mechanical
processes, such as autogenous welding, brazing, soldering, etc., is
given as well. Many Tables and Formulæ are included pertaining
to things the repairman should know or have available for ready
reference. Special attention has been given to the electrical system
because it is on this point that many repairmen and motorists
desire enlightenment. It is assumed that the reader is familiar to
a certain extent with automobile construction in general. If infor.
mation is wanted on points of design, etc., the reader is referred
to “The Modern Gasoline Automobile," a previous work of the
As many establishments are being started from time to time to
care for the increasing number of motor vehicles sold, some sugges-
tions for planning and equipping various sized shops should be
timely and of value to those intending to start such an enterprise.
There are many conditions to be considered, and no hard or fast
rule can be made to cover all contingencies. The equipment needed
to do work in a most satisfactory manner will vary with the size of
the shop and character of cars repaired. The writer will confine
this discussion to useful suggestions that can be applied specifically
to the machine or other shop that specializes in repair work.
Most of those outlined have no facilities for doing a garage or
storage business, but the plans may be modified and applied to shops
operated in connection with a garage or agency for cars as well.
While the equipment proposed is most comprehensive in the case of
the larger establishment and sufficient to build all parts of a motor
car if necessary, the facilities may be increased or reduced as the
capacity of the shop requires. In planning a new shop or enlarging
a business, some of these suggestions may be of value, and it is well
to note that proposals made for tools or equipment and floor plans
described are based on actual experience of successful shops.