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Automobile Hot Dog Cooker (Mar, 1950)

Auto Oven Cooks Hot Dogs
Want a hot dog on the road? Just plug this heater into your car’s electrical system. It cooks two wieners in three to five minutes. Priced at $3.95, it also comes in a 115-volt version for the home. It is called the Hot Dog Sizzler and is made by the Thomas Manufacturing Co., of Chicago.

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Build Your Own Mahogany Sports Car (Sep, 1956)

Check out the cover for a better view of the finished car.

MI’s Speedball Special

You can build this beautiful sports car for less than $500 with ordinary tools.

By Don Bruce

HOW would you like to own this snazzy-looking mahogany-paneled sports car? You can—and for less than $500 if you are the least bit handy with ordinary tools and not afraid to get your hands dirty. The entire chassis and body are made of wood. The power plant can consist of any 2- to 4-cylinder motorcycle engine. Because of its high power to weight ratio, about 12.3 to 1, you will be able to do close to 90 mph. The finished car will weigh in the neighborhood of 750 pounds.

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Japanese Minicar (Dec, 1958)

Japanese Minicar
SUBARU 360 is the newest and one of the smallest Japanese auto products. The tiny 848-lb. rig is only 117 in. long. Its two-cylinder, two-cycle air-cooled engine gives it a top speed of about 50 mph. Gas consumption is approximately 62 mpg. The Japanese minicar is not yet available in the United States.

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Bear Skin Garb Boosts Gas Sales (Dec, 1931)

Bear Skin Garb Boosts Gas Sales
TO ADD to the scenic effects of his gas emporium, a garage owner in Thurin-gia, Germany, has bedecked himself in a bear skin. Thus he is able to provide his customers with both amusement and engine juice, to say nothing of the extra remuneration which accrues to himself in the deal.

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Pin-Up Car: 1939 B.M.W. TYPE 328 (Mar, 1952)

Another sweet ride by German Engineers. (yes I know this is a BMW and the ad is for VW, but they have way better ads)

Mechanix Illustrated Pin-Up Car
1939 B.M.W. TYPE 328

Owner: Wm. S. Kemp, Fitchburg, Mass. Original cost: $3,500. Engine: six-cylinder, overhead valves, 120-cubic inch displacement, hemispherical combustion chambers, three carburetors. Compression ratio is 7-1/2:1 Weight: 1,700 pounds. Top speed: 100 mph. Chassis is steel tubing.

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Private screens at drive-in movie (Aug, 1964)

Private screens at drive-in movie
Every seat is a good seat at this drive-in theater in Albuquerque, N. Mex. It has 260 individual three-by-five-foot screens, one for each of the cars it can accommodate in two concentric circles. A projection booth in the center uses regular movie equipment, but a single image is projected on each screen by a series of lenses and mirrors. The sound system is the conventional one for drive-ins.

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Car Made from Jet Fuel Tanks (Dec, 1958)

GOOFY CAR has cut-down Chevy hood. Ford Anglia chassis, T-33 jet trainer wing tanks.

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Gas-Station Attendants Wear Roller Skates (Feb, 1940)

Gas-Station Attendants Wear Roller Skates
Attendants wearing roller skates make quick work of filling a motorist’s needs, at an Oklahoma service station. Practiced in performing all their duties on wheels, they fill a customer’s gas tank, check his water and oil, clean his windshield and windows, and send him on his way with a minimum of delay. According to the proprietor who put the idea into use, patrons have expressed their hearty approval of the innovation —after getting over their astonishment on seeing the attendants approach their cars in this unusual fashion.

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DRIVE-IN PHONE (Aug, 1957)

DRIVE-IN PHONE at car-window level is one of three experimental dialers in Chicago. Weatherproof and lighted at night, phones are boon to motorists in sloppy weather.

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Cigarette Smoke Finds Leak in Inner Tube (Mar, 1940)

This method is also very effective for finding gasoline leaks. When you you notice the jet of flames, you’ve found your leak.

Cigarette Smoke Finds Leak in Inner Tube
A burning cigarette can guide you in locating a leak in an inner tube, in case it is not convenient to dip the tube into a tub of water. The cigarette is moved around the surface of the inflated tube, until the air jet from the leak deflects the rising smoke. Make sure, before using this method, that there are no strong air currents in the room where it is being done.—R. B.

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