Old Auto Parts Prize Contest (Jan, 1932)

Old Auto Parts Prize Contest

ON this page are shown a number of suggestions of what can be done with various old auto parts. “We will, until further notice, pay for ideas submitted to this page under the following plan: $3.00 FOR EACH PHOTOGRAPH SUBMITTED TO THIS DEPARTMENT AND PUBLISHED BY US. Photographs must be BONA FIDE, and show the article after it has been converted and is ready for use. Photographs must be large and clear. A short article describing tile nature of the construction and its uses should accompany the photograph.

$2.00 FOR EVERY IDEA SUBMITTED. By idea, we mean any suggestion which you may think up, of how to utilize any old auto part. The idea is submitted by making a rough sketch, either in pencil or pen, to explain it clearly. The drawing need not be artistic, as our artist will make the final drawing. For ideas worth while and accepted by us, we will pay $2.00 each upon publication.

This department closes on the second of every month; by which time all photographs and suggestions for the next issue must have been received. Address all correspondence to Editor, Old Auto Parts, c/o this publication.

• HANDY LIGHT FOR SHOP OR GARAGE • A FLOOR lamp for the garage or workshop, which may be quickly adjusted to light up any part of the car (inside, underneath or the top) is easily made from an old steering wheel and some scrap tubing. The wheel is used for the base; to it is secured a 4-foot section of tubing, tapped near the top end for a small set-screw. A section of pipe, about 6 inches shorter and small enough to slip inside the first, has brazed to the top the thumb adjustment for the windshield of an old-style car. This carries an “L” tube to which reflector is attached.

• HOOK FROM CONNECTING ROD • SPLENDID hooks can be made from old connecting rods. An illustration of one of them is found here. An old connecting rod, for example from an old AN old Ford auto horn is here shown converted into a very clever and pleasing container for flowers, either natural or artificial. The diameter of the mouth of the horn is big enough and tapered just right to allow an ordinary long water tumbler to set inside; the top of the glass coming a bit below the rim of the horn. The lower, or vibrator, portion of the horn is of course removed and thrown away. Painted gilt, this portion of the horn is very pleasing to the eye, indestructible and more practical than many of the frail delicate glass affairs which are easily upset and broken. The glass of water may be easily removed and washed.

This makes an interesting job for the boy who likes to make something neat, useful and practical out of something discarded as useless for its original purpose.—Frank W. Bentley, Jr.

• VALVE SPRINGS MAKE CHISEL HOLDERS • ALONG piece of heavy leather, or tin, is often nailed to a side of the bench drawer or along the wall to hold chisels of various kinds. The leather of course must be solidly tacked down between each loop; thus taking up space which could be used in accommodating additional chisels. Furthermore, the leather is always coming loose.

Get a number of old automobile engine valve springs (those from an old Model T Ford are best), and fasten them securely at the top and bottom with small staples. They can he placed quite closely, so that they will just fit and take the usual chisel; and will last a long time.—Frank W. Bentley, Jr.

• DRAIN PIPE CLEANER FROM SPEEDOMETER CABLE • AN old speedometer cable makes an ideal cleaner for that blocked drain. To utilize this article, take a flat piece of metal and drill a hole at one end. Now, with a three-cornered file, make a nick on one side of the hole, so that the end of the speedometer cable will be gripped by the metal piece. Pass a wood-screw through a hole, drilled near the opposite end of the metal piece, and fit the handle. After the speedometer cable is put i n place, you can either bend the end of the metal strip a little to hold the cable, or use a brad for the purpose. — J. B. Spencer.

• FOOT SCRAPER FROM LICENSE PLATE • THE caretaker of a building, temporarily housing some grading trucks, suddenly decided that the dignity of the approach to the office should be guarded by some kind of a foot scraper. He took an old license plate, bent it to right angles in the center, and tacked it down as shown.

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