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at first automobiles were repaired by a wide variety of tradesmen who had mechanical skills and interest

safety bicycle
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the bicycle was very much the immediate precursor of the automobile, and some bicycle mechanics repaired cars as well

Without a parts system, early mechanics often had to fabricate the needed part

but automobile repair also required some understanding of how an internal combustion engine worked--trade journals in fields from blacksmithing to bicycle repair included articles about how to repair automobiles

To what extent did blacksmiths (who not only shoed horses but did all kinds of metal repair) become auto mechanics?

motor boys pulp fiction cover

Farmers were able to make many repairs themselves--the tradition of Yankee ingenuity

association between youth and automobiles

What are the shifts between this chapter and the present?