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This object appears in the following sections:


Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Fixing Cars


Turn-Auto
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This turn-auto was used in the Brozek Garage, founded by Joseph F. Brozek in Brooklyn New York in 1910. The turn-auto was used from circa 1923-1933.
Physical Description

Artifact. Approximately 16' L x 7' 5" W x 7' 5"H. Made of metal and wood. A car was driven up onto the turn-auto and then the mechanic used the crank to turn the car so that the undercarriage could be more easily accessed.

Details
Date Made:
1923
Dates Used:
1923 - 1933
Locations:
New York
Note:
Brooklyn
History

Early cars required frequent maintenance and repairs. Many machinists, blacksmiths, bicycle mechanics, and others started auto repair shops, and inventions like the turn-auto were designed to make the professional mechanic's life easier.


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