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IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


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

OTHER VIEWS
The wrench end
The wrench end

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Combination Wheel Wrench and Starting Crank
Catalog #: 336,124, Accession #: 314,637
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This combination wheel wrench and staring crank was designed for a Ford Model A.
Physical Description
artifact. 15 1/2" L x 7" W x 1 1/8" H
Details
Date Made:
about 1928
Credit:
Bequest of Edith R. Meggers
History

Every driver learned to change and repair tires, which blew out frequently. Many owners also performed minor repairs for pleasure, convenience, and savings. Some got their skills from dealing with farm machinery. Others learned from repair manuals. The simplicity of the Ford Model T especially endeared it to millions of owners, many of whom claimed to fix their cars with twine, baling wire, or clothespins.


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