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Automotive service in 1940, not that much difference from now.

Fantastic to see a commercial from 1940 where they explain how automotive service works. It is quite interesting to see that most things haven't changed through the years. At the end of the day, the basics of a car didn't change that much. The only difference I noticed is that in this specific period, garages actually repaired the parts instead of swapping the old part for a new one. Enjoy the clip!


#2 Tony Hillyard 2017-06-16 06:50
I'm not sure we have made too much progress. I would suggest that modern apprenticeships some how miss the core skills.

Now it is specialisation. Many of the mechanics I have come across do not know the basics, only their speciality. For a problem out of their comfort zone it is a case of just keep changing the parts till it works... the customer pays, so thats all right.

As an apprentice photographer I was expected to take the photograph, mix the developer, retouch the negative as required, print a sample and if necessary make a printing plate and proof the job.

I believe that gave me a rounded view of my job.
#1 2017-06-14 20:30
Yep, not much has changed since then, only today the mathematics is to tally up by the hours whenever the work has yet to be done.

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