Building an Automobile, Step 10: Magneto

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“The magneto gives an electric spark, which explodes the gasoline in the cylinders. The water pump keeps water flowing around the cylinders to prevent them from getting too hot. This water comes back to the pump through the radiator at the front of the car. Wind blows through the radiator and cools off the water. The tire pump on up-to-date cars is run by the engine. It does not pump except when the gears, which are shown in the picture, are pulled together.” -Bodmer, 1917


Rudolph J. Bodmer, ed. The Book of Wonders (Washington, DC: Bureau of Industrial Education, Inc., 1917)


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