Popular Mechanics

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Popular Mechanics inspires, instructs and influences readers to help them master the modern world. Whether itís practical DIY home-improvement tips, gadgets and digital technology, information on the newest cars or the latest breakthroughs in science -- PM is the ultimate guide to our high-tech lifestyle.
  

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Contents

Over the pass with 8500 horses
81
Locomotives
Torch creates superheat to melt hardest metal
88
Electric torches
Slingshots pace the drag strips
89
Ewart Thomas, pseud STIMSON, Automobiles, Racing
Rocket tests parachutes
94
Guided missiles (Equipment)
Scraps from the junk yard are welded into works of art
98
George ROBERTS, Metal sculpture
Here's a blowgun
140
Weapons
Crash seat
146
Automobiles (Safety measures)
Transistorized car radio doubles as portable
157
Automobiles (Radio equipment)
Captain's chair in modern design
162
Chairs
Make one of these each evening
166
Woodworking (Projects)

Backyard roller coaster
102
Roller coasters
Here's where pilots' lives are saved
107
Aviation research, Airplane models
Supersonic baseball with a live artillery shell
114
Ballistics, Projectiles
Homemade rivers irrigate the West
121
Irrigation (Western States), Pipes, Concrete
Precision parts for working models
128
Models
Explosion forms jet fuel tanks
130
Airplanes (Fuel tanks)
Auto drives a ski lift
132
Ski lifts
Piston pilots go to jet school
134
Aviation (Study and teaching), Airplanes, Jet
Helicopter plane has wing louvers
139
Convertiplanes
Flashing lamps catch the eye
170
Electric lamps, Flashing
New beauty for dated walls
177
Paneling
Picture-frame doctor
180
Edward SANTRUCEK, Picture frames and framing (Maintenance and repair)
Hand-shaped metal planter is assembled with cement
183
Flower boxes, planters, etc
Trouble-shooting hints for jet pumps
192
Plumbing
Portable electric drills
196
Drills
Metal-turning lathe built from stock parts
205
Lathes
Cut perfect disks on your bandsaw
211
Saws and sawing
If you like to make hand tools
212
Tools

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