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FORD REPAIR METHODS.

. I SERVICE DEMONSTRATION. I Owners of Ford cars and trucks will be \ | glad to learn that tbe cost of repairing I engines is shortly to be cut down by ! hall. In fact, certain big operation's I which as a rule take fifteen hours will | W done in three, and many repair operai tions will be reduced considerably more ! i than half. Ford dealers throughout the: ■; Dominion are being encouraged by Mr. i j Henry Ford to instal as pan of their 1 I garage equipment a K. K. Wilson Com- I I lunation Machine. A demonstration was j given in Auckland yesterday before an , intereste-'. gathering of Ford service I men and dealers, numbering some 40 ' from all parts of the Auckland Province. at the premises of the Colonial Motor! Company. Limited. This machine comj pletely manufactures Ford motors and j j applies factory methods to repair shop j j practice. The common methods of overt haul, while answering the purpose, have : j never completely satisfied the car owner | | Although many Ford service stations ; | have tried conscientiously to give the i '■ best in sen-ice. and have invested much : I money in shop equipment, they have still' i failed to accurately ad just Ford engines. , I The advantages of the K. R. Wilson j • Machine are principally in the interests J ,of the owner, and. secondly, they are » ! ' distinct asset to the garage proprietor. I ]as it enables him to turn out more work i jat a lower cost, at llie same time guaran- j j teeing satisfaction. The biggest jobs | connected with Ford repairs are the fitI ting of crank shaft bearings, and also i { refitting new pistons, which generally necessitates reboring the cylinders: these | J two operations, when done by the old \ i method, were both slow and costly, but ! i with the new combination machine the - I former operation can be carried out in about five minutes, while the latter job I ran be done at an actual labour cost of I j 10 minutes for four cylinders. In regard ; Ito the boring out of bearings, many' j garage men in the past have been lioring j out their bearings without regard to the J actual size of the crank-shaft, only slightly fining the bearing caps, then I i clamping down lightly, and applying plenty of power to twist the babbit into shape and the crank-shaft out of shape. ! giving little thought to the alignment ] of these bearings, witli the results that ] the labour costs have been not only ex- ! cessivc, but also have produced a large I : number of dissatisiicd customers. It is ( well, therefore, to remember that the foundation of every good motor is perI feet bearings, and these uniform results 1 are assured by the new process. I Coming to the fitting of new pistons. j the old method of boring cylinders "'all one size" and hoping to find pistons to fit them. has been abandoned as obsolete and unsatisfactory, as Ford pistons vary from the size they are marked, and ! j hand-fitting, filing, turning, or lappingin are necessary to turn out even a fair job. The features of the K.R.W. machine are that it bores any over-size quicker and with absolute accuracy, and when the cylinder is bored the cutter stons automatically. [

This eliminates the necessity of constant attention, and allows the mechanic to look after grinding th» valves, which is done with the Wright Multi-Valve Grinder, which grinds four valves at the same time, using equal pressure for each valve. The mechanic can also handle other jobs while the machine is boring the cylinders, such as adjusting the connecting iods or overhauling the transmission.

Further equipment was demonstrated, including the Morris Overhead Track, providing quick transportation of dissembled "parts io the particular equipment in the repair shop for their overhaul: the Manley Motor Support for holding complete or partly dissembled engines while repairs are being carried out: the Ames Cylinder Gauge for use in conjunction with the Wilson Crank Case Aligning Jig and Weaver Axle Stand.

It will be seen that once the laboursaving tools are installed in the various Fold Service Stations throughout the Dominion, the lot of the owner and the garage proprietors will surely be a happier and less expensive one. The demonstration was given by Mr. -I. L. Broun. the service manager of the Colonial Motor Co.. Ltd.. Wellington. Similar demonstrations are being given all over Xew Zealand to Ford sen ice men. dealers and Ford owners. Service plants similar to the one under demonstration have lieen imported for all of the Ford. dealers, and will be immediately installed, so that Ford users of. this district will have the advantage within a week of a further reduction in the upkeep and repair costs of their cars.

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FORD REPAIR METHODS., Auckland Star, Volume LV, Issue 194, 16 August 1924

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FORD REPAIR METHODS. Auckland Star, Volume LV, Issue 194, 16 August 1924

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