Excerpt from The Motor Car
The object of the Author, in the pages that follow, has been to take a straight course through the typical modern motor car, beginning at the engine and finishing at the road wheels. The principles underlying the various parts of the car are explain... ed and illustrated by means of simplified diagrams, these being followed by illustrations from drawings and photographs of the actual parts. All variations from main types have been excluded, and as to details no attempt has been made to include the latest in the motor car world. It is hoped by these means to make the elementary principles underlying the construction and working of the modern motor car clear to even the most unmechanical owner.
Chapter I. Deals with some elementary ideas regard ing the power required to propel a car under varying conditions, and the descriptive work on the motor car proper begins in the next chapter. In order to follow out the scheme of proceeding straight through the car, the descriptions of engines which depart from ordinary poppet valve practice have been placed at the end of the book. This system has proved successful in the courses of popular lectures on the motor car given under the auspices of the Royal Automobile Club of South Africa and the South African College, and it has also been found that this simple descriptive course forms an excellent introduction to the more advanced course taken by the engineering students at the College.
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