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Old 03-08-2014, 10:05 PM
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When I was in the ninth grade a friends Father died. In the course of the family cleaning out some of the gentleman's things they gave me several boxes of popular science magazines that dated from right after WWII until that time, 1964.

In that publication was a monthly story about a fictional small town garage. In these stories there always seemed to be some obscure problem to troubleshoot. There was an old salt mechanic, Gus, and his understudy Stan. Gus often used the Socratic method to guide Stan through the troubleshooting process. These stories were nothing short of excellent.

In the course of a move when I was a junior in high school, I threw out all the magazines. We have been cleaning out my Mom's house getting it ready to sell and found an old Popular Science magazine. When driving home I was telling my wife about the old articles about Gus which led to me googling it up when we got home.

I learned that the series started in 1925 and went through the mid sixties. The website makes ALL of these articles available. If you're a real troubleshooting, wrench in hand car guy, I think that you will enjoy the stories.

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Old 03-08-2014, 10:20 PM
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Oh, that looks so like great fun! Thank you!
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If you are into power plants, one of the industry standard trade magazines is called "Power Magazine". They ran a series for many years about a fictional engineer named Marmaduke Surfaceblow, who solved many sticky engineering problems with common sense and Yankee ingenuity. At some point all the columns were collected and published in a book.

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Excellent. The Model Garage stories were the first thing I read when the PS magazine arrived when I was a kid. I have no doubt that they inspired me to take an interest in automotive DiY.

Great find. I'll bookmark this and refer back to it for years, I'm sure. Thank you.
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:10 PM
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Excellent. The Model Garage stories were the first thing I read when the PS magazine arrived when I was a kid. I have no doubt that they inspired me to take an interest in automotive DiY.

Great find. I'll bookmark this and refer back to it for years, I'm sure. Thank you.
It was always a challenge to figure it out before Gus revealed the answer. Usually all the facts were given; all you had to do was put them together.
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:01 PM
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I remember Gus and I still have a subscription to Power Magazine.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:47 PM
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I hope you guys will go enjoy these short stories. I read one here and there and have made it from January 1950 through September 1952. The stories are excellent.
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:26 PM
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Gus stories are unavailable from the site! ):
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I don't understand why you're having trouble JT. I've been reading them online via their site since Saturday.

I go to gus-stories.org and in the blue column on the left click on; "the Stories." A screen them comes up that has some date ranges such as 1925 to 1929, 1930 to 1939 or some such. Click on one of those ranges, select a specific year, then a screen should come up with a selection for the month.

Wait a minute, I just tried to go there to get a link for you and it shows Forbidden. it would be my luck that it has been blocked somehow.

I have also been getting them on my IPhone and I just now tried it and IT says Forbidden. I hope it wasn't blocked due to copyrights or something. They haven't printed any of them in almost fifty years, so you wouldn't think that would be the case.

If they have gone away, I am going to be SO disappointed. I'll post further information here as I get it.

Has anyone else gotten in before today, but now can not?
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I'll try.
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I don't understand why you're having trouble JT. I've been reading them online via their site since Saturday.

I go to gus-stories.org and in the blue column on the left click on; "the Stories." A screen them comes up that has some date ranges such as 1925 to 1929, 1930 to 1939 or some such. Click on one of those ranges, select a specific year, then a screen should come up with a selection for the month.

Wait a minute, I just tried to go there to get a link for you and it shows Forbidden. it would be my luck that it has been blocked somehow.

I have also been getting them on my IPhone and I just now tried it and IT says Forbidden. I hope it wasn't blocked due to copyrights or something. They haven't printed any of them in almost fifty years, so you wouldn't think that would be the case.

If they have gone away, I am going to be SO disappointed. I'll post further information here as I get it.

Has anyone else gotten in before today, but now can not?
I've been reading them since I found the link on here. I am hoping it's just server trouble or something. I LOVE and missed these.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:00 PM
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Rats, no luck. I had been able to get on before .

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I'm getting the same error message.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:57 PM
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Well, I thought that maybe when I got home it would work on my IPad, but same thing. I managed to get on the site by googling gus-stories.org and then selecting one of the choices besides the stories. It let me get to the page with the year range choices, but when I did anything that required sorting for a year or even some of the choices like the story of Gus, I got the error.

I even started wondering if I had opened so many of them that they did not release them causing an overflow or something.

I googled the error, but didn't learn anything that would help on this end.

I was really enjoyinfpg theses stories too.

I'm not sure we can do anything at this point. I think something has to be by their site administrator.

Any ideas anyone?

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