The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on February 22, 1968 · 100
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Thursday, February 22, 1968
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16-A The Boston Globe Thursday, Febrnary 22, 1968 ncri 1:. ; I 6V i if n i From Stanley Steamer to Electra Qreenwooci dean of awto mechanics at 78 By WILLIAM D. GODSOE . Globe Staff If there is such a thing as an auto mechanic's mechanic, Levi Greenwood, 78, of Norwood, is a candidate for the honor. Levi (pronounced Levee) didn't come by the honor because of his age or the fact he is a good guy he offers 60 years' experience working around cars, plus a ma-chanical engineering degree from M.LT. You could say that Greenwood was born into the automobile industry and comes by his ability naturally. He started his career as a ma-chanic in his father's garage during his teens. He remembers working on Stanley Steamers and has run the gamut on all makes and kinds. Even after all these years he thinks that a career as a mechanic is a challenging one and never hesitates to recommend it to young men as a life work. "It's a lot better career today than when I started. In the early years a mechanic was considered a low class laborer. Not so these days. It takes something to keep up with anywhere from 10,000 to 13,000 separate parts of today's cars," said Greenwood. Sure they have all kinds of machines and tools to help, but a good mechanic need not worry about loafing. "It's one of the few good paying careers that a young person can make good in with a minimum of formal education." Twenty years ago the Walpole-born mechanic was ordered to retire by his doctor. The retirement bit lasted about four months, Greenwood recalls. At 58 he returned to his first love, mechanics, and that started a career with the Norwood Buick where he now holds sway as a top trouble shooter. The boys at Norwood Buick got a lot of their know-how from this veteran auto worker. Said Joe Ensel-mo, service manager: "I had trouble with the front end of ny car for some time. I finally turned Levi loose on it and with his usual calm and practiced eye he came up with the solution." At 78 Greenwood doesn't do any of the heavy work these days but he's always on hand to lend his experience to the younger mechanics. His main interest these days, apart from the shop, is his grandchildren and he says he would rather keep working. "Not interested in retiring." Greenwood'! 0 years experience as a meohanio makes him fair game for the antique auto owners when they come up with troubles. He has come to the rescue of many in recent years. Most of the younger mechanics have never seen some of the models that Greenwood works on. He told the Globe that each year the cars come up with something new that keeps one on the alert and there is always something more to learn. Greenwood, who Is probably the oldest working mechanic In the state, recalls driving a Stanley Steamer for the famous Sarah Palfrey's father, and "getting out to get under more than once. "Most people today think that the souped up car young people buy Is a new gimmick; but we did it with model T's back in 1315," he said. Can you imagine making a fast corner with a souped up model? We did. It was fun for us then, but I am not so sure I would like to take today's jazzed up car around some of the corners we took," he confessed. Greenwood returned from World War I and a stretch in the Army to enter the automobile business with a part ner in Milford selling Hudson-Essex. He took sick and was ordered to retire, but four months of loafing, was enough. He decided to return to work under less pressure as a plain auto mechanic. Greenwood attended Phillips Exeter Academy for two years and obtained a degree in mechanical engineering at M.LT., which he admits has stood him in good stead. His introduction into the auto mechanic field, working on Stanley Steamers also has provided him with some know-how for building model steam engines, his hobby. Small car safety tips w Drivers of small automobiles should observe special set of driving rues, according to the American Automobile Association. "Little cars can mingle in traffic with bigger automobiles in relative safety," said Richard W. Hoover, safety director for AAA's Massachusetts division, "if their drivers have due regard for the size, weeight and speed limitations of their autos, and if they obey all the rules of the road. Here are some safety tips for small car drivers: . Don't follow bigger car or truck too closely, or pass on the right The low silhouettes of small cars make, them more difficult for drivers of large cars to see. For the same reason, be careful when pulling away from the curb into traffic Never pass another car r unless you are sure you have the power to make it safely. Many smaller cars have little reserve power left above 50 miles per hour. t Make allowances for the more limited visibility of your small car. 5 Make certain your car ; ' Is readily Visible at night - Avoid sudden or con- ; tinual lane changes. Do not'-cut into the safe car length '"& distance between , two auto mobiles. " . V ' " i T . i r LEVI GREENWOOD of Norwood, believed to be the Bay State's oldest auto mechanic (Photo by Joe Dennehy) What's new . . . . with the compacts While the total number of American compact car models has been reduced (only two Chevy models, for instance), this convenient size car still comes on strong in the market. Here are some of the features of the major compacts: American American Motors Rambler now is offered in five, rather than nine models. Continuity of styling will be made, with no major annual changes, in order to keep the price down. But sedan rooflines have been lowered, aluminum grilles added. All automatic transmissions now have the Shift-Command feature. Wheelbase, 106 inches. Horsepower range, 128-225. Chevy H Chevrolet has dropped all but two Chevy II models, a two- and a four-door sedan, both entirely restyled. Curved side windows. Wheelbase, 111 inches. Horsepower range, 140-295. Corvair The rear-engined, air-cooled Corvair now is offered in three models, all two-door hardtops. Interiors restyled, with new ornamentation, instrument panel with recessed knobs, arm Mercirys est total. am acceiera Proved i DnionPt perfofni tlOIlo aece o o THE BIG, LUXURIOUS MERCURY . This Park Lane topped its class (deluxe V-8s) to outscore a half dozen other cars! And Monterey, too, was winner in its class (medium V-8s). rests that shield door handles, padded windshield pillars. Wheelbase, 108 inches. Horsepower range, 95-140. Dart The Dodge Dart has the broadest range of compacts, with eight models. New are a GTS hardtop and convertible with 340-cubic-inch V-8 engines. A 318-cubic-inch engine is an option for other models. New are side marker lights, increased interior padding. Wheelbase, 111 inches. Horsepower range, 115-300. Falcon Ford's Falcon, offered In seven models including a station wagon, has the Fu-tura Sports Coupe as top of the series. A 230-h.p, 302-cubic-inch V-8 tops the list of engines. The rear end has been squared off, grille redesigned, tail lights restyled. Instrument panel has deeply recessed controls. Wheelbase, 111 inches. Horsepower range, 100-230. Valiant Plymouth Valiant now has a split mesh grille, ver tically placed backup and tail lights. A 230-h.p., 318-cubic-inch V-8 now is offered. Four models. Wheel-base, 108 inches. Horsepower range, 115-230. rials! BMCs new models set for Spring debut Despite the fact that 1968 British Motors Corp. cars are not expected to make their debut in this country until mid-Spring, Charles ' P. Hicks, president of Crandall-Hicks Co., New England distributor, is optimistic about his company's sales for this year. "Of the predicted sales of more than 720,000 imported cars in the United States for 1968, MG sports models should total at least 50,000," Hicks said. "This plus major new models to be introduced, is sure to push our New England sales of BMC cars about 30 percent over last year's totals." Total American sales of British Motor Holdings (the parent company) cars in 1967 were 30,922, a 9.5 in crease over 1966. January 1968 sales were up comforta bly, too. The MGB-GT was a strong seller among the 550 dealers BMG has in this country. Already announced, but not yet introduced here, is the MGC, a high perfor mance car to be available as a two-seater, or GT. It will have a six-cylinder, three' liter engine coupled to a four-speed symchromeshed gear box, or an automatic as an option. A new Austin sedan, to sell under $2000, has been designed especially for the American market, and will come with a four-speed autO' matic transmission as stand' ard equipment. ire Oil . ; Mercury's got it: total performance that led it to more wins in this year's UnionPure Oil Performance Trials than anyone else! Mercury came up with three big winners in open competition to prove its outstanding economy, braking and acceleration. Mercury had more class winners than any other car, and did it with regular showroom models picked at random by NASCAR officials. The same kind of cars you can see and drive at our showroom during our Washington's Birthday Open House. Come see them at the Home of Champions.. THE ALL-NEW MONTEGO V-8 class winner with a score no other car could beat. Bigger wheelbase and trunk than major luxury intermediate 2-door hardtops! " COUGAR-THE TOP CAT Pound for pound, dollar for dollar ; still the best-equipped luxury sports car in the land! Open House at the Home of Champions February 22-Washingtoris Birthday. BOSTON CLARK & WHITE, INC 1083 Commonwealth Avnu SUBURBAN LeBERT BROS. MERCURY-LINCOLN SALES 956 Mastachutettt, ARLINGTON OWEN MOTORS, INC. 840 Providnc Highway, DEDHAM PETERSEN'S LINCOLN-MERCURY, INC 777 Lynnway, LYNN MILTON AUTO SALES, INC 95 Eliot Straat. MILTON FORE RIVER MOTORS, INC 418 Quiney Avanua, QUINCY PERROTTI SALES S SERVICE, INC. 173 Broadway, REVERE CIRCLE LINCOLN-MERCURY INC 145 Felliway, SOMERVILLE GAUTHIER MOTORS 62 LtaviH Street, SALEM ALAN MOTORS, INC. 888 Main Street, WAKEFIELD TWINBROOK MOTORS, INC. 97 Linden Street, WALTHAM REGAN & STAPLETON, INC. 965 Worcester Road, WELLESLEY BELLON-HUPFER LINCOLN-MERCURY, INC. 1 180 Washington St, WEST NEWTON irzziT' "7 " 1 " "'" . V v I .if t VJTH j WiaWlli.m'8ftli 0.. i ijhw Hi' ii T mTi n iftn iffi ijlVejf if TinHiiJ

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