July 1925 - December 1970
Gus Wilson's Model Garage

Alphabetical List of Stories    Monthly Illustration Galleries   Index Links-All Stories

The Author  The Stories 

1925-1929       1930-1939       1940 - 49       1950 - 59       1960 - 69      1970


Edgar Wittmack   Remington Schuyler   Paus   Stewart Rouse  

Ray Quigley    Frank L. Hubbard    Ray Pioch




Site Map

Cover Galleries

Of Interest

Martin Bunn

Gus Wilson

The Gus Project

Word® Docs

Original Scans

Hall of Fame

Mechanic's Creed


Take the Test


Hints from the Model Garage



Main Page

   Your jumping off point to the world of Gus Wilson, master mechanic, and his adventures as owner of the Model Garage.  In some ways this is a snapshot of a natural mechanic before the days of trouble codes and printouts.

Index Links

  A graphical navigator that shows which stories are available.  Access the stories by clicking on either a month or a year.   There is also a shortcut to take you directly to the cover art galleries and other places of interest.


Cover Art Galleries     

   Links to galleries of the fantastic artwork that graced the covers of Popular Science Monthly.  Accessible by links to the covers, listed by both decade and specific year. There are also links to information about some of the famous artists who created these masterpieces of illustration.

The Stories

   This page will take you to transcriptions of the Gus and the Model Garage series. Beginning in July of 1925 and ending in June of 1969 you can observe a "master mechanic" at work. He had an encore, one last Christmas present in the December 1970 issue.



The Author

  The elusive and mysterious Martin Bunn is discussed as well as some of the recurring characters of the series as well as Gus Wilson, proprietor of the Model Garage.

Ray Quigley

Illustrator par excellence, Ray did the story illustrations from 1948 until 1970. 

Links to Hi-Res PDF Images

Great Mechanics

The Hall of Fame

  My personal "hall of fame" dedicated to real-life "Gus Wilsons'" that have influenced me as a mechanic. There is also a gallery of service stations from the old days and even a photo of a shop bay that could've been graced by Gus.


Helpful Hints  Gallery

1920's 1930's 1940's  1950's 1960's

  The monthly companion to the Gus chronicles. Here are a few examples of the ingenious solutions to some of the minor problems found while working on cars of the era.

Hints from "Your Car" ca. 1950

Of Interest

Stelford's 56 Packard Executive

w/factory prototype fuel injection

The Boy Mechanic

  Just for fun, a narrative about the multi-volume set of books dedicated to "Things to Do and Build". First published in 1913 and into the 50's by Popular Mechanics Press. It's amazing we all survived.


The Library

Links to other publications of auto interest on the site.

Premiums    Advertisements   Gas Prices    Forms    Lubrication Book     Socony Book

Your Car    do-it-yourself CAR BOOK

1954 Cars Factbook

Gus Wilson

  Who was Gus Wilson?

   This page gives a brief description of the character. As you read through the stories, though, he becomes more and more real.

Gus's two paperbacks.



Checker Restoration

Little House