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January
Special Features - The Burglar Isn't Your Friend - Don't Be His! (You can scare him away with locks, alarms and common sense.); Waterway Preview For '75 (Colorful report on the faster, sleeker and safer boats the manufacturers will be sending your way this season); Half-Pints For Higher MPG (American Motors Is High On It's Pacer As The Car Of The Future, GM And Ford Have Even Smaller Mini-Cars On The Way); Fireplace Opens For Party Fun (You Swing Open The Bottom And Lower The Front. It's An Exciting Home Bar And Entertainment Center); Struck With An Old House? (See what one imaginative Minnesota Couple did to their weekend home when new-home prices soared sky high); A New Light On The Legendary Leonardo (Recently found notebooks reveal Da Vinci's main interest may have been in mechanical things); Service Tips For The '75 Cars (Saturday Mechanic shows you how to check emissions on cars with catalytic converters) Automobiles, Driving - Imports And Motorsports; Detroit Listening Post; Half-Pints For Greater MPG: AMC's Pacer, Future Minis for GM and Ford); Saturday Mechanic: Service Tips For The '75 Cars Home And Yard - Fireplace Opens For Party Fun, Is Safer To Build Than It Looks; The Burglar Isn't Your Friend - Don't Be His; Stuck With An Old House? Dozens Of Dramatic Changes You Can Make Yourself Science, Inventions - A New Light On The Legendary Leonardo; Andrea Doria and Stockholm collide: Treasure Hunters Dive To The Doria; Is The Chunnel (English Channel Tunnel) For Real Shop And Crafts - "Third Hand" For Making Small Boxes; Modelmaker's Lathe: New Low-Cost Import; Three Projects You'll Want To Make; Heirloom Footstool; Pier Curio Shelf; Tank-Top Gallery Boating, Outdoors - Waterway Preview For '75; Have Snowmobiles Grown Up? They Offer New Features, Options, Adjustments Photography - Photo Hints Editor's Page - Do-It-Yourself: The Best Way To Beat Inflation - Beginning Of A Bigger PM Every Month - Letters; Appliance Clinic; Car Clinic; Science Worldwide; The Bicycle Shop; Homeowners' Clinic; All Outdoors; It's New Now: Latest Products And Developments
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February
Special Features - Watch For These Pacesetters In '75 (They offer more speed, style, safety and comfort. Twelve-page boat section begins on page 88); You Can "Run Whatcha brung" (At the big-time racetracks when homegrown Gremlins, Vegas and Pintos vie with imported "Economy" sedans); First Plug-In Solar Furnace For Your Home (Simple A-Frame shed offers practical auxiliary sunpower for use with almost any home); You, Too, Can Be A World Record Fisherman (All you need is patience, luch, skill and these tips from our experts); Divide And Conquer With A Freestanding Wall (Easy to build without special tools. It can double the use of your youngsters bedroom); Keep Your Choke Working - Automatically (Saturday Mechanic shows you how to care for your choke and enjoy all of its advantages); Present Arms! (Build this truly distinctive gun cabinet and show off six of your favorite firearms to best advantage) Automobiles, Driving - Impacts And Motorsports; Detroit Listening Post; You Can "Run" Whatcha Brung; Grandpa Tours The States On A Harley; Driving AMC's Brand-New Pacer; Saturday Mechanic: How To Keep Your Choke Working - Automatically Home And Yard - Bath With Vanity Flair; Tempered Glass Inserts For Storm Doors; How To Stay Warmer By Using Less Heat; Divide And Conquer With Freestanding Wall; First Home Plug-In Solar Furnace; Storm Window Installs On The Inside Shop And Crafts - Hints From Readers; Pint-Sized Chain Saw; Easier-Than-Ever Plaster Casting; How To Apply Plastic Laminate; How To Sharpen And Hone Chisels; Inlaid Bowls Displays Craftsmanship; Present Arms With A Fine Gun Cabinet; Sabre-Saw Miterbox; Flameless Paint Peeler; Hi-Lo Bandsaw Drive Photography - $300 Macro-Zoom Lens, Slick And Sharp; Photo Hints; Pocket Instamatic Slide Fans Get The World's Zippiest Projector - And More; Electronic XK: Minolta's 'Convertible'; Try Grid-Square Exposure Tests Electronics, Radio, TV - Zipping Through A Supermarket Counter Boating, Outdoors - You Can Be A World Record Fisherman; Watch For These Pacesetters In '75; Speedy Skiffs For Finding Fish; 70 MPH In A Jet - WOW; Power From New Packages; Gadgets To Help You Go Science, Inventions - First Home Plug-In Solar Furnace; Now: TV Microscope For Surgery Aviation - Great Planes That Make Great Projects Every Month - Letters; All Outdoors; The Bicycle Shop; Homeowners' Clinic; Science Worldwide; Car Clinic; Appliance Clinic; It's New Now
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March
Special Features - More Camping For The Money In '75 (Eight-page section covering backpacks, tents, equipment, cost-saving make-it kits, new RV's start on page 116); Vacation Homes: 10 Great Designs For Leisure Living (Including prefabs, a condomininium, stock plans. A way to second-home ownership); Grow A Vegetable Bonanza In A Small Plot (How to produce plenty of good food for your table from a plot as modest as 6 by 15 feet); Easy Riders - The Grand Touring Motorcycles For '75 (Your rundown of the great superbikes of cycledom that range from $2000 to $4000); The Shop That Became A Family Fun Center. (Basement multipurpose hobby center with sliding wall panels is most popular room in the house); How To Keep Your Drinking Water Safe (Here's how to tell if you have a water contamination problem and what to do about it) Automobiles And Bikes - Detroit Listening Post; Imports And Motorsports; PM Owners Report: Chevrolet Monza 2+2; Easy Riders: The Grand Touring Motorcycles For '75; Install A Coolant Recovery System; Saturday Mechanic: Service Your Own Ignition System And Save Up To %40; Exotic Materials Make Easy-Going Superlight Bike Frames Home And Yard - Vacation Homes: 10 Great Designs For Leisure Living; Grow A Vegetable Bonanza In A Small Plot; The Tiller - Backsaver For Busting Sod; How To Get Your Power Mower Ready For The Season Electronics, Radio, TV - The FTC Makes Amplifiers Grow More "Honest: - And More Fins; To Buy The Best Battery, Ask What It's Going To Drive Camping - Camping Goes Compact...More Convenience, Less Cost; Sew - You Save With Camp-Gear Kits; New Road To Old Mexico; New RV's For The Road; Rancho-Poncho - A Quick-Change Bivouac Bag Boating - Seven Tips For Better Boating; Roller Tote For Launching; Sun Seats Add Style To Your Runabout Shop And Crafts - Hold Everything; Disston's Cordless Electric Screwdriver; Hints From Readers; Shop That6 Became A Family Fun Center; Butler's Table: Serve Your Guests With A Dash Of Elegance; Go Build A Kite Science And Invention - Holographic Movies With White Light; How To Keep Your Drinking Water Safe Every Month - Letters; The Bicycle Shop; Appliance Clinic; All Outdoors; Car Clinic; Homeowners Clinic; Science Worldwide; It's New Now Photography - Photo Hints
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April
Special Features - PM's Home Ideas Guide (30 ways to improve your home, including new deck, basement playroom, indoor gardens and storage, and much more); '75 Imported Cars (PM's aluto editors offer expert tips and a comprehensive chart listing specifications and comparisons for all the imports); PM's Pick: The Top 20 Lures (To catch the lunkers. Put these winners in your tackle box: they'll keep you in fish throughout the world); Fabulous Phono Cartridges (For new four-channel "Quadradisc" records. PM tests nine of these new supercartridges and picks the best); Let Your Mower Do The Yardwork (A roundup of 50 versatile riders with their versatile mulchers, grass baggers, utility carts and other accessories); Are You In Shape For Spring? (New medical research offers training that's fun and will help keep you from being another hospital statistic) Automobiles And Bikes - Imports And Motorsports; Detroit Listening Post; '75 Imported Cars; PM Owners Report: Chrysler Cordoba; Bolt-Ons For Your Bike; Spring Checklist For Your Motorcycle; Saturday Mechanic: Quick Car For Your Electronic Ignition System Spring Home Improvement - Home Ideas Guide; Build A Deck - It's The Low-Cost Way To Get More Room; PM's Stowaway Patio Furniture; Growing Gracefully; Hideaways For Kitchen And Laundry; Big Top In Your Basement; Sewing Built-Ins For Any Room; Extra Storage Is Everywhere; Bathroom Magazine Rack; New Modules For Easy Deck Building; Folding Shower Door Installs In 30 Minutes; New Products Of Special Interest; Rubber-Pointed Ceramic Tile: Quick And Easy; Scroll-Cutting Sabre Saw; Rust Remover You Can Use In Your Drill Home And Yard - New Protection For New Homes; Let Your Mower Do The Yardwork; Troubleshooting Your Electric Range Shop And Crafts - Hints From The Readers; Three Shop Tools You Can Build For Very Little Money; Drill-Driven Lathe Handles Light Turnings; Car Tune-Up Bench Keeps Tools Handy Science And Engineering - Big Pipeline Dream Comes True At Last; Are You In Shape For Spring? Boating, Outdoors - PM Picks The Top 20 Lures; No-Gas, No-Noise Power Boats Electronics, Radio, TV - Fabulous Piano Cartridges: Four Channels And 50,000 Hz; Electronics; A Look At The Latest Photography - Photo Hints; Darkrooms For People Who Don't Have Darkrooms Aviation - The Plane That Makes Anyone A Pilot Every Month - Science Worldwide; Letters; The Bicycle Shop; Car Clinic; Appliance Clinic; Homeowners Clinic; All Outdoors; It's New Now
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May
Special Features - PM's Car Care Guide (All the experts know-how you need to keep your car looking better and running smoother mile after mile); Cities In The Sky (Scientists are working out a bold new plan to put entire Earth-Like communities into space - in possibly 20 years); How To Work With Plywood Paneling (Seven pages of secrets from the experts show you how the installation tricks you need to panel like a pro); Stereo Switches (Here's a roundup of 19 different switchboxes and patchboards to handle your many new stereo-system accessories); Build This 762-mm Lens For $35 (If you now have have a camera bellows - and get 15 times the image size of your 35-mm camera's normal lens); Mini-Rigs For Maxi Action (Little kickers with added muscle are earning a new popularity as fuel gets shorter in supply and prices go up) Automobiles And Bikes - Imports And Motorsports; Rocker "Car-Pit" For Your Compact; Detroit Listening Post; PM Owners' Report: Ford Granada / Mercury Monarch; Driving Cadillac's Brand-New Seville Car Care Guide - Annual Special Section By PM Editors; How Car Care Pays Off; PM's Clean Machine (Two-page full-color cutaway drawing); How To Use PM's Car Care Guide; Engine And Drive Train; Lubrication, Fluid And Fuel Systems; Electrical And Ignition Systems; Suspension And Steering Systems; Wheels And Tires; Braking System; Your Car's Body; Travel Safe Home And Yard - How To Fix A Dripping Faucet; Vacation Home For $129; Speedy Siding Insulation; Toro's Cordless Electric Mower; Two Decorative Stowaways; How To Work With Plywood Paneling; How To Repair Ceramic Tile Walls; Ready Your Airconditioner For Summer Science And Engineering - A New Suez Canal Shapes Up For The 1980s; The Supertanker: A Quarter Mile Of Seagoing Oil; Cities In The Sky Shop And Crafts - Pretty, Easy Projects In Plastics; 26 Fun-To-Make Picture Frames; Rack For Lathe Tools; Handles Make Drill Press A Tap Wrench; Wooden Cheese Spreaders; Roughening Tool For A Stronger Joint Boating - Roundup Of The New Small Outboards Electronics, Radio, TV - Stereo Switchers: Accessories To Handle Your Accessories; Super Math From Simple Kits; Electronic Egg Timer; Add An Emergency Alarm To Your Wireless Garage Door Opener Photography - Photo Hints; Build This 762-mm Lens For $35 Aviation - BD-8: New Super-Aerobatic Champ? Every Month - Letters; Science Worldwide; Car Clinic; Homeowners' Clinic; All Outdoors; Appliance Clinic; The Bicycle Shop; It's New Now
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June
Special Features - Mobile, Modular: Two-Ways To Low-Cost Housing (At today's prices, homes prebuilt on factory production lines may be your best buy); Transform Your Yard Into A Night-Blooming Beauty (Inexpensive ways you can create lighting effects for greater safety and enjoyment); Graceful Colonial China Cabinet You Can Build For $70 (This Early American design offers the perfect setting for displaying your best china); Scanners (Radios that automatically zip across "Public Safety" shortwave bands, then stop and listen to channels you want that are busy); Apollo-Soyuz: Manned Space Mission With A New Accent (How American and Soviet spacecraft will dock in an orbit 140 miles above the Earth); Now It's Easy To Make Your Own Color Prints At Home (You can take as little as 6 to 10 minutes to process your prints in full room light) Automobiles And Bikes - Imports And Motorsports; Detroit Listening Post; The Miles-Per-Gallon Game; PM Owners' Report: 1975 General Motors Compacts; A New Engine Can Save Old Betsy; Saturday Mechanic: Check Your Cooling System...Now! Home And Yard - Carry Your Tools In This Sawhorse; Transform Your Yard Into A Night-Blooming Beauty; How To Create The Illusion Of A Sunken Tub; Mobile, Modular: Two Ways To Low-Cost Housing; Three Great Ways With Walls; Shoo Garden Pests With A New Weapon: Aluminum; How To Keep Your Chain Saw Cutting Science And Engineering - Apollo-Soyuz: Manned Space Mission With A New Accent; Transatlantic Balloon Jinx: Who'll Be First To Beat It; Aquapolis: City In The Sea Electronics, Radio, TV - New Tape Equipment; 8-Track Goes Hi-Fi - At Last; GFCIs: Is Circuit Breaker Or Receptical Better For You?; Latest In Loudspeakers; How To Solder When There's No Place To Plug In; Scanners: Radios That Stop And Listen When There's Something To Hear Boating, Outdoors - 257 Close-To-Home Vacationlands - Ready And Waiting; Boats You Once Dreamed About; Trailer Hitches vs. The New Bumpers Shop And Crafts - Pad Sander Know-How; Make This Colonial Cupboard To Display Your Best China Photography - Built-In Telephoto, Flip-Flash For New Pocket Camera; Photo Hints; Color Printing: Now It's Easy To Make Color Prints At Home Aviation, Space - Apollo-Soyuz: Manned Space Mission With A New Accent Every Month - Letters; The Bicycle Shop; Science Worldwide; Homeowners' Clinic; All Outdoors; Car Clinic; Appliance Clinic; It's New Now
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July
Special Features - All About Oil. (Here's what you should know about oil - including the new synthetics. You may never have the need to change oil again); Rust: Your Car's Worst Enemy (Autobody corrosion costs have skyrocketed to nearly $7.5 billion a year. Here's what is being done about it); World's Biggest Highway Crash (Despite pileup of nearly 300 vehicles in dense fog, freeway was cleared in hours and no one was killed); Tackle To Take Around The World (Carry-on, fit-together gear that will land almost any lunker anywhere now can fit under your airliner seat); A Cooler House Starts With A Cooler Attic (Prevent heat buildup with exhaust fans and vents and watch your airconditioning costs come down); 15 Great Shop Ideas From A Master Workshopper (Ingenious use of a power-equipped bench to keep portable tools ready at arms length) Automobiles And Bikes - Imports And Motorsports; Detroit Listening Post; The Bike You Sail Like A Boat; World's Biggest Highway Crash; All About Oil: What You Should Know Before Your Next Oil Change; How To Retrofit An Electronic Ignition Kit; PM Owners Report: BMW; Rust: Your Car's Worst Enemy Boating, Outdoors - Pop-Up Tent Camper You Can Build; New Speed For Scuba; How To Get Home Without Gas; You'll Fish Faster In This Speedy New Tunnel; Tackle To Take Around The World Home And Yard - Eight Easy-To-Build Fence Designs; 10 Steps To A Sparkling Swimming Pool; A Cooler House Starts With A Cooler Attic; Quick Coverup; "Pour" Yourself A Patio With Plastic Molds Electronics, Radio, TV - A Good Turntable Kit That Is Easy To Build; Now: LP Records For Your TV Set; How To Retrofit An Electronic Ignition Kit Science And Engineering - It's A Real Rube Goldberg Photography - Photo Hints; Infrared Photography: Different And Easy Shop And Crafts - Look What You Can Do With Your Portable Drill; It's A Great Year For Wine Racks; When The Chips Are Down, It's Beautiful Aviation - New "Pull Up" Howler Makes Your Flight Safer Every Month - Letters; All Outdoors; Appliance Clinic; Car Clinic; Homeowners' Clinic; Science Worldwide; The Bicycle Shop; It's New Now
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August
Special Features - PM's Design-A-Body Contest (You'll win a $1700 Elcar Model 2000 electric car chassis if you submit the winning car-body design for it); Nine Patio Partners You Can Make (Complete plans given for five planters, grille fence, storage gazebo, hanging lamp and view divider); American Motors Pacer (Drivers plain-talk their likes and dislikes in PM's exclusive Owners Report based on a million owner-driven miles); Copy Your Color Slided At Home (...and improve them by making better pictures from those slides that don't quite make it originally); How To Strip New Cars Down To Old Prices (You can save up to $1000 if you install some extras yourself and skip others you may never want); Radio Control Without The Roar (Kit-built, wind-powered R/C model sailboats and sailplanes offer quiet excitement on water and in the air) Automobiles And Bikes - Detroit Listening Post; Build The Mini-Indy Racer; How To Stay Alive In A Small Car; Preview Of Detroit's '76 Models; PM Design-A-Body Contest: Win This Electric-Car Chassis; Road-Testing The Electric Car; PM Owners' Report: AMC Pacer; How To Buy A New Car At Old Prices; Driving Subaru's 4WD Station Wagon; Saturday Mechanic: It's About Time You Bought A Torque Wrench; Imports And Motorsports Home And Yard - Plant This $60 Sprinkler System In Just Four Hours; Patio Putting Green; PM Visits A House Full Of Energy-Saving Ideas; How To Build Brick And Masonry Steps; Inside Tips To Protect Outside Surfaces; New Water-Based Varnish: Boom To Home Finishers; New Vinyl Flooring Forgives Mistakes; Patio Partners You Can Make Science And Engineering - How Science Sees With Sound; The Training Is Tough, But So Is The Work: Offshore Diving; PM Visits A House Full Of Energy-Saving Ideas Boating, Outdoors - Radio Control Without The Roar; Archery Today: More Strings Attached; Big Bargains In Little Boats; Port For Peak Performance Shop And Crafts - Build The Mini-Indy Racer; Deburring Jig Makes Saw Cut Smoother; B&D's New Portable Work Center; Workshop Quickie, Jam Paddle Photography - Copy Your Slides At Home...And Improve Them; Photo Hints Electronics, Radio, TV - Radio Control Without The Roar; Ssssh! Noise Reducers At Work Every Month - Letters, Appliance Clinic; All Outdoors; Car Clinic; Homeowners' Clinic; Science Worldwide; It's New Now; The Bicycle Shop
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October
Special Features - A Good Look At Detroit's '76 Cars (How to repaint an oldie whether you plan to buy the job or do it yourself); How To Cut Firewood And Use A Fireplace (Know the secrets that will assure you of good firewood, proper storage and fine fire-building); Treasure Hunting For Fun (And Possibly Riches) Electronic metal detectors can lead you to potential profit as well as an interesting hobby); Home-Movie Sound Gets Easier - And More Professional (How the new Super-8 sound gives you a theater-quality reproduction); You Can Make Your Hardwood Floors Look Like New Again (Even if they are so bad they need sanding, you can do a fine job in a weekend); Turn On Your Family's Creativity By Making A Potter's Wheel (Seeing a shape emerge from a mere clay blob will seem like sheer magic) Automobiles And Bikes - The PM Garage; Detroit Listening Post; Imports And Motorsports; How To Buy A Paint Job For Your Car; Saturday Mechanic: How To Repaint Your Car Yourself Detroit's '76 Cars - GM's Story In A Word: Chevette; Ford's Fix For More MPG; Chrysler's Hot On Lean Burn; AMC Stretches Its JEE-E-P Home And Yard - Little Snowblower With A Big Bite; How To Cut Firewood And Use A Fireplace; Button Up Now For Greater Cold-weather Comfort; You Can Renew Your Hardwood Floors; Garden Tractor With Liquid-Cooled Engine Science And Engineering - New Trains Are Reviving America's Romance With The Rails; Treasure Hunting For Fun Shop And Crafts - Tiny Table For Small-Part Drilling; Hydraulic Press You Can Build; Make A Potter's Wheel; Two Easy Kitchen Projects; Build This Handy Butcher Block; Owl Pinup; Artist With A Chain Saw; Hints From Readers; Wooden Whistle; Indoor Playhouse For Your Doll; First-Class Mailboxes Boating, Outdoors - New Compact Gear For Outdoor Action; Sail-Handling Simplified; Merc's New Muscle; How To Start With A Shotgun Electronics, Radio, TV - Treasure Hunting For Fun; New Radios Cover More, Newer Bands, Cassette Portables Get Fancy Photography - Super-8 Sound Movies Get Better; Photo Hints Every Month - Letters, Car Clinic; Appliance Clinic; Homeowners' Clinic; All Outdoors; The Bicycle Shop; Science Worldwide; It's New Now
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November
Special Features - Refinishing Furniture Is Easier Than Ever (A two-part special. Part one covers stripping of old finishes, preparing surfaces, staining); 10 Tips To Keep You On The Road This Winter (Study and practice them now and you'll know just what to do when the need for them arises); Get Ready For Holiday Hospitality (With quick home fixups for chairs, doors, faucets, toilets, bathtubs, scratches, walls, ceilings, floors); Make A Tabletop Hockey Game (You play with a lightning-fast, float-on-air puck. Plus six delightful toys to give for Christmas); F-18: The Fighter Everybody Wants. (A new-concept of high-performance, low-cost supersonic jets that combine air superiority with economy); Does The Rabbit Share All Of The Virtues. (That made Volkswagen so popular during the Beetle's heyday? See PM's exclusive Owner's Report) Automoobiles And Bikes - Imports And Motorsports; Setting Up An Auto Repair Cooperative; Detroit Listening Post; The PM Garage; Vans Have Got A Lot More Going; Ten Tips To Keep You On The Road This Winter; PM Owners Report: Volkswagen Tabbit; Driving Alfa Romeo's New Alfetta; How Your Fuel-Injection System Works; Saturday Mechanic: How To Keep Your Fuel-Injection System Working Right Shop And Crafts - Hints From Readers; Wine Server; Build This Tabletop Hockey Game; Sawhorse Miterbox Lets Your Chain Saw Do The Cutting; How Your Shopsmith Can Power Other Tools; Refinishing Furniture Is Easier Now; Six Fun-To-Make Toys For Christmas; "Third Hands" For Ripping; Nifty Wine Rack Holds 12 Bottles; Wen's New Two-Speed Saw Reciprocaes; Seagull Mobile Science And Engineering - Trapped In A Sunken Oil Rig; Amazing New Power From Ocean Depths Home And Yard - Gear Up For Snow; Your Tools - One Of The Best Investments You'll Ever Make; Twelve Fixups To Ready Your Home For Holiday Hospitality; Holiday Fireplace; Your House Numbers Belong In Lights; Traveling Lights For Your Home Boating, Outdoors - Vans Have Got A Lot More Going; Zero-In For Hunting; First Look At The '76 Boats; Slim Those Old Skis For Cross-Country Aviation - F-18: The Fighter Everybody Wants; Transatlantic Balloon Jinx Strikes Again Photography - Photo Hints; Simple Cameras Can Take Good Pictures - If You Let Them; Camera Straps Are Getting Interesting Electronics, Radio, TV - A Really Good Hi-Fi For Under $250 Every Month - Letters; The Bicycle Shop; Appliance Clinic; All Outdoors; Science Worldwide; Car Clinic; Homeowners' Clinic; It's New Now
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