Popular Mechanics - 1977

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January
Special Features - Our Diamond Anniversary (Twelve prominent Americans identify key developments of the past 75 years and look to the future. PM marks its 75th year on the way to a century of service to its readers); Make An Old-Time Crystal Radio Set (For the fun of it, you can build this original solid-state radio for about $5); Be A Master Woodcarver (Four projects to start with: Snack Dish, Trinket Box; Partridge Mirror and Cat); Plans: Hide-It-All Laundry Cabinet (PM's design combines several operations in one area); Super-Radio: The Next Step Beyind CB (There's a world of adventure open to you in ham radio) Automobiles And BIkes - The PM Garage; Detroit Listening Post; Imports And Motorsports; Car Clinic; Your Motorcycle: Do-It-Yourself Overdrive; What's Behind Those Four Little Wheels?; Saturday Mechanic: Viva la Differential!; Driving The New Mercedes Intermediates Shop And Crafts - Telephoto Gunstock; Tool Test: Havco Grinder puts microfinish on metal or wood; Drill drives new rotary rasps; Woodcarving: Four projects to introduce you to this age-old art; Hints From Readers; Tool Test: Belt Sander - Almost in the bag Boating, Outdoors - Build This Telephoto Gunstock; All Outdoors; Newest Speed Machines For Snow; New Runabouts - Faster, Flashier Than Ever Photography - Telephoto Gunstock; This Old-Time Handmade Camera Is Brand New; Photo Hints PM's 75th Anniversary - Great Events Of The Past And A Look Ahead; New Then; How Popular Mechanics Grew From 1902 to 1977 Electronics, Radio, TV - Medium-Price Speakers Offer Top-Value Sound; Build A Crystal Set - The Original Solid-State Radio; Super-Radio: The Next Step Beyond CB; Expanded Ears For Better CB Listening Home And Yard - Appliance Clinic; Homeowners' Clinic; Bruce Jenner Designs A Home Gym With PM; Six Good Ways To Upgrade Your Utility Room; Wood Flooring: How To Pick It And Take Care Of It Science And Engineering - Science Worldwide; Engineering The Death Rattle Out Of Quakes; Pinball's Back: Now It's The Latest Fad In Home Entertainment Every Month - Letters; It's New Now
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March
Special Features - Underground Houses: Surprising Comfort At Low Cost (Your next home could have a grass roof); Your Most Dangerous Everyday Driving Test (Experts tell you how to beat the odds when driving at night); 20 New Work-Saving Garden Tools (They can help you make gardening a pleasure); Bold New Look Of RV's (Special 10-page on-the-go camping section); Electric Cars: What The Owners Think (Exclusive PM owners report on two most popular makes); Isaac Asimov: 20 Ways Our World May End (A famous science writer tells how it'll go - sooner or later) Automobiles And Bikes - Imports And Motorsports; Detroit Listening Post; The PM Garage; Your Motorcycle: Riding The Automatic Honda CB-750A; Car Clinic; How To Beat The Odds When You Drive At Night; Concours: The Ultimate Car-Care Contest; Mr. Rent-A-Wreck; PM Owners Report: Electric Cars; PM Owners Report: Opel Isuzu; Saturday Mechanic: How To Wash Your Car; Driving Mazda's New Piston-Packing GLC Boating, Outdoors - All Outdoors; Tips For Better Boating Special Camping Section; Four-Wheel Drive For Back-Country Boating; New On-The-Go Gear For Camping; Bunkhouse On Wheels: A Great Way To Go; Guide To Off-Road Rubber; Two Built-Ins For Camper Comfort Science And Engineering - Science Worldwide; The Suggestion-Box King; 20 Ways The World Could End; Power From The Sea: Fact Or Fancy Aviation - Old Aircraft Never Die; Aussie Stol Is A Rugged Performer Home And Yard - Appliance Clinic; Homeowners' Clinic; Your Next House Could Have A Grass Roof; 4 PM Projects For Successful Summer Gardening; Double Plot: Multiply Your Vegetable Harvest; Take Your Pick Of The '77 Mowers; 20 New Work-Saving Garden Tools; Double-Duty Walls: More Than Just A Pretty Face Shop And Crafts - PM Workbench; Tool Test: Craftsman Hammer Drill; Hints From Readers; Revolving Worktable Makes Painting Easier; Build A Puppet Theater Electronics, Radio, TV - Yes, You Can Test Your Own Transistors; Gadgets That Turn Off Your Hi-Fi For You; New Electronic Tools For Your Workbench; Auto Circuit Checker; Tiny Cassette Systems - They're Not All Alike Photography - Photo Hints; Build This Organizer Panel For Your Darkroom; Pocket Cameras That Pack A Punch Every Month - Letters; It's New Now
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April
Special Features - Murder Of The Orient Express (Scene of many "whodunits," this famous train is now being done away with); Spruce Up Your Home (Spceial section: 24 pages of exciting ideas and projects); Return Of The Convertible (Glamorous open car is back - in a variety of new shapes); Have Bushels Of Fruit From An Orchard On Your Terrace (Dwarf fruit trees are big producers on tiny plots); 20 New Metalworking Tools That Make You An Expert (Here's what you need to start a modern shop); Solar Energy: Complete Guide To Home Systems) Automobiles And Bikes - Imports And Motorsports; Your Motorcycle: How to keep the fuel flowing; Detroit Listening Post; Car Clinic; PM Garage; Comeback Of Convertibles; 1977 Convertibles; 10 Car Noises You Can't Live With; PM Owners Report: Chevrolet; Saturday Mechanic: Keep Your Windshield; PM Owners Report: Lincoln Continental Mark V; The New Lincoln Versailies Photography - Take Underwater Movies From Above The Waves; Zoom Lenses - Now they're wide-angle, too; Photo Hints; Bounce Light: The Flash That Flatters Electronics, Radio, TV - Take-Along Entertainment You Can Carry In Your Hand; Desktop Calculators That Print Their Results; Don't Let The Good Buddies Bug You Home And Yard - Appliance Clinic; Homeowners' Clinic; Dwarf Fruit Trees: Big Producers In Tiny Plots; How To Build In A Room Airconditioner Every Month - Letters; It's New Now Home Ideas Guide - Build PM's Everything Shed; Outdoor Furniture With Up Front Style; Freestanding Cedar Closet; 20 Metalworking Tools For Dozens Of Home Repairs; Open Up For More Light; Hide Your Bulky Radiator With Easy-To-Make Cover; New Products For Spring Science And Engineering - Science Worldwide; Fill 'er Up With Gasohol; Would You Believe...Water Pump Runs On It's Own Water; Murder On The Orient Express; PM's Guide To Solar-Energy Systems Boating, Outdoors - All Outdoors; New Import Outboards Join The Little League; How To Hike Straight Up; New Tackle That Lands The Lunkers; Add A Sail For Under $100; Survival - At Bargain Rates Shop And Crafts - PM Tool Test: Stihl Chain Saw; Hints From Readers; PM Workbench; Create A Classic Easter Egg; Build A Floater Picture Frame; Build The Ultimate Desktop
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June
Special Features - Plane Overboard! How We Won The Race To Recover Its Secrets (Mysterious loss of an F-14 started an amazing salvage job in the stormy Atlantic); Secret Car Previews That Detroit Doesn't Talk About (Here's how automakers get your reactions to cars of the future); Coming: Satellites That Beam Solar Power To Earth! (Techniques to get new energy); New 40-Channel CB's: PM Tests 9 Of The Best (They're loaded with new features); 11 Bright New Easy-Up Tents (Unique designs for tenting); Flashy Pickups And 4-Wheel Drive (New rigs for rugged action) Automobiles And Bikes - PM Garage; Firsthand Report: Driving The New Datsun 200SX And 810; Detroit Listening Post; Firsthand Report: Driving The Terra Diesel Pickup; How To Build A Bicycle Built For Two Out Of Two Built For One; Imports And Motorsports; Car Clinic; How The Automakers Stage The Sneakiest Of Sneak Previews; Sputtering Run To Brighton: The Rally For 1904 And Older Models; PM Owners Report: Plymouth Fury; Firsthand Report: At Speed In The Porsche 928; PM Owners Report: Ford Thunderbird; Saturday Mechanic: How To Do That Engine Overhaul Yourself Home And Yard - Homeowners Clinic; Appliance Clinic; Dehumidifiers: The Low-Cost Way To Take The Sweat Out Of Summer Aviation - The Missing Plane They Had To Find; Speed Dash In A Homemade Jet Science And Engineering - Science Worldwide; Energy From Outer Space Shop And Crafts - Hints From Readers; PM Workbench; PM Tool Test: Pint-Sized Panel Saw With A Big Bite; Saw-Sharpening Tricks; Workshop Mini-Course: Using A Claw Hammer; Build A Redwood Chaise; Caning A Chair In Seven Easy Steps; PM Tool Test: Hammer Drill; How To Turn Dowels On Your Drill Press Boating, Outdoors - All Outdoors; Summer School For Hot-Dog Skiers; New RV Rigs For Rough Action; Bright New Tent Shapes; Fireproof Your Firearms; Boat You Build With Plastic Planking Electronics, Radio, TV - Throw-Away Digitals You'll Want To Keep; 40-Channel CB: PM Takes A Look At The New Sets; Two Hot Ham Radios You'll Want When You Step Up From CB; Tell The World You're On The Air Photography - Photo Hints Every Month - Letters; It's Newe Now
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July
Special Features - 22 Energy-Savers To Cut Your Home Costs In Half! (Pick from this group of ideas now being built into new homes); War In Space: Killer Satellites In Orbit? (Will the next war be fought in space? Hunter-Killer satellites can now destroy space hardware); Back-Yard Blimps: The New Shape In Sports Craft You Build At Home (Mad scramble to bring back airships may usher in a new age in dirigibles); New Diesel Cars: PM Drives Olds And Rabbit (6-page special section includes tops for diesel-engine maintenance and repair); 6 Outdoor Projects You Can Build And Enjoy This Summer (Simple-to-follow plans shown for easy-to-build projects); PM's Motor Home: The Ultimate RV! (What future RV's can look like) Automobiles And Bikes - Detroit Listening Post; Imports And Motorsports; PM Garage; Car Clinic; Firsthand Report: Driving The Ford Fiesta; Firsthand Report: Driving The Lambda Sono Volvo; PM Owners Report: Dodge Charger; PM's Motor Home Of The Future; From Crud To Chrome: The Fine Art Of Restoring A Motorcycle; Firsthand Report: Driving The Diesel Rabbit; Firsthand Report: Driving The Diesel Oldsmobile; Saturday Mechanic: You Can Do It Yourself If You Buy A Diesel Shop And Crafts - PM Workbench; 9 Ways To Miter By Hand; Hints From Readers Electronics, Radio And TV - Eavesdrop On The World With These Hot New Shortwave Receivers; Computerized Scanners: Action At Your Fingertips; I Built My Own Home Computer System Every Month - Letters; It's New Now Home And Yard - Homeowners' Clinic; Appliance Clinic; 22 Energy-Miser Tricks That Cut Your Living Costs; Programmed Watering - What A Way To Grow; 6 Wood Projects You Can Build And Enjoy This Summer; Dowel Swing; Bonsai Box Planter; Low Table With Butcher-Block Top; Hanging Planter; Freestanding Screen Trellis; Folding Trellis Boating And Outdoors - All Outdoors; Life Preservers: New Styles For Staying Afloat; PM's Motor Home Of The Future; New Rides For White-Water Action; Pitch A Room Outdoors; Rod Carrier For Quick-Draw Fishing Aviation - Big Boom In Gas Bags; New Concepts In Airship Design Science And Engineering - Science Worldwide; Will The Next War Be Fought In Space? Photography - Photo Hints
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August
Special Features - New: Powered Hang Gliding (Taking off from your own back yard is possible now because they're hanging engines on hang gliders); Is Car Leasing For You? (A new trend that may mean you'll drive a dream car that belongs to someone else); A Master Craftsman's 10 Most Ingenious Workshop Ideas (Shop pro Rosario Capotosto gives you tricks he's developed over 22 years of shop work); Weather Radio: Pushbutton Reports When You Want Them (A new radio network lets you keep one step ahead of weather disasters); Tomorrow's Amazing Trucks (PM previews new truck designs that improve fuel economy while increasing payloads); Majestic New Queen For The Mississippi (Here's how rivermen and vacationers live in different worlds aboard the newest luxury riverboat) Automobiles And Bikes - PM Garage; Car Clinic; Detroit Listening Post; Imports And Motorsports; PM Owners Report: Pontiac Grand Prix; Will The Car Of Your Dreams Belong To Somebody Else?; PM Previews Tomorrow's Trucks; Racing On The Ragged Edge - Why Do They Do It?; PM Owners' Report: Buick Skylark; Saturday Mechanic: Your Cooling System; Tune-Up Tips For Mid-Summer Bicycling Electronics, Radio And TV - Weather Radios: Keep A Jump Ahead Of Disasters; Go-Anywhere, Hear-Anything Portables; The First 100 Years Of The Phonograph; Instant Movies: Shoot Now, See Now Home And Yard - Shoot Down This New Floor Covering With A Staple Gun; Homeowners' Clinic; Appliance Clinic; One Answer To The Pool Debris Problem; Fit The Glove To The Job Every Month - Letters; It's New Now Shop And Crafts - Workshop Mini-Course: Combination Square; Pull Posts With Your Auto Jack; PM Workbench; How To Make Dovetail Joints; Build PM's Couch And Get A Double Bed, Too; 10 Shop Tricks From A Pro; Toolpower Holder For Hand Grinder; Lion Trimmer Gets Extension Kit; Hints From Readers; PM Tool Test: Mistakeproof Template For Plasterboard Cutouts; PM Tool Test: Twist Drill Sharpening Jig Science And Engineering - Science Worldwide; A New Queen For The Old Mississippi; Tough New Coast Guard Mission: Policing Today's Vast 200-Mile Limit Boating And Outdoors - All Outdoors; Gear For Easier Camping; New Boats Just For Fun; New Add-Ons For RV's; Two Exciting Kites To Build Aviation - Now They're Hanging Engines On Hang Gliders Photography - Photo Hints
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November
Special Features - Making A Comeback? Super Flying Boats (With the real story behind Howard Hughes and his Spruce Goose); How To Drive When It's Too Icy To Walk (Special tips and tactics to help you drive on slippery roads); The Neutron Bomb...Destroy The Enemy, Not His Camp (A new kind of bomb in the news on the 25th anniversary of the first H-bomb blast); 19 Easy-To-Make Christmas Gifts (Complete plans let you start right now getting ready for the holidays0; Winter Power-Outs: Low-Cost Ways To Be Snug And Safe (Here's what you should do when a blackout hits); New Super CB's: (13 single-sideband rigs that offer 120-channel talk power) Automobiles And Bikes - Detroit Listening Post; Imports And Motorsports; Car Clinic; PM Garage; Driving A Car With 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 Cylinders; How To Drive On Ice...When It's Too Slippery To Walk; Two's A Motorcycle, Three's A...Very Strange Car; Driving The Five-Cylinder Audi; PM Owners' Report: VW Bus; Saturday Mechanic: Your Fuel System: All You Need To Know About It Boating And Outdoors - All Outdoors; New Snowmos...More Style And Spunk; New Ways To Camp In The Cold; Secrets Of Successful Winter Layuo; Ultimate Test For Your Gun Electronics, Radio, TV - New CB Add-Ons Show Your Extra Frequency; Tiny Portable Ham Radio Packs 800 Channels; Single Sideband: The High-Peformance CB AviationHoward Hughes Spruce Goose; 1200 Passengers On Three Decks...A Comeback For Flying Boats Photography - Photo Hints Home And Yard - Appliance Clinic; PM's Shop Editors Pick Stocking Stuffers; How To Make A Back-Yard Skating Rink; Homeowner's Clinic; How To Lengthen And Shorten Traverse Rods; What To Do When A Blackout Hits; Great Ideas For A Family Hobby Room; Buiding An Energy-Saving House; 19 Great Christmas Gifts You Can Use Shop And Crafts - Workshop Minicourse: Handsaw Basics; PM Workbench; Hints From Readers; Cards You Can Make And Send For Pennies; Superhot Homebuilt Furniture For Metalworking; Upholstery: A Great Cover-Up: Build This Family-Size Pool Table; Make This Cutting-Board Clock; PM Looks At Bernz-O-Matic Fire Extinguisher; Penguin Pull-Toy Every Month - Letters; It's New Now
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December
Special Features - How To Go In Snow! (Snow-driving tips and tricks from experts); Decorations For Your Christmas Tree From Around The World (With PM's instructions, you can make tree trimmings popular in five different countries); Talk About Mileage...Would You Believe 1000 MPH? (Strange vehicles get the most miles per gallon); Electronic Model Railroading: Highballing The Way To A New Hobby (Sophisticated train controls are bringing new fun to an old pastime); How To Motorize Your Bicycle (Turn it into a "Moped" by adding a friction-drive helper motor); New Era In Health Care: Medical Devices You Use At Home (Self-care advocates are using new gear to monitor health) Automobiles And Bikes - Imports And Motorsports; PM Garage; Car Clinic; Detroit Listening Post; Your Motorcycle: If You Like Working On Bikes, Why Not Make A Living At It?; How To Go In Snow; Saturday Mechanic: How To Protect Your Car Against The Cold; How To Motorize Your Bicycle Science And Engineering - Science Worldwide; Rescue From The Heart Of A Typhoon; The Modern GI Joe: You've Come A Long Way, Buddy; New Era In Health Care: Medical Gadgets You Can Use At Home; This Cave Is Unreal Home And Yard - Homeowners' Clinic; Appliance Clinic; A New Ceramic-Tile Countertop...Right Over The Old One; Flooring By The Roll: A Quick Put-Down Electronics, Radio, TV - Computer Chassis: Easy To Play, Not Easy To Beat; New TV Games: Livelier, Smarter; Holography Gets Closer To Your Neighborhood Theater Shop And Crafts - PM Workbench; PM Product Test: Penney's Lightweight Vac; Hints From Readers; Electronic Model Railroading: Highballing The Way To A New Hobby; How To Use A Jointer; Workshop Mini-Course: Working With Stains; Adjustable Candlestand Keeps The Light Held High; Decorations For Your Christmas Tree From 'round The World; Easy-To-Make Decorations For An Old-Fashioned Christmas; He Builds Houses In Bottles; PM Looks At Rechargeable Lantern Boating And Outdoors - All Outdoors; Little Import Outboards Join The Big Leagues; New Shapes And Styles For RV Camping Aviation - Piggyback Planes; I Pedaled The Mile To Aviation' Big Prize Photography - Photo Hints; First Automatic-Focus Camera Every Month - Letters; It's New Now
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