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Winton Owner's Manual

The following is an excerpt from "Suggestions for the Care and Operation of the Winton Two-Cylinder Cars," published in 1903 by the Winton Motor Carriage Company.

Winton advertisement, 1903. Photo Credit: Marilyn VogtAfter mastering the details of starting motor, the operation of sparking device, carburetor admission valves, etc., it is next in order to learn the operation of the transmission gear and the driving of Car.

When motor has been started, occupy seat behind steering wheel. The right foot is then convenient to the foot or "governor," button, and the left foot is free to operate the brake. Put an easy pressure upon the governor-button and the motor speed will increase. Take hold of the short inside lever and draw it gradually into place until it notches. This engages the low speed gear, and the effect is to propel the Car forward. To stop Car, first remove foot from button and then release the short lever to its CENTRAL position and apply the brake. To stop motor, turn electric switch button to register "OFF."

This same short lever, when shoved forward from its CENTRAL position, engages the reverse gear. To run Car backward, engage this reverse gear.

After having become thoroughly familiar with the short lever -- forward and backward control -- learn the manipulation of the long outside lever. Start Car ahead by using the short lever, then, after releasing the short lever to its CENTRAL position, gradually draw in the long lever, which will engage the high-speed gear clutches. When high-speed gear is engaged it is possible to obtain any variation of the Car speed, from maximum to minimum, by the manipulation of the governor-button.

By the intelligent operation of this governor-button it will quickly be observed the the Car can be made to spurt ahead or slow down, as the will of the operator may elect. Consequently there is no necessity for juggling the levers in controlling the speed of Car. In taking corners, for instance, do not diminish Car speed by throwing out the clutches, but do it all with the governor-button control.

To regulate Car speed by governor-button, rather than by clutch operation, insures economy of fuel and power, and does not permit motor to race.

To stop Car, disengage the high-speed gear clutch by shoving long lever forward and apply brake, as hereinbefore explained.

When hill climbing with the high-speed gear in clutch and the grade is so stiff that it becomes necessary to engage the hill-climbing gear, first release the high-speed gear and, after applying sufficient pressure upon the governor-button to speed motor, draw in the short lever.

Never attempt to engage to clutches at the same time. Be careful always to release one before another is applied. Maintain a cool head at all times, and master the interesting details of operation before venturing near brick walls and telegraph poles.

Upon stopping motor do not neglect to immediately turn off the gasoline and lubricating oil at the main admission valves over supply tanks. It will then be necessary to touch the gasoline valves at carburetors.