Before the automobile became fairly common, stationary internal combustion engines needed to be moved to the location where power was needed to run machinery. With a motor vehicle it was only a matter of driving one to the spot where it was needed, positioning it, jacking it up and installing a flat belt used to run a piece of machinery.
In this case in Stockton, California, a pre-1906 Winton 30-hp touring car is the motive power used to run a water pump that apparently is pumping out a flooded basement. Somehow we do not believe that this arrangement would receive OSHA approval today. Note the worker in the center of the photo who could easily get his coat caught between the drive belt and the rear tire, and the wooden box behind him used to keep the belt tight.
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