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How the Zerk fitting changed the automobile forever

The advancement of the automobile has always been a steady stream of small, incremental improvements. Sure, there were revolutionary moments along the way, but the vast majority of what shifted the car from a novelty to this country’s primary form of transportation came in the form of steady progress. One such step was how to keep moving parts lubricated easy and clean. You can thank Oscar Zerk and his 1923 patent for a special fitting for that.


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I wonder if I'm going to stand alone here as someone who hates Zerk fittings and especially the grease gun. My Model T has flip top cap oil holes and grease caps, things I find relaxing and enjoyable to work with anywhere I might be. I wish my modern vehicles were the same way.

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