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THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAX, PORTLAND, JULY 11. 1920
ESSEX CAR PACES MATCH RACE BETWEEN AIRPLANE 'AND MOTORCYCLE.
Csnny Business Man Spends
Time on Investigations.
HARD CASH CONSIDERED
rtiaiile Is How Can Such "Person
Hare Iarffe Sam for Auto on
When the average American busi
ness man. makes an Investment in
volving anywhere from $1000 to $5000
he carefully investigates the matter
from all sides and calls in expert ad
vice on which he can depend if any
phase of the subject seems to be a
little beyond his personal experience.
When that same supposedly hard
beaded business man purposes to in
vest a similar amount of money in a
motor car he generally walks down
automobile row and1 buys the vehicle
that catches his fancy, matches his
wife's new furs or meets some equally
Only the fact that all modern Amer
ican cars are reasonably good pre
vents the average buyer from being
stung every time he plumps down his
money. We shall try to indicate some
of the points that should always be
considered in buying a car.
The question of price generally set
tles itself automatically. The buyer
knows about what figure he can af
ford to pay. His first step should be
to get a list of all cars in the price
class in which he is interested. From
these he can narrow down his search
and make a reasonably definite list
of eligibles, for closer scrutiny.
Select Standard Make.
To be a satisfactory buy a car must
be manufactured by a well established
company which will remain in busi
ness. If the concern making the car
fails the vehicle becomes an orphan,
for which it is difficult to obtain
parts. Be sure that the manufacturer
is solidly established in business.
Next the dealer should be scruti
nized. Has he facilities for making
quick repairs? Is his service efficient?
Is he able to give his customers re
placements or broken parts without
undue delay? All this is going to be
vitally important during the later life
of the new car, and the dealer's status
is easily established by a few in
quiries made among owners of the
make of car he sells.
Face to face with the car itself, the
first thing for the intending pur
chaser to settle is the size of the ve
hicle that will best serve his needs.
The bride and bridegroom who live
next door to a man with seven chil
dren had better not buy a seven
seater. Common sense will rule here.
The prospect should certainly be care
ful to try the seats, all of them, to
see that thj?y are perfectly comfort
able. A long-legged man in a car
with skimpy lee room is in for much
discomfort. If the buyer is to do the
driving he should be sure that the
pedals and other controls are placed
within reasonable regard for his phys
Get Expert Advice.
Having examined the external qual
ifications of the car. the buyer should
next proceed with an investigation of
its mechanical efficiency. And right
here we should emphasize the desira
bility of the intending buyer securing
the help of some qualified expert on
whose integrity he can rely to help
him weigh the mechanical merits of
the vehicle under consideration. Of
course, if the prospect is qualified to
decide for himself through past ex
perience he will need no outside as
sistance. First as to the performance desired
in the average man's motor car. To
begin with, local conditions will some
what govern this factor. If the car is
to be used in a hilly country it must
hajve plenty of superfluous power. And
no matter- where it is to be used it
should have a modest turn of speed
good acceleration and flexibility. This
latteT qualification means that it must
be able to throttle down to a slow
speed while in high gear and must
also be able to travel fast.
A range of speed on high gear of
from four miles an hour to 60 would
be good flexibility. These three fac
tors and the hill climbing ability of
the car should be brought out in the
road demonstrations and a motorist
of experience should be in the car
with the intending buyer, unless he
is a veteran, to make sure the vehicle
meets all these conditions.
Are Adjustments F.ay(
And now we come to the vitally im
portant matters that lurk under the
hood. It should be ascertained that
all the parts, particularly those hat
are certain to need cleaning or ad
justment, are easily accessible. Are
the oil and grease cups easily reached
for adjustment and refilling? Can
the differential housing be reached to
drain, flush and refill it at intervals
when this is necessary? Are the brake
adjustments easy to make?
Getting down to the more technical
details of the mechanism, it should be
ascertained that the car under con
sideration embodies parts that are big
enough for the work they are called
upon to perform. This applies to
gears, bearings, shafts and similar
Obviously, determination of these is
bevond the average car buyer, espe-
ciallv if it is his first car. Inquire
about among owners of the car in
vour neighborhood. See if there is
general or frequent complaint of a
certain failure or breakage. If there
is. -vou may put it down that the ve
hide has a structural weakness. The
the appearance is not the only or the
principal thing to remember is that
ruling desideratum In a motor car.
TO GET TIRE OX THE RUS
Here's Correct Way to Mount Yout
Straight Side Casing.
' Many owners find it difficult prop
erly to mount straight side tires. The
correct method is to lay the rim on
the floor and insert the valve stem
of the tire in its proper location. Next
force the bead for ten inches on each
side of the valve stem into place. With
the tire started in this way, the oper
ator should force it into place by
stamping upon it with his feet, first
on one side of the valve stem and then
on the other. If the feet prove not
sufficiently powerful to force the cas
ing into place a tire tool must be
utilized, the ends of the rim being
pried into place with a screwdriver,
The new owner frequently gets the
tire in place only to find that he has
gotten the ends of the rim overlapping
in the wrong way. A rim contractin
and expanding tool is a great help in
this connection, but sometimes this
useful device is not at hand, when the
above method may be used.
Seven million dollars has been paid
for the registration of motor vehicle
and the licensing of chaufeurs and
operators during the first four months
in Kev York state, .
Portlanders attending motorcycle races at the Roue City track recently enjoyed the unique spectacle of a three
mile race between an airplane and a motorcycle, paced as shown In the picture by an Essex car. driven by
Forrest Bradley and George V. Adams of the C. L. Boss Automobile company. Following the race the car.
the same stock model that last fall set a record of 2 hours 2t minutes from Astoria to Portland, drove an
exhibition mile around the track and made it in 58 seconds, only four seconds slower than the record for the
track made several years ago in a racing car by Barney Oldfield.
WATCH RADIATOR HOSE
THAT MAY BE TROUBLE WHEX
EXGIXE IS OVERHEATED.
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One That 'Goes Bad.'
When engines which normally keep
cool even in hot weather or heavy
climbing begin to heat up, suspect
the condition of the rubber hose
which connects the radiator with the
water Jacket. There are two such
pieces of hose, but it is the top one
that usually goes bad. because it
carries the hot water from the top
of the engine into the radiator. The
bottom hose carries the cool water
either to the pump, if there is a pump.
or directly back to the water jacket.
if the engine uses the thermosyphon
Cars that use pumps for water cir
culation have smaller pipes and con
sequently smaller rubber hose con
nections than those which
thermo-syphon cooling systems.
water gradually disintegrates
rubber and cotton of the hose
when the inner lining of the
breaks down into a mush it
qutntly stops up the hose connec
tions to an extent sufficient to pre
vent proper water circulation. ftc
placing such a hose connection can
be done in a few minutes.
Sometimes engines which cool prop
erly in winter heat up when the first
warm days come. In engines of the
pump circulation type,, this is often
caused by a hitherto unsuspected
freezing or the pump, which has re
sulted in broken pump wheel blades.
Dismounting the pump and taking it
to pieces is the only way to make
sure of this trouble. The remedy is
a new impeller in the pump.
MILTON COMES TO FORE
SPEED FIEXD CUTTING XICHE
IX HALIj OF FAME.
Clean-Gut Victory at Tacoma
Speedway Follows After Other
By his clean-cut victory at Tacoma
last week, following his win of third
place at Indianapolis and .first
Uniontown, Tommy Milton, speed
king, has served notice that he must
have full consideration" as an aspirant
for the 19-'0 speedway point cham
pionship. . .
As a matter of fact. Milton's 156-
mile-an-hour dash over the Florida
beach last winter was only an Inci
dent in his long apprenticeship. He
began driving races in his own road
ster, on half-mile tracks, and gradu
ated to speedway ranks only after
two seasons on the minor ovals.
Success has never turned" Tommy's
head. He remains the same quiet,
modest, well-bred youngster he was
before he became famous. Veteran
critics see in Milton's driving many
characteristics that once featured the
AT SONNY, NEAR MITCHELL
COLUMBIA RIVER HIGHWAY.
Thin bamlet vilth the youthful nam
the highway between Cascade Ioc
thta month pavement should be co
beside the steam roller lo a Chevro
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work of Barney Oldfield, "master
driver" of the older generation of
pilots. This fact is undoubtedly
caused by the close friendship which
exists between the present speed king
and the first holder of the crown.
To great extent, Milton is an Old
field protege. He often asks the big
tire builder's advice and always fol
Milton drives low turns like those
Indianapolis faster than any other
1 a Elide he works back irra.diia.11v to
the inner rim, seldom perceptibly
moving his steering wheel and never
sawing it. He almost never hesi
tates before passing slower cars, but
plans his passes well ahead and man
ages thus to keep his car continuously
in full flight.
Off the track Milton is a hard
worker, does his own "trouble shoot-
ng" and prepares his own car for its
'They say he's lucky," comments
Barney Oldfield, Milton's mentor.
Maybe he is, but that's because he
takes care not to build bad luck for
A MAXWELL TOWN THIS
JACKSOX CEXTER, O., TAKES
PRIZE FOR NUMBER.
In Population of Only 685 There
Are More Than 400 Max
well Car Owners.
Just which town in the United
States is really Maxwelltown?
Some time ago an article appeared
in Punch, the publication of the Maxwell-Chalmers
Paris. Tehn., as the city that should
bear that appelation on the ground
that Paris, with a population of 5000
has 216 Maxwell cars in use.
As soon as the article appeared,
H. O. Weitschat, former Tacoma,
Wash., newspaper man, who is editor
of Punch, began to rpxeive letters.
Among the letters came one from a
booster of Jackson Center, O., who de
clares that city has Paris backed off
the map as the genuine Maxwell town.
"You pulled a 'boner' in writing up
Paris. Tenn., as Maxwelltown," he de
clared. "Jackson Center, O., has a
population of 685 and we say to you
there are over 400 Maxwell cars reg
istered in that vicinity, all sold by
the Maxwell dealer there."
Another Ohio town heard from was
Sylvanta. which claims the distinction
of having sold 350 Maxwells from a
town of 2002 population.
Water in Crankcase Oil.
Few motorists realize that a com
paratively large quantity of water
gradually accumulates in the crank
case, mixing with the oil and forming
an emulsion, which has impaired lu
bricating qualities. This accumulation
of water is more pronounced in win
ter than in summer and Is found to a
greater extent as the number of cyl
inders increases. This brings out the
importance of changing the oil every
1000 miles, and for the best lubricat
ing results every 500 miles, in which
case the old oil may be run through a
chamois skin to remove the water
after which it may be used again..
Change oil every 800 miles.
POINT TUNNEL, ON THE UPPER
If JW'X '
e la the center of paving operations on
k and Hood River. Before the end of
mpleted into Hood River.' The
TUBES SAVING TIRES
CHEAP, UXBRA-XDED STOCK TO
Maximum Mileage Delivered Only
When Tires Get Proper
How do you buy an auto tube as a
merely necessary and somewhat inci
dental accessory or as a part of the
tire as vital as the casing? Upon the
motorist's answer to this question de
pends, in large part, his freedom from
tire troubles. The car owner courts
trouble when he buys tubes care
The fact that tire costs are largely
dependent upon tubes is frequently
overlooked. Though the motorist has
learned to shun "gyp" and 'ino-narae
tires" by reason of bitter experiences
along the road, a bargain price fre
quently causes him to buy an inferior
tube. Cheap and unbranded tube3
will handicap any casing.
Leaky tubes ruin millions of tires
annually through under-inflation. Or
dinarily the motorist blames his cas
ings for troubles for which his tubes
are almost entirely responsible. un
the other hand, good tubes enable a
tire to deliver the maximum mileage
the maker built into it.
The best casing is at the mercy of
poor tube. As the tube represents
a small sum in comparison to the cost
of any standard casing, it is frequent
ly the part of economy to throw away
nferior or worn-out tubes. The pur
pose of the tubs is to hold air and to
keep on holding air. When it fails In
this it Is worthless.
The Miller Rubber company be
ieves that tubes have been an lm
portant factor in increasing the mile
age of its casings 115 per cent in the
last few years. Tube rubber is sub
jected to constant laboratory tests.
Walls, for one thing, must stretch to
nine times and then return to no. mal.
Today all standard tubes are built
of laminated construction. In other
words, they are built layer on lyer
up to the proper ply. This construc
tion is made necessary by the fact
that rubber in its natural state' is
wretched air container. Both chem
ically and physically it leaks air. By
using a number of layers of rubber
no tiny flaws can go through.
Some tubes, if punctured, are easilv
mended. Some rip. The difference
in tubes is worth the same careful
attention from the motorist that he
gives to the purchase of his casings.
FIRST CAR, CROSSES SUMMIT
Automobile ToAved Short Distance
Due to Bad Road.
EUGENE, Or.. July 10. (Special.)
The first car over the summit of the
Cascades by way of the Mackenzie
pass reached TSugene Monday. A party
of people from central Oregon made
the trip in fair time, but reported
that their car had to be towed
short distance east of the summit
because of a very bad stretch of roe.l
torn up by construction work. The
snow did not interfere In any i
Fresh new tires from
the factories of the
world's most famous
makers bought at inside
prices now sold at $5 to $25
under previous prices.
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Howard Auto Co
Sixty seven carloads forwarded Great Northern since sixteenth
Eight forty-fours one hundred eighty seven forty-fives
three forty-sixe3 one forty-seven thirty-four forty-nines
These carloads are now arriving. We have a few, in excess of waiting orders, for
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they said, as most of it, except In
shaded places, had disappeared.
while the trip can be made with
out a great deal of difficulty, mem
bers of the party declared it was no
pleasure trip, and would not advise
anyone except experienced drivers to
attempt it at the present time. The
highway east of the summit is being
rebuilt. The west slope, near the
summit. Is quite rough, the traveler's
Good progress is being made with
the grading of the highway between
Blue river and Mackenzie bridge, and
cars can travel that stretch with but
little difficulty. Hundreds of Eugene
people have driven over it during the
past few days on the way to the
springs and other resorts on the up
per Mackenzie river.
GOODYEAR HAS OWN" PAPER
New Ixs Angeles Plant Employes
Will Read About Themselves.
In accordance with the custom of
maintaining a newspaper for employes
at its various plants throughout the
country, the Goodyear Tire & Rub
ber company of California, Los An
geles, is announcing that a newspaper
will be established at the factory
there in July.
The new Los Angeles factory pa
per will be called "The Wingfoot
Clark," giving it the same name that
Is being used in the other Goodyear
The paper is the fifth that has
become necessary by reason of the
unprecedented expansion of the com
pany, with factories at Akron, Ohio:
Toronto, Canada; Goodyear, Conn., and
cotton plantations near I'hoerux.,
If you put off
getting your Wil
lard Battery regis
tered at the very
beginning, you are
robbing it of hours
of future service.
Be sure that your
next battery baa
kind selected by
of cars and trucks.
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