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About The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980 | View Entire Issue (April 25, 1926)
TOp OREGON Sf Alill, OHEGON
SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 25, jl92S
FEIV PARTS DEEDED
: FOil HMD GARS
Sales to Dealers Average
, $7.08 Per Car, Recent ,
A recent compilation of the ser
Tice department records ot the
Oakland Motor Car. company for
, the year 1925 reTealed that parts
sales to Oakland, dealers areraged
only fT.08 per ear. based on -the
- tfital number ttf Oakland cars
kmrwn to-be in-operation. As these
, Tarts included a large volume of
accessories, the actual parts used
for replacement areraged .much
less than the per car, amount
.- - The number of Oakland cars In
lerfce totalled 248,658, Including
t tilt Oakland cars registered on
w-Jaauary il 1925, plus cars: sold
during the year. According to R.
- A. Armstrong, ' director of service
- tbt : the company, the low service
-: cost per ear is particularly sign If i
r4at 'sface approximately 20 ' per
cent of these cars are more than
-"' five years old. The average parts
cost for 1925 is the .lowest In
Oakland's "history, an4 also com
pares favorably with the entire In
dustry, which is . estimated to av
erage about $13,00 'per car for
all makes. ,.-,' "
Sixty per' cent; pf 'tlje.' wearing
parts In a car are located in the
engine, says Mr.;Armstrong,rand
I believe our low; parts cost re
flects the - advanced design! and
sturdy construction ; of the Oak
land Six power plant. ' ; ; ? t
"Although this 1 low part sales
record -- is very gratl ryingr to : us,
another year should see this fig
ure still farther reduced,. due to
constant refinements' In manufac
turing and inspection; plus Oak
land's adoption of the now famous
Harmonic Balancer, which has eli
minated practically all . vibration
in the engine.". - 1
BILLION DOLLARS IS
TAKEN IN GAS TOLL
J Continued from Pf t.)
govertunent has contributed $460,
to help the ' states build : roads.
That is considerably less than half
of what the country spent oil roads
in either 1924 or 1925, Moreover.
In the same eight years while the
government was distributing that
$460,000,000 to the states, it col
lected $873,000,000 , . in internal
revenue taxes on motor cars, parts
and accessories. Other' hundreds
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We are now equipped to Retread them
for you. . This will add many-miles at
U AU w
5 - J
Expert Vulcanizing and
Retreading by Men
Who Know How .
TIRES AND TUBES
GASOLINE, OIL and ACCESSORIES"
Service station for Lincoln shock
absorbers. Lei us quote you
198 South Commercial ;
of millions were collected In in
come and corporation taxes from
motor , car manufacturers ' and
dealers. I do not think these fig-
ures have ever been put together
but at any rate you observe that
the federal contributions to roads
as : compared to the conrtibation
of the people ' who make and use
the cars and the gasoline has been
decidedly modest. , ".
"But, while federal contribution
ts only about lb per cent of high
way expense. It. has accomplished
results altogether out "of Dronor-
uon to its amount." First. It was
an -;- incentive to the states. The
government required them to ! In
vest as r much as it contributed.
Then, the government : takes the
part in a general supervision of
rontruetIon. .and a share in de
termining routes.' So we have built
roads on better standards, and
have got them organized Into a
truly national system, instead of
forty-eight state systems.
"Some day It will he realird
hat this was the most valuable
contribution. ; Driving ' from Bos
ton to New York, a man may pass
through four states. Every one
might have a splendid highway
sytem; but If these .did not artic
ulate at the state lines, the trip
would be almost imposlble. Thanks
to the Bvstemization under federal
iniiuence, xotmirjr roads are', as
superior to state boundry lines as
are railroads,- A man drives from
one state to another withont know
ing It, unless a sign board tells
him.j Fe"w people realise that fed
eral partnership In road building
accomplished this. ' ;
"The federal highway act '. of !
4921 required that . complete na
tion-reaching sytem of 1 roads be
designed within two years, as the
roads to which Uncle Sam - would
give assistance! Nobody who was
connected with this - department
will. ever realize the task' involved
in laying out that map. It was
found that there were 2,8 6 CO S 1
miles were to be Included In the
national system, eligible for- fed
eral aid. Nearly every mile of that
2,866,061 -was a candidate for de
signation as' a federal highway.
Nobody will ever dream how much
pulling and hauling, log '. rolling,
and variegated' influence was en
listed. But in the end 'the system
wag laid out as a truly national
According to the American Pe
troleum Institute the gasoline tax
was first imposed in 1919 In Ore
gon. . It has now been adopted by
Ml the states except New York, Il
linois New Jersey and Massachu-
Vtts. ' The tendency has been con
tinually to Increase . the rate of
tax' per gallon. As late as 1921
gasoline taxes for the entire coun
try were only about $S,00 0.000;
in 1922. $12,000,000; la 1123. al
most (37,000,000; In 1924. $79-
000,000; and In 1925, $142,987,-
With good prospects that the
gas" tax will be adopted soon the
by the states which do not have
it now, and with the gallonage
rates1 being Increased In ether
states. It Is calculated that this tax
alone will soon raise ' $200,000,-
000 a year; Quite possibly during
Interest in Gold Increases
in Germany, Query States
SX-" ANDREWS, Scotland- An
indication of the growth of golf
and the spirit In which it splayed
in Germany Is seen from the fact
that for the first time the Chub
Zur Vahr at , Bremen asked the
Royal and Ancient Club for ad
vice on a disputed point.
.. The question raised related to
'the decision of a tie In a stroke
competition In which one compet
itor refused to play off over 36
holes, because Rule 3 of the Spe
cial Rules' states that a ."tie or
ties shall be. decided by another
,The Rules of Golf Committee
upholds the. -objection subject to
there having been no special rule
made to govern the competition in
question and suggests that a new
round of. 18 holes be played.
USE GIFT TO MOVE SCHOOLS
-Roseburg , Strawberries ' ripe
in Umpqua Valley twith fine crop
. SOFIA Part of the income
from the 1400,000 given American
evangelical schools for boys and
girls in Bulgaria from the estate
of Charles Martin Hall, of Ober
lin. Ohio, will . be used in trans
ferring the institutions from Sam
okov to an improved location in
STAR FIRST eJTRy
lil WRITE FM
Tenth Annual Economy Run
Listed for This Year;
Five Classes Open
LOS ANGELES, April 24. Star
car is the first official entry in the
tenth annual Yosemite; Economy
Run, which Is scheduled ror -May
20-21 this 'year.' The entry was
sent in from the Star. Motor com
pany, Los Angeles branch, and has
been accepted with the. numeral
"one awarded to Star. -
Competing last year In this
event, . which is held under the
.auspices o f the A. A. A, contest
board. Star .finished with the
least gasoline consumption of all
entries, as well as these in ,its
class, but was not awarded a first
place because of the greater
weight of another entry.
As In the past, the Yosemite
run is a free-for-all, with five
classes open for competition, and
Is a strictly stock car event. Star's
entry will be watched with wide
interest, because of the many re
cords, for power and "endurance,
as well as economy, already held
by Star. . '
HOW THE ROADS ARE '
tCoatia4 from ps l.
between Wheeler . and Brighton,
traffic for Garibaldi an -points
south Is urgently advised to take
road via Foley Creek which , is
graveled throughout. .
Miami - Tillamook - Hebo - Nes
kowin - pevlls Lake-Silet River:
Part paved; balance macadam., :
' Newport - North Otter Rock In
Lincoln county t Open tor travel.
" WUlamette Valiey-Florence, -
" -. -Highway .
- - Junction dity Cheshire - Gold
son - Blachcly - Rainrock - Maple
ton: Macadam- ; 5 '. ; n
' Mapleton -f "Florence: t)lrt road.
Impassable-after heavy rains.
' "Corvallis I Philomath - Wren
Toledo - Newport: Macadam.
Roosevelt Coast Highway open
north of Otter Rock. .
McMinnville Sheridan: Paved.
Sheridan ! Willamlna - Grand
Ronde - He $o Tillamook: Part
paved ; balance good macadam.
Bit. Hood Loop Highway 'l
Portland 4 Government Camp:
Paved to Gresham; balance good
Government Camp - Summit -
Horse. Thief Meadows Forest
Boundry; Closed on account of
Forest Boundary - Hood River:
Macadam. " -
. Crater Lake Highway
. Medford - Trail - Prospect: Ma
cadam."" .. ,
Prospect-Fort Klamath: Closed
on account of snow.
Redwood Highway Connecting
with Koad to Orego Caves
s Grants Pass - Kerby - Waldo:
Graveled, road in good cCditioii.
; Waido-Crescent -City ew road
open for travel.
v Kerby V Oregon Caves: Road in
good condition. Oregon Caves now
open to public. , ,
McKenzie Highway ;
- Eugene -Belknap 'Springs
Sisters - Redmond - Bend: Closed
between Belknap Springs and Sis
ters on. account of snow;. -
FORD MAKES TEST
Determining the life ot uphol
stery long before it is used to trim
the car Is a problem wtiich the
Ford Motor company has solved
by the .development of a number
of . unique and conclusive tes
Before -Ford 5 upholstery , cloth
released for . production, samples
are eaten " by " chemicals, pulled
apart and even worn out in an es
pecially constructed rubbing ma
chine. : -;-. ...
Side Walk I
For the Little Tots
. , . (Like Cut) ,
$16 to $22.50
See Our Kidde
Kar Stroller at .
Lloyd E.-' ' ) '
387 Court Street -7 :
i . t rs
' m . : .-?, 1 h 1 ;
" w' i
NEW yet jdiree years pld
t 1 t. t nmhinH tn mrh rirutal and unretnituriK ;
elements of stamina, size, beauty tests under every conceivable
and power heretofore undreamed driving condition a to warrant,
of at its price, the Poadac Six is art without reservation, the follow
entirely new car. Yet more than ing statement: '
three years have passed since Gn 0 Dew car ever came to the: k ' , '
,cral Motors set out to aevetopaow . public so maturely enstneerea ?
of such high quality and low price of m0re clearly meriting such -
1 coach on cours
ts to gain immediate leadership.
- During those years, the Pcmtiac
Cix was not only designed, refined
and developed, but also subjected
- . ' - 1 - - r .V-.- 1 x -
as is '. now being ac
corded this new Gen
eral Motors Six
tm tkm Pi
ftooiES bt nsura
Hifih Street at Trade
Telephone 1 64
Come to think of it, I never have gone into an automobile salesroom, picked k
out the car I really wanted and bought it . . . Always I have let the matter
slide until some salesman I never saw or heard of before . ..' . and of whose
judgment in motor cars or anything else I knew nothing. . . came in and
sdld me ... Generally he succeeded in selling me a car I had not been
considering, either . . . and which I didn't like after I got it. .
Now I know what I want . . this time -I am j going to reverse the order,
decide for myself . . . and give some automobile salesman the surprise
of his young life. r j . , ;
Going in tomorrow and buy the car I want. . "
I have decided I want to own a Rickenbacker. j
Six . . .or Vertical-Eight? t
Not sure on that point . . . some friends who own them tell me you get all
you. can possibly want in a Rickenbacker Siz!. . . Others insist there is a
super-something in the performance of that Vertical Eight that sets the .
blood a'tingle every time you touch the accelerator. ! ' .
All agree, tho, that the utmost in up-to-datenes3 in body design i v quality
of upholstering . . finish . . . and other details that are dear to my .
heart and hers . . . are to be found only in a Rickenbacker . . . unless
you pay two or three thousand dollars morel. . and they will have to
show me the difference before I will pay that.
As for the chassis ... I guess there is no contention on that score . . . jFor N
five years at least the Rickenbacker chassis has been held up as the most
outstanding, example of fine engineering . . J and beautiful construction
. . . on either continent.
Every salesman I have ever talked to either openly admitted . . . or uncon
sciously conceded . . . that superiority to Rickenbacker ... white trying
to convince me his car was just as good.
I follow these things fairly closely . . . a car is a mighty important thine in
one's everyday life. I have observed that Rickenbacker wasr first to intro- -.
duce (and prove) the advantages of all the really great engineering dis
- coveries since the war. " , ' .j r
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First to use two fly wheels. ..' first with 4-wheel brakes I: . mechanical
brakes, too . . . My experience of the last year tells me mechanical brakes -must
be the only kind v . .' certainly must belsafer . . . solid metal can't
xeajc anyway 1 - . ' ' -
Rickenbacker was proclaiming f'Air Cleaners' three years ago ;
foolish to me at the nme . . . why clean air?
But this year Irnotice they are all hollering about their air cleaners v . .
those very makers and dealers who then told me it was a useless apjiend
age. . . now say it is vital to the life of the motor I - , . i
Interesting, -when you think of it .'how this post-war concern could'
have shown the way ,to all the old fellows . . j. in so many important im
provements and inventions . . . Easy, tho, when you consider5 Ricken- 1
backer engineers had nothing to discard . . . bould desirrn a riost-war cnr:-
irom tne grounaup. "S-C-'4 t : .:v:.'"':;
-Here I sit selling myself this carl .If mentally Isbought one long since.
. . . j ,
I buy a Rickenbacker.;:; mentally . C eyer
slides past me on the road . . or jumps ahead of me in a traffic jam . ..
orstops when' I can't stop . . . "never a sound from those brakes either . i
. . that shows they don't grab . . no question in rhy mind about those
brakes being better , . . friends who drive them say there just are no other
brakes in the world. - , . - 7 . I -
I know what I want ... I crave the pleasure that comes frorn the ownership
of asuper-anything." - ' J - - . -
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Yes, I admit, I like to see friends glance admiringly . . ; and rivals look
enviously. ..at my, car as I glide by. ; 1 " t
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I know what I want I want a Rickenrjacker : ; . and before
another salesman gets hold of 'me . . ."and diverts me from my
t desire . . . I am going to phone the Rickenbacker dealer to
-have a car ready for me to dri ve right now. v v
LetV.see . . . dealer's name is ; F. V. Pettyjohn phone? ; Oh,
yes, 1260 . . . show room at 4 365 N. Commercial.