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THE OREGON STATESMAN. SALEM. OREGON. SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15. 1928
m upon noises .
Modefn Auto Designers
Work As Hard As Prede
cessors On This Evil
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of hours nave been spent oy me
automotive industry daring the
last few years In the never ceasing
war on noises. Over the drafting
boards, on the test tracks, in the
machine shops, hundreds of men
are constantly trying to make mo-
L4or cars quiet, and to build them
Vso that they stay quiet after long
'.service. Minor squeaks and feeble
gHattles offer exactly the same ehal
I Ienge to ' the automobile industry
of 1928 as did the loud chug-chugs
and the metallic clatters" of 1908.
The owner who, twenty years
ago, was satisfied with a car that
could be heard two blocks away
now bustles to a service station if
a valve tappet ticks as loudly as
a kitchen clock. Everywhere in
motordom the demand is for si
lence. Motorists like to have their
cars seen but not heard.
'In developing the Victory Six,
the Dodge Brothers' organization
c onsidered quietness as one of the
main ideals towards which to
work; aa essential as speed, beau
ty, operating economy, or depend
ability." said A. H. Knight, con
"The L-head type of engine was
chosen, for one reason, because it
is quiet. The designers paid care
ful attention to each Individual
engine part to Insure permanent
quietness throughout many thou
sands of miles of service and with
minimum need of mechanical at-
"The S2 pound crankshaft is
machined all over and is supported
seven bearings having a total
length of 104 inches. Crankpins
are 2 1-8 inches in diameter and
main bearings 2 3-8 inches, giving
a total bearing area of over 41
sq. Inches. Although a crankshaft
which is Carefully machined all ov
er is in approximate dynamic bal
ance, the Victory crankshaft is
tested In specially constructed
dynamic balance indicating ma
chines and drilled until In true
"The profile of the cams which
operate the valves Is such that
each valve Is seated gently, Insur
ing quiet valve closing and long
life of valve seats. The exhaust
valves are of a special analysis,
steel alloyed with silicon and chro
mlum to secure maximum heat re
sistance and freedom from need of
grinding. The lifter or 'tappets'
ajmade of hollow steel bodies
electrically welded t chilled Iron
heads providing"' lightness ' o f
weight with freedom from .wear.
The camshaft is supported on four
babbitt-lined bronze bearings hav-
vnK an area fo nine square Inches.
' - . "The frame is eight inches deep;
VHas fire substantial pressed steel
1 . members and la 'farther rm-
inforced at the points of greatest
strain with second channels plac
ed Inside the main aide members.
The steel floor of the body is riv
eted directly to the frame to give
Increased strength and stiffness.'
"In the steel bodies of the Vic
tory the conventional body sills
are done away with giving a low
er center of gravity and permitting
am pie neaa room in a body so
low that the top of the roof is on
ly 68 Inches from the ground.
"Structural strength and light
weight have been achieved by a
form of construction which might
be described, as consisting of two
welded steel shells fitted one in
side of the other and welded to
gether. Sound proofing has been
accomplished by lining each door
and windows as to prevent rattles
and squeaks. In fact almost every
conceivable precaution - has been
taken to eliminate every form of
CEYLOIJESE HATIVES, JHOUGD KOT ElESSEDJTITn HAIIY - . .
, EARTHLY GOODS, RIDE HI GRAHALI BROTHERS BUSES
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in in ir Ai'iini?iiif ' 'iiir - n ,
f!ArF oo roaJz i Ceylon have eneourafed auto bus traffic between the larger trad
ing centers and the villages surrounding them. Although British territoryAmerican
Jrucks are very popular there and Graham Brothers buses and trucks are most numer
ous, the natives preferring to ride in them, rather than others. Natives may not have the
price of a pair of shoes, as indicated by some of the passengers shown above, but they are
willing to pay bus fare from point to point, feeling that the quicker means of transporta
tion will bring them more returns through better labor, and merchandise markets
- EXECUTIVE LEAD
Smith Succeeded By Sons
and Daughters In Offices
tifically adapted to their bases.
The samples are examined to de
termine their compressibility, elas
tic properties, permeability and
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WAR ON JACK FROST
: ft, (CatiaBd froa pat. 1)
PACE THAT KILLS
(Continacd froa pf 1.)
on the sidewalk or parking strip
In front of their homes, any man
who drives so fast that he cannot
stop in time to prevent killing or
injuring a child, is driving too
fast, even though the child may
run from the sidewalk directly in
front of the motorist.
, Children playing in the vicinity
constitute an emergency and the
car should be under control so that
in cases of necessity it can be
In the. greatest of all laws it is
written, "Thou Shalt Not Kill",
and it behooves each and every
motorist to regulate his speed and
beware of "the pace that kills".
"THEM WERE THE
onnn ni n nvo
uuyu ulu unto
(Contiaaed from pf 1.)
would they even consider going
back to "them days"?
Can. you remember the rutavthe
mud and the inconvenience of even
city streets previous to the Incep
tion of our highway- system?
Announcement by the Chris
Smith ft Sons Boat company, of
Algonac, Michigan, that Jay Smith
ha been made president and gen
eral manager in succession to his
father, Chris Smith, famous boat
builder, who becomes chairman of
the board. Is hailed as a natural
result of the remarkable growth
of the company to a position of
leadership inthe industry,, which
is ascribed by well informed opin
ion in motor boat circles to the
vision, optimism and tireless ef
forts of the new chief and of h's
brother, Bernard Smith.
That executive control of the
company is to remain in the hands
of the Smith family is evidenced
by the further announcement that
Bernard Smith Is now vice presi
dent and secretary, while Cather
lne Smith : retains the' office of
treasurer land Owen - Smith as
sumes the management" of the De
troit branch of the company.
tiative. This practice of building
the 'completed unit has for years
been Justified In automotive cir
cles, it is explained, and almost
every successful car manufacturer
builds the -motor for the complete
automobile which he produces.
The Chris-Smith Organization is
regarded aa being prompted by
the same economic principles of
This motor manufacturing
schedule will ' supplement the
Chrysler motor equipment and the
Kermalh 150 H. P. engine used
with notable success during the
A new Chris-Craft 26-foot all
mahogany Sport hydroplane and
a 30-foot all-mahogany custom
commuter wU be shown at the
Motor Boat Show. These models
have been successfully tested dur
ing the past year and have a guar
anteed speed of 55 and 38 miles
an hour respectively; Both will
be luxuriously appointed accord-;
ing. to the announcement, having
incorporated in their design every
detailed refinement which would
be expected in a super custom
Here's the 2,000,000th Btrick!
rJtJu2:IIa ""I iafer of the Bakk Motor CW
K7wn eprlnf into the ZXXMWOth Bakk as It rolled off the unified
EStJm: Pn?ducdon o'M car makes Bolck unique among manufac
turers oT bighradeautomobUea. The car, a five pe-enger coupe. U halos
dinlared In connection with the National AutcwSeSbc
day lor the horse-drawn buggy ot
Would you compliment the old
roads by comparing them with the
modern paved highways construct
ed by experienced engineers, from
the finest materials that human
Would you forsake the hlgh-pow-l
ered,. low-priced automobile" of to-fmile,- .or approximately the same
progress has devised?
Concrete paving today costs
about $35,000 a mile including
draining, grading, etc. The yearly
Interest on such sum at 6 per cent
would be $2100, while the replace-.
ment item, taking the life of the
road at 20 years, is $907 per an
num. Adding to these amounts
$200 anually for maintenance.
brings the total annual cost of
pared, highway to $3207 per mile.
If an average of 600 cars pass over
this mile': of improved pavement
eack.day the total cost is then
only 1 iwjt. for. each vehicle
as the-toll charge which was for
merly charged on the turnpikes
of 30 years ago. In addition we
have comfort, cleanliness, add con
venience, and our radius of opera
tion has been Increased tenfold.
Were they "the kood old days"?
Gear Ratio Used For
Help In Hand Braking
For the hand, or "parking,'
brake on the Dodge Brothers Vic
tory Six, the brake is applied to
the propeller shaft; the Lockheed
hydraulic foot brakes applied to
all four wheels. By arranging the
hand, brake , to operate on the pro
peller shaft, the engineers take
advantage . of the gear ratio be
tween the drive pinion and the
driven ring jgear.: The ratio acts
the same as an increased lever
arm to multiply the brake force,
while the differential in the axle
also acts as an equalizer for the
brakes. This type of parking
brake saves weight, has fewer
parts to wear and rattle, and ex
tremely powerful In action.
OLD FRETJCU AUTu
SOLD: AID CHURCH
Car Often Exhibited and Al--vvays
Won Gold Medal In
"Old Timer" Displays
U. S. HELPS BUILD
MILES GOOD ROADS
(Continued from pare 1.)
end of June, 1929, amounts to
$840,000,000. The sum of $75,
000,000 was appropriated for both
1926 and 1927, and the bill passed
PARI3 CAP) 'Antoinette" is
going to spend the rest of her life
in the Compiegne Museum.
"Antoinette" is the oldest auto
mobile in France, built in 1895,
still good, butsligbtly out cf fash
ion. In 32 yeafs the one-horse-power
vehicle has traveled 175.
000 miles at an average speed of
five nrilen an hour.
When the Abbe Gavois of Allery
brought home the car in the nine
ties with the aid of a horse be
cause he couldn't make .it go a
laughing, Jeering crowd followed
him. A few years ago, during a
Paris automobile show,he drove
his antiquated car down
Champs ; Eyases with crowds -t
cheering' htm. . It '
- It is one of the few automobiles - f
la the world that has been sold
second-hand for more than it cost. 'S
The Automobile club of Picardy
bought 'Antlonette to put In the
auto section- of the Compiegne 51 u- '
The old car has often been ex
hibited and always got a gold
medal in "old timer" displays.
The makers, panhard and Levas-
sor. long tried to buy back the car,
but the aged priest wanted to
He has eold it now, he says, be
cause he feels he has given too
much of his life to his hobby and
he wishes to ease his conscience
by using the money as the first,
subscription toward a new church.
The church, however, la to be dedl-.
cated to Saint Christophe, patron
saint of automobiles.
A total of 342.201 automobiles
from the United States entered the
Province of Ontario during the
season of 1927, spending $40,69,
650, and represents an increase of
48.01 per cent over 1925, accord
ing to announcement by - the
American Motorists Association
the headquarters at Washington.
John E, Clifford, recently ap4Jn 1926 provides further funds of
pointed general sales manager, is
directing the sales 'activity and
promotion work froui the factory.
He brings to this task a broad and
diversified experience gained In
the export and domestic fields of
automotive: merchandising. His
ability in the few months of his as
sociation with Chris Smith ft Sons
Boat company .. has been demon
strated by the tremendous impetus
to sales of Chris-Craft runabouts
and the strong dealer organiza
tion he has established.
Factory facilities have been in
creased to care for a tremendous
production i of mahogany ' runa
bouts for 1928. The addition of
54,000 square feet to the 114,517
square feet under roof provides a
total of 168,517 square feet de
voted to the manufacture of Chris-
An accompanying announce
ment which comes from the man
agement tells of the creation of a
new marine engine division. A;
marine motor has been developed
and after exhaustive tests is now
in production. This is a 200 H. P.
eight cylinder V-type 90-degrees
motor and will make its debut at
the Motor Boat show.
This announcement is an inno
vation, and : experienced observers
say that nothing comparable to' it
has ever been attemupted in the
boating field in magnitude or ini-
$76,000,000 annually for 1928
Sixty per cent of the money pro
vided must be spent on interstate
highways until all such roads in a
state have been completed.
Pump of Engine Moves
Great Amount of Water
Few motorists have any idea of
the large amount of water circul
ated by the little pumps on their
motors. For example, in the
Dodge Brother Victory Six, the
three gallons of water in the cool
ing system are pumped at the
rate of 35 gallons per minute
when the car travels between 40
and 45 miles an hour. At eight
miles an hour the pump circul
ates the water at the rate of 6 gal
lons a minute.
BEARINGS ARE LARGE
The total bearing area on the
Chandler Royal Eight Big and
Special Sixes is larger than on
most cars In the same price class.
This large area lmpats long life to
the bearings and reduces vibra
tion. Chandler has found that
wide bearings retain the oil film,
whereas with narrow bearings the
film is allowed to bleed off, con
sequently impairing the efficiency
and life of the bearings.
Never Too Old to Learn
And that doesn't mean just
dancing and frivolities it's
the same with business.
You're never too old to learn
that you can't let your car run
forever without a little greas
ing and oiling.
Don't wait until it is ready
for the repair shop. Drive in
regularly and let us go over it
with our high pressure Alem
ite greasing system.
R. D. Barton
Electric Service for
Auto or Radio
Sale;! Super Service Statio;i
s s s s
Service Station No. 2, corner Commercial and Chemeketa.
Service Station No. 3, corner Commercial and Mission.
THE ONLY CAR. OF
KIND IN THE WQRXD
- jmrmiy 1
pansioa could not coeeiblv ex.
ceed about one and a half inches.
As a matter of fact the heaving of
roads resting on fine sands does
not exceed this amount.
"However, for roads on clay
coils conditions are altogether dif
ferent. According to the results of
Investigations at the Michigan
state college of agriculture, only
about half of the water contained
in the voids of a dense clay can
freeze. .Nevertheless, the heaving
of roads resting on soils of that
type sometimes even exceeds five
inches and In addition is very un
equal, the heaving being concen
trated at different localities. ;
"Hence there is no doubt that
the freezing of clay soils must be
associated with , the continuous
feeding of water towards the freez
ing tones. But very little is known
concerning the source of this water
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You can buy a Buick closed car at
prices as low as 1195, o.b. factory
You can buy it on the liberal G.M.
A.C plan with a moderate down
Eaymeht which may be taken care of
y your present car in trade V
first reasonable theories
'the process of freezing in clays
re aavancea oy rroiessor eiepn-
en Taber of the University of
South Carolina. Therefore that in
stitution was chosen by the Bureau
of Public Roads as a center for the
The testa to be made this winter
part of a program of scientific
, soil studies undertaken some time
bo ot ue Bureau in cooperation
with Technology. These experi
ments, made with hundreds of son
samples .obtained in many coun
tries, are designed . to develop
standard methods of testing soils
so that road surfaces may be aclen-
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for numberless "puzzled motorists Dodge Brothers
New Victory Six will simplify the problem of selection,
for nowhere in the worki is there a car like it- Greater
expenditure will not duplicate it.
To possess this car's unique advantages you must
possess this car.
A Radical Departure in
In The Victory, for the first time in history, the body
sill is eliminated. Body and chassis are built as a
single integral unit. -
Thus, the "wide, deep chassis frame" of The Victory,
now flash-with the lines of the body, avoids the cus
tomary overhang of a wide body upon a narrow frame;
and the chassis itself, rather, than the body, supports
all weight body, floor, teats and passengers
The results of thk construction are astonishing
530 body parts are eliminated.
j 175 pounds of superfluous weight are cast oft
The all-important CENTER Of GRAVITY is materi
ally lowered- . .
Without the slightest sacrince of head-room or road
Llearance, the over-all height of the car is also lowered
fone of the secrets of The Victory's great beauty
The amazing resources of the car's brilliant power
plant are multiplied still further by perfect distribution
and economy of weight.
Power in relation to load is materially increased
pick-up quickened far greater flexibility achieved.
21 valid miles per gallon at 25 miles per hoar is made
possible FOR A SIX! Incredible smoothness at high
speed is another great gift of this new -design!
Elimination of back-wheel "chatter when the 4-whce!
Lockheed-Hydraulic brakes are quickly applied is still
And thanks to The Victory's low center of gravity and.
wide chassis frame, swaying, skidding, tipping each
a factor of weight and its proper and improper place
ment are reduced to a new and negligible minimum
Another New Safety Feature
Yet Dodge Brothers have taken a further evolutionary
step to insure the safest motor transportation it is
possible to create.
For the. first time in automobile history, they have
applied the so-called battleship construction to closed
car design. 1
In other words, the body has a double steel shell,
locked together, with an air space intervening is
actually TWO bodies, one within the other yet
lighter by 173 pounds and the safest body knows.
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