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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, SATURDAY, MAY l; 1915.
Caring for One's Own Car
"Gears' is a mechanical engineer who drives and cares
for his own car. He will discuss your problems in this
column weekly.' Inclose self-addressed, stamped envelope
for answer to questions not of general interest.
now to ui:t out op sand.
Very few igotorlsts nro able to extri
cate th" air when atuck In sand with
out resortliiK to the rope. When un
nblo to obtain traction In sand do not
contlnuo to apply the power to the roar
whcola n It only icsults In the nhecli
win in. a simple method and one
not gencralb known In to let the ilr out!
of the rear Urea. This win uuo.u ..
required traction, as the width of the
shoes la greatly Increased. It la much
easier to Inflate tires than to dig und
uso boardB. rails, etc. If the power be
applied gradually the tires will not be
WHY TRANSMISSION GEARS ClASH
Some drivers are unable to change
gears without r grinding or clashing
noise and Invariably the operator Is
blamed for the fault The dashing of
gears Is due to the clutch continuing
to spin after it Is disengaged, and for
the benellt of those not familiar wltn
the gearsot It Is explained that when
the clutch continues to rotate It re
volves the constant mesh gears or the
transmission, making It difficult to mesh
the gears, of the mainshaft and layshaft.
The clutch nnturallv spins when re
leased, but a properly designed clutch
will slow down so that a change of
gears raav be made easily. The ma
jority of clutches gllng trouble will be
found to have worn clutch shaft bear
ings or bushings, allowing the male
member to drop down and make con
tact with the flywheel when the clutch
Is fully disengaged. When trouble Is
experienced In changing gears, remove
the floorboards and with the motor run
ning disengage the clutch and note If
tho clutch continues to spin. If so ex
amine the bearing for Play. Tho rem
edy is to fit a new bearing or to rebush
It or to make and lit a clutch stop.
PROTECTING SPARK PLUGS.
Spark clues should not be carried In
the tool box unless the points are pro
tected, as the gap may be decreased by
contact with some tool. A simple meth
od for protecting tho points Is to cut
oft an Inch from an old sarden hose and
screw the threaded end of tho plug In.
Tho Dorcelaln end may bo protected in
a similar manner.
PRESERVING FINISH OF CAR.
Owners of new cars or machines re-
NEW YORK PLAYERS
WILL "BAT 'EM OUT"
ccntly nalntcd should obierve certAln
precautions If the finish Ii to bo pre
set cd. Care must be exercised In the
selection of the soup, for some brands
contain Ingredients which eat Into tho
varnish and paint. The practice of dust
ing off the finish Is not recommended
bv painters, as It destroys: the gloss
of the arnlsh. In washing use a hoso
and flush the surface before employ
ing the sponge to soften accumulations
of dirt. Always kcop tho water ahead
of the sponge and make suro that no
particles of grit accumulate under It.
Remove grease with gasoline or ben
zine., and rub the surface dry with a
clean cloth. Deposits of oily mud can
be softened bv the use of vaseline or
gasoline. If such deposits be allowed
to remain they will spot the surface.
IMPROVING OPERATION OF MOTOR
Owners of cars equipped with the
flywheel typo of magneto will And
that the operation of the motor, nar
tlcularly at low speeds, will bo con
siderably Improved by maintaining:
the proper spark gap with the plugs.
The best method is to secure a strip
of metal exactly 1-32-Inch thick and
set the gap of each plug with It. It
should be borne In mind that consid
erably more voltage Is required for
the current to bridge tho gap when
the space Is in excess of 1-32-lnch,
and that the output of tho magneto at
cranking speeds Is not productive of
sufficient energy to provide the re
quired hot spark when tho gap Is too
inrge. Setting the gap by guess work
will not obtain satisfactory results,
and much, of the reported hard start
ing and missing at low speeds Is due
to Improper gaps.
THIS WILL SOLVE
Cabinet Is Easily Constructed,
and Necessary Material Is
Handy Cabinet For
By C. P. SHATTUCK, M. E.
The practice of garaging thn car on
the premises or hiring space In a pri
vate building is becoming more popular
with motorists, as it affords an oppor
tunity to accomplish work not always
pt-rmlttcd In tho public garaflro.
Tho owner of tho prlvato garago uses
more or less small material, such as
cotter pins, lock washers, nuts, bolts,
etc , and convenient storing of these
supplies is a problem where the spaco Is
Tho cabinet shown In the accompany
ing illustration will solve the storage
problem. Is easily constructed, and the
necessary material Is Inexpensive. Se
cure eight empty (BO) cigar boxes which
any dealer will be glad to give awav,
remove the covers and plane the ends
flush with tho sides The material for
tho sides, top. bottom, and tho parti
tions can be purchased or old packing
boxes employed. If a nice Job he de
sired It Is best to purchase whltewood
as it will take a nice finish.
How To Make It.
Before cutting the material, ascer
tain tho dimensions of the boxes. Those
Illustrated are 24 inches high, B wldo
and 8H long. Tho width of the cabinet
is obtained by adding the width of two
boxes, whfch in the sketch is 114 Inches,
and a slight allowance should bo made
j flTOnJ II fSim I
' ' ' ft
yf rjii i in mi ii ffjf muamm
terlftl for the partition and place the
unplatted boxes between them in nests.
Measurements may then bo taken for
tho sides, top, and end. By using a
spirit level and a square and arrang
ing the partitions one at the time the
sides and ends enn be easllv marked
oft. Tho proper size nails to use will
dopend upon tho material employed.
Can Utilize Packing Box.
It may bo possible to utilise a pack
Ing box by making slight alterations
nd adding partitions. Upon complet
ing the work give It ono or two coats
of shellac or varnish to kosp out moisture.
The type of handles to be attached to .
the boxes Is oDtlonal. Good, serviceable!
handles can bo purchased for a few cents.
.no u.3m, ami uiu mucin ..an uo i'i iiuvu
or written. The cabinet can be located
as desired and being small will not oc
cupy much room. It can be made to
accommodate as many boxes as re
quired, and by making It slightly deeper
a door can be swung and a lock fitted.
The writer uses two of these cabinets
and employes ono fitted with a lock tO
store smau ana vaiuaDio tools. -mo
amount of material required can bo
easily figured after deciding upon tho
number of boxes to b used and their
satisfy the demand. Think then of what
a satisfaction It Is to know that every
purchaser Is going to be delighted with
tils car in actual every day service."
First to Hit Big Sign 394 Feet
From Home Plate Will
Receive New Car.
When the curtain was raised on tho
1915 National League season on Wednes
day lit the Polo Grounds, New York,
ball fan nnd plajeis wero treated to a
new one Out In left field there flares
a forty-foot sign proclaiming that the
first Ntw York plajer who hits It with
a fly ball Is to be presented with a new
The Overland deolor in the metropolis
Is the man who hit on this plan to
stimulate the New York placrs in their
"swatfests." "Hit "er out'" will be
changed from now on to "Hit that sign,
kid!" by the rooters.
The distance of tho big sign from the
home plate Is SOI feet, and there is (jvry
likelihood of one of New York's big hit
ters pulling down tho Overlana car
which Is offered.
Before deciding on this move. Mr. Sil
ver vtroto the baseball writers on tho
New York dailies asking their udlce on
the matter, and thej ore of the opinion
that the offer Is a good sporting propo
sition. As one of the scribes puts It:
"It might be pulled right off tho reel,
and again It may drag along for quite a
Buyers of Auburn Curs
Auburn cars hao been delivered to
the follow Ine purchasers: W. E. Rich
ardson. slx-4i) touring; Charles Dletz,
Jr., elx-40 touring. R. E Joyce, four
36: N. R. Robinson, four-36, and P.
D. Holmes. four-S6.
Jaw . M
Ore at Bargains inj
. Koq can buy a car of any make J
order, at a small fraction of original cost. We hare sold ten;
of thousands of automobiles to pleased buyers all over the United
States. Our guarantee backs every car.
1915 Brand-New Roadsters, $1500 Cars at $800 Fully
lilt Ctaerrolet Trartnr. nm a, few
ISIS lUynei Llttl. Six Tonrtn. on-
man too. rrular factory eouli-
1111 l-crUitdar Bulck. all factor
equipment. nin Terr little:
owner will tacrine
1111 Mercer Roadtttr. anaopr car.
lilt Little Blx Cbalroara eleirxntlr
eaulppvd. used a little.
1114 Bulck Boaaiter, electrically
oaiiipped. 18 H P. 1600
1111 Plerce-Arrow Umouilne, a bl
11K-U-U Maxwall Roadatara: equipped;
tax to nou
1114 KlMel Tourln car. with elec
trical eontDcoent. (tarter. 167t.
Stoddard-Darton Tour In, eonlnoed.
UH Orcrland Tourlnc, run Terr little.
Ioiler f-crllndar. blc bargain. $509.
1114 Orerland Roadster, too. !
Oole RoadaUr. eleaant runninir order,
lfll Hudson 4-aHnder Tourtna. over
hauled and repainted.
1111 Bulck 10 Tour In . Terr nloelr
equlDDed: owner will aacrlBco.
(or Under Hudson Tourlnc car. T pa
eenxer. 1114 Etudebeker Biz. all factory equip
1I1S-14-1I-U Ford Tc-orlna- cara. all
equlDoed, $: and up
1111 Locomobile Tourlna. overhauled
and repalnlud equipped. 1600.
Metallunrlque Tourlna car. In Terr
rood runntna- order, fullr equip
ped: owner wants offer.
1114 HuDmoblle 11" Tourlnc. equipped,
1114 Cadlllao Tourlnc. all
equipment and a tut
Orerlaod Tourlnc cara all standard
equipment, overhauled and re
painted. 110 to 151.
Chalmers Tourlnc car, eaurpped. In
rood shape. 110
Km Tourlnc car. with all equipment,
1114 Oakland Tourlnc oar. a namber
of extraa 1700
1111-11-11 Krlt Runabonta all equip
ped with top claas front, over
hauled and repainted, till and
lHl-U-ll Oakland Runabouts, tlM and
111 Reaal UnOeraronc Roadster, oar
that haa been run very little,
nappy affair. H7B.
llll-lt-11 Btudebaker Tourlnc oara
equipped with top aiaee front,
overhauled and repainted. 1100
111 Stun Tourlnc. In alecant sha-x.
Bulck Tourlnc car equipped with top.
clase front, flret-elaaa runntac
1111 Marlon Tourlnc oar. orerhaaled
and repainted. In very cood
11 X Oakland Tourlnc cap, equipped
with too clan front, overhauled
and repainted. 111.
1(11 Oldemoblle Tourlnc oar. very
cood shape, 1400
Mora RoadJtter. equipped with top.
Clan front 1175.
111 Locomobile LI mens na. over
hauled and repainted, very rood
order: owner will aacrltlca.
AND ETTNDRBDB OF OTHER TOURINO CAK8 AND ROADSTimS
FROM 110 UP
GORSON'S AUTOMOBILE EXCHANGE
288-40 North Broad Street
Bend for Free Barvaln BaJMla
UIBOEAT DEALERS IN UBXD AUTOS IT THJ5 V. B. A.
$5,000 in CASH PRIZES PAID TO
208 Prize Winning Chauffeurs
who Average 7,722 Miles in The
Second Annual Ajax Tire Mileage Contest
First Fifteen Prize Winners
DTniANT AND crrr rvzz
Garth C. Jensen, Stereos Pt., Wit. . $500
Frank Gray, Chicago, III. ... 300
Alfred C. Smith, Springfield, Man. . 200
Laurence Ross, Ticonderoga, N. Y. . 100
E. C. Bode, St. Louia, Mo. ' . . . 100
Albert Nathan, New York City . . 100
H. W. Bode, St. Loui. Mo. ... 100
Herman W. Riishey, Brockton, Mai. . 100
Anthony B. Silvia, Haverhill, Man. . 50
L. LaFountaine, Brooklyn, N. Y. . 50
R L. McNeal, TiconderoiJa, N. Y. . 50
Merrill W. Garber, Fitchburg, Man. . 50
Chat W Lewis, New York City . . 50
Harry Cojhlan, Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y. . 50
S. Lichtenttein, New York City . . 50
CAB AND OWNtS
Cadillac, John N. Weliby .
Peerless, Carl N. Gottfried
Cadillac, Oliver Smith, Livery .
Maxwell, William Henry .
Packard, A. H. Bode, Livery ,
Stoddard, F. L. Young
Packard, A. H. Bode, Livery .
Lenox, FrancU E. Shaw
Simplnx, Chas. W. Eaton . .
Steveni'Duryea, Wm. D. Hoxie
Steveni-Duryea, James C. Leach
Packatd, Douglas Crocker .
Renault, Donild McAleenan
Ford Coupe, Mrs. Anne Coghlan
Simplex, Harris L. Rosenthal
Average 16,509 Miles
Spice dors not permit luting of
each of the 208 winners The
mileage records have been can
raised and prizes awarded by the
To the many emplojed chauf
feurs who entered this second
Ajax Tire Mileage Contest, and
thus helped to make it successful,
we extend our appreciation.
Third annual renew al of the Ajax
Tire Mileage Content for em
ploed chauHcurs is announced.
Average 6,241 Miles
$5000.00 in prizes will be given
in 208 awards. In event oftiei,
a prize identical with that tied
for will be awarded etch tying
contestant. The contest ii limi
ted to employed car driven who
achieve the greatest mileage from
Ajax tirei beyond 5000 miles,
previous to March 31st, 1916.
Ajax dealers will supply entry
blanks and all detailed informa
tion, or same will be lent upon
request to the company direct.
ENTER NOW I It may be
jour good fortune to win an im
portant prize, while conserving
the interests of your employer.
Ajax-Grieb Rubber Company, inc.
1796-1798 Broadway, New York
Brtnehu in IS Liading Citiii Faettrin: Trtnttn, N.J,
Ajax Tires Arc Sold in Washington By
COLUMBIA VEHICLE COMPANY, 916 New York Avenue, N. W.
for the fit. The height of the end pieces
of the cabinet Is secured by adding; H
Inch for the fit of the boxes and M Inch
for tho partition, to the height of the
.v simpler method is to cut the ma-
Purchases a Reo Six
The Smlth-Trew Company announce
that a Reo Blx wbh demonstrated and
sold this week to William M. Brltton,
electrical and mechanical engineer of
Washington. The Trow Brothora who
make up the Smlth-Trew Company, are
pleased at this stamp of approval.
Speaking of this sale, they said: "Pur
chases of this kind aro no more valued
by us than tho sale to a man who does
not know a spark Plug from a set screw
except as it reminds us that we have a
product that can win tho approval of a
mechanical expert. In fact there is
more satisfaction in selling a Reo to tho
man who is not safeguarded by his tech
nical knowledge for we know that we
are protecting him in the surest possible
"Our season has been simply treat.
Wo really cannot get enough cars to
GRANT ! .
"'SIXES' vs. TOURS'"
Events move swiftly in the
motor world. There's no
standing still. The maker who
fails to progress who sticks
to old models must go back
ward. Ride onco In the New Grant
"Six" and you'll never bo con
tent to go back to any "four."
For no four can ride easy, live
aB long or live as cheaply.
Zell Motor Car Co.
1405 H STREET
ii " rs -lM M till I
"Car of the American Family"
"America's Greatest Light Six"
1119 Fourteenth St. N.W.
Phone North 1292
Terminal Tixicab Cos
CLEAN AND IN ORDER
Motorcycles snd Accessories.
KBsrson M nm
National Electric Supply Cd.
123S-12M X. T. Arm
To Buyers of Sixes
We urge you to examine all the Sixes.
This is the easiest way to sell you an Overland.
Price considered, the Overland Six is superior at
every point. It has
better looks more graceful lines
the longest wheel base
the most up-to-date 45 horsepower en bloc motor
--it gives the most flexible performance
it rides the smoothest
it more comfortably seats seven adults
it has high tension magneto ignition
it has the finest bright French finish, long grain
ed hand-buffed leather upholstery.
For these practical advantages alone you should
get an Overland Six in preference to any other.
Order yours now.
Harper-Overland Company, Distributors
Phone Main 6916. 1022 Connecticut Ave.
Mmde In U. S. A.T
The Willys-Overland Company, Toledo, Ohio
Other models $795 to f 1600. All prices f. o. b. Toledo.