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BIG INCREASE IN
TIRE PRODUCTION
United States Company
Plans to Se"t New Record
for 1913 Season
Four Great Plants of Cor
poration Are to Be
Doubled in Size
The greatest dȣ2y output ever con
sidered possible in v'rc manufacture if
provided for in next yfcar's plans o'
the United States Tire company, whicr
have just been made public. This con
cern, which operates four great plants,
plans an expenditure of more than
18,000,000 in factory improvements and
extensions.
First of all, the Morgan & Wright
plant, which is located in Detroit, is to
be doubled in both area and produc
tion. Ground has been broken for !
several new buildings and work will
be rushed forward as rapidly as pos
sible. An Idea of the extent to which
this factory will be Increased jnay be
gained from the fact that, whereas its
employes now number 2,500, 6,000 work
men will be required when all the im
provements are finished. The output of
the factory will be in excess of E,OOO
tires dally. »
T t is planned to erect 16 new factory
bindings, ranging In siae from 2.000
square feet to 131.000 square feet.
Among these will be a finely appointed
laboratory, where the scientific experi
mental work Incidental to the manu
facture of automobile tires can be
carried on; .several vast warehouses,
and at least half a dozen great manu
facturing buildings, the largest of
these to be 230x60 feet and six stories
high. A big new power plant also will
be installed, doubling the boiler ca
pacity of the factory.
"When all of this work Is finished th*
Morgan & Wright plant will hare a
floor space of more than 1,000.000
square feet—twice its size at the pres
ent time.
All of the buildings will be of rein
forced concrete and brick, and the most
modern machinery known to the rubber
industry will be utilised.
In addition to its big Detroit factory,
the United States Tire company oper
ates extensive rubber works in Indian
apolis. Hartford and Providence, and it
is the intention to increase the facili
ties of all these plants. At Indianapolis
a building 80x170 feet and six stories
high is being erected. At Providence
another structure, 75x300 feet and three
stories high, will be added, while at
Hartford a fine new power house and
power plant have been installed at a
cost of more than $175,000. All of this
broadening out is made necessary by
the tremendous growth of the tire in
dustry, due to the phenomenal increase
in popularity of the automobile. The
United States Tire cempany, with its
chain of branches extending over the
entire country and its constantly grow
ing export business, is looked upon to
make about a third of all the tires pro
duced in America. The company has
found it necessary, therefore, to add to
Its facilities all along the line.
HEAR ANNUAL REO ECHO
.A-tractive Christ man Publication Ar
rive* From Lansing Plant
Norman de Vaux, president of the
Reo-Paciflc company, coast Reo dis
tributers, has Just received the annual
Christmas number of th* Reo Echo, a
4 8 page handsome brochure, published
by R. M. Owen & Co., general dis
tributers of Reo motor cars. Including
the popular 1913 Reo announcement. It
is brimful of happy stories and humor
ous anecdotes on motoring by well
known automobile writers, all of which
are illuminated by bright scenic half
tones. The hair raising story by F. V.
Haney of how he made the first trans
continental trip on Canadian soil by
automobile through virgin forests and
canyons and over # mountain trails is a
classic and will be well worth reading
by thousands of motorists who are in
terested in motor reliability, safety
and efficiency. "A Motor Camping
Trip," by E. H. Morse, is unique, help
full and fascinating. "The Motor Car,
a Source of Portable Power," is worth
a mint of money to farmerH, builders,
contractors and business men who own
automobiles. "What to Do With Your
Car in Winter" is meaty, timely and
helpful. There are sparkling nuggets
of wit, wisdom and paty-iotlsm from
Washington. Lincoln, Grant, Clay and
others that lend tone to the happy con
ception. These and other strong fea
tures certainly make it shine as a great
house organ.
Motorcycle Aid* Postman
It used to take H. G.. Ellis seven hours
to cover his rural mail route when he
drove a horse. A motorcycle now takes
him over the same ground In less than
two hours. His route is No. 3 out of
Greenfield, O.
ZEROLENE
FOR
Automobile
Lubrication
Zerolene leaves prac
tically no carbon. It
"stands up" under
any speed and heat.
Sold in y 3 , 1 and 5 gallon
cans—the small cans flat
shape, easy to handle—
just fit in the tool-box.
For Sale Everywhere.
Standard Oil Company
(California)
461 MARKET STREET,
San Francisco.
1913 Indian Reaches City
Star Riders to Meet Today
C. A. Johnson of the Hendee Manufacturing company alongside the 1913
Indian motorcycle.
Twelve Distinct Im
provements Mark-
New Wheel
The arrival of the first of the 1913
Indian motorcycles, which was ex
pressed from the Springfield factory,
has sent joy into the local Indian wig
wam, and "Big Chief" C. C. Hopkins'
headquarters have been crowded with
motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages and
creeds, anxious to inspect the new
model, which is the latest word in bi-
cycle construction.
In discussing the new model, which
Hopkins predicts will be the leader of
the Indian tribe, he says:
"Following the '14 important Im
provements' of L 912. the Hendee Manu
facturing company announces no less
than a dosen additional new features in
their 1913 model of the Indian motor
cycle.
"By far the most significant feature
of the new machine is the cradle spring
frame. *It is something entirely new. a
radical departure from the conventional
bicycle and recent motorcycle systems
of 'springing.' Briefly, the new device
consists of the application to the rear
wheel of the Indian cradle spring de
vice as used on the front fork for the
last three years.
"Extending back horlsontally from
the frame Joint cluster under the sad
dle, flanking the rear mud guard, are
two seven leaf Chrome Vanadium steel
springs. The *C shaped curls at the
rear end of these springs are connected
by stays to bell cranks on which the
rear axle Is hung. The forward end of
the rear fork has a binge joint which
enables the wheel to yield to imperfec
tions of road surface. All shocks are
completely absorbed by the leaf
springs. The rear wheel can go
through almost any vertical motion
without affecting the body of the ma
chine. There is no 'bottom* to this
spring device. The life of the machine
is greatly increased.
"The engineering department of the
Hendee company devoted 18 months of
exhaustive test to the cradle spring
frame before finally deciding on" its
adoption.
"In addition to the cradle spring
frame, 'the 191J Indian embodies 10
other rmp*rtant improvements which
will be appreciated by motorcycle rid
ers in general.
"AH 1913 Indians will be chain
driven, the factory having discontinued
the belt drive model."
Chicago Auto Sbow
More than 250 motor trucks and de
livery wagons are to be on display at
the automobil* show in Chicago, which
opens February 1 and continues for 15
full days in the coliseum and armory of
the First regiment.
CHALMERS "30"
Has Everything You Want
What better car can you want than
a Chalmers "30"at $17501 What more
can you buy with any amount of money?-
You could buy a seven passenger car,
or you could buy more power.
That is all. If you want a seven
passenger car, all right.
As for more power, you can get it,
if you want to pay for it, but you do not
need it on any car not carrying more
than five.
Chalmers "30" won last, year's
Glidden Trophy in competition with
cars twice its price and power.
Think of getting this great car with
Chalmers self-starter, five demountable
extra tire irons, top, windshield,
gas lamps and Prest-O-Lite tank for
$1750.
Let us show you the 1913 "3D" Five-
Passenger Touring Car and Four-
Passenger Torpedo—sl7so.
Over 350 1913 Model Chalmers Already
in Daily Service in California*
Pioneer Automobile Co.
Oakland
£?;::«.,. 515-529 van ness aye.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1912.
Races at Emeryville
Promise Some Ex
citement
A large aggregation of noted motor
cycle riders are to compete this after
noon at the second motorcycle meet of
the season to be held at the Emeryville
racetrack. The contests are significant
by reason of the fact that among the
newcomers who are to ride is George
Renel, the French champion, who is to
be pitted against Marty Graves, th*
star of last Sunday's meet. As an addl-
tional attraction Harry Crawford will
also give a series of flights In his Curtis
biplane. The chief interest of the day
is expected to center about the "San
Francisco Derby." in which Renel and
Graves will contest for the honors, to
gether with a number of the other speed
burners. .
Others among the champions are also
desirous of adding to their laurels, and
they hope to be able today to take a
few seconds from some of the records
they have made at other tracks in dif
ferent parts of the country. Among
those who will take part in today's pro
fessional events are Roy Shaw, Burt
Bruggerman, Lee Humiston, Lawrence
Flickensteln, Harry Cogburm, Red Per
kins, Walter Dryer, George Barclay,
Edward Swartz, Wells Bennett and
Glenn Stokes.
The amateur riders will also figure
in two of the events. There will be 12
events on the program, as follows:
Event I—Two1 —Two mile professional invitation, Ist
points, clans 61. first treat.
Brent 2—Three mile professional, for point*.
San Francisco derby first beat.
Brent S —Fire mile amateur, stripped stock
machines, clang 31.
fvent 4—Two mils lnrltatlon professional, see
beat.
Event s—Three5 —Three mile professional, for points,
San Francisco derby, second heat.
Event 6 —Fire mile professional, anal beat,
Bvent 7 —Ten mile amateur, stripped stock
machines, class 61.
Brent B—Fire mile professional match race.
Brent 9—Fire mile consolation race, profes
sional riders.
Brent 10—Ten mile, San Francisco derby, pro
riders, class 61.
Events 11 and 12—Ariatlon feats by Harry
Crawford.
KNOX WAGONS FOR LYNN
S. N. CrSm, manager of the Reliance
Auto company, Knox distributers, re
ports that the Knox Automobile com
pany has Just delivered two cars to
the city nf Lynn, Mass., consisting of
a combination hose and chemical fire
car and a combination patrol and am
bulance. Lynn already has a Knox
patrol car and a Knox combination fire
car of similar type.
London Bar* Catouta
No muffler cutouts will be permitted
In London, Eng., after March 31, 1513,"
according to the terms of a new ordi
nance. *
NEW AGENT FOR
OHIO ELECTRIC
C. & F. Motor Car Company
Appointed Representative
for Line in This Section
Latest Models Equipped So
That They Can Be Driven
From Either Seat
A. B. Cposby. head of the C. & F.
Motor Car company, distributers of the
Stutz line, is the latest of the local
dealers to see a big future in the elec
tric type of vehicle. After a close
study of'conditions in this field, he has
accepted the appointment as northern
California distributer of the Ohio- elec
tric line and the first of the new cars
has just been placed on exhibition in
his salesroom in Van Nefis avenue.
The Ohio car is the product of the
Ohio Eleetrie company of Toledo, and
the new models turned out by the com
pany include many features that are
destined to stimulate increased inter
est in this type of vehicle.
The car being displayed by Cosby
is of the brougham type. It is a five
passenger model and so equipped that
it can be driven from either the front
or rear seat, thus always giving the
driver a clear vision of the road. If
the two front seats are unoccupfed,
the car is converted into a two passen
ger model and driven- from the rear
seat. If the entire car is filled, the
pilot occupies the front seat.
The finishings are of high class ma
terial and in every respect the comfort
arjd the convenience of the occupants
Is cared for.
HALLIWELLS ADD LINES
Paralleling the remarkable growth
of the automobile industry, a closely
related enterprise has sprung up in the ;
motor accessories business. These deal
ers are In close touch with the mo
toring public and through them and
their business an accurate line on the
larger Industry itself Is'easily obtain
able. The automobile business in Cali
fornia is most decidedly on the boom,
according to D. W. McElligott, San
; Francisco manager for the Halliwell
company. The factories where motor
ing equipment is a specialty are hard
at work turning out new stuff, and
hardly a week goes by that some addi
tion is not made to the appliances
available to aid the motorist. McEl
ligott reported yesterday the addition
of two new lines to his stock, the Jack
son-Eno rubber tire specialties and the
Greyhound battery. The latter is of
five cell construction, dipped in par
affine and enclosed In a zinc case.
Dampness Ib responsible for loss in
battery efficiency, McElligott explains,
and the paraffine and zinc protection
eliminates any chance for fog, rain or '
moist rags to interfere with the cells.
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jpSi Permanence"! for Life/ j|
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■ BUS IHi 1 Wa\ LA Br Some manufacturers, of course, still make most of the parts~of "their cars • in'their lljtjlß
illil !■ own plants, but the enormous overhead expense, which .very frequently runs into j| ijjij|!i ii|
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111 Si I Electric Self-Starter, ElCCtriC oat three hundred. It ts one of th* most progr«t«t*« ;t
ard EOUipfflent. , tore have there been such rapid It has the financial stability snd lijijijii'i'i''
lllliiliir Models and Prices ■a*»a£acturing plants operated by the judgment and a settled business pol- w 111! jjj!
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|H| "- so HsF4 a Thomas Flyer Company Hi
Elaborate Home for Autos
Upper Van Ness Coming Row
New home of the Winton branch, Chanslor & Lyon and S. G. Chapman at
the corner of Van Ness avenue and Sutter street.
, , ... , , .—_— ———— •
| G. Chapman, Winton Branch and the
Chanslor-Lyon Company to Share
Fine Building
The coming year will see three of
the leading automobile concerns in San
Francisco housed in one of the roost
attractive, buildings along the new
row in upper Van Ness aVenue, The
Arms that are to occupy the new struc
ture are S. G. Chapman, Hudson and
Hupmoblle distributers; the local
branch of the Winton Motor Car com
pany, and the Chanslor * Lyon Motor
Supply company. The building which
fs to b* a two story reinforced con
crete structure, has a frontage of ISO
feet along Van Ness avenue and an
equal depth of 177 feet along Sutter
street and Walnut avenue.
The Winton company will occupy the
Sutter street corner and Chapman will
have the Walnut avenue corner, while
the Chanslor & Lyon people will occupy
the middle store. Each of the firms
will have 40 foot frontages, and Chap
man and the Winton people will occupy
the full depth of the building, but a
portion of the Chanslor & Lyon store
will be cut off in the *ear on account
of the Installation of a huge elevator
that is to be used jointly by the auto
mobile firms.
The building is to be equipped with
all the latest conveniences for the han
dling of automobiles, and in addition to
giving the firms large and attractive
salesrooms and offices, will provide for
well equipped shop and stock depart
ments.
There will be no saving of expense
in the fitting tip of the interior of the
structure, and the owners are to make
the exterior equally as attractive. The
building Is expected to be ready for the
tenants by about the first of June.
NEW CARS DRAW CROWD
Hundreds of interested motor car
owners and prospective owners have
visited the local branch of the Stude
baker corporation during the last two
weeks to Inspect the new Studebaker
"25" and "SB," the latter being the
much heralded electrically started and
lighted model. Practical demonstra
tions of the operation of both machines
On the floor of the salesroom have been
made possible by conveying the exhaust
smoke out of the building by means of
a long pipe. The electric starter on
the "35" holds the spotlight, but the
disassembled rear axles and gear boxes
and the attractive lines of both cars
add much to that which makes this
Studebaker display unusually interest
ing.
GOODYEAR TIRES
STAND HARD TEST
Set of No-Rim-Cuts on Little
Buick Make a Remark
able Showing
Casings Go Through Grind
of Six Rough Trips in
Sierra Mountains
That few people realise the high state
of perfection to which the modern auto
mobile tire has been brought is the
opinion of Frank E. Carroll, local man
ager of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber
company.
As proof of this fact Carroll points
to the little Buick touring car which
made the round trip to Lake Tahoe last
week on Goodyear tires. He says these
same tires have made four round trips
to Lake Tahoe, two trips to Crockers.
which is at the entrance of tho Yosem-
Ite valley, one trip to the summit of
Mount Diablo and numerous short trips
around San Francisco,
Only on* of this set of tires ha* ever
been punctured and that was only a
slow leak, which was not discovered
until after the car had b**n standing
for several hours.
C. A. MoOee of the Howard Automo
bile company says that the tires have
never caused one moment's delay on
the road,- and on the last Tahoe trip
the tires were forced to grind their way
through snow. Ice and mud for more
than 200 miles. Part of this dlstanc*
was covered in weather so cold that
the mud and rocks froze to th* bottom
of the mud guards, and every tim* the
car hit a bump the tires would knock
off solid masses of frozen mud.
It is impossible to state the number
of miles these tires have gone. They
are now worn right down to the fabric,
and the members of the Howard Auto
mobile company are loud in their
praise of the Goodyear No-Klm-Cut
tires.
NEW ELECTRICS IN FAVOR
The new 191S Detroit electrlos which
were received by the Reliance Auto
mobile company last week have cre
ated quite a sensation. The new clear
vision design has met with popular
favor. Ever since the cars arrived a
large number of ladles have inspected
them and have been more than compli
mentary In their remarks over the de
signing. Most of the cars received In
thia shipment had been sold, and sev
eral orders have been taken for others
of the same type, but with speolal fin
ish, not only in body color, but also in
the interior. Of all the models put out
by the Detroit factory this one seem*
to have been more favorably received
than any of the others.
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