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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 1922
Diary of an American Motorist By VICTOR BEVERIDOE It Is slwsys Interesting; to know Just how things are made and 1 hare a special desire for that kind of knowledge where motor cars and their acessorles are concerned. Mjr latest experience was a visit to the home of the "Victor" lamps at Cincinnati. Being namesakes of my own, I felt quite a personal In terest In the visit. I don't think I had ever given much thought to how lamps were made. They were just lamps and when they give a good light on dark nights, I took their excellence for granted, but when, as soemtimes happens, they were dim, then I was distinctly annoyed. To begin at the beginning, a lamp is just afleet sheet of metal, steel or brass, as the case may be. This sheet Is cut up by big cutting presses, like so much paper, into smaller pieces and then goes to tie first stamping press by which It Is shaped Into something like the "tin" hats we used to wear at the war. I lost count of the number of processes thru which every lamp goes, but after each one, the lamp grew more and more like the finish ed article to which we are accus tomed, until at last, polished like a mirror, the enamel coat was applied. I fetl It was a shame to spoil the burnished metal by covering Its shin ing beauty, but I suppose more of us would care to have the work of keeping our lamp bright. I was astonished at the number of acetylene lamps I saw In pro cess o fmanufacture, but I was told that In many countries the gas lamp Is coming back Into favor again. There are many quaint signs com ing Into preponderance on Ameri can roads, warning the tourist a gain speeding and careless driving. Just recently in Chicago I saw a huge illumined sign built across the entrance to Lincoln Park which read: "Take your time and save a fine." At the little town of Fort Wayne there is a warning in these words, "Drive slow and see our town. Drive fast and see our jail." I tried to see the jail but did not! At many railway crossings you will see the body of an automobile which has been hit by a train, nailed high up on a tree with the information that the driver of that car had not been careful to look before crossing the railway. In the center of a nor thern town I passed thru lately, I saw a notice at a cross road say ing that two fatal accidents had recently happened at the spot. On the Dixie Highway every now and then, the motorist is warned of coming curves and dangers by signs. showing skulls and cross-bones. Al together the life of an American motorist is not without Its moments of apprehension. I have recently visited quite a number of automobile factories and the general impression I have form ed of the future trend of the trade Is all towards smaller and lighter engines. At last It seems as if the lessons learned on aircraft engine design are finding their way Into motor car construction. For while the engines and cars are lighter and smaller, yet the power develop ed Is, If anything, greater. Engines which a year ago would have been rated at ten horsepower now develop anything from IS to 18 horsepower, and the petrol con sumption Is correspondingly decreas ed. Twenty-five miles to the gallon is now quite an ordinary showing for a car of medium power. Prices of cars consequently may be looked for to fall In 1923 and many economies in running costs will be found, not the least of which is the ever-growing mileage given by tires of the better class. Records of tires covering 10,000 and even as high as 15,000 miles are not un common. This result of course is entirely due to the cord type of construction and the ever improving methods of manufacturing the rub ber treads. Next year motor racing In Ameri ca Is likely to experience a big boom, - not only are the old racing firms getting ready for the coming year but the Packard firm announ ces that they intend to resume rac ing .The first appearance of the new Packards will be on Decoration Day at Indianapolis and In view of the fact that Packard cngined planes have been very successful this year In air contests and the American speed motor boat championship was won by a Packard engined craft it will not be surprising if on the track this old established firm should win many victories In 1923. I have just had one of the strang est experiences happen to me of all my motoring career and that has meant nearly 400,000 miles of travel, 100,000 miles of which was covered in the late war, so my op portunities of odd happenings have been many. Starting out on a run of 100 miles I had a very bad skid which was stopped by the rear wheel hit ting the curb of the pavement. The shock was a great one and was a real test to the Haynes disc wheels with which I had fitted the car. I am certain that wooden wheels would have collapsed under the strain. Naturally I got to examine any damage which might have been caused by the skid but, so far as I could see, everything was In order and the car ran perfectly for 80 miles, then on a sharp rise, a pe culiar sound came from somewhere "down under" and with the greatest difficulty I managed to reach the top of the hill .Ordinarily the car would have gone over on third but I had to drop to first speed to do It. The effect seemed to suggest a slipping clutch and a peculiar knock In the clutch pedal gave some color to this Idea, but the closest listening did not seem to locate the trouble In that part of the mechanism. Thoroughly mystified I set out again but the noise and vibration grew steadily worse while the speed gradually dropped to about 8 miles an hour. Then the footbrake pedal, It op erated on the shaft, became very hot. I traced the heating and found the gear box very hot, so much so that the grease was liquid and oos Ing out of the shaft bearings. That seemed to suggest that the brake band was fouling the drum and so setting up excessive heat thru con stant friction. But examination prov ed that this was not so there was clearance all round. Slower and slower became my speed and I just managed to reach my destination when the car ab solutely refused to budge, though the engine was running perfectly. If rather hot, and both clutch and first speed were engaged. We pushed the car into the gar age and next morning had the re pair man come over to examine the mystery. The engine started up at once, first speed was engaged, the clutch let in, but nothing happened, only a weird rumbling sound came from the enclosed propeller shaft. There seemed nothing for it but to dis mantle the shaft and Its tube. When this was done we found the shaft had been fractured and In break ing had held its broken pieces in line and the sharp edges of the break had formed a sort of dog clutch which functioned fairly well at first but which gradually wore smooth until at last there was not enough friction to grip and turn the rear axle. Twenty miles with a broken pro peller shaft! I would have smiled at the idea as impossible, but there it was beyond the shadow of a doubt. The skid at the beginning of the run had started the fracture which only became absotlute when I struck the little bit of extra grad ing 80 miles further on. Qlvo your friend a nice magazine for Christmas. Send your order to the K. C. Hopper Nswa Agency, Li hue. Phone 22-L. Adv. SUBSTITUTIONS The S.S. CLAUPJNE will substi tute for the S.S. MAUNA LOA for one trip, sailing from Honolulu on Friday, November 24, and returning on Friday, December 1. The S.S. KINAU will substitute for the S.S. 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