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Alexandria gazette. [volume] (Alexandria, D.C.) 1834-1974, October 03, 1919, Section Four Automobiles, Image 27

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American Tires Keep Step
With American Autos in
Foreign Lands
Endurance Runs in South America
Are Made cn -United States Tires,
and Show (Jreat Results
American tires nre^keeping step in
popularity in fcreipn lands with
American automobiles. Last year
the Unite:! States Tire Company sent
its product to forty countries gar
tered throughout* thc .world. The re
moval o? shipping restrictions is ex
pected to rcvuilt In adding twenty-five
or thirty countries to the list during
the current yea/.
A few days ago an Iceland auto
mobile dealer paid a visit to the New
York office of the United States Tir?
Company ami ordered full tire equip
ment for fifty cars. lie said thr.t
this brand of tirv was regarded as
the ''quality brar.d" in his country.
Turirin'g to. the southern hemis
phere, it ife noted that a recent issue
of "La Nacion," the leading hews- ,
paper of Santiago, Chili carried a
half-page article telling of the won
derful performance of a Seripns-;
Bccth car in n test run of 39*59 kiio
mcters ever the mountain .roads of
that courtiy.
At the conclusion of the run the
driver remarked, "I must mention
that during the entire run from Con
eepcion to C'couimbo a distance of
about 1200 miles--we had only one
puncture. . The tires were United
States. Royal Cords and we think it!
our duty to speak cf their quality." J
. While this approval for the popu- j
lar American tire is beipg given in I
the Far Scuth and distant North, un- |
usual testimonials are given from j
the tropics, where long tire life is !
generally regarded r.s impossible be-I
cause ?f high temperatures. One :
United States tire In Manila has al- j
reedy giver 10."00 miles on a heavy
garajro car. Another went 10,200:
jniki w'thcut b finer taken off the
"wheel. A Roy a! Cord gave 11,000
miles under most severe conditions of
road and weathsr. The largest
transportation company in the Phili
ppines states that 7,600 miles is the
; average mileage with United States
j i'uoric tires.
J >
Fcr the person in the East who
owns an automobile and who has a
vacation trip to plan, no more at
tractive excursion can be arranged
j thin a trip to Mammoth Cave, Ky.
;National Touring Bureau of the
!>. F. Gccdrich RuVbcr Co. has pre
; per I a special road map for the
guidance of motorists who wish to
t.r'.v advantage of this attractive
? tear. The map charts the main
! hi.'.ways to be traveled.
Mammoth Cave, one of the Ssven
Wcndrrs of the. World, is as promi
nent, nn the itinerary of the Euro
i reai> touring America a~ is Venice
; >.!' the schedule of the American
visiting the "Old Country." Mam
ruth Gave invariably surpasses the
\c>:;irrl-atiens of its visitors. The
"n^nitudc beauty and natural phe
remenn of the cave furnish a nev
c .* t" bs forgotten spectacle.
The cave is located in the heart
of primitive forest. I t contains
! :?( ?>'! avenue-?, halls.domes and cor
; : lev. and vasj roofs, some of which
r a ; >vo acre; in exxtent. Over 3C0
f-ct h-flow the surface of the earth
'the visitor may ride on a rayless,
scr.nli:ss river several miles long.
Th pictures show the arched rock
c it-ranee of the cave and Star
Chamber. The latter is a huge am
phitheater whose roof resembles a
a: ry heaven when all lights have
b'en extinguished.
There are four routes through
Mammoth Cave consuming from
thra? to ten hours' time, each with
features of surpassing interest.
Tourists should arrange to spend two
o;- thrs: days at the cave. All of its
wonder;-, cannot be seen in less than
a week's time. Among the features
of lho great cavern are Mammoth
Dome. Echo River,, Giant's Coffin,
Bottomless Pit, Corkscrew, Pillars
of Hercules, River Styx, Martha
"Washington's Statue, Fat Man's Mis
s;;v.\ Kr.iquet Hall and Water Clock. |
Am-jl hot?l and garage facilities j
\\ ill br found both at the cave and
at small nearby towns.. From both |
Louirvilie and Nashville there are sev- j
era! routes the motorist may follow. ;
Trformation concerning; these may be j
had at the Goodrich bi*aneh in either
Engines Functioned Perfectly," said
Lieutenant Commander Read,
Who Commanded Big
The Fcrd Motor Company has just
received official advice from the Navy
Department that it was four Ford Lib
erty Motors?all built in the Fcrd
Motor Company's shops at Detroit?
whlich furnished the power that drove
the NC Four to victory in its recent
record breaking flight across the At
lantic from Trepassey, Newfoundland
to Plymouth, England, a distance c.f
4,000 miles. They were regular ctccl
motors built during the'wiar as a part
c.f the Ford Liberty Motor production
Upon his arrival in Lisbon, Portugal
Lieutenant Commander Rehd, said
"The engines functioned perfectly a!"
the way from America to Portugal.'"
And American Naval Officers whe
thoroughly inspected the NC Four ur
on its arrival at Plymouth, England
stated that the big seapJane was in
?ven better condition than when :
!?ft America.
The NC Four flight, which has
meant a triumph for American engi
neering skill, also adds another re
cord to Ford achievemenft.
To increase the supply of food is
cne of the most important problems
with which we are face to face.
Food must come from the earth. We
cannot fabricate the original supply in
We have got to go ou't in the coun
try and get it. And as facilities im
prove for getting out into the coun
try to get it, the food supply will
When farmers find a market at a
fair profit for anything they produce,
they will produce it.
There are thousands of acres of land
tiapafcle cf producing fruits, vege
table? and ? dairy* products that are
prac'ticaiHyundeveloped today because
the farmer lacks the transportation to
cjet'these products to the market in
the limited time necessary because of:
their perishability.
"It is ju.st this difficulty that the
motor truck is overcoming," says R.
E. Fulton, president of the Interna
tional Motor company, banufacturer
cf Mack trucks.
"Milwaukee, for instance is got
ting its supply from a radius of twen
ty-five miles from the city, due to me
ter truck transportation.
"Mxftor trucks pifivately owned go
out and get the milk right off the
faitm and bring it directly to the city
for distribution. There are no delays
in shipments'and one thing or another
as is usually the case in railway
"The cost of bringing the milk to
Milwaukee is two cents a can cheaper
by .motor truck than by railroad or
ir.'teruriban lines.
"The milk comes in in eight-gallon
cans and with the mctor trucks haul
irijr (>5 per cent of the 30,000 gallons
cf milk that come into Milwaukee
daily, the saving amounts to $17,S12 a
year. In addition to .this the milk deal
ers state that they can handle the
rriMk five cents a can cheaper when
ifc'3 milk is brought to them by motor
irurk from the farms than when they
have to go to the railroad station and
haul it themselves.
"Time and labor are saved to the
milk dealers; and the farmers are out
in the fields raising other food while
the trucks can call for their milk and
take to to the market.
''The most popular size of truck in
the Milwaukee district is the three
and one-half tonner. \
"Country and city alike are benefit
tine: from motor true ktransportation
and good roads.
The source of our food supply de
pends up on good roads. Given the
roads, farmers will produce the food
and motor trucks will bring it to mar
ket^jn the quickest and cheapest man
ner possible."
To tackle a valve replacement sin
gle-handed' when you have not a
valve-lifting device is not easy until
you know how. There is, however,
a simple way of doing it. Simply
interpose a piece of packing (almost
anythirJg will do) between the valve
cap and the valve head; refix the
valve cap and then' the packing wi'.C
prevent the valve's risiing. It is then
a comparatively easy matter to lift
the string, take out the corter, etc.
The car owner should keep in mind
that one of the most prolific causes
of engine overheating is driving en a
retarded1 spark. The cause is obvious,
the expSosion taking ptace when a
maximum of the cylinder wall is un
covered Mnstead of minimum, as is the
case when the agnation takes place at
upper dead center, the piston being
at the top of its stroke.
Model Selves Light Weight Prob
lem is Repur'
According to persistant reports go
ing the rounds of the automobile in
dustry,. the Willys-Overland Com
pany, in building its forthcoming
new model, has successfully solved
the probem of combining riding com
fort with light weight. ,
To build a motorcar light in weight
and embodying quality, economy
and simplicity of design, yet posses
sing all the comfortable riding char
acteristics of the larger and heavier
vehicles, has been one of the-absorb
ing aims of the automobile industry
for a number of years.
The problem of reaching ideal light
weight has been a puzzling one, and
was not made possible of solution ur
til engineering attention centered
upon springs, suspension was the
result, and is the basic principle in
the new car which Overland will soon
offer. This principle, admits of a
shorter wheel base, without which
light weight cannot be achieved, and
at the same time gives the new
model a long riding or spring base,
which produces comfort.
The advantage of light weight
construction in motorcars long has
been recognized in the industry. For
years metallurgists have devoted
their entire time and energy to per
fecting medals strong and durable
enough to withstand persistent road
shocks, yet light in weight
The new Overland four spring sus
pension has, it is claimed, by the
company's engineers, provided
through its departure from the con
ventional design large car comfort
in riding in an economical automo
bile of actual lightweight design.
Their work was guided by the prin
ciple laid down by John N.
Willys, president of the company,
that all of these advantages were to
be incorporated with no sacrfice of
the economy of operation and un
keep that the public has long ex
pected of the lightweight car. The
heavier automobiles have the advant
age of longer wheel bases, the
equivalent of which is attained in
the Overland four through its un
usual spring suspension
The introduction of the new Over
land model is awaited with keen in
terest. Inquiries of dealers at the
factory and hints about, the new car
in newspapers and trade journals
during the last year indicate the de
gree of interest in the forthcoming
LAST "EA<iLE launched
500 Ford Bodies Daily to be Mad?- in
Fori "Eagle" Boat Number Sixty
the last one to lie budt by the Ford
Motor CoTrJpany under the stipula
tions of its war-time contract with
t.h-2 Navy Department?was launched
at- the River Rouge, Detroit, yard.
August 16th at 3.30 p. m., and the
long assembling building which is c
third of a mile long and housed'twenty
one cf the submarine chasers at a
time, is already being transferred ir.tr
a bcd'y-building plant with a propped
output of 500 bcd'ies daily.
Ford officials, workers, sailors and
many iwvited guests witnessed the
launching, Number Sixty was dresser*
with flags and bunting and as it found
its level in the Rouge and floated free
from the railroad tracks which had
carried it onto the tlevator-like
launching table, the factory whistle
teak part in the ceremony by blowing
sixty blasts, one fcr each boat lounch
cd at the Ford Yard. 5,
Twenty-five "Eagles" have already
been commissioned by the Navy, and
it is expected that the remaining boats
wMl be entirely completed by Novem
ber 1st. One thing which greatly pro
longed the work was the changes
made in the outfitting cf the boats
shortly after the armrstice was signed.
As rapidly as the "Eagles" are com
missioned', they are joining differer'
squadrons of the U. 3. Fleet:?Six
of the Ford boats are going to the
PhiiM pines to replace sax eld destroy
ers and gun-boats; another squadron
wil join the Internatinal Patrol off
the coasit of China; "Eagles" 1, 2 and
3 are now doing patrol duty adacont
to Archangel, Russia, and it is quite
probable that a small fleet will be
sent to Italy.
The "Eagles" were designed parti
cularly to carry the submarine de
tecting devices or 'listeners."* depth
fcmb prtectrs and three-inch guns with
which t combat the U-boat once it
had been located -by the ""listensr".
They are practically noiseless f in
operation, light, speedy and so con
| strucied that a quick get-away is pos
sible?it being necessary to often stop
to "listen" while chasing dawn a de
tected sub. Had the submarine de
stroyer been called into actual ser
vice?which only the signing of the
armistice prevented?they wuld have
"operated"'in flotillas of three.
Commander Nicholas, statined at
the Rouge Yard, said he knew of no
statement, cr r isued by the Navy.
Department relative to the merits of
the "Eagles," but that xhey:have per
formed vemarkiihh v/ell on tb.?i.> . :J;d
trips ar.d al! tests- "given them just
before , leavang the T^b'^ 5'aivi- And
that had they been called into a. tual
sen-ice. they would ?ave proven a
very formidable enemy to the subma
rine.-;. ' ?
K'. . 1 ? <?
A conference of the service iron
of the Unitel States Tire Company
was held recently at the company's
Hartford factory. The gathering in
clude:! men from every state. The ser
vice men form that part of the com
pany's staff which advises the c r.
sumer of the best means "of tretti ;*r
the most miles out of his tires, 'fir?
purpose of the conference was to ac
quire the service men fully with the
latest developments in tire manu
facture and the best mear.s of avoid
ing: tire trouble.
Tire tape is to the autombilist '.vhat
a bandage is to a Red Crss nurse. :.nd
a man who drives a car wcukl as
soon think of leaving it out of his
tool box:; as a Red Cross nurse would
think of leaving a bandage out of
her first-aid kit.
The United States Tire Company
advises al! its patrons to includc- a
rcll of its tape in their equipment. Its
uses are innumerable. It is most fre
quently used to reinforce bad spots
causcd by blow-outs and punctures.
It :s also valuable for winding "leaky"
electric wires or making temprary re
pairs to broken rods or rattling parts.
An admirable idea in the aranee
mert of tools in the heme garge is
to give each tool a number, which is
painted on it. The same number i
painted on the walls cr racks in the
place where the tool belongs. In ibis
way it is a simple matter to return
each too! to its propc-r place, so that
it is ready when it is next-needed.
Linseed oil m'dxed with a small
amount of graphite is recommended
as a lubricant for doer hinges and
latches, which seldom receive atten
tion in this way. Ordinary cylinder
cII has a tendency to run. which is
r.ot desirable at this lacation beca'.s?
the clothes of. passengers are likely
to come in contact with it.
"Service Is What You Want and Service Is What You Get HERE
Our rates for storage are very reasonable. Personal attention to
each customer. We never sleep.
A Repair Shop completely equipped with Lathe, Drill Press, Carbon
Burning Plant, etc., insures the best service on all jobs.
Nothing but the best and nationally known accessories are carried'
You don't experiment when you buy here. The quality
of our
We handle these
tires because they
alone give our cus
tomers mere than
they pay for.
The Cups won't
skid on wet, slbpery
The quality re
mains the highest?
The service is
guaranteed? per
Warranty tag?for
6,000 Miles
^8?PF ''Your Satisfaction Insures our Success"
The Mt. Vernon Auto Co.
111-117 North St. Asaph Street Telephone 52
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