The American Cyclopedia of the Automobile: Or, Motor Cars and Motoring Self-taught; a Work of Reference & Self Instruction, Volume 2

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Thomas Herbert Russell, Charles P. Root
Thompson & Thomas, 1909 - Automobiles
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Page 638 - A" naphtha, which tends to confusion with another substance which is a coal-tar product. In ordering gasolene in Europe the scale often used for indicating the density is that of Beaume. Zero on this scale corresponds to the density of a solution of salt of specified proportions, and ten degrees corresponds to the density of distilled water at a specified temperature or to a specific gravity of unity. The portion of the stem of the instrument lying between these two points is divided into ten equal...
Page 589 - Equilibrium, a state of equipoise; a state of rest produced by the mutual counteraction of two or more forces, as the state of the two ends of a lever or balance, when EQUINOCTIAL ERASMUS.
Page 589 - Cycloid. The cycloid is a curve generated by a point on the circumference of a circle which rolls on a straight line tangent to the circle.
Page 699 - A is revolved from right to left, thus pushing the rocker B forward so that the cam E reaches the roller D, at a later point in its revolution, and therefore a lesser lift is given to the plunger F. According to the amount of motion given to A the lift of the exhaust valve is regulated. H is the stop on which the rocker B rests when at its lowest, and the spring G maintains rocker B in position. In the diagram, the cam E is just leaving the roller D.
Page 494 - ... curb, be it of earth or stone, prevents serious results should the car strike sideways and come to an immediate stop. It may, perhaps, seem that driving on a greasy road is exceedingly dangerous. To the experienced driver, however, it is not so. He quickly learns the speed at which he can travel with safety, and the amount to which the brakes can be applied without causing side-slip. Should the car swing round, it will not sustain any damage unless it strikes some obstruction or glides into a...
Page 441 - Remember that many women and children don't know how to avoid danger. 8. Don't run any unnecessary risks. — Remember that while the automobile is flexible, powerful, and easily operated, you may make a slip. 9. Don't drink. — Remember that nine-tenths of the accidents occur to automobiles driven by intoxicated chauffeurs. 10. Don't sneak away in case of an accident. — Remember that the true gentleman chauffeur, although he may not be responsible for the misfortune, stands his ground.
Page 563 - The fact that any agent is capable of doing work is usually expressed by saying that it possesses energy, and the quantity of energy it possesses is measured by the amount of work it can do. The energy possessed by a mass in consequence of having been raised from the ground is commonly distinguished as "energy of position...
Page 498 - On Turning Corners. The art of taking corners without endangering oneself and other road users is worth cultivating. The motorist should make an invariable habit of keeping to his own side of the road at these corners, even though, as when turning to the left, the act of swinging wide will bring him off the crown of the road and necessitate a slower pace. When turning to the right, he should not take the corner at such a speed as will make him swing wide, for if other traffic is advancing to meet...
Page 441 - Don't argue with trolley-cars, express-wagons, brewerytrucks, or other heavy bodies found in the public thoroughfare. — Remember that the drivers of these powerful vehicles generally operate on the theory that might is right.
Page 441 - Safety are also well worth heeding: 1. Don't disobey the rules of the road. — Remember to keep to the right and pass on the left. 2. Don't forget that pedestrians have the same rights as vehicles at street crossings. — Remember that vehicles do not have the right of way at street crossings. 3. Don't forget that your rate of speed should never exceed the legal rate, whatever it may be. — Remember, when local conditions require, to adopt even a lower rate >f speed than the legal rate. 4. Don't...

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