Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 26, 1977 · Page 72
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 72

Greeley, Colorado
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Thursday, May 26, 1977
Page 72
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A-18 GHEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Thurs.. May 26, 1077 Big cars likely to stay awhile DETROIT (AP) -- Energy crisis or not, Americans are not about to give up their cars and the lifestyles their auto-mobility has created. The tremendous demand this year for new cars -- primarily big ones -- is evidence of that. Slowly, though, the motoring public and the industry which put the nation on wheels are changing course. Cars are getting smaller. So are engines. And, if President Carter's controversial gasoline tax is approved by Congress, people may drive fewer miles. The trend toward smaller, lighter, less powerful and more fuel efficient vehicles has been a major industry goal for "a decade. It was spurred by the Mideast oil embargo in 1973, and is being accelerated again by federal fuel economy laws. Carter's proposed tax on gas- guzzlers and rebates for fuel-efficient models will provide new incentives to think small. .By 1985, according to industry forecasters, the average new car will be about the size of today's compact -- 16 to 17 feet long, a little over 1 tons in weight, able to seat four or five adults comfortably and with a lightweight four- or six- cylinder engine electronically controlled to deliver more than 25 miles to the gallon of gaso- iine. Compare that with today's biggest landcruisers -- 2V* tons of sculptured steel, iron, chrome and plastic stretching 19 to 20-feet from nose to rear with room for six and powered by a huge, fuel-slurping eight- cylinder engine that provides 12 m.p.g. There still will be some "big" family size cars in 1985. They won't be as large as today's road-hogs, though, and they'll be powered by efficient diesels or other newly designed engines. Their bodies may be composed of exotic lightweight materials. .Beyond 1985, the possibilities are mind-boggling. Electric cars may be the principle mode of transportation in the 1990s if a lightweight battery able to hold a long charge can be developed. Electronics certainly will play a greater role in tomorrow's automobile -- replacing heavy, space-wasting mechanical components with small, lightweight and precise minicomputers and microprocessors controlling steering, braking, acceleration and other functions. New fuels may replace gasoline as petroleum becomes scarce. Among those now being tested are water, propane, hydrogen, alcohol and, yes, even'peanut oil. While Detroit's futurists differ in some regards, they all agree the automobile will remain - the dominant form of transportation in this country for at least the remainder'of the century. Some forecasters say Carter's energy program will dampen new-car sales by about 300,000 units a year between 1978 and 1980 to 11 million. The record of ii.4 million was set in 1973. Industry optimists say even with increased government regulation, car sales could approach 14 million by 1985, and the number of vehicles on the. road will rise 20 per cent from today's levels to 120 million. Happiness is regular service at our service center. Authorized factory parts --' factory-trained technicians. Fast, courteous service. We know Daftsuns! EHRLICH MOTORS INC. 2733-8th Ave.- 353-5333 Parts and Service Open Mon.-Fri. 8:00-5:30 VACATION CAR SERVICES VIP CAR SERVICE means., Dependable car service. Free car inspection. Written warranties on all guaranteed products and services. Only services you authorize, performed at prices you OK'd. Worn parts in a bag for your inspection. ENERGY-SAVING TUNE-UP We'll install NEW plugs, NEW points, and NEW condenser; adjust carburetor and check the charging system. Add $4 for 8 cyl. Some air cbnd. cars extra. Add 30c ea. for resistor plugs. ' SI 50 Deluxe Champion 4-ply. polyester cord · Four full plies of tough, smooth-riding- . polyester cord. ·Aggressive tread design for effective traction. $1 AS LOW AS A78-13 Blackwall Plus s 1.72 F.E.T. and old tire. "A" size 5-rib design. Size A78-13 878-13 C78-14 D78-I4 E78-14 F78-14 G78-14 H78-14 G78-15 H78-15 1.78-15 Blackwall $18.00 21.00 22.00 23.00 24.00 26.00 27.00 30.00 29.00 31.00 33.00 Whitehall 121.00 24.00 25.00 26.00 27.00' 29.00 30.00 33.00 32.00 34.00 36.00 F.E.T. 51.72 1.82 2.01 2.09 2.23 2.37 2.53 2.73 2.59 2.73 3.09 All prices plus tax and old tire. FRONT END ALIGNMENT Only Precision alignment by skilled mechanics who will set caster, camber, and toe-in to manufacturer's specifications. Any American car. Parts extra It needed. No additional. charge for factory air or torsion bar cars. LUBE and OIL CHANGE Only We'll install up to 5 quarts of high grade oil and lubricate your car's chassis. All cars and light trucks. AVOID DELAY! Call for an appointment today! DRUM BRAKE OVERHAUL ALL 4 WHEELS only Install factory pre-arced linings and rebuild cylinders on all 4 wheels; turn drums; install NEW return springs and. NEW front grease seals; repack front bearings, add required fluid and inspecl brake system. Includes all parts listed, cylinders, add s/each. All Amer. cars (except luxury) If you prefer NEW wheel FOREVER BATTERY LIMITED WARRANTY Put this batfery'in your car. If it ever fails to hold a charge · for you In that car, Firestone will replace il FREE wilh . proof of purchase, providing the ballery has not been damaged due to accident or abuse. Commercial or marine use excluded. only $4700 Any Sire - I2.volt, exchange REPACKand GREASE SEALS Repack front wheel bearings and install new front grease seals. Drum type Add SB tor disc brakes LIFETIME GUARANTEED HEAVY DUTY SHOCK ABSORBERS LIMIITED WARRANTY only Monro-Matics will last in normal use as long as you own your car. or Firestone will . replace them on proof of pur- ^Z chase from Fireslone, charg. V ing only for installation.- * 12 88 . , OPENAN ACCOUNT WE ALSO HONOR BankAmericard . Master Charge Diners Club · American Express Carte Blanche 1130 8th Ave. Greeley 356-1191

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