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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM OF NORTH CAROLINA,COLD MILK AND CORVAIR TRUCKS?

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Transportation museums are usually Train collections in an old rail facility, where else can you park giant trains??
 Impressed as I entered the car building, I realized somethings I saw on the website are not here?



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Chevy Corvair rear engine flat six boxer design that was air cooled, much like a Porsche
Always looked like a motor slid out from under a washing machine to me!
The actual name was a Corvair Rampside and unique feature was the load side ramp, you could drive a lawn mower up into it, but the raised rear section housing the engine limited full usage of the bed for that!

Once again one vehicle triggered a blog within a blog!
Most common as a 2 door,4 door,Station Wagon or convertible, but Ralph Nader's famous words killed the Corvair:
UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED!
Being air cooled the engine attracted the manufacturer of this home built  personal airplane kit to design it around using a Corvair engine! Pro-Composites Personal Cruiser!
A van named Greenbriar was also built
Very rare 1968 Ultra, yes Corvair powered! A humongous Corvair!
Could keep going on Corvair vans and pickups!
A full custom
A camper

A pop top factory camper
?
Talk about stand and drive, but we will!
This looks NHRA safety approved?
More custom campers

Ok this is not stock?
A dually conversion

 Corvair Futura concept car


 Yes is it a amphibious
 Although it is real the Cormino never existed
 Photoshop below!

 GM AGL-4 military? Prototype Corvair articulated trailer much like the famous Gamma Goat
Gamma Goat below
Corvair powered street rods

It is NOT photo shopped - 3 wheel trike with a much narrowed body
The Fitch Phoenix recently sold after his death was ready for production using Corvair driveline, but Ralph Nader's killing off the Corvair ending any future production vehicles!
Yes the boat is Corvair powered
Glenn Pray built retro Cords and Duesenbergs and this slightly under scale Cord replica is Corvair powered
Oh well the engine is already back there so make it a 3 wheeler!

Corvair powered 2 wheelers

OK back to the museum

I like oddities like this!
1940 Thomas Bus of North Carolina, they went from trolleys to buses in the mid-30's
 There go the trains!
There is always some interesting things laying around train yards so off I go peeking around!
 I walk into large shop building and there they go!! Missing vehicles found!
 Long distance museum viewing! In a huge maintenance building.
 Now I am sulking!



Head off to being nosey again and find the repair shop and more cars, struck up a conversion with mechanic and he called the office for me!




A gentleman gladly takes me into the large building and starts updating me on what is back here! We talked cars for about 2 hours!
 There are more of these Carolina Freight trucks and that is for another blog!

 This was the North Carolina Governor's old Cadillac!
 You know if I recall this was a replica, power windows and carpet, still looked great!
NCHP
 This on the other hand was a real North Carolina Highway Patrol car
 This 1935 Ford was specially built so the rumble seat (gone) now opened like this to be a trunk for emergency equipment and the spare tire relocated as well.


 These are all old municipal vehicles that were saved

 This old circus wagon was hidden under a re-skin and a surprise!


 This 1971 Dodge RESCUE squad was still in service until recently and donated!
 Old Civil Defense for sure!
After 911 FEMA assisted in a much needed update





 This Railway Express delivery truck was recently restored and parked out here?
Set up by the federal Government to secure safe and reliable transport of goods, leave up to the Gov't and the system went belly up in the 60's. Not a viable endeavor? Tell that to UPS!


 This Studebaker truck is carrying a barn find Studebaker horse drawn wagon and that is how Studebaker started out!

 I get a kick out of old things like this horse drawn milk wagon
Not uncommon for wagons like this to have been used during WWII to conserve gasoline and still make deliveries!
 I am just at the age to remember home milk delivery in a "Stand and Drive" Divco
Why sit, you only have to get up again to drop off some dairy?

OK young'ns the Milkman showed up very early and dropped off fresh milk in ice cold bottles, chocolate,eggs and butter too- all dairy fresh!
 He deposited it in a tin box lined with foam
 FRESH Milk in glass bottles, never again!
 Mom got up early and moved the bottles into fridge waiting for your Frosted Flakes!
 The empties were left each night in the box so the Milkman could get them back to the dairy for washing and refilling!
Welcome to the future!
Check that expiration date, the cartons been in the store for days- another good thing shot to heck! 

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