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Old 02-21-2013, 04:32 PM
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The truck was a 39 GMC with I imagine a 248 in it.

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Alright Dinger here is the problem. The aircraft was transported to its birthing dry dock at Berth 120 on Pier E, at the southeast end of Terminal Island in Long Beach. It took at least three trucks owned by the Star House Moving Co. INC to move the major components. They were paid $140,000 to do the job. Not bad money in 1947!. Which truck carrying which section are you asking about? Hmmmm?
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What was the name of the vehicle that hauled the plane to it's destination?
A Corbitt 50SD6 truck was used.

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Why did they haul it to Long Beach?
To be assembled.

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What was the nickname for this flying boat?
The Spruce Goose.

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What engine powered this truck and how many H.P.?
855 CID Hercules I-6. ?? HP

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The truck they used to haul the flying boat was named Loretta.

They moved it to Long Beach because they didn't pay their rent in Culver City.

The nickname of the flying boat was " Fly Dam***, Fly!"

The engine that powered the truck was a Briggs and Stratton 12 HP.

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Old 02-21-2013, 06:00 PM
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A Corbitt 50SD6 truck was used.


To be assembled.


The Spruce Goose.


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The Spruce Goose Moves To Long Beach (1946) - YouTube
Joe nailed it. It was brought to Long Beach, it needed water to launch. 178 H.P., 779 C.I. Hercules. There's a good article in the April issue of Hemmings Collector Car.Corbitt was based in N.C., went out of business in the early 50's, old man Corbitt had no one to run the company for him, he was 80 years old. Made a fortune in WW1 and WW2. It's all yours, Joe
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Joe nailed it. It was brought to Long Beach, it needed water to launch. 178 H.P., 779 C.I. Hercules. There's a good article in the April issue of Hemmings Collector Car.Corbitt was based in N.C., went out of business in the early 50's, old man Corbitt had no one to run the company for him, he was 80 years old. Made a fortune in WW1 and WW2. It's all yours, Joe
Are you telling me that truck wasn't named Loretta?

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If your at all interested in Howard Hughes and his antics here is a website that has hundreds of pictures of Howard , his planes, his factories and Vegas.
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UNLV Libraries - Howard Hughes: Search the Collection

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Thanks, Dinger, that was an excellent question.

Next question:

Name two "two seater" cars (not trucks or back seat delete cars) that you could have purchased new at any American Lincoln-Mercury dealer, post WWII.

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Mercury Capri and De Tomaso Pantera. I had my shop when the Capri was being sold, 91ish and worked with a Lincoln Merc dealership right down the street. Now closed and is a tire store. I worked with a guy who worked at a Merc dealership and had a lot of stories about the Eliminators and Panteras. Things like you have to pull the motor to get the gas tank out. I remember him telling me about fixing a wrecked Pantera and delivering it on Friday and going into work on Monday to see it there wrecked again.





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You got it, Brian.

The Pantera for sure, but I forgot about that Capri, I was thinking of the LN7...



When was the last time you saw an LN7 ? Haven't seen one up here in rust country in at least 20 years.

The first car I ever got paid to work on was a Pantera. When I was kid, my Dad did paint and body work out of our garage in addition to his regular full-time job. When I was 10 or 11, my Dad was restoring a neighbor's Pantera, and paid me $1/hr to help...good times.

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Pantera

For the Canadians on here - it was a Pantera that Tim Horton was driving when he was killed.

For US readers - Tim Horton's is a national chain of doughnut shops - think "Dunkin Doughnuts" - which is famous for its coffee as well as its fattening stuff. Tim Horton was a hockey player (mostly for the Toronto Maple Leafs) and crashed his Pantera into a bridge abutment on the 401 one night in 1974.
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For the Canadians on here - it was a Pantera that Tim Horton was driving when he was killed.

For US readers - Tim Horton's is a national chain of doughnut shops - think "Dunkin Doughnuts" - which is famous for its coffee as well as its fattening stuff. Tim Horton was a hockey player (mostly for the Toronto Maple Leafs) and crashed his Pantera into a bridge abutment on the 401 one night in 1974.
Here is another Canadian built 2 seater + an American built.
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Hey cool! a Bricklin! Note: Bricklin's are acrylic, NOT fiberglass. A lot of them were ruined by well intentioned people painting them without sealing the acrylic. Fiberglass panels are available. I knew a guy who had one and had trouble with the hydraulic gullwing doors. Apparently you shouldn't open both doors at the same time or it blows the ram...His wife refused to accept this. His was the only AMC powered one Ive ever seen and it was this HIDEOUS orange color.

Dont insult Tim Hortons by comparing it to Dunkin...its way better than Dunkin and cheaper
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Hey cool! a Bricklin! Note: Bricklin's are acrylic, NOT fiberglass. A lot of them were ruined by well intentioned people painting them without sealing the acrylic. Fiberglass panels are available. I knew a guy who had one and had trouble with the hydraulic gullwing doors. Apparently you shouldn't open both doors at the same time or it blows the ram...His wife refused to accept this. His was the only AMC powered one Ive ever seen and it was this HIDEOUS orange color.

Dont insult Tim Hortons by comparing it to Dunkin...its way better than Dunkin and cheaper
The offical name for that orange was "Safety Orange." the other two color options were "Safety Green, or Safety Suntan." No wonder the car was doomed!

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The offical name for that orange was "Safety Orange." the other two color options were "Safety Green, or Safety Suntan." No wonder the car was doomed!

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It would appear that those first three colors were in 1974 possible early 75 only. Later they realized their mistake of limiting colors to only three so they increased the number to 5. “Safety” Colors were available including Safety White, Safety Orange, Safety Red, Safety Green, and Safety Suntan. They were considered to be “Safety” colors due to the high degree of light reflection. They folded in 1976.

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