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Old 08-30-2008, 07:34 PM
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Underside view of a Presidential Limo.

Well, this past week I visited the Richard Nixon Library in SoCa. They have one of his limos there (used by a number of other presidents as well) and I started digging under it and just was curious as to what it was all about. What a TRUCK this thing is!

Check out the front lower control arm strut rods and braces! That is something like 3/8" steel they made them out of. How about the rear leaf springs and the boxed frame?

Some of the shots are pretty dark because I wasn't supposed to be using a flash in there.



How about the rear bumper/step mechanics.
http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...s/IMG_1312.jpg
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Yes, that is a PA speaker on the left side. There was one on both sides under the trunk.


Under the floor, rocker seen on right.
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Full "belly pan" armor.
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And this is a plug for microphones or speakers or something. They are all over around the car.
http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/a...s/IMG_1321.jpg

I found the place to be very interesting, been to a few Presidential Librarys and they are always facinating.

Brian

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Nice shots of cob webs as well. The librarians do not make very good car-takers, I guess.

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I know most people probably do not look under the vehicle, but it sure looks to me like they ought to clean the grease, oil, rust, dirt, and cobwebs off and do a good clean up and paint things back original under there. Thats what most museums do....maybe Presidential Librarys are different. Kind of a shame.
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You know, I'll bet the back side of Mona Lisa doesn't look as good as the front side! I didn't think a thing of it, the display was roped off and for me to slide under the ropes to see the underside was basically "breaking the rules" and to take the flash photos under there, that was certainly breaking the rules. So if I were to "keep my hands and feet inside the ride" and not "leave the paved path" I wouldn't have seen the cob webs.

This was a working car until it was pulled into the museum and would require a full on restoration at MANY dollars to make it good enough to put mirrors under it. Maybe some day they will do that, I think showing the comparison to the average car would be interesting even to the non-car nut. However, it may be a "security" issue too, why make it easy to understand these cars for some kook?
They also had the actual Helicopter that Nixon was on waving in the famous photo of him as he left the White House after his resignation. Very cool stuff.

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cool pix Brian...As for mirrors to see under it. I bet when it was new it was not worthy of mirrors to see the bottom. As most new vehicles are not show cars. Like many think they should be because of the price of them when new heh.
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You know, I'll bet the back side of Mona Lisa doesn't look as good as the front side!
Do I need to say it?
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LOLOLOL Why do you think he painted her front side?

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I know most people probably do not look under the vehicle, but it sure looks to me like they ought to clean the grease, oil, rust, dirt, and cobwebs off and do a good clean up and paint things back original under there. Thats what most museums do....maybe Presidential Librarys are different. Kind of a shame.
My guess is they are preserving the car in it's as-used condition, to preserve a piece of American history, it's soul and it's connection to its former owner/passenger. It's only original once.
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