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Old 09-04-2009, 11:35 AM
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Very cool vintage motorhome in shop today.

This thing stops traffic! This was their maiden voyage from about 200 miles away. Next week they are taking off for Delaware (we are in California remember)!





It is called an "UltraVan" and is based on a Corvair. The drive train is all rebuilt and runs like a champ.




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Thats pretty cool Brian. You see alot of great stuff. . Cole
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that is way too cool - - - - those things are indeed head-turners and eye-catchers - - - somebody needs to write a song about that voyage, eh?
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Brian, pass on to the bold owners of that rig there is a big Corvair get together in Maggie Valley, NC the first week end in Oct and this motor home would be more than welcome and a sure hit. The First Production Corvair will be on display at this show as well. Oct is a beautiful time of year here in the mountains. Our variety of every North American Hardwood can be found here and the fall colors are spectacular. Warm days and cool nights are the norm and Southern Hospitality never stops.

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Those Ultravans are cool and they built a fair number of them. I'm into Corvairs, so I've seen quite a few of them at Corvair meets. They used one in the movie "My Girl", Jamie Lee Curtis was living in it.
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Cool ol' Motorhome

Its identical twin brother was at the Langley Cruise in today - just one of over 1600 entries! I talked to the owner - he said there was no issue with the Corvair (other than a certain lack of beans on hills, etc) was that it was SO rare that nearly anything that it needed resulted in a lot of fab work to retain the stock condition.
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Yep, it was all custom stuff, the front lower control arms are HUGE. There must be two feet between the bushings!

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Here's a Web Site with a lot of interesting information... history, pictures, floorplans, etc.
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Thanks for that link, that is very interesting stuff indeed. My boss' brother is going to miss a rally in New Mexico as they drive from Washington to Delaware thru the upper part of the country, too bad.

Yes, some very interesting stuff, that was one heck of a design.

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Great link.Those curvy things that could be today it seems are lost in time.Somehow those shapes seem to bring out the dreams of another generation.If they could design this stuff back then,What happened.I often ask myself.Is the answer practicality or were only a few of us futurists to a future that never came.I bought a book that had the future of the corvair.Lost it moving I guess but man some of those cars were out of sight.My Dad had a couple and he liked them.The gas mileage was great on that curvy mobil home.
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