Left side of Futurliner. The opening in the front is the service
door to the engine.
Right side of the Futurliner. This side has all the trim installed.
Don Mayton stands on the demonstration stage. You can see how the
main doors open to make a stage. In fact, behind Don, the other side
of the Futurliner opens up just like this.
Ed DeVries looks over the doors for proper fit and functionality. In
their original form, these doors were a little tricky to operate and
get closed without assistance.
Although we have a new windshield, it will not be installed until the
interior is completed. The interior will not be done until 2004. In the meantime, we intend to install a temporary windshield
made of plastic. On Monday, Wayne measured the glass windshield so
that we could get a plastic one cut close to the size we needed. He
created a paper template that covered the windshield and then he
laid it out on the floor to find out how large of a piece of plastic
we would need.
Art Meidema, Jim Baker and Conrad DeJong install one of the rear
This hub cap was given to us by Mr. Peter Picknelly, president of Peter
Pan Bus Company. It's beat up quite bad but Art Meidema is going to
try and fix it. Someone asked, why not just have some new ones made?
We checked it out and the die would cost around $30,000.
Del Carpenter questions these two volunteers as to why they are
watching the paint dry when there is work to do.
Actually, Wayne Jackson and Jerry Sigler are working on installing
trim. They found the chairs to be more comfortable than stooping
Fred and his wife Marge, and Wayne and his wife
Lois, each have booths at the spring Carlisle, Pennsylvania car
meet. Fortunately for us they also spent time looking for Futurliner
parts. Previously Wayne had found used front door handles for the
Futurliner. Fred was able to match these with new reproduced ones.
We were missing the glass lens for the four running lights that are
on the top rear and front of the Futurliner. These lens were red in
the rear and amber in the front. Wayne had previously identified
that the 1941 Chevy truck fender light lens were the same except
they were clear lens. On this trip Fred also found that the same
lens were used on 1940 Pontiacs. Again, Fred hit pay dirt as he
found three clear glass lenses. We have two original red glass lens
that are in so - so condition that we will use unless we find more
of the glass lens. We will use amber bulbs in the front with the new
glass lens that Fred found.
One of the lenses came in a GM Parts Division box
with the number 5932343. If there are more of these glass lens out
there we would appreciate a contact.
Wayne in the meantime found a model of a 1953
Chevy tractor, red, just like the tractors used to pull the trailers
for the Parade of Progress. He was able to match a model trailer. He
then had stencils made and we now have a "Parade of
Progress" 1953 tractor - trailer combination. It looks great.