Electrical and engine bay access door.
The engine bay door was installed so the crew
working on the aluminum trim could begin the installation process.
Connie and Art have completed the front
bumper with its final primer. The rear bumper section is nearly complete.
The large GM letters on the front of the
Futurliner were installed by Ed, Fred, Connie and Wayne.
Touch up commences on the Futurliner. It looks nearly complete.
Masking and touch up take place.
On Monday, Howard brought a flat deck
trailer and took the wheels to Bill Ginman of Ginman Tire Service
over in Muskegon.
Bill Ginman added the wide white walls to eight new
radial 10:00 X 20 truck tires. Bill then
took our newly painted wheels and installed the flaps, the
inner tubes and then these tires. This process took most of the day.
Howard and Al then loaded the trailer with our
new tire/wheel assemblies and headed back to Zeeland.
Today, all eight tires were installed on the Futurliner
by Del, Howard, Tom, Stan and others. They look great.
Work continues on the interior.
Wayne took the headlight assembly home
and mounted all the headlight buckets along with the headlights.
Then, on Tuesday, Wayne, Fred, Connie and Ed started the
process of installing this assembly, along with the grill. The grill
must match up with the two front doors, the bumper, and the upper
panel that holds the "GM" letters. They ran into fit
problems and had to do some fitting.
PARADER'S STEAMER TRUNKS
On Tuesday Dick Humphreys along with
friend Robert Hadley arrived with two "Parader's" trunks.
Dick had made the effort to make a pick up in Saginaw and then Royal
Oak two of the Parader's trunks. Both trunks are in great condition.
The original trunks were painted beige and red with the lettering
Parade of Progress. One trunk has a number and the other has a place
for a permanent tag.
Bill Mitchell was a Parader in 1941 and he has
had his trunk stored in the basement since the Parade of Progress
was terminated at the end of the year due to the start of World War
II. His Parader's trunk was manufactured by Oppenheimer. These are
upright trunks when open have drawers as well as a place to hang
Conrad "Connie" Vaughan was a Parader
in the 1950's and his truck also has been stored all these years.
His trunk was manufactured by Taylor Fiber Manufacturing. It is
similar to Bill's trunk but with a few differences. In addition
Connie donated a "Waterman" fountain pen, given to each
Parader when they entered Canada for the 1955 summer tour. It is
inscribed; "GENERAL MOTORS, PARADE OF PROGRESS, CANADIAN TOUR -
1955" to commemorate the event.
Connie also donated a "bologna" bottle
used in the Parader's lecture on "compressive stress and
residual tension". In this demonstration this glass bottle
(looks like a clear glass vase with a round bottom) is used to pound
a nail into a 2" X 4" piece of wood. Next a small hard
object is dropped in to neck of the bottle and when it hits bottom
the glass shatters. We do have a video of this particular
Also in Connie's trunk was a 30 page pamphlet of
the Dedication Program of the General Motors Technical Center that
occurred May 16, 1956. A second 60 page pamphlet was in his trunk
titled "the big road test" which is a story of Engineering
at General Motors Proving Grounds. This pamphlet was dated 1957.
When the Parader's traveled the trunks were
stacked in a truck and this truck went to the hotel where the
Parader's would be staying. In the evening after the show setup the
Paraders would find their trunk in their assigned room. When the
Parade moved on these trunks would again be loaded into the truck to
again meet with their Parader at the next town.
We want to first thank Connie Vaughan and Bill
Mitchell for donating their Parader's trunks and Dick Humphreys for
making the two pickups and then making a 3-hour drive each way to
These trunks will not end up in a dusty corner
but will be a part of a display featuring the PARADERS.
Del, with help from Stan and Don, continues
to work at getting the engine to fire up. After two days of putting
the radiator in several times and making modifications to get it to
fit, they still have some alignment to finish.
They also have managed to have all lines in place, 11 gallons of
gasoline in the tank, oil in the engine, and fluid in the