GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of
the United States
'33 World's Fair
Roberts Cathedral Cruiser
photos were taken by Don Mayton on a trip to California in March of 2000.
Pictured are Brad Boyajian on the left (owner) and Bill Putman
who used work for Brad.
Brad allowed Charlie Glick to make patterns of the
aluminum letters for castings for our Futurliner.
Each Futurliner carried lower running lights. These running lights were small ¾"
spherical glass in red for the back and yellow for the front. There were a total of 40 of
these lights. They were spaced in sets of five. Five were in front of the front wheels and
five behind the front wheels. Then five were placed in front of the rear wheels and at the
rear of the rear wheels. The best description of these are that they look like a ¾"
marble with a 1/32nd chrome ring mounted so that ½ of the sphere is exposed.
Both Brads and Mikes have some of these lights but all need to be replaced.
All of these lights are missing on the NATMUS Futurliner.
This is the Futurliner was rear ended by another one in 1956
that had lost its brakes on a mountain road (as told to us by one of our Paraders).
As with many of the Futurliners, exposure to the elements have
taken their toll on nearly everything, including the driver's compartment.
This is a good picture of the engine exhaust pipe that vents
This is a picture of the interior of the Futurliner. The
display door on the right is cracked open about 6 inches. You can see the blue tarp through
|June 2007 --
This Futurliner was purchased by a gentleman in Sweden and is headed
there by container later in the year. His intentions are to begin
restoration in 2009.
||If you have any
additional information about the history or whereabouts of additional Futurliners, we
would like to hear from you. Our objective is to capture as much of the history of these
vehicles as possible.
Don M. Mayton, Project
4521 Majestic Vue, Zeeland, MI 49464
Dean G. Tryon, Newsletter
2516 Laurelford Ln., Wake Forest, NC 27587
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