STU ALLEN --
tracking down one of the "original" Futurliner displays and developing
transparencies for making presentations to organizations.
MARK BATTJES -- loaned us his electric metal nibbler which we used to
cut the sheet metal for the rebuild.
& GEROGE FERRIS -- donated their literary skills for a book
being readied for publication.
JOE BORTZ -- donated the Futurliner to
BILL BICKNELL --
donated two engines.
R. BLUHM -- works for GM Power Train in
Ypsilanti, MI volunteered their services to overhaul the Hydramatic transmission.
MARY and DAVE BOSELL -- researched the Detroit
Public Library for more information.
BILL and JACK BRAUN -- owners of a junkyard in
Western Michigan supplied us details when they purchased 2 Futurliners from the State of
Michigan in the late 1960s.
DEL CARPENTER -- volunteered to
be the chief drive line mechanic.
COKER TIRE -- volunteered to supply the wide
white wall tires for free.
GORDON DEBAAR -- East End Radiator in Holland
donated labor and parts to rebuild 3/speed/PTO transmission. Bearings worth $860.
CHARLIE GLICK -- owner of the Heartland Antique
Automobile Museum in Paris, Illinois provided the aluminum cast letters for our
Futurliner. He made molds of the original letters from one of the Futurliners, then
constructed patterns, and then had all the castings poured at a local foundry. There were
a total of 46 different aluminum castings using 300 lbs. of aluminum.
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BUS CONVERSIONS -- donating a spare engine and
ED and RYAN DEVRIES -- restored the
radiator. Ryan also volunteered to polish the 46 aluminum castings of the
Futurliner letters provided by Charlie Glick. Ryan, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a hobby
business of making brass antique fire engine bells. His business includes making the
patterns, getting the castings poured, and then performing the final polishing.
JOEL DIRNBURGER -- creating a
1/24-scale model of the Futurliner with working doors, display panels and light bays for
NATMUS. Joel provided the drawing for mounting all the aluminum cast
JACK HALTON --
contributed parts for the
302 engine (www.inliners.org)
DENNIS HOADLEY -- doing Parade of
BILL HOLLERAN -- works at the Kettering Archives
at Kettering University, provided many
boxes of information that helped us document that Charles Kettering was the person that
created the Parade of Progress.
WAYNE JACKSON -- loaned us his table power hack
saw. It has been invaluable in cutting the angle iron and bar stock to replace all the bad
body structure. Wayne also loaned other tools including a sand blasting
cabinet and paint spray system.
MIKE KADLETZ -- owner of Bus Conversions in Long
Beach, California, is donating a spare engine and transmission once it is out of their
TERRY KAPTAIN -- of Cover All Shelter-AK
Equipment company in Zeeland, Michigan provided a fork truck. Terry operated it for a full
day to aid in the unloading of the Futurliner and pushing it into the barn when it arrived
JOE LOCKHARD -- Applied Industrial Technology in
Flint MI has supplied the bearings for both the primary 3rd transmission and
the spare 3rd transmission.
PHIL MAYTON -- volunteered to develop
the mailing lists, printing of the letters and envelopes.
DAN MAYO -- providing a drawing of the roof so
that a new one can be fabricated. The old one is rusted beyond repair and must be
BOB MARTIN -- offered
help with the electrical systems of the displays. He was involved with them originally and
was one of the first people hired when he was just 22.
JEFFREY MILLER -- working with a major brake company to redesign the
complete braking system and upgrade it for better safety than the 1950s design.
BARRY PALMER -- rebuilding the jack shaft
assembly which drives the air conditioner and the power steering pump.
GARY PARKER -- Auburn, Indiana. Provided and
drove the low-boy tractor trailer rig that hauled the Futurliner from Auburn to Zeeland.
PARKER AUTO & TRUCK -- relined and painted
the rear brake shoes.
RICHARD and MARIO PETIT -- Kebecson in Montreal,
Quebec, Canada. Allowed us to purchase their spare parts and donated two truck loads of
spare parts. This included outside trim, hub caps, spare air conditioner compressor and
condenser , gas tank, drivers seat, 3-speed/PTO transmission and many miscellaneous parts.
GM POWERTRAIN -- restored the transmission.
STATE SPRING SERVICE -- Restored
the front spring assemblies for the front axle of the Futurliner. This
included new bushings, pins, shackles and through bolts. Owned by Rick
Sheehan, 7349 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49548. (616)
STEVE SLUTTER -- Zeeland, Michigan, constructed a
tow bar for moving the Futurliner.
DEAN TRYON -- volunteered to develop
and send out quarterly newsletters. He also volunteered to restore driver's
seat, carburetors and distributors.
CRAIG WALDRON -- Troutville VA has supplied
safety equipment for the team including glasses, ear plugs, gloves etc.
TRUCK -- Hudsonville MI. John Weller's company overhauled the
differential, rear brake drums and recently the rear wheel bearings.
JOHN WILTJER -- donated plastic lens for the
overhead door lighting bars.
WYRICK CO. employee Ray
de Longpre has secured ChemSpec
Ernest J. Borsich) to sponsor this project with the paint supplies.