GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of
the United States
'33 World's Fair
This photo shows a set of
windows that were added to the doors in the Futurliner. Our restoration
team has had problems with door-sag on the top portion when these doors are opened. One would
think that by cutting windows into the doors it would further compromise
their rigidity and making them even more susceptible to sagging. We can
only speculate that they must have reinforced the
doors somehow in order to accomplish this. As you can see from subsequent
photos below, there doesn't appear to be any sag in the open top portion
of the door.
The Futurliner served as a excellent traveling stage for remote areas. The
only drawback might have been the noise from the running engine in order
to generate electrical power for the PA system and for lights at night.
This close up shows how the bottom section of the door served as a platform and
how it was supported with adjustable support stands.
This close up shows how the inside of the door was finished off. There
doesn't seem to be any discernable sag in the open door.
Another view of the Futurliner set up for services. Note that in some photos
the doors on both sides are open and in others, only one side. The
Futurliner proved to be a very versatile vehicle for remote locations.
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