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Old 01-13-2019, 05:34 PM
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Stacking 'em like potato chips. Chevy Vegas, noels..What a POS
The more I think about this, the more questions that I have. Did they not put oil or ATF in until the cars arrived at the train yard? Thought they started them at the factory.
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The more I think about this, the more questions that I have. Did they not put oil or ATF in until the cars arrived at the train yard? Thought they started them at the factory.
Good point....What about gasoline?? like you said, don't they road test the cars at the plant??
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The more I think about this, the more questions that I have. Did they not put oil or ATF in until the cars arrived at the train yard? Thought they started them at the factory.
At the time, rail cars could fit 15 vehicles each, but Chevrolet was able to lower shipping costs by making it possible to ship 30 Vegas per rail car, in turn allowing the price of the Vega to remain as low as possible. Each rail car had 30 doors that would fold down so that a Vega could be strapped on, and then a forklift would come along and lift the door into place. All the cars were positioned nose down. Chevrolet's goal was to deliver Vegas topped with fluids and ready to drive to the dealership. To do this Vega engineers had to design a special engine oil baffle to prevent oil from entering the No. 1 cylinder, batteries had filler caps located high up on the rear edge of the case to prevent acid spilling, the carburetor float bowl had a special tube that drained gasoline into the vapor canister during shipment, and the windshield washer bottle stood at a 45 degree angle. Plastic spacers were wedged in beside the powertrain to prevent damage to engine and transmission mounts. The wedges were removed when cars were unloaded.
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Is that a real Baldwin Motion car!!!! Stunning. It actually took my breath away..............It's a car guy thing.

I don't know, I just found the picture and thought it was worth a post here...
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:36 PM
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At the time, rail cars could fit 15 vehicles each, but Chevrolet was able to lower shipping costs by making it possible to ship 30 Vegas per rail car, in turn allowing the price of the Vega to remain as low as possible. Each rail car had 30 doors that would fold down so that a Vega could be strapped on, and then a forklift would come along and lift the door into place. All the cars were positioned nose down. Chevrolet's goal was to deliver Vegas topped with fluids and ready to drive to the dealership. To do this Vega engineers had to design a special engine oil baffle to prevent oil from entering the No. 1 cylinder, batteries had filler caps located high up on the rear edge of the case to prevent acid spilling, the carburetor float bowl had a special tube that drained gasoline into the vapor canister during shipment, and the windshield washer bottle stood at a 45 degree angle. Plastic spacers were wedged in beside the powertrain to prevent damage to engine and transmission mounts. The wedges were removed when cars were unloaded.
Wow!! Sure sounds like a lot of trouble/extra money spent. did they actually save any money doing it (the shipping) this way? Doesn't seem so to me.
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Originally Posted by Force-1 View Post
At the time, rail cars could fit 15 vehicles each, but Chevrolet was able to lower shipping costs by making it possible to ship 30 Vegas per rail car, in turn allowing the price of the Vega to remain as low as possible. Each rail car had 30 doors that would fold down so that a Vega could be strapped on, and then a forklift would come along and lift the door into place. All the cars were positioned nose down. Chevrolet's goal was to deliver Vegas topped with fluids and ready to drive to the dealership. To do this Vega engineers had to design a special engine oil baffle to prevent oil from entering the No. 1 cylinder, batteries had filler caps located high up on the rear edge of the case to prevent acid spilling, the carburetor float bowl had a special tube that drained gasoline into the vapor canister during shipment, and the windshield washer bottle stood at a 45 degree angle. Plastic spacers were wedged in beside the powertrain to prevent damage to engine and transmission mounts. The wedges were removed when cars were unloaded.
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Originally Posted by Force-1 View Post
At the time, rail cars could fit 15 vehicles each, but Chevrolet was able to lower shipping costs by making it possible to ship 30 Vegas per rail car, in turn allowing the price of the Vega to remain as low as possible. Each rail car had 30 doors that would fold down so that a Vega could be strapped on, and then a forklift would come along and lift the door into place. All the cars were positioned nose down. Chevrolet's goal was to deliver Vegas topped with fluids and ready to drive to the dealership. To do this Vega engineers had to design a special engine oil baffle to prevent oil from entering the No. 1 cylinder, batteries had filler caps located high up on the rear edge of the case to prevent acid spilling, the carburetor float bowl had a special tube that drained gasoline into the vapor canister during shipment, and the windshield washer bottle stood at a 45 degree angle. Plastic spacers were wedged in beside the powertrain to prevent damage to engine and transmission mounts. The wedges were removed when cars were unloaded.
Weren’t you on that old TV show “Cheers”?
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Weren’t you on that old TV show “Cheers”?
Yes..Yes, he was..His name is actually Cliff (the postman)
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I did that with cassette tapes, Itunes put that model out of business.
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I did that with cassette tapes, Itunes put that model out of business.
I did it with LPs, VHS tapes, and CDs! It was actually a great deal at the time. Built some great libraries.
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I did it with LPs, VHS tapes, and CDs! It was actually a great deal at the time. Built some great libraries.
Careful there dude..you're showing your age..BTW, about the LP's...78, or 45's??
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Originally Posted by gowenfast View Post
Careful there dude..you're showing your age..BTW, about the LP's...78, or 45's??
I remember seeing the adds, just never was able to justify the future expense. We had a Great Eastern Mills locally. they sold records and tapes at a huge discount.. Usually purchased 1 tape or record per week. (based on my earnings)

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The ad posted looks like 8 tracks to me!

I still have a couple boxes of them for when I get my 442 done. I have a NOS Grand Funk Live 8 track to show the ricer crowd what a great stereo sounded like! LOL!!
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The ad posted looks like 8 tracks to me!

I still have a couple boxes of them for when I get my 442 done. I have a NOS Grand Funk Live 8 track to show the ricer crowd what a great stereo sounded like! LOL!!
I also have a few boxes of 8 tracks, just a tip - check the wheel in the tape , I had a few get gooey and needed to replace them. Otherwise they do sound great.
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Oooooh Yeaaaah! "Hairy" was one wicked machine. I wish it would have come to my local drag strip back in the day! I remember a telephoto shot of it on the strip with all 4 slicks billowing smoke. It was a centerfold in a car magazine!!
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