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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: January 01, 2018 09:52PM

Cortez the opposite of an Ultravan. Was it the heaviest ever? Did yours have the Chrysler slant 6?

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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: January 01, 2018 10:06PM

joelsplace Wrote:
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> Cortez the opposite of an Ultravan. Was it the
> heaviest ever? Did yours have the Chrysler slant
> 6?


Heaviest? Not even. My Cortez weighed about 2000# less than our GMCs.

Initially, our '69 Cortez was built with a Ford 302 TBM (Truck/Bus/Marine) and a 4-sp manual. I converted it to 455 w/Toro automatic. Our '71 Cortez was factory-built with the 455 Toro.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: January 02, 2018 04:08AM

Craig: Was the Vixen powered by the Mercedes turbo diesel and Renault gearbox?

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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: January 02, 2018 04:51AM

The Featherlite is interesting. Besides the FC headlights, it has a Corvair instrument panel and the windshield looks an awful lot like an Early 4-door rear window. I sort of like the lines of it except for the sliding patio door. It reminds me of a 60s Dodge pick-up, I won't comment on the relative beauty of that.
NW US seems to be a haven for unusual RVs, a few months ago there was the one that looked like a mailbox.
I think the GMC is the pinnacle of motor homes and definitely a descendant of the Ultra Van, although the whole thing is not really for me.
You have to be careful of what you look for because you will find it.
Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com

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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: January 02, 2018 05:05AM

I've often told my car guy buddies.

Don't tell me I cant find something.

My radial engine search made progress.

First one is a Jacob L4...Shaky Jake.

Second two are a Wright Whirlwind R975.

Knew about the Wright...just found Jake.

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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: crvr63 ()
Date: January 02, 2018 06:21AM

As a former GMC Motorhome owner I can say this: The general rule for these is you will have $30k in it regardless. Buy one for 5k and plan on a 25k resto. I bought one for 12k years ago and put at least another 15k in it. But a very cool ride. Gets a lot of looks and the support from the owners group is second to none. I believe the forum is under mybirdfeeder.com

Orange Park, Fl
63 Corvair Conv
67 Cutlass Conv
65 Buick Special Conv
"I'm a ragtop man !"

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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: dryenko ()
Date: January 02, 2018 07:00AM

The Vixen with a Dodge Cummins 5.9 would make a awesome "go to the track" tow vehicle.
The Featherlite MH shown would be great in a Mad Max movie. Just install a HEMI

Bob C aka Dryenko
Dobson, NC 27017

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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: January 02, 2018 08:43AM

Phil Dally Wrote:
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> Craig: Was the Vixen powered by the Mercedes turbo
> diesel and Renault gearbox?

Earlier Vixens had a 2.5L BMW turbodiesel (same as optional in '85 Ford Thunderbirds!!!) Trans was the Renault 5-sp (poor man's ZF).

The last Vixens had 3.8 Buick with 4-sp automatic.

The 2.5TD was OK on the highway and even in the mountains but first gear was way too tall so it was a bear to drive in town.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: January 02, 2018 09:10AM

I meant heaviest for it's size. Weren't they even shorter than the Ultravan and all steel?
I saw one at Walmart last year and 2 on Craigslist here.

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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: January 02, 2018 09:35AM

joelsplace Wrote:
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> I meant heaviest for it's size. Weren't they even
> shorter than the Ultravan and all steel?
> I saw one at Walmart last year and 2 on Craigslist
> here.


The Cortez wasn't "all" steel; there was some cast-iron too! grinning smiley Very well put together and durable too.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: O/T-What Early Birds Do With Craigslist
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: January 02, 2018 09:50AM

The Clark that built them was the forklift company correct?

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