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Old 06-04-2019, 11:53 AM   #151
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Cool story, thanks!
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Old 06-04-2019, 07:10 PM   #152
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Seattle long before my first visit.






This is the only photo I've seen of this beautiful 1957 Featurama truck.
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WOW that is something, would love to know where this is.

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Published Tuesday, July 17, 1962, pg. 1 This is the first bucket of cement poured on the Cape Girardeau section of Interstate Highway 55. The site is two miles north of Wedekind Park at a point just north of Old McKendree Chapel. The construction train shown here is a concrete pavement assembly line. Rolling on tracks, the assembly pours the concrete, levels it, removes any air pockets, finishes it and leaves behind a complete porject. The contractor is shooting for a mile of paving a day in ghe continuous process. (Missourian archives, G.D. Fronabarger photo)
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Published Tuesday, July 17, 1962, pg. 1 This is the first bucket of cement poured on the Cape Girardeau section of Interstate Highway 55. The site is two miles north of Wedekind Park at a point just north of Old McKendree Chapel. The construction train shown here is a concrete pavement assembly line. Rolling on tracks, the assembly pours the concrete, levels it, removes any air pockets, finishes it and leaves behind a complete porject. The contractor is shooting for a mile of paving a day in ghe continuous process. (Missourian archives, G.D. Fronabarger photo)
Your "Google-Fu" is very strong. I couldnt find any info on that.
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Your "Google-Fu" is very strong. I couldnt find any info on that.
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Not one of our trucks but too cool to ignore. That's a New York Central overpass in Detroit with what appears to be a Pacific 4-6-2 steaming across.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:19 AM   #158
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It looks a little different now.


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A couple of cool ones!

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Notice the name on the door is "FJ Boutell Driveaway Company". They hauled Buicks out of Flint.

I had two uncles that drove for Boutell. Uncle Joe Toby (who may be the man pictured) is the one that loaned Mr Boutell the money to start the business.

Ever hear the "urban legend" about a car hauler going under a bridge and wiping the top off the car? That was Uncle Joe; he was hauling a Buick showcar up on top. They had paved the road and (inadvertently) reduced the clearance. He hit the overpass and smeared the roof.

They refurbished it and used it during the show season a convertible model. Uncle Joe kept his job, probably as a result of his previous arrangement with Mr Boutell.

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Still do. It will be 40 years in June.

I started as a co-op student (GMI = General Motors Institute) at the Flint Truck assembly plant. Since then I've worked in about 12 different final assembly plants, two proving grounds, three pre-production shops and one remote self contained design/build operation, in production launch, product design/development, and engineering program management.

I've worked on 6 generations of Full Size Trucks (Squarebody, GMT400, GMT800, GMT900, K2 and T1) one electric vehicle (Volt) and one low volume show car type build that I can't talk about.

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Just noticed post 82: I didn't know when I made that comment that I would be done about two weeks later.

Last day worked was Feb 7; retired effective 3/1/2019. Total time with GM was 39 years 7 months.

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Just noticed post 82: I didn't know when I made that comment that I would be done about two weeks later.

Last day worked was Feb 7; retired effective 3/1/2019. Total time with GM was 39 years 7 months.

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It looks a little different now.


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Completely different freeways. The first one with the 7 south and 101 is what would be the 405 and the 101 interchange facing south, need to double check with my old man, he grew up in that area while the freeways were going in. Hes got some great stories. The second was is in downtown LA, you can see city hall.
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Completely different freeways. The first one with the 7 south and 101 is what would be the 405 and the 101 interchange facing south, need to double check with my old man, he grew up in that area while the freeways were going in. Hes got some great stories. The second was is in downtown LA, you can see city hall.
I know, I couldn't find the exact one, but you KNOW it is going to look basically the same.

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Notice the name on the door is "FJ Boutell Driveaway Company". They hauled Buicks out of Flint.

I had two uncles that drove for Boutell. Uncle Joe Toby (who may be the man pictured) is the one that loaned Mr Boutell the money to start the business.

Ever hear the "urban legend" about a car hauler going under a bridge and wiping the top off the car? That was Uncle Joe; he was hauling a Buick showcar up on top. They had paved the road and (inadvertently) reduced the clearance. He hit the overpass and smeared the roof.

They refurbished it and used it during the show season a convertible model. Uncle Joe kept his job, probably as a result of his previous arrangement with Mr Boutell.

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That is a wild story, wow!

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closest i could find.

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What's so amazing to me is the lack of center dividers on many of the early roads. Imagine travelling along at 75-80 and 24 feet away was a car doing the same thing in the opposite direction.

As far as the compare photos, it looks like they've completely redesigned the interchange? The first "today" photo showed the sign and the beginning of an offramp. This photo is taken from the ramp. You can see an overpass like in the B&W picture but 405 curves as it passes under the ramp.

https://cdn2.lamag.com/wp-content/up...rn-Fwy-map.jpg

Kind of crazy to think about how much effort was spent building and rebuilding in such a short time. That type of activity makes ants proud! ;-)
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GM plants often had cool fire brigade vehicles, like the one posted here.

Flint Assembly had a nice 69 GMC stepside, hidden in the back of the plant.

The Hydramatic transmission plant in Ypsilanti had a beautiful red Farmall A updated with fire equipment.

One of the engineers in the truck group purchased it at auction when it was disposed of.

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GM plants often had cool fire brigade vehicles, like the one posted here.

Flint Assembly had a nice 69 GMC stepside, hidden in the back of the plant.

The Hydramatic transmission plant in Ypsilanti had a beautiful red Farmall A updated with fire equipment.

One of the engineers in the truck group purchased it at auction when it was disposed of.

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Very neat. I'm guessing these vehicles were for display only? I remember reading of a huge fire, possibly in the Hydra-Matic plant, which destroyed equipment and records. Because of that I have wondered for years if GM decided to invest in their own firefighting equipment or if it was left to the towns where the plants were located.
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What's so amazing to me is the lack of center dividers on many of the early roads. Imagine travelling along at 75-80 and 24 feet away was a car doing the same thing in the opposite direction.

As far as the compare photos, it looks like they've completely redesigned the interchange? The first "today" photo showed the sign and the beginning of an offramp. This photo is taken from the ramp. You can see an overpass like in the B&W picture but 405 curves as it passes under the ramp.

https://cdn2.lamag.com/wp-content/up...rn-Fwy-map.jpg

Kind of crazy to think about how much effort was spent building and rebuilding in such a short time. That type of activity makes ants proud! ;-)
Thats not the same section. Thats farther down the 101 connector after the split.

https://www.google.com/maps/@34.1657...4!8i8192?hl=en
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Seriously - the DQ owner's name is "Affholter?" I'll bet that was intentionally mispronounced a lot.


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Seriously - the DQ owner's name is "Affholter?" I'll bet that was intentionally mispronounced a lot.
LOL

You know it! At least you would have to mispronounce it, I have seen many people with names you don't even have to mispronounce to be hilarious! How about "The Ho" no kidding, I am not making this up, we had a customer and THAT was their name, that spelling, everything! We had one guy who's name and I forget how it was spelled but it was pronounced S H I T. This is the thing, I have thought about this. If I move to some country that my name means a prostitute I am going to change it to "The Ho," You know what I mean?

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