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Old 04-13-2013, 10:00 PM
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Press Bus in MASH episode

Just saw an old MASH episode and the press comes to visit in what looks like some sort of stretch SUV. Had at least three sets of doors on each side. Anybody see the episode and can ID the vehicle?

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Old 04-14-2013, 05:33 AM
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Checker aerobus? They made them in 6 and 8 door configurations. Just guessing from the description, never seen the episode.



On a side not a car dealer had one for sale about 20 years ago that I really wanted to buy, it was gone when I went to inquire about it a few days later. Several guys bought it that I know now and used to use it for road trips and weddings and stuff. Haven't seen it in a while though, but they now if it ever needs a new owner to talk to me first.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:36 AM
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Checker aerobus? They made them in 6 and 8 door configurations. Just guessing from the description, never seen the episode.



On a side not a car dealer had one for sale about 20 years ago that I really wanted to buy, it was gone when I went to inquire about it a few days later. Several guys bought it that I know now and used to use it for road trips and weddings and stuff. Haven't seen it in a while though, but they now if it ever needs a new owner to talk to me first.
wow, didnt know they made them. What is the model name of the car they sold to the public?
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:30 AM
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Checker Cab (auto) Kalamazoo, Michigan.
went out of business just a few years ago. (OK 1982 is a few years back, to me)
The have some on display at the Gilmore Museum
http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/html...id=16&nav_id=3&

In the late 70's, I made the dies(tooling) that formed the frame rails for these. They were manufactured by A.O.Smith Corp. Milwaukee Wis. (also out of business, Closed in 2001) These frame rails were produced by a team of 4 press operators on a Hamilton 1500 ton press (#55014).....Department 1722.

Sorry, some things just trigger old memories....
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Checker / Marathon Aerobus

Something like this?. (I couldn't get the Imageshack attachment to load).



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There were big stretch IH Travelalls limos too.

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Old 04-14-2013, 04:34 PM
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But non of the above would have been seen in MASH. Or, at least SHOULDN'T have been on MASH given the time period they where portraying.
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But non of the above would have been seen in MASH. Or, at least SHOULDN'T have been on MASH given the time period they where portraying.

The Checkers were made from 1922-1982 ........probably not the exact units posted, but......similar ones?
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These are all similar. The IH looks most like it I think. Just an impression from a quick glimpse though. The Checker headlights/hood don't look right to me.

All really cool versions though. Wonder if I could build a stretch waggy with lots of doors? Based on my list of projects I might get to it in about 30-40 years!

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Those are all pretty cool! Talk about a family camper!
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