Truck & Bus exhibit at Buick Gallery

October 26, 2013 – March 30, 2014
Partnering with General Motors, Sloan Museum will host a special exhibit at Buick Automotive Gallery featuring the workhorses of the automotive world – pick-up trucks.  From their infancy as motorized versions  of delivery wagons, these trucks have developed into essential tools used by farmers, ranchers, construction workers, and firefighters. However, many people who rarely haul anything other than groceries now enjoy these vehicles for their ruggedness and style. This exhibit will focus on the theme that today’s pick-up truck is far more than a simple automobile with a cab and a storage bed.  It is a sophisticated and well-designed vehicle that “gets things done” and enables an increasing number of people to pursue active modern lifestyles.

This exhibit, to be held October 26, 2013 – March 30, 2014 in Buick Gallery, will feature trucks from different periods in their environments. Included will be a 1910 Buick delivery truck, a 1936 Chevrolet pickup, a 1940 Futurliner, a flashy-finned 1959 El Camino, and the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. This latest model represents the culmination of American pick-up truck development – a vehicle durable enough to serve on a construction site during the week, but versatile and comfortable enough to transport the family and a camper to northern Michigan on the weekend.

Futurliner Information and Facts
Twelve Futurliners, along with 32 support vehicles, toured the country from coast to coast in the 1940s and 50's. Each Futurliner in this Parade of Progress displayed modern advances in science and technology such as jet engines, stereophonic sound, microwave ovens, televisions and many other modern marvels of the time. These Futurliners were custom-built by General Motors around 1940, however WWII halted the Parade. In 1952, General Motors refurbished the Futurliners and the Parade resumed-only to be forever discontinued after 1956, a victim to one of its featured displays: television.

On display at Buick Gallery is the Futureliner No. 10, laboriously restored to its original condition by more than 30 volunteers working over a seven-year period under the direction of Don Mayton of Beaverdam, Michigan. Only eight other Futurliners are known to exist, five of which are in total disrepair. Futurliner No. 10 is owned by the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States (NATMUS) located in Auburn, Indiana.

  • Built by GMC Truck and Coach & Fisher Body in 1939. Refurbished in 1952.
  • 33 feet lone, 8 feet wide, and 11 feet 7in tall
  • 248 wheelbase
  • Weight - approximately 30,000 lbs
  • Four 5x16 ft Clam Shell Side Doors.
  • Light-bar fully raised is 7ft above roof
  • Light Bar has 60 30W Florescent light, 4 Floods
  • Seating - Driver in Middle, 2 riders behind him.
  • Front Engine - Rear Drive
  • Engine is 302 cu. in. Gas - Inline 6 Cylinder OHV GMC Engine proiducing 145 Horsepower.
  • 4 Speed Hydramatic, 2 Speed Gearbox, 3 Speed PTO Gearbox in rear.
  • Dual front wheels with built in differential
  • Two 45 gallon gas tanks

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