Roberts Cathedral Cruiser
Folks Design, Build Futurliners for Show
Members of the staff of the technical exhibits department of the GM
Research Division check on one of the wooden models used in designing
the new "Aer-O-Dome." Robert C. Taft, Roy E. Lushbaugh, Fred
Huddle and Eric R. Brogren, discuss methods of raising and lowering the
Parade of Progress Director J. M. Jerpe, C. A. Lewis, Assistant
Director of Public Relations, Paul Garrett, Vice-president in Charge
of Public Relations, Allen Orth, Research Division C. F. Kettering,
Vice-President in Charge of Research.
Walter Hock, Fleetwood Fisher Body Division hammer-man fits the metal
rear quarter panel of one of the new "Futurliners" onto a
wooden form which was constructed to enable the workmen to shape the
metal sections for the trucks which were literally built by hand.
Power hammering the rear quarter panel (same as photograph at left)
for one of the "Futurliners." These panels are hammered to
fit the wooden forms constructed as models for the metal construction.
Toy Deptner (left) assists Walter Hock, both veteran employees.
A large aluminum door panel being formed over a wooden model by Bill
Miller, Henry Schmidt and John McIntosh, Fleetwood. After the proper
shape is obtained, the panel is flanged over the inner frame, which
consists of shaped and welded steel channel braces.
The chassis for one of the fleet of "Futurliner" buses being
constructed by Yellow Truck & Coach Manufacturing Company of
Pontiac, MI, a GM affiliate. The trucks are 33 feet in length, have
dual wheels in front and the steering wheel in the center of the cab.