GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of
the United States
Roberts Cathedral Cruiser
I apologize for these
pictures. I was unable to obtain the originals so these are photocopies of photographs.
Erecting the tent was no small task and it was
very physical and dangerous as well. Using cranes, ropes, pulleys and brute strength, the
tent is erected within a day.
To erect the tent, everything was bolted together except
one end of each girt and its corresponding girder, forming the jointed tent ridge. This
was a final manual operation after the remainder of the framework had been raised.
More than 25,000 spot welds were required to make the
frame. To raise the frame a truck is used to pull the cable, that raised the framework of
the tent into position. Sections of the tent material are hand laced together. The tent
fabric is snapped to wires which are run through pulleys in the rigging of the frame. The
huge silver covering was then pulled into position.
Framing material laid out on the ground in preparation for
A truck outfitted with an extended boom lifts one of the
girders in place.
Framework for the Aer-o-Dome begins to take shape.
Ropes are being slung in preparation for pulling the
tent material up against the girders.
The tent material is laid on the ground under
the framework in preparation for being lifted.
The tent material has begun to be lifted.
This process was done entirely by hand.
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