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History I thought this was interesting -- Vertical Car Shipping

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by pops29, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. pops29
    Joined: Jun 4, 2007
    Posts: 509

    from turlock ca

    Vertical Car Shipping

    In an effort to cut shipping costs with it’s brand new 1971 Vega Chevrolet worked with Union Pacific to develop “Vert-A-Pac” which allowed 30 cars to be shipped versus 18 that a normal boxcar could carry. Because of the vertical shipping method, the railcars were taller than normal forcing the railroad line to follow special routes to avoid low overpasses.
    According to Collectible Automobile The Vegas had four removable steel sockets inserted into the undercarriage. As the Vert-a-pac car doors were lifted and closed the Vegas would roll forward an catch on hooks on the doors. When the doors were fully shut the Vegas were suspended side by side, roof to roof.
    The Vega’s engine oil pan had a special baffle to keep oil from seeping into the number 1 cylinder while the cars were vertical. The battery caps, carburetor float bowls and windshield washer fluid reservoirs were also designed to prevent fluids from leaking during shipping.

  2. I'm a Chevy guy but thats is stupid! :mad: I'll stop here because the rest would be politics. ps Thanks for shareing, that is an iteresting peice of history.
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  3. 61TBird
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,640


    Way O/T for here,however,I'll take a Blue GT Hatchback and the Dark Green Kammback.....

    That was done to save space for shipping.
    More cars could be loaded in the rail car than the standard "wheels down" method.

    My 1st and 2nd cars were Vega's(yeah,yeah,stfu on the Vega jokes...)
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2010
  4. nutajunka
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,466

    from North Indy

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  5. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,578

    frank spittle

    Well you learn something new everyday here. Thanks for posting. The very first car I ordered was a new '71 Vega. They were so in demand it got backlogged so long I gave up and bought a Tempest instead.
  6. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,484

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    Love Vegas had a few as field cars and ,,road ones too.. ( Orange GT with a white stripe was my Fav.)
  7. That is pretty neat. There was a Vega hatchback in my neighborhood with a bigblock when I was in high school; I still want a V8 Vega.
  8. My first new car when I got out of the Army in 1974 was a silver 1974 Vega Panel Express. Neat little car, wish I still had it. I wonder if it was shipped that way.
  9. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Yeah, that is kind of cool, but still doesn't explain why they rusted out in 2-3 years.
  10. I would totally kill for a Vega, I've been wanting a 70-71 to put my lil' 327 in, I do love me some Vega's.
  11. FormerFueler
    Joined: Feb 3, 2009
    Posts: 411


    The first car I ever mooned somebody from was a Vega!

    They tried the same thing with Pinto's,But when bird shit hit them they would explode.
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  12. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    so thats what happened to them, :rolleyes: I remember the one we got when I was a kid, brand new, and within six months had rust holes in the body. smoked like a mosquitto fogger not too long after we got it too.
  13. Donnda
    Joined: Dec 26, 2009
    Posts: 174


    Used to unload these packed like this at the Roper yard in San Diego when I worked for GM (Many years ago!!!)

  14. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    I wonder why they put the pan baffles in? why didn't they just put in the oil and fluids after they reached the dealers? :confused:
  15. I had a 327 4 speed when I was a kid, it would spin so violently it felt like it was shaking apart at the seams. hammer down
  16. patman
    Joined: Apr 30, 2007
    Posts: 540


    Another picture...

  17. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,727

    Larry T

    Here's one that Don Hardy built that I ended up with.
    Larry T

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  18. I had a 73 Vega panel it had the cosworth 4 banger with 4 speed little car hauled butt. Also wish I had it back. Gary
  19. adams27
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 200


    vegas rule! w/ a big block of course. lol
  20. in my secret underlife i was a Vega nut.....guess i still am....hehehe
  21. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,429

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    probably because they were driven on , and driven off of the rail cars..
    to have to push that many cars on and off would be costly.
    not to mention having to put fluids in them at the dealer, and if someone forgot..well than you end up with a brand new junked car..

    someone was using thier noggin although it was short lived
  22. K204DR
    Joined: Apr 5, 2008
    Posts: 98

    from Chatt TN

    shoot I wonder what happend to all the railroad cars? did they scrap them when the new cars wouldn't fit?
  23. wow, a 30 pack of crap! :D
  24. aircoup
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
    Posts: 897


    a friend of mine had a 70 kammback wagon with a injected 327 in it hauled ass,,,,,,,,
  25. duste01
    Joined: Nov 5, 2006
    Posts: 1,214


    thats pretty wild
  26. povertyflats
    Joined: Jan 8, 2007
    Posts: 8,247

    from Missouri

    no wonder those cars had problems from the start. My brother had a new one and it was a lemon.
  27. a coupe
    Joined: Aug 14, 2009
    Posts: 101

    a coupe

    those r cool pics.. that was from a time when GM was in a little better shape!
  28. afan
    Joined: Jan 1, 2006
    Posts: 283

    from michigan

    a friend of mine just finished restoreing his 1974 vega. it's got a hemi in it! look for it a the DETROIT AUTORAMA in a couple of weeks. it will be easy to to find cause it says "MOTOWN SHAKER" on it.
  29. No problem ....

    Just get a Sprinter van :cool:

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  30. 61TBird
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,640


    That's Super rare since 1971 was the first year for Vega's.....:cool::D

    Why was the Wagon called a "Kammback"?

    After Professor Wunibald Kamm.
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