Register now to get rid of these ads!

Folks Of Interest Mystery Of The Marvel Man; Welded Inside A '49 Kaiser

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ClayMart, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. Recently found on the website.

    Don Haynes, The Marvel Man


    "Apparently, in 1949 (Don) Haynes, a 39 year old truck driver, made a bet that he would spend the next 14 months traveling to each of the 48 states while welded inside his car... Haynes’ wife was pregnant at the time so when she delivered Haynes had the car lifted on a crane so he could check in on his wife and baby in their second floor hospital room. Unfortunately, Haynes gave up just three weeks short of completing his journey when he lost track of his advance publicity man."

    But in typical fashion, after a few similar auto related stunts dating to the early '60s, the Marvel Man seems to have dropped off the radar with the exception of a couple more recent articles from the Southern Oregon Mail Tribune.

    I thought if anybody might be able to fill in some of the blanks about Don Haynes, his excursions or this welded up Kaiser, they'd probably be here on the HAMB. And even if there's nothing new to add, it's still an interesting story.
  2. I would have picked a Nash, so I could at least fold the seat down flat and stretch out at night. 14 months in a Kaiser, with just what water you can bring through the window in a bucket, and no toilet? Yikes...
  3. phukinartie
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
    Posts: 965


    Cool story! Noway in hell I would ever take that bet
  4. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


    you can get the smell out with drier sheets.
    Register now to get rid of these ads!

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,543


    And people look at me funny for watching Jerry Springer!!
  6. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,017


    No thanks, I like having a shower and a toilet to take a dump in.
  7. davidvillajr
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 499


    You take a dump in your shower? GROSS
  8. LarzBahrs
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
    Posts: 759

    from Sacramento

  9. Ummm...not to take all the fun out of it, but if you read the posted links it explains that the car was fitted with a chemical toilet. And it was rumored that there was a removable hatch in the floor so he could get out of the car if repairs were needed and to "freshen up" occasionally. Besides, I don't think they even had drier sheets back then, did they?:rolleyes:

    Now please, carry on.:D
  10. 5Wcoupe
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 306

    from L.A., Ca.

    Did his wife get pregnant before he went in?
  11. LowFat48
    Joined: Aug 28, 2005
    Posts: 912


    No , apparently the milkman did not take the same bet
  12. Well, as I've always understood it, she couldn't be pregnant unless her husband (or someone) "went in", as you so delicately put it.:eek:

    Oh wait. You're talking about him going into the car, aren't you?:rolleyes:
  13. PhilJohnson
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 906


    I would never spend 14 months in any vehicle, not even one of those monster motorhomes. I think after a couple of days I would start going stir crazy
  14. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,238

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    A bigger feat than living in the car for 14 months was departing when his Wife was 8 months pregnant and not being divorced when he returned 14 months later!
    Yeah, that would go off real good around here; "Honey, I'm welding myself in a car and leaving for 14 months-see ya"!

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!


Copyright © 1995-2013 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.