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The Great Tucker Tour - 30 Tuckers in 3 weeks - For Real!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Great Tucker Tour, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. This is breath taking! Right Fred?

    Klaus
     
  2. SuperFleye
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    You're right Klauz :)



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  3. FC49
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    Rental Schmental. This is a movie worth owning. I just about wore out my VHS copy, and then got the DVD to find some great "Special Features" on it. It deserves a spot on your car movie shelf right between "2 Lane Blacktop" and "Deuce of Spades."

    Frank C.
     
  4. FC49
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    Is the "Bill Hamlin Suspension Fix" still common on road-worthy Tuckers? Has anyone tried some modern elastomers to rebuild the tosilastic joints?

    Frank C.
     
  5. ratt7
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    Great history!! Thanks for the road tour pics
     
  6. SHELBYMAN1968
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    GTT, Did owner of Tucker #1052 say when he would has his car completed? Do you know what color it is going to be? Love the dialogue here!
     
  7. EurekaFreak
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    Neither car has had any recent suspension work... Tucker #1003, being an early car, has the early suspension set-up - Short control arms (with Bill Hamlin-added springs!) and all steering components above the frame. Combine that with the short wheelbase, rear-mounted fuel tank and a few passengers and you have all the weight in the rear and essentially no weight in the front, giving the car a "tail-dragger" or boat like appearance - Low rear, high front.

    Tucker #1031 has the later suspension - Longer/larger A-arm style with "Torsialastic" cylinders up front, all steering links below the frame and front-mounted fuel tank, longer wheelbase and a combination of original Torsialastic suspension, added torsion bar and relocated shocks in the rear, giving the car a "raked" appearance - High rear, low front. Both cars ride on the same Firestone 7.00 X 15 tires.

    When completed, #1052 will wear a color close to what was originally on the Tin Goose at the 1947 unveiling.

    SuperFleye, any updates on your replicar?
     
  8. SHELBYMAN1968
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    Does #1052 have a hood for his car. I know a guy in Minnesota that has an original Tucker hood, if he needs one. Does anyone know how Tucker #1059 which I believe is the Tucker airplane coming along in restoration.
     
  9. Great Tucker Tour
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    Yes, he has a hood. There are several floating around on E-Bay. One sold last year for $1,250. The guy that built the Convertible had one for sale for $8,000 but it has been sold. Sounds like he took less than that for it.

    Which Tucker airplane? The Budd RB-1 Conestoga or the Beechcraft 1A43?
     
  10. Carguy1965
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    Is Tucker #1052, which is being built from spare parts, the car that used to be owned by the Roscoe, IL museum?

    Wasn't the car in Roscoe bought by the museum at an auction?

    Thanks!
     
  11. BrokeBastards
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    i wonder if theyll spin the tires? if any of these guys need sum one to drive their cars just let them contact me on here, i could probably find the time in my busy schedule to work that in :)
     
  12. I'm curious about #1052:

    So this car will be chassis #52, with parts from 18 and 27? Very cool.
     
  13. Great Tucker Tour
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    I guess it could be called Tucker #97 Parts from 18+27+52=97 :D
     
  14. SHELBYMAN1968
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    Was Tucker # 1053, the one that rusted away to nothing?
     
  15. SHELBYMAN1968
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    Which Tucker airplane? The Budd RB-1 Conestoga or the Beechcraft 1A43?[/QUOTE]
     
  16. SHELBYMAN1968
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    It would be the Tucker airplane that was to be a gift to Senator Ferguson for his help for Preston Tucker in the SEC's case against the Tucker Corporation.
     
  17. 48flyer
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    When I was a kid there was a tucker in a junk yard in MN that I used to play in. It was later sold to someone out west. not sure where. I was only a teenager.
    I beleive the Minnesota owners name was Whitey
    Any info on what car this might be? Sorry I cant add more details
    Thanks
     
  18. SHELBYMAN1968
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    Do you have a public profile we could see about your hobbies and such? Maybe the site didn't get it up. Just couldn't find one
     
  19. Great Tucker Tour
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    There have been thousands of Tucker in a junk yard sightings but Tucker #1011 was the only Tucker ever in a junk yard. The car was not junked. It was owned by the yards owner. It was at Whitey's Auto Parts, 13517 Hwy 65 in Johnsville MN. Johnsville was later annexed to Blaine MN. The car was sold in 1987 to an owner that wishes to remain private. Whitey passed away just a few months ago.
     
  20. Oh man Brother Fred! You just made my day!

    Klaus
     
  21. jobbless
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    I was going to ask about the ones that sat in steelton. I remember my uncle telling me about them. He also showed me where they lived. I found it hard to believe. Guess he wasn't just messing with me..
    Cool thread!
     
  22. Great Tucker Tour
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    At one time there were 3 1/2 Tuckers on Pine Street in Steelton PA. The Tin Goose, #1008, #1044, and the front half of #1018
     
  23. Pharouh
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    Very cool thread!
    I was fortunate enough to see (up close) 1025 in Frankfort,IN several tears ago.It's not a big museum,but it's packed with cars and automobilia. I saw one at Aubnurn,IN at that museum,but don't remember the number. I've always been a fan of the Tucker.
     
  24. flatbrad
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    The Tucker that's in Australia is on display at the Melbourne International Motor Show. 1st July - 10th July 2011

    www.motorshow.com.au/

    Thanks for the great post.
     
  25. CDXXVII
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    If any HAMBers are going to be in Yankee territory next week here is a chance to see a Tucker on display.
    The owner only opens his collection one day a year to raise money for the local library.

    http://www.hamlin.lib.me.us/founders_day.htm
     
  26. Django
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  27. sj71189
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    Great post. Fantastic pictures. I'd love to see a Tucker just once. They are a beautiful work of art.
     
  28. CDXXVII
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    from Vermont

  29. FC49
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  30. 48flyer
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    I knew I wasnt crazy, but I have told that story hundreds of times over the years and every guy I know thinks I'm full of shit! LOL
    Glad to find someone who can actually verify im not nuts. Well, Im nuts, but I aint a liar!

     

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