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Old 07-27-2006, 02:18 AM   #15
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I gave this some thought ans I remember that there was the Carey bus company in New York that was the transportation between the 3 metropolitan airports, Newark, LaGuadia and Kennedy which was then called Idlewild. Well this Company used a unique bus of their design which was gas powered, rear engined. The cooling problem was solved by having a forwrd facing scoop mounted at the rear above the engine compartment. This company was the foreunner of limo services and the bus design, it's drivers reputation were of the highest caliber. My uncle drove and retired from the corporation and he used to tell me of the rigorous uniform inspections and driving standards that were enforced.
The buses were painted a British racing green, aerodynamically designed and were powered by a Buick straight eight engine. They were similar to the GMC class A that was produced. It's not a question of can it be done, it is more of is that what the public want. I personally would want one...
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Foretravel had a rear engine gas rig in the late 80's. Overheating was the problem as I recall.
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Old 07-27-2006, 03:24 AM   #17
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">were powered by a Buick straight eight engine. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ahhh, those were the good old days.... they were smooth running engines and easy to work on and service.
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Old 07-27-2006, 03:30 AM   #18
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Years ago Winnebago manufactured a rear engine chassis and purchased the brake and drive trin from Ford. They called it the Spectrum. They had many problems with engine heat but the brake design from Ford was so bad they bought nearly all of the units from the purchasers. One owner would not sell and kept his unit. All of the units were then sold to a dealer with the Winnebago name removed and no warenty. I rode in one of the units and was very interested at the time.
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:48 AM   #19
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DSOUTH524: Interesting post, I have not heard this
previously. I wonder where one could go to find out more about the Spectrum.
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:57 AM   #20
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Here's a link to one that is for sale.

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eandy: Did you intend to include and URL with your post to be read?
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It would seem the earlier link to Special Interest Vehicles now makes sense...
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Old 07-27-2006, 01:33 PM   #23
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Looks like the Spectrum was sold as an Itasca?

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Old 07-28-2006, 08:32 AM   #24
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How about a compromise and put it in the middle.
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32' 460 engine sounds like a performance rig. If there was a heat prob the front facing scope as noted for resolution would be easy. Did they all just give up overlooking the obvious?

M&EM, Take a look at inside cover of just out Good Sam "HIGHWAYS". Hard to make out mfg name of rig top row far right, just MID-ENGINE.

Homer, That post has the forum and thread where we started talk of RGPs again.

This goes with my list of advantages.
I finished remount of my 6-way drivers power seat yesterday, more difficult than expected. But now I know how those are built. Would have been easy if the base could have been moved but not possible, so had to fab extensions to mount the power unit on. After getting that back together remounted seat on power unit and turned the seat around to face rear and reclined. Perfect. The need was to lean back as I do in Lazy Boy. The problem was the steering wheel in the way. TV is thoughtfully mounted mid caoch above the fireplace. What's the point of a seat like that if ya can't get comfy?

BTW both of the rigs linked remind me of the old GMC & FMC that everyone loved. They snapped my head around. No slides but that too is fixable. Threads on that are in "FIND"
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eandy: I made that assumption on the original post of RGP's and re-read them. Just wanted to be sure I didn't miss something. I certainly agree with you on the forward facing air scoop. I am old enough to remember when commercial busses used those on diesels. Thanks for the follow up response.
I loved the looks of the FMC, still some running in this part of the country.
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Homer, boats also aren't open to air and most I've ever seen have the same type scoops.
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The answer is "YES" and it is called the new Workhorse UFO in either gas or diesel...
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