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Old 09-29-2014, 03:16 PM   #1
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Clark Cortez

Anybody have any info, especially floor plan info about these, saw one yesterday, and thought it was beyond neat.
Did a little research, and they had front wheel drive, manual 4 sped tranny, front wheel drive, and the indestructible Chrysler 225 slant 6 engine.
I have had 2 of those engines in my vehicles, and I could not destroy them, even though I abused them to no end.
Had a van with that engine, connected to the heavy duty tranny, and it could anything, anywhere at 80mph
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Hadn't realised they were front wheel drive. During my 3 years with NASA, I became familiar with their use of the Clark-Cortez as the transport vehicle for the astronauts between the crew quarters and the launch pad.

We thought about renting one around 1970, but two years after emigrating from the UK, I didn't want to ever drive another stick-shift!
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I have been in a Clark Cortez many times and maybe the last clark before they were named cortez. 240 ci ford 6 cylinder. It was a very quality rv for it's time.

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I don't know about the Clark Cortez,but it seems to me that Cortez also used a studebaker engine and a Oldsmobile tornado engine and front wheel drive unit. I saw one that a friend of mine pulled out of a creek with his tow truck and after rolling over once down the bank and having pulled back upright so that it could be pulled back up on the road,it really didn't look too bad. It was considered a total,but Harvey bought it from the insurance company,straightened it up and sold it to another guy,who is still driving it,30 years later.
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I have been in the newer Cortez with the olds engine. It was much bigger and more luxury . Both were my father in-law's vehicles.

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The Cortez was years ahead of it's time. Mr. Clark was the maker of forklifts and the towmoters that were used to move airplanes. He was on a trip to CA and spotted a motorhome. This was in the very early 60's. It was probably a chassis mount. He returned to Detroit and ordered his engineers to come up with a MH. But it had to be small enough to park on a city street and be low priced and give good fuel mileage. Some of my info might be slightly incorrect as this was a long time ago. He spent a few million on this baby. They were 18 feet. But more usable space than any MH you see today. Full of innovations: FWD, torsion bar suspension, monocoque chassis and the Dodge slant 6. I saw a movie of the assembly line and the chassis was dipped in tanks with rust preventative.. Used a Stewart warner gas heater. Had a small electric heater with a heat exchanger to heat the water as you drive. The passenger seat was a double seat. Lots of inside storage. The passenger seat turned into a double bunk. Fun to drive. I restored a 65 in the early 80's. Got 16+ mpg and would cruise @ 60 to 65. There were weakness. The transaxle was their own design and was very weak. The U joints snapped if you were not cautious with the throttle. The brakes were weak, BUT with the internet everything changed. Updated crown and pinions became available. Disc brake conversions. Although the all metal bodies were dipped in special aircraft sealants they rusted due to the condensation. A real fun vehicle. There were chev v8 conversions. The company was sold and they went to an Olds or Cadillac FWD and the unit was much longer. Nice but not like the original.
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My father in-law had a 240 ci ford engine and a gm or international transmission and another brand of clutch. He later had the 300 ford 6 cylinder engine installed. He figured what he had was what was left over as it was the end of this model as I remember.

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I told my Buddy about it, as he lives close to it,
Seems he has talked to the owner, who likes to drive it to work, and uses it as a daily driver...
It is a slant 6 though, so not really surprising. Engines were nearly indestructible...
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