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    Default Vega fact of the day

    The Vega was designed to be shipped vertically, nose down. Railroad cars named Vert-A-Pac were designed jointly by General Motors and Southern Pacific — each holding 30 Vegas versus 18 in normal tri-level autoracks. Each car was fitted with four removable cast-steel sockets in the undercarriage. Plastic spacers were wedged beside the powertrain to prevent damage to engine and transmission mount, and were removed during unloading. The rail car ramp/doors were opened and closed via forklift.
    Chevrolet conducted vibration and low-speed crash tests to ensure the suspended, nose-down cars would not shift or incur damage in railroad collisions. Chevrolet's goal was to deliver cars topped with fluids and ready to drive to the dealership. To do this, engineers had to design an engine oil baffle to prevent oil from entering the No. 1 cylinder; Batteries had filler caps located high up on the rear edge of the battery case to prevent acid spilling; the carburetor float bowl had a tube that drained gasoline into the vapor canister during shipment, and the windshield washer bottle stood at a 45 degree angle.

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    Interesting factoid. Love the pic.

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    Awesome. Never seen/knew that one. Thankz for sharing.
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    Good one!
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    I wonder why the don't use that technique any more ?

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    I never knew that........

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    That's interesting.
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    Did ya post this on Hbody?
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    No. I figured it to be common knowledge over there. Maybe I'm wrong.
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    Spent 30+yrs with PMD N never saw train cars/shipping like that before.
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