FlyingTexan
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Used Car Makes Unique Tug

Tue Mar 25, 2003 6:09 am

Used Car Makes Unique Tug

This is definitely one of the most unique tugs I have ever seen. Anyone know what kind of car it was in a former life? Any other pictures of interesting tugs/pushback vehicles?


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RE: Used Car Makes Unique Tug

Tue Mar 25, 2003 6:26 am

What keeps it from falling backwards when it's not attached to a plane?

lol....
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RE: Used Car Makes Unique Tug

Tue Mar 25, 2003 6:30 am

Well the body looks like an old late 70's Camaro, who knows what the running gear is underneath though as the Camaro was rear wheel drive. I guess it could be a Vega as well as they were styled similarly, but it was RWD too.
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RE: Used Car Makes Unique Tug

Tue Mar 25, 2003 6:30 am

It appears to be an old Camaro or Firebird.
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RE: Used Car Makes Unique Tug

Tue Mar 25, 2003 7:12 am



Im pretty sure its a 72-73 Camaro..what waste..
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RE: Used Car Makes Unique Tug

Tue Mar 25, 2003 7:13 am

The bodywork is Camaro, but the drivetrain is Olds Toronado. The picture is from YVR, where there are a lot of floatplanes. The Toronado is used as it is front wheel drive. The frame is grafted onto the lifting frame, and is controlled hydraulically. I have driven one of these without the aircraft, and it is bizarre because turning the wheel to the left turns the vehicle to the right.
 
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RE: Used Car Makes Unique Tug

Tue Mar 25, 2003 11:17 am

This is one of the nicer ones on the airport, as it has a roof and wipers! Some have neither, which isn`t very nice in the rain Smile
 
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RE: Used Car Makes Unique Tug

Tue Mar 25, 2003 11:22 am

Wee quite a few of those up here in ANC.

They are used to pull floatplanes up out of the water.

There are a couple of steel arms/platform extending out from the from front. All you have to to is drive this thing down a ramp into the water and let the floatplane float up on in. You tie it down and pull the plane out of the water.

They work really well.
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