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Old 10-26-2009, 05:11 AM   #15
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The Toranado front wheel drive unit was revolutionary at the time and quite different in its design from the 1938 Cord and some earlier cars. It became the Drive for the GM motorhome which was revolutionary for its time with Air bag suspension and a lower floor height (allowed by the lack of a central drive shaft necessary if you use the conventional rear wheel drive). There is a club dedicated to preserving and using these units. A more interesting use of the Toronada drive system was the mounting of two of them in a single car and using it as a four wheel drive dragster. Coordinating the power of the engines seemed to be their biggest problem, since the weight shift on rapid acceleration caused the front wheels to lift (from the torque developed by the rear engine) and then loose traction.

Mounting two Toranado drive units under a a light weight aluminum Airstream shell might make for some interesting comments and fun at local tractor pulling contests. It also might raise some eyebrows at the local RV park. Would it be allowed to join the WBCCI? If the shell was a vintage trailer, would it be allowed to park in the VAC parking area at the International??

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