3330Re: new member with Gasporter
- Oct 19, 2012Bob, here's more from our CCOC files on the Gasporters, and big thanks to Michael Banks as always for the Gasporter news article. For anything else you may need, just ask.
--- In Crosley@yahoogroups.com, Bob Picard <n6346m@...> wrote:
> Thanks for your posting. I don't have ant pictures to post yet I should have some soon. I just got it running after many years of sitting idle outside. It runs pretty good and I have some issues with the brakes that need to be resolved. I looked inside the tank and it looks amazingly good for its age. As expected, there is some gunk and rust at the bottom but no scale or bad spots. It will clean up nicely. What I really need now is an owner's manual and a parts manual for the gasporter part. I was able to get manuals for the Crosley truck part of it already.
> Bob Picard
> Anchor Point, Alaska
> --- On Mon, 10/8/12, LouRugani <x779@...> wrote:
> From: LouRugani <x779@...>
> Subject: =CROSLEY CAR OWNERS CLUB= Re: new member with Gasporter
> To: Crosley@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Monday, October 8, 2012, 7:21 PM
> --- In Crosley@yahoogroups.com, "Bob" <n6346m@> wrote:
> "Hi everyone. I have recently purchased a nice Crosley Gasporter and knew absolutely nothing about them except that they existed and I wanted one. I will be using it for its intended purpose of refueling my 1943 and 1948 vintage airplanes. To start with I am looking for any operator's manuals, parts manuals or any other literature pertaining to the Gasporter. I have already ordered parts and shop manuals for the Crosley truck platform so I am looking for stuff that pertains to the Gasporter portion of the vehicle. I would also like to hear from any other Gasporter owners so we can compare notes. Thanks."
> Bob Picard
> Anchor Point, Alaska
> Great find, Bob, and congratulations, especially for pressing the Gasporter into its original intent! Our Paul Gorrell has a restored Gasporter, and we have Gaspoerter literature in our Photos collection.
> There was a scandal at the time with the firm that built the Gasporters, having to do with one of the Navy's most closely guarded secrets, a project that had priority over the atomic bomb during the war, considered so secret that some parts are still classified. The Navy entrusted this vital project with its complex engineering and construction to the firm that built the Crosley Gasporters: Engineering Research Associates of St. Paul, Minn. Founded during World War II, the Navy officers who had made the deal later turned up as highly salaried vice presidents of the company. E. R. C. was originally called Northwest Aeronautic Corporation, and had gotten an "unfavorable" report by Booz, Allen and Hamilton, of Washington. D. C., management consultants. Despite this, it was reported that at least twelve established companies were better qualified to do that work, but still the Navy awarded its secret contract, No. 28176, to E. R.A. in February, 1946. The Navy officers who arranged for E. R. A. to get this juicy contract were Capt. Ralph Meader, wartime commander of the Navy Computing Machine Laboratory at Dayton, Ohio; Capt. Howard Engstrom, former Itr-search Director for Naval Communications; and Comdr. William C. Norris of the same office. All three later joined E. R. A. as vice presidents. Meader soon sold out his interest In E.R.A. for $30.000. However, his contract contained a mysterious clause that he could not bring charges against the company after his resignation. Neither Meader nor E. R. A.'s attorney James Clifford could explain what E. R. A. had to hide that such a clause should be inserted.
> More Gasporter research to come. Can you send some photos?
> Lou Rugani, co-moderator, CCOC
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