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  • Got some wires crossed here?

    http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/cto/5901336098.html

  • #2
    It would appear so. That is definitely NOT a Zip Van.
    Ed Sallia
    Dundee, OR

    Sol Lucet Omnibus

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    • #3
      Says it has an Onan air-cooled engine, wasn't Onan an Studebaker subsidiary at that time?
      Dan Peterson
      Montpelier, VT
      1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
      1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)

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      • #4
        They sure do!!

        It's a CUSHMAN Mailster!!!

        Craig

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        • #5
          I am pretty sure that is where the confusion started, the Mailster would probably have a Serial Number Plate on it's Engine that says: "Onan Division of Studebaker Corp." in 1963.

          These do have a lot of similarity of design to the Zip Van though, look at the Triangular side windows and the windshield design. I wonder who did build them. They are neat little Rigs.
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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          • #6
            Craig's correct. Those were built by Cushman. I think they built some utility vehicles too. I remember a golf course or two that had these with a pick-up bed on the back.
            sigpic1966 Daytona (The First One)
            1950 Champion Convertible
            1950 Champion 4Dr
            1955 President 2 Dr Hardtop
            1957 Thunderbird

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            • #7
              My brother has one with the truck flat bed called a truckster. Handy little rig to have around. Made by cushman or as we use to call their scooters in the 60's a pushman.

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              • #8
                According to the National Postal Museum, which is part of the Smithsonian: "At least seven different companies produced mailsters, including Cushman, which produced the mailster in the museum's collection." So this begs the question, who were the other six companies that produced the mailsters?

                Here is a link to their website on this topic: https://web.archive.org/web/20090825...mailsters.html .
                Dan Peterson
                Montpelier, VT
                1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
                1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)

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                • #9
                  Hmmm might could pull it behind the Zip Van...LOL

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by thunderations View Post
                    Those were built by Cushman. I think they built some utility vehicles too. I remember a golf course or two that had these with a pick-up bed on the back.
                    Calgary had a small fleet of those 3-wheeled Cushman utility vehicles with a pick-up bed used by the parking meter cops back in the seventies.

                    Craig

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mrs K Corbin View Post
                      Hmmm might could pull it behind the Zip Van...LOL
                      Or haul it inside a Zip Van,if it's not too tall.
                      Oglesby,Il.

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                      • #12
                        ...ah yes, and the confusion is perpetually perpetuated!

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