Vert-A-Pack

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When Chevrolet was faced with a financial challenge they got, well, creative. During the 1970s the Vega was released as an affordable automobile. The goal was to keep the cost below $2000. Standing cars on their noses to transport them across the nation saved them space, allowing them to get more Vegas in one single train ride. It was called the Vert-A-Pack, a cooperative design by GM and the Southern Pacific Railroad. Now instead of holding the typical 18 cars horizontally, they could fit 30 cars vertically. The real interesting factor is the adjustments they made on these models under the hood, so they could stand to stand without spilling fluids all over the tracks. They had a special engine oil baffle; batteries had high filter caps to keep acid from leaking; the carburetor had a special tube installed; the windshield washer fluid was placed at a 45 degree angle.

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Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.

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