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PC: Trains and Commercials

Sorry that this isn't strictly on the subject of PC in commercials but I 
remember a commercial from the late 70s for the new Ford mini-truck the 

To demonstrate its pulling capacity, the ad company rigged a train 
coupler to a fifth-wheel style hitch in the bed of the truck-let. They 
also outfitted it with Fairmont drop wheels like on the Track Supervisor 
trucks of old. (They didn't have to narrow the wheelbase any though).

The truck was backed up to an open auto rack of you guess it, 15 Ford 
Fiesta trucks, locked couplers with the auto-rack and proceeded to pull 
the "loaded" auto rack behind the little truck.

The real catch was reading the disclaimer at the end of the commercial. 
Basically something to the effect that the truck had a modified 
transmission with a lower gear ratio to allow it to put out more torque 
to the tires. I guess my fried John Lynch's Fiesta wouldn't have made 
the pull.

FYI and I'm still full of silly useless trivia. God I love railfans.
Kurt Thompson

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