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UltraVan #4 (aka #104) - 1963
« on: June 25, 2017, 09:52:32 PM »
UltraVan #104 was was specially built for use as a mobile showroom for the Prescolite lighting fixture company. Prescolite took over UltraVan production immediately afterwards, but according to Dave Peterson's notes this coach was built before their management.

#104 originally had 13" wheels and a 1962 80 hp Corvair engine, with the lowest gear ratio available (3.89:1?) - which resulted in excellent performance. It was registered as a 1963 model with "4" as the entire serial number. This is the only known coach with riveted aluminum interior wall panels.

#104 was extensively modified by owner Murray Fisher, who removed an engine driven split air conditioner, installed large windows in the entry door, the bathroom, and above the trunk, and replaced the large kitchen window with a smaller one. Murray also installed a custom-fitted fiberglass fuel tank (under the driver seat), a (late model) Corvair Corsa dashboard, high-back Mustang bucket seats, spray foam insulation, a flat front floor, and a hollow subfloor with integral wiring and heating ducts. Later, Phil Street replaced the original motor with a new one.

2013 photos of #104 are here:

The list of owners noted in Peterson's and the Club's records include:
Homer Gray, Mill Valley CA (Prescolite)
James Pearson, Modesto CA (Prescolite)
Larry Bennett, Santa Rosa CA (1st owner?)
Albert Brown, Red Bluff CA
Murray & Bettye Fisher, Walla Walla WA 1973-1985. Bought from dentist?
William & Henrietta Reed, Post Falls ID 1987
Phil & Yvonne Street, Pendleton OR 1988-2013
Craig & Lea L, Portland OR 2013-2016

The current owners are Tim & Loyce Ericson of Gaston OR. They have plans for a major restoration and modernization of the coach.