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Saturday, June 18, 2016

M2 Machines Father's Day Auto-Haulers 1969 Camaro's



We interrupt this regularly-scheduled program for an important announcement: For Father's Day dad's across the nation are getting a surprise delivery from M2 Machines: a delivery of some nice vintage classic American icons from General Motors, Ford, or Chrysler.  Fresh off the line and ready to be shipped to the dealership.  Here's a look at the 1969 Camaro shipment.







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As you can see the new 1969 Camaro's have been assembled at the plant and are ready to be shipped.  The orange Z28 has the RS package with white stripes.  The white one with orange stripes has the Z10 package for the RS/SS trim.  Specially made for the set is the green 1969 RS/SS 396 and the silver ZL1.  The latter two are the M2 Driver's version which means no opening hood or doors and a plastic base; doesn't bother me but quality control is an issue with my two as the silver one has a few warped tires and a slightly crooked base, the green one worse with the base even more crooked, the wheels pressed on crooked, and one corner of the front bumper tries to come off.  The Rally Green with matching steel wheels and the silver with matching steel wheels and goodyear tires were the two reasons why I got this set, my first M2 Haulers set ever!   I like the 1969 Camaro's and these two just take the cake despite the Q.C. problems.






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The hauler has arrived to pick up the vehicles.  The tractor is the 1958 Chevrolet LCF Spartan cab in light blue with the classy late '50's GM truck styling, white bumper, grille, and wheel accents, Chevrolet on the doors, and gas caps on the dual fuel tanks.  The interior has a nice two-tone look that rarely appears on the LCF trucks.  At least it has some differences as this one looks too close to the first Auto-Trucks release that I have.  That hitch at the rear finally gets some work with the car transporter trailer in matching blue.  The hitch goes right into the fifth wheel, but it does not lock into place so these haulers are more for show (display) than go.







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The trailer has a metal base with plastic upper panels that feature a classy 1950's design with Chevrolet and GM logo's and "1969 Camaro - putting you first keeps us first" on the sides.  The rear has round signal and taillights and one dually axle.  Hidden underneath is a front jack stand that is stationary and yet still manages to keep the trailer straight when not hitched to the LCF.  The metal base has holes for the secure mount of the two cars inside; both the upper and lower tier have diamond plate design with the upper tier featuring wheel cloak bars to prevent the upper vehicles from moving around.  The flexibility of the plastic sides allows for the rear section ramp to come down to allow loading of the upper tier.  What comes with the set (and rattles in the box) is the two plastic ramps that attach to latches at the rear of the lower tier to move the vehicles up the hauler.  Once the upper tier is done the upper ramp snaps back up into place to allow two more at the bottom.  Theoretically you can fit three at the lower tier for a total of five vehicles.  The biggest issue here is no place to store the ramps inside the hauler, but otherwise a very neat piece that looks good with a bunch of new 1969 Camaro's ready to go.







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Ever year Wal-Mart and M2 team up to bring these special Hauler's out for Father's Day for the GM, Ford, or MOPAR fan.  All include car carriers with two branded vehicles and a matching-brand COE at the front.  It's been a success so far, and after seeing this 1969 Camaro set I can see why.





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