Hey people of automation. as some of you are aware, it has been a while since i have posted anything, this is due to a pretty good reason. i just hated the layout and mess my old thread was and the mess my engines/car list was in game as well, so i chose to just simply start Galt over from scratch (as a result, may a moderator please lock/delete my old Galt and Volta threads) this new format I’m trying should allow me to update cars at any time, and allow me to more easily lay them out for reading pleasure. anyhow though, onto the revised company founding story
The date is January, 1945. WWII is still going on. however, the European front is coming to a close, leaving Japan as the only enemy left. one of the higher ups in the army, unaware of the Manhattan project, started drafting up plans for a land based invasion. part of this plan required more Jeeps to be produced, but production capacity was already full. as a result, He convinced the government to give a start-up capital of one billion dollars in today’s money to start up another production plant. to head this new company, He ordered one of his best men home. This soldier then went home, and started to run the company. clueless as what to name it, he took inspiration from a bag containing salt produced by a brand called Gold. out of ideas, he merged the words Gold and Salt, leading to the company name Galt.
The very first order for Galt stated production in Very late 1945, however, by this time, the atomic bomb had ended the war, making the original reason of their order no longer a thing. The army originally called for 750 RWD vans for on-base use, 3,000 4WD vans for out in the field, and an additional 6,250 4WD trucks, making the total ordered to be 10,000. However as a result of WWII ending, They were only produced for the 1946 model year, with only the 750 RWD vans order being completed. the 4WD vans ordered was cancelled after delivery of just 853 units, and the 4WD truck order was cancelled after only 1,683 units were delivered, making the total Delivered just 3,286, and in fact, about 15 of the RWD vans were 90% complete 4WD vans that just had the front drive shaft and 4WD selector removed. however, a couple extra were produced due to the short notice of the order cancellation, as a result, there were an additional 68 4WD vans and 124 4WD trucks that were out on the pad awaiting delivery, causing the total produced to be 3,478. these extra’s were simply donated to the many employees of the factory. Due to these models never being in action, they are usually in better condition and have lived easier lives, as a result, they are the most sought after for classic car enthusiasts, with a numbers matching 4WD Truck going up on the auction block and fetching $250,000.
The vehicle itself utilizes the same ladder chassis and 49 horsepower 1.9L inline three engine across every model. the inline three, due to being designed to be in a war zone, is capable of running on fuel as poor as 76 octane, however the hoops to jump through to allow this to happen, resulted in a very inefficient vehicle. however, it was mated to a 4 speed manual transmission, giving it a slight economy boost and helping it out in off-road situations. as part of the order, each vehicle was fitted with a front winch from factory.
not long after the cancellation of the Type J orders, the young company quickly realized it would have gone under if they do not create a new model, and fast. with what is left of their startup funds, they design and engineer up a new Vehicle.The initial design plans had it labeled as the “Type G,” but a decision to make the name a bit more consumer friendly was made. the result of this decision resulted in it’s current name. Due to the market of pickup trucks being largely stale at the time, sales figures for the trucks weren’t that impressive, with a total of only 250,000 1500’s being sold and about 30,000 2500’s being sold before the end of 1953. However due to many more being produced and sitting unsold, everything that was left were sold off as 1954 models, making the total 1954 models sold to 2,019 1500’s and 112 2500’s. however there were about 7,500 total 1500’s and 1,000 2500’s on the pad. They were struggling to sell off stock, with some being rumored to be sold brand new all the way up into 1957. Despite low sales numbers, There is a few important things these trucks have done. Probably the most important of these things, is the 2500 introducing Galt’s “small block” V8 family by coming out with the 341 Galt V8. a 5.6 liter V8 developing around 150 horsepower in 1948. Also, there is an estimated total of 400 1500’s and 25 2500’s that were left unsold. one of the 4WD 1500’s was discovered in an abandoned dealership in 2011, with only 7 original factory miles, it sold at auction for an impressive amount of $98,000 dollars. Another story is of a 2500 discovered in an abandoned shipping trailer in northern Maine in 2015. an investigation led to it being discovered to have been the Bosses truck that was just purchased and was being shipped to a logging site in the area. however the transport got lost on the logging roads and ran out of gas, and a recovery effort was never made, as the recovery team got lost as well and wound up in Canada instead of at the shipment. the owner was deceased, but the family was given the vehicle, which they turned around and sold for a very impressive $147,500. The total rumored to remain of the original unsold lot is just 20 1500’s and only 2 2500’s update, one of the two were discovered, heavily damaged by a roof cave-in at an abandoned dealership in northern Canada with the outside elements effectively destroying it. a restoration was deemed too impractical. (writers note: if these stories are too long or something just let me know please)
only a couple days after the G-series started showing up on dealer lots, a weird van-like vehicle started popping up too, However, unlike a van, it had a somewhat half-decent interior, and all cargo space was just seats. At the time, people thought of it as just an enlarged station wagon, but modern historians call it an early attempt at a SUV. It shared the chassis with a 1500T, but had a body that had passenger space instead of a bed. Due to this parts sharing, a popular modification for them is to take the chassis from a 1500F and bolt it right on, which gave the vehicle 4WD. sales were slow leading up to production lasting from early 1948 to February of 1949. enough of these were stockpiled to last into the end of the year, and, like the G-series, some went unsold. Production totals were about 45,000, with only about 25,000 being sold before production got canned. the extra 20,000 sitting on the lot were slowly sold off throughout the rest of 1949. however when new years of 1950 came around, there were still approximately 200 sitting on the pad that no dealership wanted. to try to get rid of these quickly, the chassis of 150 of them were taken off and put on the G-series production line to replace some units that had failed QA, and everything else was dismantled and just sold as spare parts. the front body panels also went onto the G-series production line, leaving just an empty shell. these empty shells were then processed as scrap. as for the 50 that were left, a few corporations had ordered them for fleet use, with approximately three being ordered by government agencies and received the 4X4 conversion. Also with the G-series, there was a bit of unsold dealer stock, but not as many, only about 45 were unsold, with most of the unsold being left in dealership back lots. due to this, only about 7 have been preserved in good condition, and all the unsold have been accounted for. one of the preserved has been used as a decorative piece in the front window of a dealership. The dealer is still open and it is still there proudly boasting a “not for sale” sign, where it sits with only 3 factory miles on it. it is however inferred to be non-operational, as it’s last startup was in 1949. as for the discovery of the final unsold vehicle, it was discovered in 2002 in the middle of a Forrest where an old dealers lot used to sit. it was a total loss.
Interesting story with the Cayuga though. I wonder if a feature or scenario like that will be implemented in the game, where you have to cut production because not enough are selling and end up with a lot of oversupply
While the G-series started being designed, another project also started. It was for Galts first Family Sedan. it was initially meant to launch alongside the G-series, however, they could not afford a second production line immediately. during this time, a few refinements had been made, including the introduction of a third trim, the UT. As for the car itself, it introduced the trim naming system still used by Galt to this day, with the R being the base model, and the PR being one of the earliest V8 family Sedans. the R features a 3.7L 226 I6 based on the 4.1L 250 I6 used in the G-series, and the PR features a 4.1L 249CI V8 in the “Galt Small Block” Family. the added UT trim was effectively just a PR sedan with the body modified to have a bed and stiffer rear springs, which makes a majority of parts compatible between these two trims. As a result of these, galt sold about 650,000 of the Grand Riviera Sedan, with a common sales pitch being "The engines are from the trucks."The exact sales figure of the R and PR are unknown, however the UT has been estimated to only have 4,000 units produced before Galt realized they were just competing against their own G-series, so as a result, all UT’s are 1449 model year only, and this rarity makes them the most sought after version, with ones in rough condition fetching up to $15,000+ and a numbers matching preserved model has fetched upwards of $98,000. Restored models Go for closer to just $49,000. there is an estimated 2,800 of these UT’s left, and an estimated 300 are in fields rotting away. Regardless though, the success of the Grand Riviera gave Galt enough capital, to secure themselves a place in the world market, and making them a long-lasting stable company.
1950, the beginning of a new decade. this new Decade brings with it a new vehicle from Galt, this time, a van. it’s not a traditional cargo van, but instead, features an inline four and a full passenger variation. It even features some decent fuel economy for the time. among other things, the Van also brings with it an updated engine naming code, with details being found below. As for the van, there are three main versions, the Cargo, the FamUt (short for Family Utility) and the Bus. While the FamUt and the Bus all had only one version, the Cargo had three. there was the standard version, which shared it’s engine and most other components with the FamUt and the Bus. after that you had an optional engine upgrade to go to a 2 barrel carb, vans that received this upgrade were dubbed the Cargo+. and the final version was a version made for the European market, using a drastically downsized engine to meet tax code, but also featured two carbs. However, it required premium leaded fuel to help compensate for the reduced displacement. as for the FamUt, it was mostly the same as the standard cargo, to the exception of being galt’s first vehicle to be sold with an Automatic Transmission. As for the Bus, it was basically a standard Cargo but with seats and windows. The first generation Kyaria was in production a total of 6 years, ending in 1956
in 1951, Galt had an ambitious idea. Get into the European market. To do this, they decided a light, 2 seater cheap roadster was the best plan. As a result,the Galt Litester was born. the R variant is the second time the I3 family from the first vehicle was used in production. the I3 makes 70 horsepower yet is still capable of easily propelling the light body to 100+ miles per hour, whilst still maintaining 30 MPG (manual transmission). and to not forget about the home market, Galt had introduced another 2 speed automatic for use in the base variant, which went on to be one of the cheapest automatic vehicles of the early 1950’s. With the establishment of Galt’s European HQ, They were able to more easily sell cars over there, and were able to implement their own dealership network, allowing the car t0o be sold in mass quantities in Europe. Demand for the car was so great, that the demand for it kept it in production until 1960, and it had became Galt’s first vehicle to reach 1 million total worldwide sales, with the popularity of them still being here today, with companies making replica’s still, and even some automotive clubs about just them. Due to how many were made, combined with the modern day replica’s, they are still pretty easy to come by cheaply. a used replica model could cost someone only $2,500 and a beat on original costing only about $4,000, which results in some being turned into drift missiles. a well preserved original however, can cost around $12,000, with PR’s costing a little bit more. Please note, the PR only came in Manual.
1975, Galt introduces a new truck out to the masses, a replacement to the old one on a 15 year old platform, receiving only a cosmetic facelift in that time period. The new model does still come with the old families, but they are new variants, utilizing stronger internals to keep them reliable. This model year sees four versions, the 1000, 1500, 2500, and the 3500.
The 1500 receives an updated version of the standard 4.1L inline six. due to clearance issues caused by the length of the inline six, 4X4 is not offered on the 1500 at launch. Despite this, it is offered with a 4 speed automatic or a 5 speed manual (pictured).
ok i had a guest appear, and i have to go tend to them, so i’ll leave this here, but i’ll post the rest of it later and what is up with the giant space between the gif and the text?
sorry for the long delay, but here is the rest of the '75 lineup, including the 1000F, the 2500, and the 3500.
The 2500 G-series comes with the latest version of the Galt small block V8. To handle the added power from the V8, a heavy duty 3 speed automatic transmission was developed, but a 5 speed manual gearbox will remain standard. The 2500 and 3500 will also receive an exclusive color option called Construction Orange. Unlike the 1500, 4X4 will be an option at launch. Due to this, 1975 has higher sales of the 2500 in the northern US and Canada versus the southern US. (1975 automatic 4X4 in Construction Orange shown below)
The 3500 comes with a continuation of the Galt big block engine family, being slightly downsized to just 7.5L of displacement. However, it is still pretty powerful coming in at 228 Horsepower and 341 foot-pounds of torque. 4X4 is also a launch option on the 3500, however there is no automatic option, only a 5 speed heavy duty manual transmission. (1975 RWD model represented below)
the 1000F was sort of a failed experiment, it was Galt’s attempt at trying to popularize the full size pickup truck over in Europe. As a result, it was only ever sold over in Europe. The truck itself was powered by Galt’s first ever turbocharged engine, a 2.5L inline 4 from the freshly designed “I4 family 1” family. The engine produced 122 horsepower and 181 foot pounds of torque, so it wasn’t really the most capable thing out there, though it was close to the 192 foot-pounds found in the 1975 1500. The 1000 also only came with 4X4. The 1000 also scored only 15 combined US MPG, which had also made it unpopular. It was only produced for the 1975 and 1976 model years selling only 5000 in Europe, mostly to fleet customers. It has received a surge of popularity in modern times though as being the cheapest full size truck to keep running in europe, making them actively sought after, though it is estimated that there are only two left in showroom condition, one in the Galt private archives and another in an automotive museum in Germany. Most of the ones that can be located have often been heavily abused from years of work.
America’s Bicentennial year, 1976, sees a revised 1500 model to address concerns and problems presented in the 1st generation. The first issue was a lack of 4X4 caused by the long engine. To fix this, Galt had introduced a whole new 4.2 liter V6 engine family called the “Hexapush V6” This solved the issues with the clearance, allowing 4X4 to be added. (1976 G1500 4x4 shown below)
1986, Chrysler buys out AMC, including their profitable Jeep lineup, which only two years ago has unveiled the XJ Cherokee, and It had proven to be a success. to cash in on that market, Galt had created the Cayuga SUV to compete directly with the Cherokee. It was first unveiled in and sold in 1986, to hopefully steal some market share from Chrysler. The Cayuga from there leads on a long lifetime, going through many changes while retaining the same platform. And like the XJ Cherokee, it is offered as a 2 door SUV, a 4 door SUV, and a regular cab truck, and yes, across all trims. The Cayuga is also an internationally sold Vehicle, receiving whatever changes are necessary to comply with local regulations. (See photo’s for example of a JDM Tail light assembly for an example of changes.) For the home market of the US, the carburetor was dropped fairly quickly into the 1987 model year due to tightening restrictions and slow sales. However, Overseas models, such as ones sold in Primarily 3rd world and developing countries, had kept them for much longer due to higher sales, and select countries getting 4X4 as an option without requiring EFI as a result.
As for the rest of the vehicle, only a Manual transmission is offered in this trim level. The interior is kept simple, with only a basic radio being included. The diffs are open in both 2 and 4 wheel drive models. #Specifications
The history of Galt Automotive is quite long, especially after your first attempt at a reboot, but why isn’t the Communitasia here? Also, it would be great to see the company’s lineup remade yet again in the UE4 version.
Here are a few more trims of the Cayuga that were available in 1986 #PR
The PR is much like the R, to the exception of having a lot more options. Now a fuel Injected V6 is made as the standard power plant, along with an automatic transmission being optional. It is still possible to get the same bare bones interior with simple radio, though more options are also available on the interior.
(Pictures and specifications from PR V6 automatic 4 door with basic interior and entertainment packages)
The 341SP was a sports version of the Cayuga, named so by it’s 341CI (5.6L) V8. Other changes made to it involve a full-time AWD system, the entertainment system, and a full sport interior. only 500 of them are produced in 1986 as the “Launch year special edition” however demand has them become a regularly available model starting in 1987 with the only changes being removal of a few “Limited Edition” badges dotted around the interior. It then stays relatively unchanged, until getting updated with the rest of the trims, even when it gets superseded. It is an option in most industrialized nations, however most sales are in North American markets, and the original 500 were exclusive to North America.
(Specifications from 1986 341SP Truck, performance differs with SUV Body)