When I got to the site in 1966, my Alfa Romero had engine problems (co-driver had missed a shift in Georgia and over-revved it and broke piston rings) so finding transportation to get to Miami to find parts to fix it was one of the first things on my mind. Bummed a few rides before finding out about the "battery" car.
It did not run too well and was mostly empty on gas. First project was to get it running better. Complete tune-up. New plugs, points, condenser, distributor cap, rotor, and even replacing the sparkplug wires (that glowed in the dark when it was damp – which was most of the time). First oil change in a long time – replaced the BLACK MUD ! (at least it had oil)
Changing the "empty gas tank" took a longer time. New guide line was for the last person using it to fill it up before heading out to the site. That did not always work, but became better than "running on fumes" hoping that you would just make it into town to put "some" gas in it just enough to get you to were you wanted to go and back to the site.
"WHITE COMMODE" name – That came from the practice of not littering – ESPECIALLY in the Everglades National Park !! Did not want to upset the Park Rangers any more than we normally did. Every bit of trash (hamburger wrappers – cans) were thrown in the back seat area. Normally only got cleaned out when the pile became too high for rear seat passengers to have a place to put their feet.
SP-5 IFC Radar Maintenance Chief
A/2/52 (HM-69) 1966-68