Sorry, Thunderbolt - you missed your opportunity for a Diver tub of your own.
All County Amusements of Long Island NY sold off the pieces of their 1970 Sky Diver in the past few years on Ebay. This Sky Diver came from my "home park", Rocky Point in Warwick RI, and I spent a lot of time riding and staring at that thing for 25 years!
The lighted incandescent sign (elongated metal diamond, pre-turbo lite) went to someone in Las Vegas who had a video posted on youtube, no longer on the site. At 16' long, I didn't really have a home for it here in Boston.
The tubs sold individually for anywhere between $350 - $500 dollars, pick up only. I wish I had bid on one, as I believe one of them has turned up here (link below). Not sure I like that paint job, but I am sure I don't like that price!http://amusingthezillion...60s-chance-skydiver-car/
I also saw a factory fresh, never used "replacement" tub on one of the used ride sites a few years back. Great looking original BLUE paint job, matching blue roof panel, was offered for $2000.
If anyone knows of any around the New England area, I now have a truck available to pick one up! Any condition acceptable.
On another note regarding the Sky Diver: When it was first delivered to Rocky Point for the 1970 season, it quickly became a favorite and I rode them everywhere and anywhere - there were plenty on the circuit back then. I recalled riding a few 'divers with open spoke black steering wheels, similar to a tractor steering wheel and smaller than an automobile's wheel. But shortly thereafter, the solid metal wheel was on all models. Obviously, you could put your arm through the spokes, and then get into trouble with the grab bars or under the "hood" of the tub. I believe Chance Mfg issued a safety bulletin for these changes, but don't have a copy in my Sky Diver files. Does anyone recall the change and/or any problems with the previous versions of the steering wheel?
And one last - or should I say "first" - item on the Sky Diver:http://durhammuseum.cont...426coll2/id/4003/rec/871
Look around - There are a few pics in this collection of the prototype park version first installed at Cincinnati's Coney Island.
Thanks - John