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Author Topic: Looking For Information on Southern Coach Mfg.  (Read 3284 times)
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« on: July 12, 2006, 12:02:32 PM »

Hey All!
In my meanderings around eBay I happened on a maintenance manual and a parts manual for a bus manufactured by Southern Coach Manufacturing Company of Evergreen, Albama.

The manuals didn't go for a very high price so I bid on them and won.

Now that I have them, I wonder if anyone knows anything about this company.

The model covered is as follows:

Model: S-36-M
Engine: Waukesha 140GKB
Transmission: Spicer 6252
Wheel Base: 196"
Overall Length: 356 1/2"
Width: 95 3/4"
Overall Height: 116"
Turning Radius: 34' 3"

This is probably just some more stuff I collect to clutter my bus up with!

Thanks,
Dallas
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2006, 12:10:41 PM »

Dallas,

I found Nothing on S.C. Mfg. but, S.C. Co. exists

 Southern Coach Company/ Southern Tours, Inc.
        Amreican Coach Lines USA-Jacksonville, NC
        408 Center Street
        Jacksonville, NC 28546
        910-577-4422
        FAX 910-577-5069
        Virginia Owens, Operations Manager
        Email: vowens@americancoachlines.com
        Sharon Benjamin, Charters
        Jill Howell, Tour & Travel
        Dave Flint, Shop Foreman
        Dave Gaudette, Shop Foreman
        Code- BCEG         29 Coaches Operated

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2006, 12:21:45 PM »

Thanks, Nick,

I checked them out before I posted and found that they are a charter/tour company.

The Southern Coach I've been looking for was actually the manufacturer of this bus.

I wonder if JL Vickers or RJ Long would know anything about them.

Dallas
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2006, 03:32:15 PM »

very small company, went the way of the DODO in the early 50's I beleive.

Very regional as far as sales went.

Doubt there are too many still on rubber let alone running.

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2006, 03:33:59 PM »

http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/s/southern_coach/southern_coach.htm
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2006, 04:17:59 PM »



That is a very cool link except that now I really need a thousand dollars worth of books.

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2006, 04:30:28 PM »

Thanks Doug!
That was what I was looking for.

I would like to find out just what year these manuals are for, since there is no copyright date or dates of any kind in them.

One interesting lead is that the engine, being a Waukesha, points to it being one of the first.

Thanks again,
Dallas
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2018, 06:42:22 AM »

Dallas, if you are still interested in Southern Coach Mfg. Evergreen, AL, I have one (probably only one still running) that we converted to a motor home. Have used all over U.S. since 1980 with absolutely no problems.
They were definitely well built!  We have had many campers, but none compare to our 1955 Southern Coach!
In fact, we are offering a $500 reward to anyone who finds another one for us to convert for our grandson.
See YouTube "RARE BUS CONVERSION' for a video.
The company started in 1941 and was bought by Flxible Bus Co. in 1956. Too much competition!!! It was a better-built bus than Flxible, which is still considered a good one today. I am sure I have the last one running and how it runs!!!!!! A great company!
They were built for city bus use by cities such as, San Antonio, TX, Seattle, WA, Orlando, FL, so they WERE ALL OVER THE U.S.
If you have more questions, I can probably answer them.
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2018, 07:17:37 AM »

I have to say. You probably get the prize for resurrecting the oldest thread ever!

I'm sorry to say, but Dallas is no longer with us. http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/index.php?topic=30130.0
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2018, 09:02:29 PM »

Ah Dallas saved us with some good advice to unlock our Brakes when we first started Busing. Probably looking down and shaken his head at us all. Grin
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2018, 05:38:02 AM »

Good friend. Long time gone.  Sad

Anybody know what happened to Cat?

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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2018, 07:14:01 AM »

Last we heard she was moving to North Carolina to her Mom's.
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2018, 11:26:10 AM »

Cat is a friends of ours.  She is in Carolina ( one of them, not sure which ).  She is re-married, and doing well!

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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2018, 01:09:11 PM »



Good we have found Kat.  Now lets find Bob Weise and Jackie.

Have not heard from them in years.

left Palmetto cove With Bob,Dallas and Jack Conrad. Went to Bobs camp ground in Franklin NC for the week end.

Great friends.

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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2018, 01:55:59 PM »

Coincidence!!!

We spent several days at Dallas and Cat's campground in Franklin, Texas. 

No, not that Franklin, Texas.   It was at the OTHER Franklin, Texas.

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