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Author Topic: Found my bus, but what is it?  (Read 3441 times)
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« on: August 25, 2006, 06:52:12 AM »

Gentlemen
I found my bus, but I have no idea what and how old, it has been RV-ed, but the outside looks "original". Any pictures available? I "want" this bus for some stupid reason and even my wife agrees, so while the iron is hot  Grin
http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/stovebolter_1926/album?.dir=/a3dfscd
Thanks for any hints and/or answers.

Richard
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2006, 06:57:04 AM »

Probably better experts than I am, but my guess is that you have discovered a 1940s Beck.

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2006, 07:00:05 AM »

All I can say is that it is COOL  Cool

Good lock with it. It won't have any problems that can't be solved with enough cash, time, & talent.
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2006, 07:02:02 AM »

YES

Cool looking Bus

and Kyle is right nothing that time and money won't fix.

You can always borrow some talent from the neighbors or mechanic down the street.

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2006, 07:08:59 AM »

Altho the windshields look like those found on Aerocoaches, I don't think it is one.

Based on where you found it, it could be an early MCI or maybe a Western Flyer, both Canadian-built.

It's definitely late 1940s vintage, tho.

If you can get inside, you'll probably find a builder's plaque somewhere that will help solve the mystery.  If you can't get inside, maybe a ladder, a very strong flashlight and a telephoto lens on the camera?

Interesting find!    Cool
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2006, 08:06:32 AM »

You're fast, thanks, I'll snoop the brands and see if.. I'll keep you posted on any progress there

Richard
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2006, 08:54:50 AM »

It is a big steaming pile of insanity with a wheel on each corner,  hand hammered from Unobtanium by druidic artisans long departed from this earthly plane.

It is like a beautiful but insane woman, desirable in spite of and because of her insanity.  She will make you cry sometimes, but when all is well she'll make you feel things you've never felt before.  Ask me how I know.

Welcome aboard.

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(Sorry guys, I get philosophical on Fridays.  I had a great weekend in my bus last weekend, but also got reminded of all the little things I need to do).
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2006, 09:39:28 AM »

I am going to go with what RJ Long that it's not a Aerocoach but I am going to say it's a Western Flyer what model I am not sure of.
Built in Winnipeg Manitoba.
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2006, 10:07:58 AM »

Ok Folks the question is solved.
Per the book by William A.Luke & Brian Grams- Busses Of Motor Coach Industries 1932-200 Photo Archive.
On page 21 shows a MCI Courier 200B 1949 model that was operated by Eastern Canadian Greyhound Lines.
It had a rear engine Continental 6 cylinder gas engine.
So it's a grandaddy to the MC-9's.
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2006, 10:53:21 AM »

My friend, you will have a treasure when you finish it.  I can just imagine that beauty rolling down the highway with good paint and working lights.  You must keep us posted on your progress. 

BTW, you said your wife even agrees...does your wife also like pro-wrestling, football, cooking, fishing...if so, I think you may have found the perfect WOMAN!!!

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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2006, 11:19:31 AM »

That 54 Ford beside it doesn't look too shabby. See if you can buy them both Smiley  nice find on the bus. 
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2006, 04:28:50 PM »

You guys are great, MCI Courier 200B 1949, I'll start looking for pictures of a better looking one and post the link here.
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BTW, you said your wife even agrees...does your wife also like pro-wrestling, football, cooking, fishing...if so, I think you may have found the perfect WOMAN!!!

I'll have to disappoint you a bit  Cheesy  I don't like pro-wrestling and/or football, we don't even have television. She is a professional cook and I would have to ask her about fishing, all I know is that I can go fishing whenever I want to. Nothing is perfect, but getting close is the trick  Grin
Thanks JLV, I would never have found it on my own, after surfing three hours all busses look alike and are beauties.
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That 54 Ford beside it doesn't look too shabby
If you're looking for something, here are some oldies http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/stovebolter_1926/my_photos Drop a note if you want more info on one of them.

I'll be back
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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2006, 05:24:24 PM »

Richard,
WOW!!!
That is a beaut!
I hope you get it, and have a good time rebuilding it.
Please let us know every detail of the acquisition, the gutting, the search for parts, the refitting, and the many days spent enjoying your new love!!
Devin
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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2006, 07:42:31 PM »

I like how the caps join at the "belt line" at the bottom edge of the windows.  Leaves opportunity to do a roof raise!  This thing was built when the average height was about 4" less than now!

Onward and Upward

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« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2006, 07:47:11 PM »

Wow, ya gotta love that bus!  It will be a beautiful.  I'm guessing that Ford PU is a '56.  Wasn't that the first year with a wrap around windshield or was it '55?  Whatever, that would be my second favorite project.  Thanks for sharing the pics.
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2006, 08:19:50 PM »

Hi Dennis The grill on that old Ford gives it away Ford used it for only one year 54 I have one Smiley  53 has teeth 55 &  56 differant than 54:)
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« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2006, 06:07:45 AM »

http://busexplorer.com/PHP/MidPage.php?id=394 That's all I found till now, but I like it, impressive front, big glasses on and a wide chrome bumper. Thank you all for the input, I'll go back and try to take some more pictures soon. The coach company is still going strong so maybe they want to help me a bit with nfo. Not that I really can use the work as I have another little project going  Grin Have a look here http://users.shockware.com/rosielle/ and hunting for parts is taking the most time.
Raising the roof? more space on the inside, I get it, but it would wreck the looks of it. I thought I could lower the floor a few inches, where you walk only and solve it like that. I have to wait until I know more, this is going to take a few years if the ammount of work doesn't seem too much. I would be stupid to wreck it further in my yard and never finish it. Then someone else better has a go at it and save it for the future.
Thanks guys, good to know that other people are as #@$# as I am  Grin
I'll be back
Richard
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« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2006, 09:27:14 AM »

Truck 26,

Naw,  dig a little deeper and find the "artiste" that resides within you!.

Personally,  I'd increase the height of the windows, but judicious insert of spacing would match the lines close enough to confuse all but the very knowledgeable and greatly increase it's utility to you!

Look at it as the opposite of a "chop and channel"  hotrod project!
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« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2006, 09:51:27 AM »

LOL  Grin Thank you Burgermeister. I'm reading up on the subject. It might be more than I can handle financially, but I wait till I can have a better look at it. I'm four phone numbers closer to contacting the owner. It's parked in a lot, which is rented out to different companies that allow their customer to park or in this case dump their vehicle there. If they want a fortune because it's old, then I'll be looking for the next bus that touches me Smiley Or, I'll go with the 6x6 vintage army truck and build my "RV" in a trailer. I'm trying to get some response from MCI too, but on a Saturday? It might take them a while to contact me. Reading up here and on http://www.gumpydog.com/bus/index.htm I'm getting an idea of the trouble I'm getting in to if ...
Any websites you guys can advice???
Have a great weekend.
Richard
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« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2006, 07:01:23 PM »


 Hello truck26, and a belated welcome!

I’m kind of an “old-newbie” myself, and not too vocal here, but read everything and learn new things with every new post and thread.
A great bunch of folks here, without a doubt!

I was holding off replying until someone came up with what it actually was-

I really like your bus find, and do hope you can procure it. It sure looks tall and quite complete from the outsides.
My coach is a 47’--so being just a few years apart, we might have things in common.
Please keep a running pic-post so all can enjoy your adventure in discovering the “in’s-and-out’s of your bus resto’-

That old truck looks like a major job, but nothing a man with determination can’t do-

Good luck with both!


Cheers..
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« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2006, 09:30:40 PM »

Hi Truck26,
Are some of those trucks in Sterling for sale?
I'm looking for parts for my 47 International KB1
and it looks as though truck11 is either a 48 or 49
Thanks...Tim
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« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2006, 05:48:23 AM »

Brill o I'll keep you posted if.. The track went cold, nobody phoned with the next phone number, so I might have to go there and make some noise or pursue the licence plate info. Hunting it down is also fun  Grin

Timkar He sells, but at high prices, a hobby wrecker who is going to fix it all himself. Better chances at Gary Ledene and I lost his number (the Stirling one), but I can get it back if you really need it, give me a few days and I’ll post it here.

Thank you all for your interest and help. I still have a green light from the wife, so soon .... I hope

Regards
Richard
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