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Nick Badame Refrig/ACC
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« on: May 11, 2008, 09:29:31 AM »

The year was 1969

The bus??

The Kid??

Anybody want to take a stabb at it?
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2008, 10:00:43 AM »

I'll take a "stabb" at it.

The bus is a Crown and the kid is you.

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2008, 10:30:49 AM »

Cute picture & I love the porch light.
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2008, 12:16:49 PM »

Yes and no..

The kid is me but the bus is a 1960 Marman Harrington Skoolie that my dad converted in 1967. Dad said that Crown may have baught Marman.

The next two photos are of a crown that my dad and his brothers turned into a mobile showroom for their refrigeration mfg. company  "Bantam Metal Corp."

Their company was based in S. Phila. and the bus is parked in front of the Philadelphia Spectrum Sports Complex.

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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2008, 12:19:52 PM »

This Crown bus had custom Air Conditioning that dad built. If you look on the roof, you will see a metal box that houses the A/C.

Way before RV roof units....

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2008, 01:01:59 PM »

NIck, Marmon is still in business and to my knowledge was never owned by crown.

The specialize in specialty vehicles (primarily 4x4) and custom vehicle engineering solutions.

BTW,  the Repower of the Scenicruisers from twin 4-71's to the 8-71 was done by Marmon harrington
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2008, 03:01:36 PM »

Hi Doug,

Yup, here is the Co. History
http://www.marmon-herrington.com/page.aspx?pageid=27

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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2008, 03:05:06 PM »

Nick -

I don't think that's a mobile showroom coach is a Crown - most Crowns didn't have split doors, only a single that opened inward.  Front roof and windshields are way different, too, as is the breastplate.

http://www.crownbus.com/history.htm

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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2008, 03:09:19 PM »

yeah the showroom has some similarities to some other MH units I have seen......but I'm not much up on old schoolies
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2008, 05:44:59 PM »

Hi Guy's,

If you look close at the entry doors on the first pic with me in it and the pic of the Bantam Metal bus, they both look very much the same.

I will have to ask dad more questions about it tomorrow.

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« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2008, 06:03:27 PM »

So it appears, Nick, that you come by your busnutness quite naturally. That's very cool to have that kind of family history.
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« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2008, 06:17:05 PM »

nick I was nosing around online and found a few similar photos....Oneida School Bus...which was purchased by marmon H.

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« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2008, 06:26:30 PM »

Hi Bob,

Kinda as long as I remember... Does that mean my whole family is NUTZ? Grin

I think Doug has the same kind of history with his family.. Shocked

Doug, Post the pic's that you found!

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« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2008, 02:59:35 PM »

I spent my lunch time searching for another picture of my dad's Bantam Metal Bus and couldn't find anymore.

Even on the internet, I couldn't find another bus that looked like it. Anybody have any ideas??

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« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2008, 03:04:54 PM »

NIck I am planning on being at my Dad's tomorrow I will do some research for ya.  Couldn;t find the pics I found online.....have my history set for minimum settings.

i'll see what I can come up with.

Problem is back in those days there were alot of small bus manufacturers around making buses for local companies
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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2008, 03:07:09 PM »

you get a lunch time? must be nice to be the boss lol
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« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2008, 03:12:29 PM »

you get a lunch time? must be nice to be the boss lol

Hi Cody,

It was kind of a weird day with 75 mph winds, heavy rain, and all the barrier islands were flooded and closed...

A tipical Nor'Easter for our parts...  Two of my guy's did shop work while the rest ended up stuck on the islands for the day.

Not bad for a Monday this time of year.

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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2008, 03:26:02 PM »

I figured it had to be something out of the ordinary to be able to relax long enough for a lunch. I know, for me, retirement is great, I'm down to 12 hour days now lol.
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« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2008, 05:13:57 PM »

FOWL!  FOWL!  NO FAIR!!  Nick got a head start on the rest of us!  Priceless pics, Nick. 
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« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2008, 05:43:00 PM »

Here is a couple more of dad's first conversion and another trip down south

The little kid is me and crying.... Grin  Then my mom and sister Lea.

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« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2008, 06:04:28 PM »

now I'm going to have to dig up some pics of me at 89 when we got our first coach
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« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2008, 05:25:16 AM »

Spent a decent amount of time in the "library" yesterday.  was not able to find anything similar.

Now the library has almost nothing on Schoolies, and with the big number of schoolie manufacturers back in those days, hard for me to say.



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« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2008, 05:47:53 AM »

Thanks Doug!

I guess we will have to chalk these two busses up as MIA!

I would have liked to see other pic's of them....

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« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2008, 09:21:36 AM »

Nick, send a pic to the bus museum......I think the guy who answers email is up on schoolies
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