View Full Version : Help Me ID This Bus


Twelvizm
09-22-2011, 04:50 PM
A couple of friends of mine are trying to find out what kind of bus this is. It was spotted near Hanford, WA.

http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv123/kcbrown03/Random%20Stuff/Bus3.jpg

http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv123/kcbrown03/Random%20Stuff/Bus4.jpg

Black Panther
09-22-2011, 04:53 PM
The front part...if the lower part is the front part looks like a White...

tubman
09-22-2011, 04:57 PM
That is super cool! If I was younger, it would get a Cummins turbo and a ton of updates.:D

Twelvizm
09-22-2011, 04:58 PM
I was thinking one racing seat, cage and a jet engine.

unkamort
09-22-2011, 05:20 PM
There was a bus like that in the 'Vintage Shots' thread 2-3 weeks ago... was a park tour bus as I recall.

msm618618
09-22-2011, 06:12 PM
That's a ca 1936 Kenworth. Being new, I can't upload images yet, but this like shows her in service:http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=kenworth+bus&view=detail&id=C1152CDA7AFE1D354E5741CAC3D8E79BF4F80F87&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR

Goes to show you there's nothing new under the sun. Preceded by the Pickwick Nite Coach, succeeded by the Beck "deck and a half" and the GM Scenicruiser.

That bus is probably the only one in existance, at least on wheels.

Kenworth built quite a few buses, sold almost entirely in the northwest. They're rare as hens teeth today. Quite a find!

F&J
09-22-2011, 06:30 PM
That pic can't be copied because you can't right-click it..

Here is another pic:

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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_i_AovfzNXgQ/TRlQTM7uPcI/AAAAAAABZyM/-6xXkTSlYws/s1600/two-

bigdav160
09-22-2011, 06:32 PM
1935-1936 is too much for me to believe. The tire technology didn't exist back then.

1946? Maybe.

Twelvizm
09-22-2011, 06:42 PM
Found it and specific info on the bus in the photo:
http://www.oldbus.us/MemberBuses/BusProjects/1935Kenworth/tabid/147/Default.aspx

nailhead29A
09-22-2011, 06:43 PM
Shit that sure is a cool looking bus, If its that rare I hope it gets the resto it deserves someday instead of getting crushed and turned into chinese crap!!

Hdonlybob
09-22-2011, 07:10 PM
Here it the picture from msm618618 (http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/member.php?u=163969) post.
Cheers....

pcterm2
09-22-2011, 07:21 PM
kenworth

The37Kid
09-22-2011, 07:28 PM
msm618618, Welcome to the HAMB, thanks for the bus info. It isn't Hot Rod related but it sure looks racy, bet it was fun riding in that lower section. Hope it gets restored. I always enjoy seeing these slightly off topic bits of motoring history, thanks guys for the photos of the bus back in the day.

rld14
09-22-2011, 09:19 PM
Holy shit.

Holy Shit is that thing cool.

Holy Shit is that thing the project from hell.

Holy Shit were someone to buy that would they have the best build thread ever.

KoolKat-57
09-22-2011, 09:43 PM
Man, that bus was way ahead of its time, very, very COOL!

48 Chubby
09-22-2011, 09:53 PM
Needs to be chopped and dropped. Those wheels ain't doing it for me either.

Rebel 1
09-22-2011, 10:12 PM
I like it. Very cool.

Motornoggin1
09-22-2011, 10:17 PM
That is awesome! That would make a great race team mothership!

jdrew
09-22-2011, 10:52 PM
That thing is incredible, would make a GREAT converted RV/tow rig.

I too hope it is saved and brought back to life.

badshifter
09-22-2011, 11:08 PM
1935-1936 is too much for me to believe. The tire technology didn't exist back then.

1946? Maybe.

Whatchu talkin bout Willis? Better take a ride in the way back machine and see 30's tire technology.
http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Oshkosh/1935OshkoshJ-Series4X4DumpTruck.jpg

arkiehotrods
09-22-2011, 11:23 PM
1935-1936 is too much for me to believe. The tire technology didn't exist back then.

1946? Maybe.

Did ya miss the part where there's a positive I.D. on the bus? It's a '35, whether you think it is or not

The37Kid
09-22-2011, 11:26 PM
That post bothered me too, 1935 wasn't the Stone Age. http://www.goodyear.com/corporate/history/history_byyear.html1935-1936 is too much for me to believe. The tire technology didn't exist back then.

1946? Maybe.

1950coronet600hp
09-22-2011, 11:32 PM
hmm one of those monster v12 detroit diesels in the back, i bet it would fit in that sucker! lol and it looks to me like it takes all flat glass.. thank god.. that would be $1,000,000 for curved glass lol. would love to have it, but the idiots that run this town would have a problem with me having it in the yard.. but i still want it.

DocWatson
09-23-2011, 12:11 AM
That is one cool looking bus!! If you are in a club it should be a 'club project' then you can have a cool driving advert for the club and a way to get drunk rodders home on rod runs!!
Kinda' like the Bay Rodders old Bus(Vic Australia).
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v613/docwatson1938/imagesCA8DVQIP.jpg
best pic I could find.

Doc.

Bama Jama
09-23-2011, 01:05 AM
Kenworth made a split level bus in '29 with tires that look like those.

Pictures and info of the bus on the rail car are on oldbus.us,interesting.

milwscruffy
09-23-2011, 01:09 AM
I'd say 52 passenger.

bigdav160
09-23-2011, 12:31 PM
Did ya miss the part where there's a positive I.D. on the bus? It's a '35, whether you think it is or not

Is there a positive ID?

Here's a pic of a '34 Kenworth bus. Or is a '37?

Because I see this one on a couple webpages with different years associated with it. Whatever the year, the license plate does say Kenworth

http://www.eatonvillenews.net/images/Bob/BOB%20CENTENNIAL%20PHOTO%20BILL%20PARADE%20RED%20B US%20%28OP%29.jpg

Twelvizm
09-23-2011, 12:47 PM
For those that missed it. The bus has been ID'd and more information on who owns it and its history can be found here (complete with more photos):
http://www.oldbus.us/MemberBuses/BusProjects/1935Kenworth/tabid/147/Default.aspx

For your internetting ease, here's the article from oldbus.com:
1935 Kenworth Transit Bus: The Last Of Its Kind

Special thanks to Old Bus member Terry DeFever for providing this interesting article and pictures.

"I took pictures of this cool old bus but had no idea what it was. I decided to take a drive down to the local museum to see if anyone there knew anything about it. They sent me to a much smaller museum right around the corner from where I work. Turns out it’s owned by Washington State Railroads Historical Society. It’s a 1935 Kenworth that was owned by North Coast Lines, bus # 708. Originally seats 12 passengers on the upper deck and 13 on the lower deck. They have an original picture of the bus and I will see about getting a copy of it. The book eludes to the fact that there was a few of these busses, produced here in the Northwest, but it’s the only one left. It may have been manufactured in Everett or Seattle by someone associated with the aircraft industry.

The bus was used on routes between Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, Everett, Bellingham and Vancouver. The Railroad owned a few busses and used them primarily around the train hubs to try and keep Greyhound and other bus lines from taking passengers away from the trains. The bus later found it’s home in Richland, WA and the Tri-City area and transported workers out to the Hanford nuclear facility. It was sold and a man used it as a bunkhouse and sat in a backyard till it was disposed of to a local wrecking yard.
The treasure of the WASRHS museum went to the junk yard when it was announced that they were going to close up in search of old usable hot rod parts and stumbled across the buss. That is how it found it’s way into the ownership of the museum. They have some pictures of it prior to being loaded on the train car.

jipp
09-23-2011, 01:29 PM
that is a cool bus. I hope they restore it. and some of them new turbo diesels have balls a plenty to power this beast..just check out the bus jay leno is working on you can find it on his webpage.. just type "jay lenos garage" into google and it wil bring up a bunch of video clips of his old cars iv wasted a couple of hours watching the videos he has from old air planes to million dollar deuce's to plane jane working mans car, he has a real nice 40 Plymouth that was donated to him he just did maintenance and left it as the old man who died had it.. this this bus is way cooler than the one jay leno bought from the city/state of cali. id pay for a ride on her, maybe make it a scenic picnic type rout thing.. turn it into a working piece of museum...
thanks for sharing.
chris,

bigdav160
09-23-2011, 03:29 PM
You don't think the 1935 is a misprint and should be 1953?

It looks like a modified Scenicruiser.

HotRodMonkey
09-23-2011, 03:44 PM
Haha, that looks like Teddy Roosevelt right in the middle.

That pic can't be copied because you can't right-click it..

Here is another pic:

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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_i_AovfzNXgQ/TRlQTM7uPcI/AAAAAAABZyM/-6xXkTSlYws/s1600/two-

Lil' Toot
09-26-2011, 01:51 AM
Found this on a page titled "Don's Greyhound Bus Memories". His caption for this photo says that this is a picture of the Old North Coast Lines System's Chehalis, WA termial. He identifies the bus on the left as a 1931 Heiser scratch build, and the one on the left as a 1935 Kenworth with a Heiser body.

http://www.angelfire.com/al/silverball/images/OLDDEPOT.jpg

The captions seem to back up the earlier identification of the bus in question, as well as the theory that they were predominately found in the Northwest

norton58
09-26-2011, 03:26 AM
Haha, that looks like Teddy Roosevelt right in the middle.

I think you'll find it's Fatty Arbuckle making a getaway after his Virginia Rappe faux pas..........