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Help Me ID This Bus

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Twelvizm, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. Twelvizm
    Joined: Jun 30, 2011
    Posts: 39


    A couple of friends of mine are trying to find out what kind of bus this is. It was spotted near Hanford, WA.


  2. Black Panther
    Joined: Jan 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,164

    Black Panther
    from SoCal

    The front part...if the lower part is the front part looks like a White...
  3. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 2,442


    That is super cool! If I was younger, it would get a Cummins turbo and a ton of updates.:D
  4. Twelvizm
    Joined: Jun 30, 2011
    Posts: 39


    I was thinking one racing seat, cage and a jet engine.
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  5. unkamort
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 951


    There was a bus like that in the 'Vintage Shots' thread 2-3 weeks ago... was a park tour bus as I recall.
  6. msm618618
    Joined: Sep 22, 2011
    Posts: 20

    from Bostonia

    That's a ca 1936 Kenworth. Being new, I can't upload images yet, but this like shows her in service:

    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!
  7. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 11,347

    from CT

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

    Here is another pic:

  8. bigdav160
    Joined: May 5, 2007
    Posts: 153


    1935-1936 is too much for me to believe. The tire technology didn't exist back then.

    1946? Maybe.
  9. Twelvizm
    Joined: Jun 30, 2011
    Posts: 39


  10. 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!!
  11. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,616


    Here it the picture from msm618618 post.

    Attached Files:

  12. pcterm2
    Joined: Aug 25, 2009
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  13. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 21,587


    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.
  14. rld14
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,610


    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.
  15. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,209

    from Dublin, OH

    Man, that bus was way ahead of its time, very, very COOL!
  16. 48 Chubby
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,016

    48 Chubby
    Member Emeritus

    Needs to be chopped and dropped. Those wheels ain't doing it for me either.
  17. Rebel 1
    Joined: Oct 25, 2010
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    Rebel 1

    I like it. Very cool.
  18. Motornoggin1
    Joined: May 24, 2011
    Posts: 169


    That is awesome! That would make a great race team mothership!
  19. jdrew
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 100


    That thing is incredible, would make a GREAT converted RV/tow rig.

    I too hope it is saved and brought back to life.
  20. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,063


    Whatchu talkin bout Willis? Better take a ride in the way back machine and see 30's tire technology.
  21. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,042


    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
  22. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 21,587


  23. 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.
  24. 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).
    best pic I could find.

  25. Bama Jama
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 365

    Bama Jama

    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,interesting.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011
  26. I'd say 52 passenger.
  27. bigdav160
    Joined: May 5, 2007
    Posts: 153


    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

  28. Twelvizm
    Joined: Jun 30, 2011
    Posts: 39


    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):

    For your internetting ease, here's the article from
  29. jipp
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,116


    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.
  30. bigdav160
    Joined: May 5, 2007
    Posts: 153


    You don't think the 1935 is a misprint and should be 1953?

    It looks like a modified Scenicruiser.

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