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1933 Yellow Coach Bus Model 709


Owned by


Ron Brazell
Bolter # 142
Vallejo, California

23 January 2008
# 2198

From Ron :

           Here are some pictures of my 1933 Yellow Coach model 709. [ side of the bus with the door open ] This was the smallest general bus (city type) built by GM (20 passenger) and only 63 were made. I don't know if this would be of interest but since it was built by GM [ GM Yellow Coach plate ] , I thought it may qualify. [ other side of the bus ]

           I found the bus about five years ago in Montana. [ early pix ] It was from Anaconda (Montana) and was owned by the Anaconda Mining Company and used as the City bus (they owned the whole town). [ front ]

           The previous owner (of course) "camperized" the bus but fortunately nothing was cut or altered. They had a wood stove on one side and had removed one window and replaced it with sheet metal. [ interior pix ]

           While cleaning out the junk inside, I discovered the missing window and frame under the bed! [ rear ]

           The whole top was trashed so I rebuilt that. I also replaced a few broken windows. I had to make all the seats and repaint the inside. The original braking system was vacuum over hydraulic and it worked fairly well. But stopping an 8000-pound bus wasn't easy. So I installed a later Hydro-vac which does the job.

           I haven't gotten around to painting the outside yet but it's in the plan.

           The old bus does get a lot of attention whenever it's out on the road. Takes about five miles to get up to speed but she will clip along at 55 once you get there.

           Great fun!




PS --  I have some other GMC, Chevy trucks that I could send pictures of if you would want to see them (1934 1/2-ton pick-up, 1934 1 1/2-ton military cargo / troop carrier, 1936 Wayne bodied Chevrolet school bus, 1936 1/2-ton pick-up, 1936 1 1/2-ton open express (big pick-up), 1942 1 1/2 ton panel truck, 1948 1-ton open express, 1950 1 1/2 COE).



           Sure this bus qualifies and of course we want more!! Ron added a 1925 GMC K-101 5-Ton Truck to the Gallery and we still have his '36 Suburban in here (haven't heard from the new owner yet! ~~ Editor