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1933 Yellow Coach Bus Model 709
23 January 2008
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.
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).