1950 GM 21' Coach / Bus
From Jerry :
I stumbled upon this great old bus on my way to look at a logging job up by Mt. Hood, in Oregon. This classic bus was sitting in the woods behind an old cabin. The tires were all flat. It was barely visible through the brush and poison oak. Obviously, it had been there awhile.
After further investigation, I located the property owner. Less then an hour later, I traded four cord of red fir and a 1969 Honda trail 90 for the bus. Too Cool.
The guy didn't know much about the history of the bus, or the year model even. All he could tell me is it was on the property when he bought the place 20 years ago. It was added to the deed by the previous land owner, who died a couple years later.
Long story short, and a year later, I finally received a title for the bus and this is what I've learned, or think I know, about this thing great bus. It's a 1950 GM 21 foot coach, Model# TGH 2708. There were only 302 of this model ever built between 1949-1951. It is the first year of the air ride suspension, auto transmission and factory gas motor (although I'm not sure what size -- mine has a 400 Pontiac in it -- but I doubt it's the factory engine -- any idea's?).
The bus has been partially converted -- windows, propane, all aluminum holding and fresh water tanks, some plumbing. The entire interior has been foam insulated with the original roof panels re-installed afterwards. Wood cabinets and closets, sitting booth, etc. added. Best of all, this "Mutha" runs!!
After sitting in the same spot for 20 years and according to the property owner, started once or twice, maybe, my buddy and I installed a battery, starter, aired up the tires, tied a 5-gallon can of gas to the roof, ran a fuel line to the carb and fired her up. It blew acorns, rocks, mice and smoke out of what was left of the exhaust pipe, but cleared up and smoothed right out. The transmission linkage was frozen up so my buddy put it in gear from the engine compartment, jumped back in the bus and away we went. We went five miles down the gravel road cruising at 40 to 50 mph. My buddy jumps out and puts it in reverse then back in drive to where it sits now. Way too cool!!
These pics were taken the day of the drive. It is in the same condition now as it was in when I first saw it. Now, it's sitting in front of the old cabin.