Scenicruisin'..?

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  1. amazinblue82

    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Within a decade, age 65 arrives at my door.

    When I was 35, I decided that occasion would be marked with a major purchase and one year un-interrupted tour of the country. Then I figured I could get 10 years of usage before I was unable/unwilling to tool around in it anymore.

    This is what I want.

    Anybody own(ed) one? Know anybody who owns one? The perks? The pitfalls? Convert it? Buy one all done?

    Thanks in advance to anyone for your thoughts.

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    So a C-body isn't big enough ?!
     
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    polara71 Old Man with a Hat

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    That is a cool bus!
     
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  4. amazinblue82

    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Plenty big...but my favorite C-body will get trailered (all four wheels UP - no dollies/no draggin) behind this beastie.
     
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    300rag Waiting out the storm FCBO Gold Member

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    Doing your own conversion gives you the coach you want. That would be my choice. The possibilities are almost endless.
     
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  6. amazinblue82

    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    first saw the Uniroyal Tire from the Sky Deck of one of these in 1967. been hooked on them ever since....and this one just aint big enough (my Dad bought me a toy like this one in Chicago at the start of the last leg of our trip).:icon_lol:

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    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    As cool as "my" Scencruiser will be...one day...it wasn't first kid on the block. This 1937 Kenworth was two decades earlier.

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    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    hmm... looks like the folks at Red Bull are hep to the drill....

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    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    another neat one it seems. they only made 1,000 of these Scenicruisers...can't be too many left, converted or not.

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    Yo Amazin'blue82. US23 between Brighton and Flint on the west side south bound service road. The place haz been doin' conversions on Grayhoundz for 40 yearz that I know of. Check 'um out. I'm sure they'll be able to answer all your questionz and maybe even have something to sell yeah, Jer
     
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    OH, And if you ever cross pathz with that '37 Kennelworth call me. That thing iz screamin' for ah 12V9/13 spd. if it doesn't already have one. Loved the way them Detroitz alwayz marked their territory.
     
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    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Never seen that Kenworth before today brother...but will be on the lookout. I found a source that said the '37 Kenworth used an "under-floor layout engine, probably a Hall-Scott".

    Dunno what that means and dunno what a 12V9 is? I assume you're talking about a diesel/tranny combo?

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    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Scenicruiser specs:


    • Length: 40 feet (12.19 m)
    • Width: 96 inches (2,438 mm)
    • Height: 131 inches (3,327 mm)
    • Wheelbase: 261 inches (6,629 mm)
    • Turn radius: 45 feet (13.72 m)
    • Powerplant:
      • 1954: 2x GM Diesel 4-71 engine
      • 1961 repowering: 1x Detroit Diesel 8V-71 engine
    • Transmission: manual, Spicer, 3-speed with 2-speed splitter originally (6 speeds altogether), 4-speed after repowering
    • Fuel Tank: 180 US gallons (150 imp gal; 680 L).
    • Seats: 10 on lower level, 33 on upper level. Total 43 seats
    • Luggage: 344 cu ft (9.7 m[SUP]3[/SUP]).
    • Aisle width: 14 inches (356 mm)
    • Front door width: 26 inches (660 mm)

    Apparently I am supposed to seek the retrofit (1961 and later, done by Marmon-Herrington) Scenicruiser models with the single Detroit Diesel 8V71 8 cylinder mills instead of the two 4-71 four cylinder diesel-powered models.

    Cool URL. Scenicruisers in movies and TV: http://www.imcdb.org/vehicles_make-GMC_model-PD+4501.html

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    I've always wanted one of these, as well. This, a 1947 Flxible, or a '70s Blue Bird. Wonderful rigs, all!

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    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    We kicked around the Vista Cruiser in another thread last year. Anecdotally the design features of the cars had something to do with the Scenicruiser that GMC Division built?

    I have NO idea if that is even true at all so I am not the source of that info...but car always reminded me of the bus, and vice versa, with that one design feature in their roofs.

    I like them both:eek:

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    amazinblue82 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Flxible made a double-decker too..the Vista-Liner apparently

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    The very first Scenicruiser. 1949 GX-2. According to the poster, this describes the video

    The 1949 GX-2 was 40′ long, and almost all states had still had that 35′ maximum length restriction. Greyhound used the GX-2 to lobby for increasing that limit, a process that took several years. The film in this video was shot by the Oregon State Police, the GX-2 presumably showing off its maneuverability as part of that process that took several years


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    1928 Cherokee...check out the driver's "nest".

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    Do it, man. Do it! AMHIK.
    Don't let anybody rib you about anything, either.
    Time, money, family (except most significant spouse/other), anything.
     
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