View Poll Results: What is your favorite bus body brand?
Blue Bird 27 32.14%
Carpenter 2 2.38%
Crown 17 20.24%
Gillig 2 2.38%
Superior 1 1.19%
Thomas 17 20.24%
Ward/AmTran/IC 7 8.33%
Wayne 5 5.95%
Other brand 0 0%
No favorite 6 7.14%
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:25 AM   #1
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What do you like about your favorite(s)? (Styling, headroom, good view from driver's seat, etc.)
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:44 PM   #2
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Re: Poll: Favorite Bus Manufacturers

My all time favorite would be a Crown or Gillig. Those are just some sexy sleek school busses. However, for my needs, I don't think a Crown would be a good choice.

I currently own 2 different Thomas built busses, and I really like the construction quality and detail. However, the bus I *still* lust for is the Blue Bird All American rear engine 8.3L Cummins powered air brake air ride extra storage beast... I make do with my Thomas.

I also have a soft spot for P30 chassis busses, as well as the Blue Bird busses that are flat nose, front engine, short wheel base, and about 20-25 feet long. I've most often seen them used as handi-busses.

I don't think I've seen a bus that I thought was just ugly (body styling wise... paint jobs and mods are a different story). I think as long as you get one with minimal rust, no broken welds, and minimal body damage, with the size and characteristics you need, that you can be happy with any manufacturer.

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Old 03-17-2010, 02:39 PM   #3
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Re: Poll: Favorite Bus Manufacturers

Like Bender said... I prefer Crown because that is the kind I have... But seriously, all of them have good and bad points, so whatever works for you makes it the best bus ever built in my eye
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Re: Poll: Favorite Bus Manufacturers

Crown and Gillig need to be added to the list, they made such beautiful busses.
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Crown and Gillig need to be added to the list, they made such beautiful busses.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:18 PM   #6
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Dang...it reset all votes to zero!
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Re: Poll: Favorite Bus Manufacturers

I looked at a lot of buses, Thomas, Ward, Bluebird etc... I really liked the Thomas, and that is what I went after, didn't even try to buy another other brand...
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What do you like about your favorite(s)? (Styling, headroom, good view from driver's seat, etc.)
My faves are Wayne (ca 1966-on, both pre-Lifeguard and Lifeguard) and Superior (1964-72 with the wraparound windows). Wayne's squared-off roof crown and Superior's wheelhouse shape and lots of ribbed skin make these bodies look the most "motor-homey" to me.
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I really like my Thomas Pusher. I have had two coach busses, and two skoolie bluebird conventionals. Both of those were internationals with gas engines and they went back and forth across the country just fine. The Thomas pusher drives very well and is reliable. It does not turn as sharp as my brothers amtrans pusher with a detroit in it, but among other things, the thomas has flat winshield glass and other things which are cheap and easy to fix.

I chose this bus after 30 or so years of busses, and i wanted a cat engine and a 643 transmission because i can easily get these items and the transmissions are cheap rebuilt. My costs for drive train were high for the coaches with detroits, as they were both v drives. The cat engine costs more than a 8v17 rebuild, but i aint driving 300,000 miles a year.. its more like 7000.

Crowns and gilligs are great busses as well.
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I like my 1973 Blue Bird All American. It looks pretty cool.

I always liked the Crowns.

BUT, for classy lines, nothing beats the old Bedfords. They had many body styles, and everyone of them exudes artistic input.
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