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What Am I for Friday 3/11/11

Posted By Jeff Lakaszcyck Thursday, March 10, 2011 2:00 PM
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Time for another bus. Emblems removed. Photo from Mike W.

Thursday's is still unsolved.



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Aerocoach Garwood EFI


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Agree with Bill. Garwood/Aerocoach.

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 Posted Thursday, March 10, 2011 5:25 PM
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What we have here is a motor coach,  Model EFI,  with two possible manufacturers.  GAR WOOD began to build these coaches in 1937.  In August of 1940 the MOTOR COACH DIVISION OF GAR WOOD INDUSTRIES was purchased by The GENERAL AMERICAN TRANSPORTATION CORP. a builder of railroad cars.  The new owners set up the GENERAL AMERICAN AEROCOACH Co. and continued to build the coaches unchanged and with the same Model Designation well into the early 1940's.  Therefore if we want  to be really picky this could be a GAR WOOD MODEL EFI or a GENERAL AMERICAN AEROCOACH MODEL EFI depending on the build date..  The only sticking point here is that the AEROCOACH name was only applied to the GENERAL AMERICAN made coaches.  GAR WOOD made coaches were simply GAR WOOD MODEL EFI's.

Source:  Motor Coach Age Magazine,  January 1970.    


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Yeah, what Don says!:Wow:
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Jeff

I guess your answer will tell us which of Don's coaches this actually is


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I'LL GO WITH WHAT DON SAID....
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Aerocoach made streamlined inter-city buses in Chicago from 1940 through the early 1950s. Early coaches were distinctive, later examples looked like other makers 1950s buses.

Trailways and Gray Line used Aerocoaches in the 1940s and 1950s. 

Early in 1940, Gar Wood Industries discontinued the Gar Wood bus and sold its equipment and tools to General American Transportation Corporation. This corporation then organized General American Aerocoach Corporation which commenced building an intercity type bus known as the Aerocoach bus. One model of the Aerocoach bus could have been converted from an intercity bus to an intracity, transit bus, although for all practical purposes Aerocoach and Ford buses were not competitive.

AEROCOACH (U.S.) 1940-1952

(1) General American Aerocoach Co., Chicago, In. 1940­ 1946

(2) General American Aerocoach Co., East Chicago, Ind. 1946-1952

General American Transportation Corp., a builder and lessor of railroad cars, purchased the bus manufacturing business of Gar Wood Industries in 1939 (see GAR WOOD) and set up a new production line in Chicago early in 1940. The principle of the welded tube framework was used in an entirely new and larger type of bus later that year, and these 29 and 33-passenger buses gradually superseded the smaller type on the production line. The Aerocoach name was used for both types, so that the earliest Aerocoaches were indistinguishable (except for their nameplates) from the last Gar Woods.



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Brocky (3/10/2011)
Jeff

I guess your answer will tell us which of Don's coaches this actually is


Brocky, you're putting the pressure on me here, as it seems that Don and Bill know far more about this bus than I do ! All I really know about this bus is what is on the caption, "1940 Aerocoach Garwood EFI". But if it is an Aerocoach then it wasn't built by Garwood, it was built by Gerneral American Transportation Corp. If you look closely at the picture below you'll see the Aerocoach logo down the center of the front trim, and also on the hubcaps. So this bus is not a Garwood, it is a GATC EFI. Whew ! All I know for sure is what Don said: "What we have here is a motor coach". The other thing I know is, all this bus business has given me a headache ! Thanks to Mike W for the photo (I think).

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Friday, March 11, 2011 3:25 PM by Jeff Lakaszcyck

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