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2004 Ford Transit Bus 12 Seater
2004 Ford Transit Bus 12 Seater
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Ford Transit Bus 2015 vs Iveco Daily Minibus 2015
Ford Transit Bus 2015 vs Iveco Daily Minibus 2015
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Ford Transit 2014 Busversion - Premiere in Barcelona - BKF TV vor Ort in Barcelona
Ford Transit 2014 Busversion - Premiere in Barcelona - BKF TV vor Ort in Barcelona
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Ford Transit 15 Seat Mini-bus for sale
Ford Transit 15 Seat Mini-bus for sale
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Ford Transit Bus 2015 In detail review walkaround Interior Exterior
Ford Transit Bus 2015 In detail review walkaround Interior Exterior
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Ford Transit Tourneo Bus-2014
Ford Transit Tourneo Bus-2014
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2003 Ford Transit Mini Bus Review
2003 Ford Transit Mini Bus Review
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Ford Transit-Tourneo Custom
Ford Transit-Tourneo Custom
DATE: 2012/09/18::
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DRIFT BUS & SUPER VAN in one Ford Transit V8
DRIFT BUS & SUPER VAN in one Ford Transit V8
DATE: 2011/07/29::
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Ford Transit Custom Bus 2015 In detail review walkaround Interior Exterior
Ford Transit Custom Bus 2015 In detail review walkaround Interior Exterior
DATE: 2014/10/28::
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DRIFT BUS  World Premiere!
DRIFT BUS World Premiere!
DATE: 2011/09/25::
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Ford Transit Tourneo 9 Seater Bus - Foray Vans
Ford Transit Tourneo 9 Seater Bus - Foray Vans
DATE: 2013/04/03::
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Ford Transit Bus / Minibus L4H3 & L2H2
Ford Transit Bus / Minibus L4H3 & L2H2
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2015 Ford Transit Vans and Wagons - First Look
2015 Ford Transit Vans and Wagons - First Look
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2015 Ford Transit Passenger Van Walk Around with Mike Diehl at Diehl Ford
2015 Ford Transit Passenger Van Walk Around with Mike Diehl at Diehl Ford
DATE: 2014/11/18::
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Bus 4x4 Ford Transit 4WD Conversion Workmate Transit Series
Bus 4x4 Ford Transit 4WD Conversion Workmate Transit Series
DATE: 2012/10/02::
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SEELB School Bus Ford Transit LWB 16 Seater (TJZ 2713)
SEELB School Bus Ford Transit LWB 16 Seater (TJZ 2713)
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Ford Transit Bus Fun
Ford Transit Bus Fun
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Ford Transit 12 Seater Bus - Trade Me Auction
Ford Transit 12 Seater Bus - Trade Me Auction
DATE: 2015/06/03::
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DRIFT BUS & SUPER VAN in one Ford Transit V8 parts 2
DRIFT BUS & SUPER VAN in one Ford Transit V8 parts 2
DATE: 2011/09/03::
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Ford Transit Cargo Bus - 2014
Ford Transit Cargo Bus - 2014
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Ford Transit 17 Seat Minibus With Air Con *CHESHIRE VAN SALES*
Ford Transit 17 Seat Minibus With Air Con *CHESHIRE VAN SALES*
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Ford Transit Bus T300
Ford Transit Bus T300
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Ford Transit 18-seat Bus (2014) Exterior and Interior
Ford Transit 18-seat Bus (2014) Exterior and Interior
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Forza 5 - School Bus Shenanigans (Ford Transit Van)
Forza 5 - School Bus Shenanigans (Ford Transit Van)
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Foray Vans - 2013 Ford Transit Custom Tourneo Mini Bus
Foray Vans - 2013 Ford Transit Custom Tourneo Mini Bus
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Ford Transit - Drift session
Ford Transit - Drift session
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Part 4 of our ford transit mini bus DIY conversion project.
Part 4 of our ford transit mini bus DIY conversion project.
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Ford Transit Minibus 2015 vs Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Minibus 2015
Ford Transit Minibus 2015 vs Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Minibus 2015
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Ford Transit Factory 12 Seater Bus 2015 - www.teamhutchinsonford.com
Ford Transit Factory 12 Seater Bus 2015 - www.teamhutchinsonford.com
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Ford Transit van mini bus to camper van conversion Part 2
Ford Transit van mini bus to camper van conversion Part 2
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Bedrijfswageninrichting Ford Transit Connect | Bedrijfswagen en Bus Betimmering | Teus
Bedrijfswageninrichting Ford Transit Connect | Bedrijfswagen en Bus Betimmering | Teus
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Ford Transit Bus Camper 260S 2.0 TDdi Luifel Keuken Dakluik Wc Zeer Compleet
Ford Transit Bus Camper 260S 2.0 TDdi Luifel Keuken Dakluik Wc Zeer Compleet
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Ford Transit 18-seat Bus (2014) Exterior and Interior in 3D 4K UHD
Ford Transit 18-seat Bus (2014) Exterior and Interior in 3D 4K UHD
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Ford Transit van mini bus to camper van conversion Part 6 in the UK
Ford Transit van mini bus to camper van conversion Part 6 in the UK
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Detroit Custom Coach - Ford Transit Bus Door Conversion
Detroit Custom Coach - Ford Transit Bus Door Conversion
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'Tinks' Our Hippy Bus (Ford Transit LWB High Top)
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Camper van conversion from Ford Transit mini bus Part 8
Camper van conversion from Ford Transit mini bus Part 8
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drifting cu duba ford transit
drifting cu duba ford transit
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Ford Transit mini bus van to camper van conversion Part 1
Ford Transit mini bus van to camper van conversion Part 1
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Ford Transit with Nor-Cal Vans Bus Door
Ford Transit with Nor-Cal Vans Bus Door
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FORD TRANSIT MINI BUS *CHESHIRE VAN SALES*
FORD TRANSIT MINI BUS *CHESHIRE VAN SALES*
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Ford Transit Camper conversion.The Yellow Bus.
Ford Transit Camper conversion.The Yellow Bus.
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Ford Transit Mk2 Bus (1981) - Progetto Next Cinema Italia Tour Interni - Esterni
Ford Transit Mk2 Bus (1981) - Progetto Next Cinema Italia Tour Interni - Esterni
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Camper van conversion from Ford transit mini bus Part 9
Camper van conversion from Ford transit mini bus Part 9
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Auction #1144846 - 2002 Ford Transit Bus
Auction #1144846 - 2002 Ford Transit Bus
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Ford Transit Shuttle Unique Bus
Ford Transit Shuttle Unique Bus
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Ford Transit Bus 2.0 TDi
Ford Transit Bus 2.0 TDi
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Ford Transit Bus 2.5 TD
Ford Transit Bus 2.5 TD
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Ford Transit van mini bus to camper van conversion Part 4  in the UK
Ford Transit van mini bus to camper van conversion Part 4 in the UK
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Not to be confused with Ford Transit.
Transit Bus
1937 Ford Transit Bus in Seattle, when new.jpg
A 1937 Ford Transit Bus in Seattle when new
Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Also called Crackerbox
Production 1936–1947
Model years 1937–1947
Body and chassis
Class bus
Body style body on chassis
Layout front engine (1936–1939)
rear engine (1939–1947)
Powertrain
Engine Ford 239 cu in (3,920 cc) "flathead" V-8
Transmission 3-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 12 ft 4 in (3.76 m)
Length 25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)
Width 96 in (2.4 m)
Height 9 ft 1 in (2.77 m)
Curb weight 10,600 lb (4,800 kg)
Chronology
Successor 8MB
Hollinger Bus Lines number 61—a Canadian-built 1944 model 29-B—in derelict condition, more than a quarter-century after withdrawal from service

The Ford Transit Bus was a small bus produced by the Ford Motor Corporation from 1936 to 1947. The engine was originally placed at the front, but a rear-engine version replaced the original design in 1939. Ford constructed the chassis, which were then fitted with bodies constructed by the Union City Body Company of Union City, Indiana. Canadian versions were built from chassis fabricated in Windsor and bodies produced by Brantford Coach & Body, from 1941 to 1943.[1]

Front-engine model[edit]

The first Transit Bus was a prototype that Ford loaned to Detroit Street Railways (DSR), of Detroit, Michigan, in June 1936. After DSR placed an order for 500, Ford began series production, and deliveries began on November 27, 1936 (which Ford considered to be within its "1937" model year).[1] The front-engine or forward-control, design used a 157-inch (400 cm) chassis, Ford model 70, and had a 141-inch (360 cm) wheelbase.[1] An 85hp, 221-cubic-inch Ford "flathead" V-8 engine was used. Under a new model-numbering scheme, the 70 chassis was renumbered 81-B in the 1938 model year and 91-B in 1939.[1]

Around 1,000 of the original Transit Bus model were built under the standard production arrangement, with bodies built by Union City. However, some customers preferred to use bodies built by other companies, and it is estimated that around 200 buses were built under this arrangement. Strictly speaking, these were not "Transit Buses", but used the same Ford chassis – model 70, 81-B or 91-B, depending on model year – that Ford was using for its Transit Bus model.[1] Of the approximately 1,000–1,200 front-engine Transit Buses built, DSR alone was the purchaser of 750.[1]

Rear-engine model[edit]

In early 1939, Ford redesigned the Transit Bus as a rear-engine model, to improve performance through better weight distribution. At the same time, the redesign used a new, larger V-8 engine: a 95hp, 239-cubic-inch model. A prototype bus was built in February 1939, and series production began in October 1939 (in the 1940 model year).[1] The rear-engine model had a slightly longer wheelbase, 148.5 inches (377 cm). The standard, two-door version had 27 passenger seats. The bodies continued to be supplied by the Union City Body Company. Other manufacturers were no longer building bodies for Ford Transit Buses by this time, only Union City.[1]

Approximately 12,500 rear-engine Ford Transits were built during their eight-year production run, from 1939 to 1947.[1] Along with Detroit, major customers were the Capital Transit Company of Washington D.C.; the Philadelphia Transportation Company; Chicago Surface Lines; San Antonio, Texas; the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company; the Toronto Transportation Commission and Boston Elevated Railway. The Public Service Interstate Transportation Company of New Jersey had the largest fleet, with a total of 586 new and seven secondhand units.[2][3][4]

After World War II, the Transit Bus was rebranded as the Universal Bus in Ford's marketing, but remained commonly known as the Transit Bus. Postwar demand was high, and 4,800 buses were sold during 1946 and 1947. However, production ended in September 1947. Changes in Ford's production and distribution arrangements fostered the designing of a replacement model, designated the 8MB, the prototype chassis for which was also built in September 1947.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Ford Buses". Motor Coach Age (Motor Bus Society) 45 (3–4): 24–31. March–April 1992. ISSN 0739-117X. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Gary (July–August 1977). "Ford Transit". Model Coach News (Somerville MA: Gary Johnson) (5): 5–7. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Gary (October–November 1982–December). "Remembering the little Fords". Model Transport (Chicago: Don Wolters Design Advertising) (2): 41–43.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Yvon52" (14 November 2006). "1939 Ford Transit (09-B)". Internet Movie Cars Database. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

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