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Northwest Bus Sales 2015 Starcraft Starlite 14 Passenger Ford Transit Shuttle - S88382
Northwest Bus Sales 2015 Starcraft Starlite 14 Passenger Ford Transit Shuttle - S88382
Published: 2015/11/10
Channel: Northwest Bus Sales
DISAUTO FORD TRANSIT BUS 18 PASAJEROS NUEVO SOLO 39 KILOMETROS 2015
DISAUTO FORD TRANSIT BUS 18 PASAJEROS NUEVO SOLO 39 KILOMETROS 2015
Published: 2015/11/29
Channel: disauto accidentados
2003 Ford Transit Mini Bus Review
2003 Ford Transit Mini Bus Review
Published: 2014/06/04
Channel: Men and Motors
Ford Transit Bus Trend 460 L4H3 2.2 TDCi (2017) Exterior and Interior in 3D
Ford Transit Bus Trend 460 L4H3 2.2 TDCi (2017) Exterior and Interior in 3D
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: hirudov
Ford Transit with Nor-Cal Vans Bus Door
Ford Transit with Nor-Cal Vans Bus Door
Published: 2015/06/03
Channel: Nor-Cal Vans, Inc.
Blue Ford Transit Minibus Reversing (HV06LYP)
Blue Ford Transit Minibus Reversing (HV06LYP)
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: modelbuses98
2015 Ford Transit. Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour.
2015 Ford Transit. Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour.
Published: 2015/10/18
Channel: MegaRetr
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
Published: 2014/02/14
Channel: BKF TV
FORD TRANSIT BUS
FORD TRANSIT BUS
Published: 2016/12/16
Channel: Laura Schlüter
Ford Transit Tourneo Bus-2014
Ford Transit Tourneo Bus-2014
Published: 2014/04/01
Channel: Team Hutchinson Ford
2017 Ford Transit Custom Minibus Ecoblue - Exterior and Interior - Auto Show Brussels 2017
2017 Ford Transit Custom Minibus Ecoblue - Exterior and Interior - Auto Show Brussels 2017
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: Automobile Classics
FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT MINIBUS
FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT MINIBUS
Published: 2015/12/08
Channel: Robert Howard and Sons
Ford Transit 17 Seat Minibus With Air Con *CHESHIRE VAN SALES*
Ford Transit 17 Seat Minibus With Air Con *CHESHIRE VAN SALES*
Published: 2013/08/15
Channel: Cheshire Van Sales
White 63 ref Transit 17 seat minibus
White 63 ref Transit 17 seat minibus
Published: 2016/08/04
Channel: Redkiteminibuses
Ford Transit Transit Bus 460 L4 Trend 18-Sitzer -37%
Ford Transit Transit Bus 460 L4 Trend 18-Sitzer -37%
Published: 2014/11/14
Channel: clipnow imnt
Ford Transit 17 Seater Minibus
Ford Transit 17 Seater Minibus
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: T S P Car Hire Limited, Swindon
"Транспорт в России". Автобус "Ford Transit FBD" | "Transport in Russia". Bus "Ford Transit FBD"
"Транспорт в России". Автобус "Ford Transit FBD" | "Transport in Russia". Bus "Ford Transit FBD"
Published: 2016/07/30
Channel: Travel Together
Brand New Ford Transit Tourneo Bus - Team Hutchinson Ford
Brand New Ford Transit Tourneo Bus - Team Hutchinson Ford
Published: 2016/11/15
Channel: Team Hutchinson Ford
Part one of the Ford Transit Mini Bus conversion. Floor and
Part one of the Ford Transit Mini Bus conversion. Floor and
Published: 2015/04/02
Channel: Finding Freedom
2012 FORD TRANSIT MINIBUS REVIEW
2012 FORD TRANSIT MINIBUS REVIEW
Published: 2017/07/08
Channel: KIRBYCOMMERCIALS
New Bus For Sale - New 2016 Starcraft Starlite Executive Shuttle Bus S54756
New Bus For Sale - New 2016 Starcraft Starlite Executive Shuttle Bus S54756
Published: 2016/04/11
Channel: Las Vegas Bus Sales
WE BOUGHT A BUS! Large Family Van Tour- Ford Transit XLT
WE BOUGHT A BUS! Large Family Van Tour- Ford Transit XLT
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: Creating Essence
Motorhome Camper Conversion Using a Ford Transit Bus Part 1
Motorhome Camper Conversion Using a Ford Transit Bus Part 1
Published: 2015/12/07
Channel: VanBooter
Ford Transit Camper conversion.The Yellow Bus.
Ford Transit Camper conversion.The Yellow Bus.
Published: 2015/04/26
Channel: SloppyStrummer
GERMAZ - Ford Transit MiniBUS 2015
GERMAZ - Ford Transit MiniBUS 2015
Published: 2015/05/05
Channel: TheGERMAZ
FORD TRANSIT MINIBUS 17+1
FORD TRANSIT MINIBUS 17+1
Published: 2015/11/28
Channel: 4Ruedas
2004 Ford Transit Bus 12 Seater
2004 Ford Transit Bus 12 Seater
Published: 2011/11/24
Channel: Karmart car sales
Ford Transit Tourneo 9 Seater Bus - Foray Vans
Ford Transit Tourneo 9 Seater Bus - Foray Vans
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: forayvans
DRIFT BUS & SUPER VAN in one Ford Transit V8
DRIFT BUS & SUPER VAN in one Ford Transit V8
Published: 2011/07/29
Channel: Transit Center
Ford Transit 2014.5 V363 Minibus 460 L4 (M2) 17-18 Seat 125ps U34616
Ford Transit 2014.5 V363 Minibus 460 L4 (M2) 17-18 Seat 125ps U34616
Published: 2015/08/31
Channel: Ford Ford
Secrets Limousine 14 Passenger Ford Transit Shuttle Bus
Secrets Limousine 14 Passenger Ford Transit Shuttle Bus
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: Secrets Limousine
Ford Transit Bus 2015 vs Iveco Daily Minibus 2015
Ford Transit Bus 2015 vs Iveco Daily Minibus 2015
Published: 2014/10/14
Channel: MotorCarTube
Ford Transit 18-seat Bus (2014) Exterior and Interior
Ford Transit 18-seat Bus (2014) Exterior and Interior
Published: 2014/12/10
Channel: hirudov
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
Published: 2014/10/26
Channel: hirudov
1940
1940's Ford Transit Bus Demolition
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: Scott Williams
Forza 5: School Bus Shenanigans (Ford Transit Van
Forza 5: School Bus Shenanigans (Ford Transit Van
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: Eli Hoopengarner
2013 13 FORD TRANSIT T300 SWB 9 SEAT MINIBUS WITH 64K MUST SEE USED BARNSLEY VANS REVIEW U2039
2013 13 FORD TRANSIT T300 SWB 9 SEAT MINIBUS WITH 64K MUST SEE USED BARNSLEY VANS REVIEW U2039
Published: 2016/11/15
Channel: Barnsley Commercial Sales Ltd
Ford Transit Mini Bus For Sale
Ford Transit Mini Bus For Sale
Published: 2010/10/16
Channel: nathanandrews100
FORD TRANSIT MINIBUS
FORD TRANSIT MINIBUS
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: AVC ACCRINGTON
Ford Transit Bus / Minibus L4H3 & L2H2
Ford Transit Bus / Minibus L4H3 & L2H2
Published: 2015/05/14
Channel: Marc Brunner
2006 Ford Transit Minibus Walkaround and in-depth tour.
2006 Ford Transit Minibus Walkaround and in-depth tour.
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: modelbuses98
SEELB School Bus Ford Transit LWB 16 Seater (TJZ 2713)
SEELB School Bus Ford Transit LWB 16 Seater (TJZ 2713)
Published: 2014/04/26
Channel: jonmontrainman
Ford Transit Side-Curtain Airbag
Ford Transit Side-Curtain Airbag
Published: 2014/06/25
Channel: Ford Media
Ford Transit Bus 2.0 TDi
Ford Transit Bus 2.0 TDi
Published: 2014/06/13
Channel: inzeratyAUTOBAZAReu
FORD TRANSIT 14 SEAT MINIBUS @ CHESHIRE VAN SALES
FORD TRANSIT 14 SEAT MINIBUS @ CHESHIRE VAN SALES
Published: 2015/10/16
Channel: Cheshire Van Sales
ford transit bus
ford transit bus
Published: 2013/05/25
Channel: AGunisy
DRIFT BUS & SUPER VAN in one Ford Transit V8 parts 2
DRIFT BUS & SUPER VAN in one Ford Transit V8 parts 2
Published: 2011/09/03
Channel: Transit Center
12 seater Ford Transit Minibus
12 seater Ford Transit Minibus
Published: 2010/06/30
Channel: hansonrentalvehicles
Bedrijfswageninrichting Ford Transit Connect | Bedrijfswagen en Bus Betimmering | Teus
Bedrijfswageninrichting Ford Transit Connect | Bedrijfswagen en Bus Betimmering | Teus
Published: 2014/12/18
Channel: Bedrijfswageninrichting Teus
The Party Bus! Ford Transit Sport Sound System
The Party Bus! Ford Transit Sport Sound System
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: Jordan Wiggins
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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 Transit 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 Ford 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 medium-duty transit bus produced by Ford 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 Dallas Railway & Terminal Company, Dallas, Texas; 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. 

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