Ruthie: The Early Days

Peter and Shari Strout brought this bus to us in hopes we could make a nice touring coach for them. This bus was originally built by The Flxible Bus Co. for the National Park Service as a Sight Seer vehicle to tour the National Parks.  

The reason for the glass paneled roof was that everyone on board could view the mountain scenery with ease. We don’t have any other history, but if this bus could talk.

 

The project is named, ‘Ruthie’, for Sherry’s Mother.
These photos depict the state of disrepair and abuse.

 

Poor Ruthie

It appears someone tried to load this poor girl onto a trailer without a clue of how. The front panels have been bashed in and the front cross member twisted.

The skins and floor have been removed, now the cleaning can begin.

 

Ruthie's Engine and Transmission

 

The engine and transmission is mounted on a cradle than can be removed as a unit. The engine bay shows all the mechanical levers that controlled the engine and shifted the transmission. All this will  be replaced with the Cummins ISB 6.7  diesel engine, Allison six speed transmission.

 

The windows and trim will have to be removed to repair the rust below. This step is necessary to remove not only the bad metal but the smell as well. You can tell when a vehicle of this age has something to hide. As my able assistant of thirty odd years, Lil’ Dave can smell where the rust is.

 

The windows and trim will have to be removed to repair the rust below. This step is necessary to remove not only the bad metal but the smell as well. You can tell when a vehicle of this age has something to hide. As my able assistant of thirty odd years, Lil’ Dave can smell where the rust is.