1950 GM TG3101 United States Army Bus
This the only picture I have. This is my Army bus That I drove in 1959 from Fort Ord, California to Camp Roberts, California each day. It was a General Motors (GM) built, I think, in 1950. It had a big six cylinder gas engine in the back with four on the floor stick shift. It had no rear window and back was rounded off like a Flxible. There was a little room in back for luggage with access to the engine. I've been told it was a GM 3301/02 with about 36 seats.
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Classic Bus | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:37 pm
I love these authentic period photos of old buses. It would be great to see a side and back photo of this GM old look bus as it is very different from the type most people saw on public roads.
January 14, 2009 1:12:09 PM EST
kimberly dodds | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:38 pm
I don't have yet but soon will have a 1958 bus and would like to turn it into a camper for my family. I would also like to show it at car shows I've never seen this done. Has anyone else done this before if so email me please.this is going to be a big job and i need any ideals anyone has for me. thank you so much kimberly
July 19, 2009 12:11:54 PM EDT
Harry | Sep 18, 2011 | 1:21 pm
Mike, I have been trying to find a photo of this Bus to use in a story about the military busing a group of specialists from Phoenix to Kingman, AZ .. any chance you have another view of this Bus, or would permit me use with credit line. Found photos of another bus, but it's completely stripped and weathered. Thanks.
Mr. Linsky | Jan 06, 2012 | 11:14 pm
You are correct; the bus is a 1951 GM Coach Model PGA-3301 and one of 840 built to specification for the U.S. Army for both domestic and foreign services.
The coach used a 503 cubic inch Chevrolet gasoline engine mounted straight in at the rear and coupled to a three speed manual transmission.
The sheet metal was made from dies left over from previous civilian transit and parlor car models.
Production of the PGA 3301, which was exclusively for government use, began in 1951 and end in early 1952.
dennis | Mar 05, 2012 | 12:33 pm
I have one of these for sale !!
Anybody care to make an offer ?
Contact Dennis 701-722-3558
Harry | Mar 05, 2012 | 3:54 pm
Dennis I called you about 10 minutes after your post and left a message. Do you know where this Bus was used? Do you have any photos of the Bus?
Mr. Linsky | Mar 08, 2012 | 12:18 am
On the GM PGA 3301 for the Army;
Does anyone have any information on what the weight and the length was for these vehicles?
Thanks for any help.
dennis | Mar 28, 2012 | 12:48 pm
I ran mine across the scale weighed in @ 14,000 lbs.
roman | Jun 17, 2012 | 5:00 am
i luv classic images. this is awsome
Jack Darby | Aug 03, 2012 | 2:55 am
When I was 7 years old I lived in Army family housing at Dodd Field on Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. I rode daily on this bus to and from Lamar School (2nd Grade, Fall,Nov.1950 thru 3rd Grade,Spring, Arpil 1952. in San Antonio. The Army provided these buses as "school buses" to transport Army dependent children to area schools from family housing in the San Antonio area. The buses were Army glossy olive drab. The seats were elevated on each side of the aisle, with a luggage rack on each side above the seats. My father (WOJG E. J. Darby, Jr, USA QC) went from Ft Sam to Korea in April, 1952 and my mother and I returned to Taos, NM until we joined my dad in August, 1953 in Tokyo, Japan. We also were transported from our housing area on Saturdays to the base main theater and back to watch Saturday matinees and movie serials. I am now a retired Navy Chief. I often wondered over the years what became of those army buses.
Mike Hoffman | Apr 16, 2013 | 6:18 pm
Mine is already converted but with a Detroit 6V53 strapped to an Allison 6 speed auto. And its for sale Call 520-440-6867 for more info