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1948 GM PD4151 Greyhound Silverside Bus

1948 GM PD4151 Greyhound Silverside Bus



Here is my 1948 ex-Greyhound GM Silverside bus. A PD-4151. It has a Detroit Diesel 6-71 engine, 4 speed shifter on the steering column a.k.a. "four-on-the-tree shifter," and no power steering.

1948 GM PD4151 Greyhound Silverside Bus



The front interior is original as far back as the first passenger seat. She runs real well. We added Maxi brakes for safety. The rest of the General Motors coach is converted to a motor home. I would like to find Dogs to put back on the outside, and do her up as original. We converted her to - ground, and updated the regulator.

1948 GM PD4151 Greyhound Silverside Bus
1948 GM PD4151 Greyhound Silverside Bus

I love taking her out, people just stop and stare when I go by. The shot with the tow truck is when I first got her I had to pull her out to get batteries in her and change the starter motor. She came right to life. I will send more photo's as I get them scanned.
Have a super day!

Bryan Porter - Akron, Ohio

Below is a video of a very similar restored 1947 version of this venerable Silverside:

 

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DAVID SMITH | Oct 04, 2006 | 2:55 pm

I IMPOUNDED A 1947 GMC SILVERSIDE BUS TODAY AND WAS JUST LOOKING ON THE INTERNET FOR ANYTHING RELATED SAW THIS FINE BUS MADE ME LOOK IS THERE ANYWHERE THAT I COULD FIND INFO ON THE ENGINE AND BUS MINE LOOKS TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE THANKS FOR ANY HELP

Bryan | Oct 23, 2006 | 8:31 pm

What kind of info do you need about the engine? Is it the 6-71 Detroit? It probably has two fuel tanks, and is a 4 speed on the steering columb. None of the gears are syncromeshed. Reverse is Put it in first, press and hold the reverse button, and drop her into 2nd. What do you need to know?

diane | Jun 20, 2010 | 2:39 am

hi I have a 1940 yellow coach silversides bus that is converted to a motorhome. has a 671 detroit diesel engine. runs need to sell this rare bus. where can i advertise?

dave waxon | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:44 pm

I am looking for parts for a 1948 silverside back brake light marker lights ,light up dog on ft, Dash pic ect.call me dave 612-701-4213

(Originally posted on January 24, 2009 1:38:10 PM EST)

tina | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:44 pm

i own a 1947 GM PD 3751 and i need windows front and side ones please let me know if you have any

February 20, 2009 9:22:45 AM EST

Kate | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:45 pm

I have a GMC 1946 Silverside for sale.

Posted on April 13, 2009 3:08:25 PM EDT

kedavis | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:46 pm

has anyone figured out how this site works? i registered and logged in, but when i try to get to a user profile it keeps saying i'm not logged in!

anyway, Kate or anyone else with a bus for sale, please contact me at pearled-duck@earthlink.net

April 14, 2009 1:44:43 AM EDT

Carla King | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:46 pm

Has this bus been sold yet? If not where is is located and how much are you asking? Thanks

Posted on April 30, 2009 7:30:43 PM EDT

steve | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:47 pm

Hello everyone.
Im looking for a 1948 silverside.
Converted or not.
Prefer at least drivable But needing work would be fine as long as it's priced right.
Call me during the day or e mail me back.
Other years close would work.
Thanks steve 1-250-216-0616

Posted on May 1, 2009 12:40:09 AM EDT

kaigeorg | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:48 pm

hi everybody!
i am looking for buing PD 3751 as well as a scenicruiser...please drop me a line in case you are interested in selling...i am pleased for any information helping me in this regards
0049 1714431155 kai georg
or via email info@kaihgeorg.com

thank you !

May 11, 2009 5:19:04 PM EDT

kaigeorg | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:48 pm

Looking for good PD 3751/4151/4501/4104 buses...pay immediately cash...contact info@kaigeorg.com...thanks for your help!!

June 6, 2009 8:12:16 AM EDT

Tim Hoskinson | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:49 pm

I now own this PD4151 Silverside pictured here and am in the process of updating the engine and interior. I own five other silversides. Tim vifmw@columbis.rr.com

June 8, 2009 1:55:29 PM EDT

Wayne Huss | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:49 pm

Hello,
I am looking for powersteering booster cyc. for a 1956 4104 .
Thank You

July 30, 2009 10:36:10 PM EDT

ed | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:50 pm

i am looking for a entrance door for a 1952 4103 gmc silverside any one can help me find one would be greatly appreciated thanks ed

October 2, 2009 12:19:58 PM EDT

ed | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:51 pm

here is my cell # for the entrance door for the 4103 gmc bus door 1952 765-669-0011 also this bus is for sale $5500.00
it runs and drives may need tires if going a long distance give me a call for info thanks ed

October 2, 2009 12:25:33 PM EDT

Michael Butler | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:51 pm

Looking for a left rear window for a 1952 GMC 4103.

October 7, 2009 8:23:35 PM EDT

Robert Baker | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:52 pm

When I was in the navy in the 1950s, I used to ride the Greyhound bus back and forth from San Francisco to San Diego. The Silverside was the bus I usually rode. When I sat near the front, it seemed to me the driver used to pull a small lever on the shifting arm that gave a pronounced "click" when changing gears. Always wondered what the purpose of that was. Was it a "split rear end" and actually gave the transmission eight ranges rather than four?

January 19, 2010 9:18:37 AM EST

Charles Steadham | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:53 pm

Does anyone know what became of a 1947 GMC PD3751 bus that I used to own? I believe the "serial number" was "153." At the time I owed it, the "body" paint was light tan. I drove this bus out of Florida with my band between 1970 and 1975 then sold the bus to a rock band based out of Colorado. I lost track of the coach at that time. The bus had been beautifully converted to sleep eight people (although we shoe-horned ten into it every night).

February 7, 2010 1:28:32 PM EST

MrAttitude | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:53 pm

I have a PD 3751 1948 GMC Bus converted to RV for sale. We hate to let her go. We traveled in Bessie for 3 1/2 years. She got us all over the United States and back home again. I am forced in this economy to let her go. Call for pics and details. 605-458-2563

March 23, 2010 2:59:59 PM EDT

explorr | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:54 pm

I am looking for a running converted to RV bus in the area or could drive it home or to the area. At a reasonable price. If anyone knows of any please let me know

April 14, 2010 5:41:25 PM EDT

Sairung Thoranee | Jun 24, 2010 | 7:55 pm

Hi, my name is Dao. I am looking for a second hand Greyhound bus. If someone would like to offer us please send the quotation with the currently cost to me ASAP -ind sea freight cost and transportation loading will be perfect!! - Thanks..

Kathleen | Jul 03, 2010 | 12:24 am

I have a 1948 Silverside for sale. The outside was restored to near orginal 10-15 years ago and the the inside is a RV. It belonged to my father who was a master mechanic and this was his beloved bus. He passed away recently I need to sell it. Please e-mail me kopykat@charter.net

bob wood | Jul 22, 2010 | 10:05 pm

i have a 1958 GMC BUS 671 DETROIT RUNS WANT TO SALE GOOD SHAPE $5000.00 CALL ME AT 813-713-2333

Dr. S | Jul 23, 2010 | 1:55 pm

I'm looking for either a current RV conversion or an example of one suitable for conversion to an RV old (I believe the correct name is "Super ScenicCruiser, though I have also seen it referred to as a ScenicCruiser. In any even it is the full two level coach with the driver's seat and if I remember correctly two rows of seats on the driver's station level and then a second level one or two steps upward to the rest of the bus. I'm not sure of the original engine(s) employed as I have heard stories of them being two large bore straight sixes driving though a combining transmission to both rear axles though some have reportedly been converted to 8V72 diesel. Once agai this is from memory but I believe I have been told that they would accelerate on both engines and then on the level roadways of the midwest shut down one of the two engines as the power would not be required for level roadway travel. When they reached the Pacific Intermountain West they would reengage the othe engine to transit the Continental Divide. Additionally anyone who can provide reference materials would be greatly appreciated. It is my intention to use it as an RV but with solar dark glass in the windows to avoid the RV look and to give it a traditional cross-country bus appearance.

Paul | Aug 30, 2010 | 5:44 pm

Great looking bus!!! I'm an auctioneer and have the possibility of offering a 1948 Silverside. I'm told it hasn't been started for about four years, it does have the original interior; although some of the seats have been removed. The owners tell me they are "stacked" away. Hope I get the chance to sell the bus, I'm really not far from you.

jane | Sep 20, 2010 | 2:14 am

I have a 1947 silver side greyhound bus with a detroit 671. Needs restoration. It is heading to the scrap yard. Reasonable offers considered. 562 296 3788 Hurry before we cut it up

Eric | Oct 19, 2010 | 3:01 pm

I need to know how to turn on the heater, it seems no hot water is going to the heater. Is there a valve to switch?

Walter | Oct 22, 2010 | 7:44 am

We are looking for spare parts for a 1948 PD3751 Silverside. Can anybody help us with a adress where we can possibly find something. Thank you very much.

Ed Blankenship | Nov 07, 2010 | 8:34 pm

can you help us. Need a church Buss.
Reasonable 269-945-3327 Ed.

ROGER D SMITH | Nov 15, 2010 | 9:56 am

I AM LOOKING FOR PARTS FOR A 1945 SILVERSIDE PD3751 THANKS ROGER

ROGER D SMITH | Nov 15, 2010 | 9:59 am

1 561 793 4401 OR 389 3758

ROGER D SMITH | Nov 15, 2010 | 10:02 am

I LIKE YOU WEB SITE KEEP UP THE WORK THANKS ROGER

Tomas Gonzalez | Nov 17, 2010 | 6:06 pm

Hola, I need the right rear light marker for a 1948 gmc silverside.
Can anybody help finding it or have it??

Thank you

Hasta la vista.

Tomas Gonzalez

william galloway | Dec 04, 2010 | 3:32 pm

i am looking for the rubber striping for the doors under the bus i nead 20 feet to 30 my cell is 308 672 8875

Odile Burger | Dec 07, 2010 | 7:45 am


I own a Vintage 1948 GMC Silverside Greyhound bus PD 3751, which is currently being refurbished in Switzerland. We desperately look for: 2 drum-rear brakes (old number of part: 2232422)

Odile Burger | Dec 08, 2010 | 10:33 am

I own a Vintage 1948 GMC Silverside Greyhound bus PD 3751, which is currently being refurbished in Switzerland. We desperately look for: 2 drum-rear brakes (old number of part: 2232422)
email: odile.burger@bluewin.ch
phone: +41 44 201 74 53

Tim Hoskinson | Dec 22, 2010 | 11:29 am

If you are looking for parts for the Silverside buses PD3751-PD4151 I have several parts buses and also refurbish used parts. Tim vifmw@columbus.rr.com

Orv Pettersen | Jan 08, 2011 | 7:26 pm

1948 Silverside converted to RV.
1948 Silverside original with seats.
For pics and info and price email or call. 507-340-5359

Orv Pettersen | Jan 13, 2011 | 5:55 pm

1948 Silverside converted to RV.
1948 Silverside original with seats.
For pics and info and price email or call. 507-340-5359
email petesclassics@cccinternet.net

Joe Burchard | Feb 07, 2011 | 9:06 am

I was a driver for GreatLakes Greyhound out of Detroit in the early 1950 when the Silverside was the top of the line in Motor Coaches.They were a pleasure to drive and when the engine was tuned right they would really move

jp van de Bundt | Feb 24, 2011 | 3:43 pm

Hi , I'm looking for a hi-quality Silverside , prefer stock looking outside with rv conversion and superstrong mechanics.
I NEED A TWEAKED OUT , NO HEADACHE COACH
Will pay very fair cash for the right coach.
JP 954 5250600

Tomas Gonzalez | Mar 10, 2011 | 9:21 am

Hola, I need the right rear light marker for a 1948 gmc silverside.
Can anybody help finding it or have it??

my e mail is pvr@magiic.com

Thank you

Hasta la vista.

Tomas Gonzalez

Danielle Smith | Mar 14, 2011 | 1:07 pm

Selling 1948 Greyhound Silversides MH conversion with generator haven't started it in 7 years but it went cross country before I parked it asking 3500 956.222.7071 pictures upon request

Danielle Smith | Mar 28, 2011 | 11:34 am

SOLD! Thankyou for any and all inquiries

Sue Yurcic | Jun 07, 2011 | 9:10 am

I have a restored 1940 GMC Silversides for sale. How can I list it on your site?

Hilton H | Jun 08, 2011 | 8:41 pm

Sue, where is your restored siliverside? How do I contact you?

Loraine | Sep 07, 2011 | 4:58 pm

Looking for values on our 1952 silverside buses (one involved in a lawsuit)!
Exterior very clean with no dents, interior gutted to convert to motor home. All original parts, run strong!

Allan | Sep 14, 2011 | 1:11 pm

looking for steer axle brake drums and shoes for a 1952 gmc bus.

Nick | Sep 29, 2011 | 2:51 pm

Have 1948 PD3751 Silverside bus - shifter bolt broke - seemingly impossible to get to the bolt to repair. We've heard that we can convert from column mount to floor mount. Does anyone know where we could get the appropriate parts? Have been told the 'city bus' version was floor mount.
Thanks Nick
nbender@gmail.com

DeserTBoB | Oct 11, 2011 | 12:19 am

I drove 3751s along with 4103s when I first started driving. I'd pick the 4103s every time. Column shift and non-existant A/C, along with the HEAVY steering, were the hallmark of the old "Dogs." Fun fact: Did you know that the roof panels and roof bows on the Silversides were THE SAME as what they used for the 4104? A 4104 is a 3751 without the frame, different siding, flat floor, air suspension and different end caps. You can use a Silversides roof panel on a 4104 and it'll fit exactly. The 4101-2-3 were derived from transit models. Some body and suspension parts on the 8' wide transits fit the 4101-2-3 perfectly, as well.

DeserTBoB | Oct 11, 2011 | 12:24 am

@Nick The "four on the tree" on the old Dogs was one of their worst features. If you can find a junk 4102-3, or a junk early transit with a stick, you can use the shift box and levers to convert. Grab the "stickless" steering column off the 4102-3 while you're at it, too. It will take a lot of "re-engineering" to get it done, but it's doable. Failing that, why not just have a machine shop custom turn a new bolt for you? As I say, the column shift on those stunk, but it'd be a lot cheaper to have a jobber shop turn a custom bolt for you than do the conversion.

Al Bianco | Oct 31, 2011 | 6:49 pm

Hey DesertBill--You have some good info about those coaches. My 4103 needs Driver Windshield and two rear windows. Any ideas from transit coaches?
You are right about the 4103. Some drivers said that it would run when newer coaches died,and when I compare the ride with all air susp coaches I've driven,it is smooother,by far.Also has gotten us ticket in New Mex desert at 80,and I had to change tire sizes to metric,and run engine at 2600. And it loves it,can shift fourth to third at 24-2600 RPM/56 MPH and runs at 2000 in 3 Rd.,up a hill. 5% grade and shift to 2nd.,at 38-42 MPH/2200 RPM.
Thought you'd get a kick out of this,as you could picture doing what I described yourself.
All the Best,Big Al,Mr Filter

DeserTBoB | Nov 01, 2011 | 8:24 pm

Testing...this site doesn't appear to be working too well. Hello?

DeserTBoB | Nov 01, 2011 | 8:32 pm

OK, now on to Al's question. Front and rear curved glass for 4102/3s DO NOT EXIST. That's a big reason the last line I drove for that had '03s dumped them...broken glass that was insanely hard to find, and EXPEN$IVE! The last time I found a 4102/3 windshield half was about 5 years ago, and it went for $1250. The rears are even worse...last one of those went for $1500, but it was NOS. 2600 RPM on a 6-71 is suicide, usually, and, unless you have a 4 valve head and N-series injectors and cam, they should be governed at 2150 no load. Running them higher than that might work for awhile, but engine life will be short. We used to run all our 6-71Ns at 2250, and the 6-71 two-valves at 2150. There's not much point in going faster, since HP starts to drop above 2100 anyway, unless you have a 4 valve head and bigger sleeve ports. A 4102/3/4 with the Trailways 3.875 rear will shift at 20, 30 and 50 MPH when governed at 2150. We had some with the "Texas" 3.56 rear end, and they'd shift at 24, 36 and 58, and would top out around 84. Most Hounds had the 4.10, which had a top speed around 65, which is why we avoided any used Greyhounds.

DeserTBoB | Nov 01, 2011 | 8:38 pm

Part Deux: We did have one early 1953 4104 that originally came from Greyhound, but they had the 3.875 rear. It was the first one they rebuilt as a 6-71N with N-65s, and it proved that the money for the N-series "kit" was well spent. Fuel economy went from 7.5 to 11 on the road. I have driven some 4104s with the Hydra-Shift 2 speed clutch, and they were able to pass any 4106 or MC-5 on a grade. Anyway, sorry about your broken glass...it's going to cost more than the bus is worth to replace unless you get VERY lucky.

DeserTBoB | Nov 02, 2011 | 10:51 am

ATTN: Al Bianco or any other 4102 - 4103 owners:
An NOS right side windshield glass has shown up on eBay today for $900. This will get bid up to probably a grand or more, but these are IMPOSSIBLE to get. If you're serious about glass replacement, bid now. http://rover.ebay.com/rover/...

Al Bianco | Nov 02, 2011 | 1:54 pm

Hello DBob;
All your comments show the many experiences you still remember like still happening,and are great and correct. My coach has an N series with a Jake Brake,and 90 Mm injectors,and since I have done some latest technology additions ,I feel safe describing why I can run at 22-2500. Firstly,not running petroleum 40W lube,using Amsoil 100% Synthetic 15W40 with 1 micron By-pass filter; Have revitalized it with a molecular technology which imparts a Ceramic/metallic coating on all contact parts in the cylinder; running metric size ires allows 1/2 gear lower gearing to ease smoother ,later changes at higher RPM,of course. Third gear runs at 2000 at 58 MPH,which usually means pulling most hills in that gear ,which is about 1500 @ 48 MPH uphill. I drove Detroit 55 series(4 cyl-8 ltr.),at same speed with load on Grapevine many trips,in 4th of 5,at 1400 Rpm.
THought I'd update you on this old coach,and appreciate your kind input on it. Thnx,Al B

DeserTBoB | Nov 02, 2011 | 3:19 pm

@Al Bianco I hope you get that windshield...that is a GOOD price on an NOS piece like that! There are fiberglas replacements for the rear windows, but I forgot who made them. I know that my outfit sold off all their 4102/3s due to broken windows, and that was over 30 years ago. Holy moley, N-90s???? Yoikes, that's a lot of fuel! Sounds from your speeds that you have the 3.56:1 "Texas" rear end. Most of the Trailways 4103s I've come across that were from Texas had those, but most of the ex-Trailways 4104s had the 3.875. Greyhounds from the "second batch" after '56 all had 4.10s, which is why people complain that they're slugs. TMN&O, however, had a lot of '04s with the 3.56. 4.10 was the common suburban bus rear end with a stick, like the TDM-4515 I used to drive on a suburban route from Riverside to March AFB. That one was ex-LAMTA 2025, a 41 chair car. We had another 4515 bought new in '54 by Tanner when they owned the franchise, and it had the 3.875, odd for any transit bus. Anyway, sure hope you get that windshield!

DeserTBoB | Nov 02, 2011 | 4:01 pm

A Detroit 4-53 with a five speed sounds like a Flx Starliner. Did you drive for Tanner?

Al Bianco | Nov 02, 2011 | 4:50 pm

Hey D/Bob;
Actually was a 4 stroke 55 Series -4 banger in a MC 9 engine conversion. School paid $50,000 to put it in with all the electronics and aftercooling piping at the two side/top radiators. Had a 5 speed Allison 740Cr with 5th real close to 4th,making it easy to get a grip at about 1450 RPM,( 73 MPH Max),and like you said anything over 1600 was a waste in this engine as it produced 95% of torque at 1350-1400, and lost torque at about 1800.
Somebody posted an e-bay w/shield for pass side at $900,and I'd offer CASH $100. ,Driver's side,as there aren't many 4103's still running,and they know it. Some jerk might pay that because of scarcity,but there's a scarcity of runners (buyers)too.I'm an old peddler and am aware of some tricks out there.
The coach needs esthetics mostly,but as you know,it REALLY attracts attention everywhere I go with it.Has Alum wheels and not many leaks anymore.Remember that??
Regards, Big Al B

DeserTBoB | Nov 03, 2011 | 12:07 am

Wow...someone actually converted a 9 with a 55? That's...uh...crazy. I really don't think they'd take $100 for this...haha...NOS still in the box? True, not many on the road anymore, maybe ten, at most. Oh yes, Detroits were good at leaks, for sure, any of them, especially the old tin tops. Those old hoses on the old GMs were always a leak source, as was the trans, 50 wt all over the back of the bus, 4104s, too. Bad blower seals were always good for covering the back end in crud, too. Had one ex-Trailways that was so bad, the engine would partially run on the oil coming out of the blower. CHP finally red tagged that one until they rebuilt. That engine had over 600K on it when they finally tore it down...it was BAD! The A/C engine was just as bad, 1 qt oil for a two hour run on a little Continental...haha! Sure do miss those old days, though...couldn't imagine pushing aorund a Van Drool or Prevost these days, or even a G4500. Not the aame.

DW Larkey | Nov 17, 2011 | 7:03 pm

Have 1947 GMC Silverside. Body in fair to good condition, conversion started and has all fixtures,lots of spare motor parts. All for sale. Will run with some tinkering. Best offer. Located in NW Okla. phone 580 571 4652 or 405 830 1311.

DW Larkey | Nov 17, 2011 | 7:04 pm

PS email for Silverside in NW Ok is dwlarkey@yahoo.com

John Rukas | Dec 01, 2011 | 7:56 am

I have a 48 Silverside 3751 for sale in central ms. No motor or trans. A/C looks complete 662-803-5577

Dave | Dec 16, 2011 | 7:25 am

Hey Bob,Great job on the Silverside.Keep it alive there such a beautiful bus! I'm in the market for one to do the same and use it for a motorhome.There becoming hard to find.Take care of it and good luck with the dogs,it would just finish it!

Charles | Jan 02, 2012 | 8:41 am

I have a 1947 GMC bus that I am parting out. Please email me with parts that you are looking for. 602-403-5048

Charles | Jan 07, 2012 | 9:14 pm

The 1947 GMC bus is gone. Thanks for all the interest.

Jaclyn | Feb 10, 2012 | 12:23 pm

If anyone out there is interested in a 1953-54 671 GMC coach please call me. I have it up for sale, as-is where is for 2700.00. Call me for particulars. 503-767-3903.

Kenneth Smith | Feb 11, 2012 | 3:41 pm

im looking for pd4501 any shape any year or ashell please call 13346917320 or 334 405 4044any time day or night

dominic | Mar 01, 2012 | 10:27 am

i like bus but need one so that i like them

martin vargas | Mar 07, 2012 | 5:10 pm

I have a running 1948 silversides for sale. Located in Ohio near Columbus. Runs and drives well, i have driven it from arkansas to geargi,florida and ohio within the last 2 years. Interior is stripped with many original parts including the headliner in nice shape. Price is $8500. 954-665-8342
Serious inquiries only please.

Paul Cundiff | Mar 27, 2012 | 5:46 pm

I am looking for fluted panels for a 47 GM Silversides bus. Either a number of good panels or just one panel with dents and dings in it that I can figure out the best way of removing dents/ dings and polising.

Thanks!

martin vargas | Apr 03, 2012 | 10:26 am

i have listed the bus on ebay. If interested, email me for more pix.

Tim Hoskinson | Apr 22, 2012 | 10:04 am

To deserbob I can assure you that the roof panels on the 4151 and 3751 are not the same as the 4104. I own both and have done extensive work on the 3751 buses and know they are not the same. As far as the shifters are concerned anyone who thinks that the floor shifter used in the 4104 is somehow better than the column shifter in the silverside probably thinks that way because the only ones they have ever used were worn out and in need of repair. I have three silversides here that shift flawlessly and I like them far better that the floor shift in the 4104. The column shifters work smoothly and with little effort and they are also not in the way when you try to get out of the drivers seat. The column shift is simply like the rest of the bus if taken care of properly it works very well if not it will give you problems. Most of these buses simply have not been properly cared for over the period of time since being retired from Greyhound and are most often found in great disrepair. Tim Hoskinson vifmw@columbus.rr.com

Al Bianco | Apr 23, 2012 | 12:11 pm

Tim;
That certainly should be obvious to anyone involved with Coaches that were built to run hard and long. My 4103 only fails where the owners neglected it, as with most of the side windows young kids shot out with 22's.The coach runs and operates flawlessly,even with a lazy driver (25 yrs bus), shifts without clutch. The coach loves it when you care to shift properly,but will let you know when you don't. Is it possible that your side windows are the same as the 4103 ? Any ideas on side and rear glass availability? Keep up the good work on defending that design and model. There was one here in Fresno Ca. that even had a freezer that wpoud start the gen-set when you opened the lid. It sold easily three times that I know of,and I would have loved to own that column shift,and had to settle for the 4103 ,which is a close substitute. I went to 255R 80-22.5 to get lower ratio from 3:55 gears,and run 22-2300 RPM to catch 3rd gear at 58 MPG ;sets Tach at 2000,and that 6-71 ( 90 injectors)can climb 5% grade in that gear due to high RPMs in that gear.Use only Amsoil in all components and it starts -no ether- in winter (30-40 deg.)
Your work will keep those treasures always valuable,Congratulations.
Big Al B

Tim | Apr 24, 2012 | 6:16 am

Hi Al I am going by memory only but I believe the side windows on the 4103 have slight angle on the uprights at the dividing line. The PD3751 PD4151 buses have a 90 degree dividing line on the windows so they run strait vertical. There may be other differences that I am not aware of. I am only experienced in the PD3751 and PD4151 buses. I have done work on my 4104 but not as in depth as the 3751 4151 buses. Most often the windows in these old buses need to be removed disassembled and new glass installed. It is time consuming and most people will not tackle the job but it is the best way to make them look good as well as eliminate leaks. Feel free to e mail me with any questions you may have and I will be happy to help with anything I might have information on. Tim

Paul Cundiff | Apr 24, 2012 | 10:35 am

Hey Tim... where might I find side panels for the sliverside that I could experiment on removing dents from? Is there a classic buss junk dealer? Also just so I can get started on the dent removal process (in my head) were they aluminum or stainless steel. The bus I am to work on is on the west coast at the present time but once the code is cracked on dent repair we will get it here for repair.

Or better yet.. is anyone reproducting these panels?

Paul

Tim | Apr 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

Hi Paul it would rally be best to e mail me and I will get you my phone number as I am really not much for typing and the answers may get long. Tim vifmw@columbus.rr.com

Al Bianco | Apr 24, 2012 | 11:13 am

Thanks ,Tim;
Possible then that the overall window dimension could be the same, but does the diagonal seperation on the 4103 make any difference to swap over?
Appreciate your interest and comittment to these treasures.
Regards, Al

Tim | Apr 24, 2012 | 11:30 am

Hi Al e mail me and I will get you the measurements of the windows. Tim

Bernie | Jul 11, 2012 | 3:22 pm

Hello bus lover
I have a 1959 pd 4104 in great shape
ready to go
It is all there except for gen set

$20.000 take it home

Thank you
Bernie

Warren | Jul 18, 2012 | 4:26 pm

i am looking for a good running 40's pd-3751 or 4751.

Tim | Jul 18, 2012 | 6:14 pm

Warren there has been one on e bay its been on twice now. You could look there. I have some I would sell but they all would need the engines rebuilt as most really do even when they are advertised as ready to go. You will find very few PD3751 or 4151 buses in good road ready condition. The majority of them are not licensed and driven on a regular basis. Be very vigilant when looking to buy.If the bus has sat for some time be prepared to find many things in disrepair. Tim

Warren | Jul 18, 2012 | 9:15 pm

Thats what i have been finding, and the transportation costs to move it can be prohibitive unless it is close by, (even if I got it for free). I have found one close by that is in need of complete restoration, and that gives me the opportunity to make the engine upgrades i would like
(such as 4 valve head and turbo). I was maybe hoping to find one that would be roadable home, and then have a "moving project" so to speak, that I didn't have to dive into right away. But like you say, a guy has to be real careful with buses that sit too much. They were designed to be driven hard. BTW i am in So Arizona. Thanks, I'll check out ebay again.

ROGER SMITH | Aug 20, 2012 | 11:20 am

THIS IS GRATE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK--- THANK ROGER PS I HAVE A GMC COACH 1957 4104 30075000.MILS DRIVE EVERY WEEK IN

abelmoreno | Sep 17, 2012 | 5:47 pm

I have a silverside bus for sale

ROGER SMITH | Sep 17, 2012 | 6:45 pm

please send me some foto email thank

abelmoreno | Sep 18, 2012 | 4:57 pm

I have a 1948 silverside 3751 for sale in long beach ca. for more info call 310 999-1194d

abelmoreno | Sep 18, 2012 | 9:15 pm

I have 1962 4106 bus for sale with seats for more info call 310-999-1194

abelmoreno | Sep 18, 2012 | 9:23 pm

Scenicruiser bus for sale with seats call 310-999-1194 long beach Ca.

Al Bianco---Amsoil Jobber | Sep 19, 2012 | 10:28 am

Able;
Hi. Seems like you have a good line on good chassis. Any help with a driver's side Windshield for a 4103 (1),(2,all same)?
Thanks,Al B

ROGER SMITH | Sep 19, 2012 | 11:07 am

windshield 4103 call -- ---phil humbert gmc bus parts 1-952-657-2140--i hope this helps you thank roger you may call me at 1-561-389-3758 florida any time

Al Bianco---Amsoil Jobber | Sep 19, 2012 | 11:12 am

Thank you Roger. Best response yet,and appreciated.Will check and Thank for you,and me. Are you running a Coach?
Regards, Big Al

ROGER SMITH | Sep 19, 2012 | 11:57 am

YES I HAVE A COACH 1957 GMC 4104 I LOVE IT --PS NOT FOR SALE THANK ROGER

Bernie | Sep 20, 2012 | 8:14 pm

Hey guys i still have my 4104 complete and it is for sale
any taker it ready to go and price right (run strong)

Warren | Oct 12, 2012 | 10:38 am

Well I just purchased a 1948 silversides. I'm wondering if anyone has the original drivers seat, and some windows. I need (8) to replace where they removed for conversion. They also cut out the vent next to the drivers seat. Any close pics of original would be helpful to rebuild it back to original.

Tim | Oct 12, 2012 | 11:05 am

Hi Warren I have the parts you are looking for. Putting a bus back to even close to original after having been converted to a motorhome can be quite the job and very expensive. Really its always best to try and find a bus that has a light conversion and has not had the windows removed or modified. Let me know if I can be of assistance to you. Tim vifmw(at)columbus.rr.com the (at) of course replace with @

tim | Oct 18, 2012 | 7:32 am

Warren please e mail me again as my computer hard drive crashed and I lost all of my contacts. Tim

ROGER SMITH | Oct 19, 2012 | 8:20 pm

WARREN I HAVE PARTS FOR SIVERSIDE BUS EMAIL ME ANY TIME THANK ROGER

Fred Bader | Nov 07, 2012 | 7:17 pm

I am interested in buying a converted PD4151 Silverside. If you have one or know of one, please let me know. Thank you.

tim | Nov 08, 2012 | 6:01 am

Hi Fred I have two PD4151 buses I would sell. Neither have a good conversion but you will find it difficult to find a 4151 as there were only 357 ever built with that model designation. Tim vifmw@columbus.rr.com

Mike Gutierrez | Feb 04, 2013 | 3:51 am

You have a beautiful classic bus, I wish the buses now in days looked the same way as the one's in the forties.

richard thomas | Apr 02, 2013 | 6:36 pm

1948 silver side for sale,500 miles on new tires. runs great was converted to a motor home.we have had it for 16 years all orig,on out side.kids have all moved out and we only go out 1 or 2 times a year runs great very very dependable, asking 15k,we put news tires and a new frig in 2 years ago 4k worth. need pics i got lots its a sad day for us. we love this bus. its in kearney,ne.i could go on and on and on. she needs a good home some one to love her. thanks alot ourhouse@rcom-ne.com

Bernie | Apr 05, 2013 | 7:23 am

I change my mind i am not selling my bus sorry you all miss a good one,i am turning it into a street smoked meat machine that way i can afford to keep it and keep on traveling...

Ed Blankenship | Jul 28, 2013 | 6:33 pm

what is the best you can do on the old blue bus. we need church bus

Greg | Dec 07, 2013 | 7:59 am

Dec 7th 2013
We have purchase a 1947 Silverside and we want to make it road worth. Any help on repair manuals parts ect ect. would be greatly appreciated
blasterpainter3@hotmail.com

Jacquelyn | Dec 20, 2013 | 6:58 pm

Nice post and nice ride. I absolutely love these antique beauties. I have a 1954 GMC 671 Detroit diesel and it runs like a charm. I had an artist from Portland do the dogs for me. He did a great job. The interior is very nice but this spring I plan on doing some more inside work on it. I will post more pics as the progress is updated. These buses are so nice, water tight and dry in the rainy state of Oregon. Wish I had some kind of overhead cover for mine. Later :)

Al Bianco | Dec 25, 2013 | 4:47 pm

Hello All you Coach aficionado's,and Best of this Christmas Season to you.
May Have an MCI-5 coming on the market soon. It is a 1965 s/n536119,which was designed for a couple who full-timed in many coaches including an AlJO/Dodge ,and thsi one is Polished and extremely high spec'd. Any interest in her would help us decide whether or not to put it into Hands of some loving Coach riders. It does have a New 4 speed,and extra Holding and propane capacity. 8V-71 is very strong (65 # oil pressueeere at high idle,warm) and has 3:55 rear axle for high fuel mileage at 10-12 MPG.
Happy ,Happy,Happy to you all.Big Al B 559.281.4804

Judy B | Feb 20, 2014 | 3:34 am

anyone have any good info about getting a bad paint job off of my silversides? (1948 GMC 3751)

Tim | Feb 20, 2014 | 6:19 am

Hi Judy soda blast or plastic bead blast is the best way. Some use aircraft paint remover but it can come back to haunt you if it gets back under the rivet heads. Best of luck to you. Tim

ROGER | Feb 20, 2014 | 6:33 am

i need a windshield set for a 4103 gmc rogandnet@comcast.net

Big Al | Feb 20, 2014 | 10:36 am

Roger; If you find any would appreciate contact as I need Driver's w/shield for Same coach 4103.Also have MC-% Polished Conversion for optional Sale.to interested 4speed drivers.
Al 559.281.4804

Tom Merchant | Feb 24, 2014 | 9:48 pm

I have a 1947 3751 Silversides that has been converted to a motorhome. It needs two front windows, a new clutch wouldn't hurt either. I am interested in selling the Bus. I would like to trade for a descent 32 ft. motorhome or Eagle Bus. I am located in Masury, OH. (330) 448-6007 ask for Tom

 

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