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Return of the "Low Tech Truck"

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:12 pm    Post subject: Return of the "Low Tech Truck" Reply with quote

From CCJ Magazine, this article was written about Ranier, a new US truck brand from (where else?) Washington:
http://www.ccjdigital.com/the-return-of-the-low-tech-truck/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=08-04-2014&utm_campaign=CCJ&ust_id=dbceed34dc&

This article raises some interesting points that certainly are relevant for transit buses.
You could say that Old Looks and Fishbowls were relatively simple but tough buses that could take a lot of punishment, yet could be repaired fairly easily.
Fast forward to the early ADB era and think about the misadventures of the Flx 870, AM General Metropolitans, and the early RTS's.
Perhaps simpler really is better, especially on the tough streets of the Big Apple.
What do you folks think?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The popularity of the Gillig Phantom among smaller transit operators took off in the 1980's for exactly this reason - it was built as a solid, basic transit bus using 'off the shelf' components. Many agencies felt that they were being pushed by UMTA, GMC and Flxible into buying overbuilt and expensive buses. Other basic bus models such as the Flyer and the Orion sold well for the same reason.

Jim D.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sensed something odd during that era
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