Looks like he covered all the bases cool pic
That's what bodies do, they cover the bases.
That is a great find. With all the variations we see, some authentic and some not, it's nice to see where some where really made.
I wonder if the two heavy trucks pictured are Brockway chassis? Bud.
Now that is wicked cool.. Thank you Jay for posting this pic..
Trolley line closed down? jb
This is one of my favorite custom bodies.
Well, that is nice! reminiscent of the "tulip bodied" Cadillacs
i would say brockway is the owners name. not any thing to do with the truck co. charley
Later to become Crown Coach Corp., whose products many of us on the west coast rode to school in. Or drove to fires in. Crown went out of business in 1991. Their busses were arguably the most heavy-duty ones made. There are still many in service today.
Sorry for the thread drift. Fire trucks are supposed to be red. Yellow rigs give me the creeps.
Aaahh, much better. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Would Brockway have any connection to the Brockway Truck Co?
According to the Crown Coach website, D.M. Brockaway was not related to the Brockaway Motor Truck Company as Charley Shaver stated above.
The photo above posted by Jay was taken at their third location at 6th and San Julian near Downtown Los Angeles. This location is now in the very heart of Los Angeles' Skid Row. A Google search of that intersection will yield a very depressing "Street View".
The final location of Crown Coach Company was in Chino, CA.
Depressing doesn't begin to describe it. Wow...
Brian, no need to apologize for a slight "drift"...you answered the question I had soon as I saw Jay's neat pic. Those Crown busses were built like tanks. I've always felt the school buses in particular were a bit ugly what with the rounded corners and such. They never seemed to change the style. Always looked like they were from the 50's, even in the 90's.
Sorry for the misspelling of the name "Brockway".
Brian, I had many a ride in a Crown Coach school bus. The Downey Unified School District ran an entire fleet of them. The just liquidated the last of them about four years ago.
Yep, Dunsmuir Elementary had at least one Crown, fairly old; we called it the "Rattling Coffin." On trip the brakes failed--the fail mode is full on, so we had to wait for the other bus to finish it's route and come pick us up. Some of us were close enough we just walked home. Things were a bit "looser" then!
Any fellow Crown Firecoach owners on the forum? We have F1350 a 1964 Crown from Olive, California (part of Orange County Fire). Darn near more fun than driving a Model Tů..but not quite! For the Midwest and East coast folks Crown Firecoaches were made from 1951 to about 1984. They were the "Royalty of Fire Engines" and the west coast equal to American LaFrance or Seagrave.
News of Evan's "new" fire truck spread like "wild fire" in our little town last week. Evan's status has gone from nice guy and good friend to local hero among the "old kids" who grew up lusting after these iconic Crown fire trucks so many years ago!
As a young boy growing up in SoCal, our elementary school would take field trips to various places in the L.A. area. One was the Helms Bakery, the other was the Crown factory. The donuts were nice but the Crown Factory was superlative!
Way to go Evan!!!
I should have mentioned the other Bus my school had was a Gillig, until about 4th grade they bought a Ford bus--first school bus I ever saw with a hood on it! It was the "little bus" bought to pick up the Castella kids.