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Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:25 PM
I live in Northern Ireland and we don't see much of American motorhomes on the small roads.Yes, we have a number of American motorhomes over here and you see them at shows or at the odd campsite. Most of them are parked up at home and only driven once or twice a year.
The only info I have so far is the membership number. FMCA membership records show that F3237 belonged to Beauregard Hemings from Indianapolis, Ind. He has not been a member since 1978.
So, when this Flxible was imported to UK or Northern Ireland, I don't know. It was never registered here in our Vehicle Tax Office, and it still has American plates.
If anybody can help me find out anything about this Flxible motorhome I would be grateful.
Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:46 PM
Are you planning on restoring this coach?
What kind of shape is the inside of the coach?
2006 Monaco Monarch
Posted 30 November 2011 - 08:31 PM
When I find out more I will keep you updated, but I would love to find out the story of the coach from when it was built to coming over hear.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:38 AM
Flxible was located in Loudonville, Ohio from 1913-1995 (originally they built Flexible Sidecars, hence the name). After the company went bankrupt, their records were transferred to the Mohican Historical Society's Cleo Redd Fisher Museum. Judging from the pictures, I would say you are looking at a Visicoach - originally a 29 passenger intercity bus. The Visicoach is part of their iconic Clipper series of buses, which remain the stereotypical image of a 1940s-1960s bus.
For more information about restoring a Flxible, contact Flxible Owners International (http://www.flxibleowners.org), an international association of Flxible collectors, most of whom have restored their own.
If you can provide me with the serial number on the bus, I may be able to pull up more records on it including who the original owner was (more than likely an intercity bus line, although Flxibles were owned by everyone from Elvis Presley to B.B. King).
I'll try to remember to check back here, otherwise if you don't hear from me send me a message at: mohicanhistoricalsociety AT gmail.com (broken up to prevent spam).
Cleo Redd Fisher Museum
Posted 05 December 2011 - 10:29 PM
Posted 06 December 2011 - 03:45 PM
Beauregard appears to have a son!! Dusty Hemings. http://www.mylife.com/c-1100602773
Posted 06 December 2011 - 04:36 PM
It's so hard with no name and know no number. I will try and get back before Christmas to the barn and see the people that own the building and try for some more information.
Were on the bus is the body plate with all the number to I.D. the bus? I did have time the last time I was over and I don't want to get on the wrong side of the people that own the barn.
Have a Merry Christmas
Posted 06 December 2011 - 05:40 PM
Posted 07 December 2011 - 03:33 PM
I personally have no experience with the Visicoach models... but several members of our society and generations of residents in the area built them, so I will follow up with some of them and try to find out for you.
Best of luck,
Cleo Redd Fisher Museum
Posted 31 December 2011 - 03:59 PM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:49 PM
The 1953 Flexi you have been looking at was my father's. When he died my sister got the bus and took it to Texas. The bus was in great shape when my father died, but my sister's husband had very little mechanical knowledge to maintain it, so he had someone work on it that had money on their mind and not looking at what a real work of art it was. It was sold to someone from the UK and shipped over there.
I found this forum topic when researching my father's heritage. The pictures of this bus really sent me back to when my father bought the Flxible from the Vincennes Bus company. The bus had just been refitted with a new 4/71 diesel.
My dad removed all the seats, refitted the interior and added the water tank, waste tank, pumps and electrics. He put new Michelin tires all around. My brother was a professional auto painter and painted the whole thing, which I know was painted over in Texas.
My parents used the coach for numerous trips to California and Florida. In it's day it was an absolute beauty with its stainless-steel sides and new paint. When coming at you it looked like it was smiling.
I drove this bus, and the clutch and engine were smooth. It's strange to see it in Ireland when, other than a few bad pics from Texas, it was in our driveway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:17 AM
Specs: 230hp, 545 Allison tranny, twin roof air, front & rear furnaces, an interior we've updated, and it's looking pretty good. New updates will include a new paint job among other things.
I'm President of the Frustrated Maestros Midwest Noteables, my wife is the Secretary, so we haul many instruments around to the rallys we're able to attend. We're not both retired yet.
Our toad is either my 1980 Suzuki GS850L motorcycle or my 1983 Suzuki GS1100G, and they are both fully dressed bikes.
Both of us are US Navy veterans, and I retired from the Navy.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:57 PM
My first ride in a Flxible like that was in 1967 when the college choir took one on tour. In fact, we made two tours in a Flxible before we wound up riding in GMC PD4104s. I remember finding out the coach had no speedometer. The driver responded by saying: "Back then you could go that fast between towns so you didn't need one since there were no interstates or ramps to deal with." Made sense, besides, like any straight transmission, you just listened and felt when you needed to shift. And, like any diesel, keep your eye on the RPMs.
If I had the money I'd fix up a Flxible just for the nostalgia. They had character. And, glad to see the Flxible guys love the coaches enough to keep them on the road.
I, myself, formerly owned a 1978 GMC motorhome. Now I'm getting a 2000 Airstream Land Yacht -- far cry from a Flxible and a GMC but this will be my final motorhome before I quit driving by me own decision.
Great story, guys, thanks for sharing the information.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:11 PM
Our 1947 rear engine Flxible had a large tachometer in the dash that was also used as a speedometer. It had four half circles under the tachometer numbers. The bottom half circle showed the road speed in 1st gear. The second half circle showed the roads speed in 2nd gear.
The third in 3rd gear and the fourth half circle in high gear. By looking at the tachometer needle to see the RPM it also showed the road speed if you knew the transmission gear you were in.
F513 - 1941 Flxible 19 Pass Bus 3/4 wide - Chevrolet FE 232 - 3 speed =Converted To M/H 1952 - 1966 Updated = Raised Roof 1' - Chevrolet FE 292 & 1965 Allison MT30 6 Speed w/Retarder
Posted 04 June 2012 - 05:46 PM
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