Kickin Astro Van
Cedarville Community Park in Cedarville, Ohio
This new to the scene Chevy AWD Astro Van was a fan favorite and didn't
disappoint the crowd. But unfortunately in the end, it wound up breaking a
hub I think...
The moving of GMC Greyhound Scenicruiser PD4501-1001 (EXP 331) 8-8-08
Moving of GMC Greyhound Scenicruiser PD4501-1001 from Belpre, Ohio to
Peoria, IL. 8-8-08 Full restoration will begin within two years. Must
finish PD4501-771first. In 1953 GMC built EXP 331 an experimental prototype
bus that would
eventually become the Scenicruiser. This is EXP331 you see in this video.
Prior to it's creation, a full
sized plaster model mock-up was built. EXP 331 was based directly on
this mock-up. Even before this, I believe in 1949 GMC built the GX2.
Anyway, after all testing and styling was completed, GMC began
production of the PD4501 Scenicruiser in 1954. At the end of the
planned 1000 run production, in 1956, Greyhound wanted EXP 331
finished as a bus, and added to the end of the run. So, EXP 331
became PD4501-1001. So, the bus you see in this video could be considered
the first and last Scenicruiser ever made! Due to an earlier regulation,
EXP 331 was built
with an emergency exit door on the left side. No other Scenic was
ever built this way. Greyhound removed the E-door some years later. It also
was equipped with a factory spot
light.It then went into service with the other 1000 cruisers.It
remained in service at least until 1974. It still appeared on the
1974 Greyound roster. At some point between 74, and 1978 Ridgley
coach, a charter company from Washington D.C. bought 1001. I do not
know yet if Ridgley bought it from GH directly or from some other
private company. If anyone has any doctumentation either way...I
would love to here from you. Sometime in the late 1980s Ridgley began
scrapping the seven Scenics they had. In 1982 my good friend Fred
Rayman, a bus driver from Oklahoma City, OK. discovered 1001 at
Ridgley in Washington D.C. Fred was on a charter trip hauling people
from a church group in OK City to New York City, and Wash D.C. Fred
had some down time in D.C. and wanted to ride the commuter trians
So, Fred and his pal Bob Beard took a ride on the train. While on the
train, Fred spotted about 4 or 5 Scenicruisers sitting in a bus yard.
Turns out....the train tracks went right past Ridgley's yard. Fred
now had to convince Bob to go back and look at all these Scenics.
Anyone that knows Fred.. Knows he loves to keep track of Serial
numbers....and here was some he did not have yet! Bob gave in, and
they went to oogle over the cruisers. Fred tells me he nearly fainted
when he found serial number 997, and then the one and only 1001. This
was October 15, 1982. Fred must have told anyone that would listen
what he had found in D.C. He must have made an impression on Gordon
Pfalzgraf of Belpre, Ohio. Because, over the telephone Fred convinced
Gordon to save 997 & 1001 from the scrapper. Three years had pasted.
Then in 1985 Gordon was at the Hearshy car swap meet with his now
famous hatchback Scenic selling car covers. He met someone from D.C.
and asked if they would check to see if 1001 was still at Ridgley.
The man honored the request, and reported back....it was still there
with 997. Niether had engines, or trans., but still there! The very
next day Gordon went home to Belpre, Ohio and immediatly left for
Wash D.C. A man on a mission ! He struck a deal to buy both 997 &
1001. He had them both hauled home to Ohio in Nov./Dec. of 1985.
Gordon had plans to restore 1001, but never began any work. He had
his plate full with 16 other antique cars that needed maintained or
restored. I have known of these two buses for years, but always
assumed they were not for sale. Then in January of this year, I was
sent to Dayton, Ohio for work. I called Mr. Pfalzgraf, and to my
surprise...they were for sale. I left a day early and drove the 520
miles to Belpre, Ohio. And the rest is history.
2003 Chevrolet Astro Van Start Up, Quick Tour, & Rev - 139K
2003 Chevrolet Astro Van
This has a 4.3L V6 making only 190 HP while paired to a 4 Speed auto.
Always saw this as the biggest POS out there. Terrible Interior quality,
Terrible Ride, Horrible leg & foot rom for the Front Passenger & driver,
the rear mount A/C is in a terrible position, HORRIBLE MPG's as its not so
easy for the underpowered 4.3L V6 to pull around this rolling around this
The van still carries over 1980's engineering and has looked overall the
same since 1985............. And Most importantly they have one of the
worst Crash Test rating when it comes to offset test. The Body just buckles
& the drivers body is pressed onto the dash & steering wheel which mean
These vans do offer AWD but its a version of this van that is quite avoided
as the transfer case in these has proven problematic when they have high
mileage. This van was also offered as the GMC Safari.