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#3270 – San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni)

Initial Service

The PBM’s Muni #3270 was part of a fleet of third-generation 40-foot “New Look” GM buses delivered between 1969 and 1971. All but ten were T8H-5305’s (#3000-3179 and #3190-3389). The gap was filled by ten air-conditioned T8H-5305A’s (#3180-3189). In total, only 212 of those were built.

“It is seen here atop Twin Peaks in San Francisco in this July 1993 photo. Like all the buses in this series (3000-3390) #3270 is powered by a GM 8V-71 diesel engine coupled to a three speed VS2 transmission. To deal with San Francisco’s steep grades General Motors modified the transmission end shaft which reduced speeds in all three gears and gave the coaches sufficient hill climbing ability. For descending grades they were equipped with “Jake Brakes.” #3270 is featured in the adopt a- bus program…(photo, Bruce Maher collection)” – Source PBM Member Newsletter, The Paddle, Jan/Feb 1998

Service History

#3270 was acquired by bus enthusiast Bill Wong, who restored the bus to its original maroon and yellow livery in the late 1980s.

Pathway to PBM

The Pacific Bus Museum acquired the bus from Bill in 1991. Since that time the bus has undergone extensive mechanical repairs.

What People Love

This bus is a favorite when it appears in parades, displays, and other bus-related events.

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How You Can Help

As a volunteer orginization, we are always looking for as much help as we can get. If you've got skills and time, and want to get your hands dirty, consider becoming a member.

If you don't want to contribute "hands-on", financial donations for the restoration of bus #3270 are also needed at this time to complete this remaining work. All donations for bus #3270 will be placed in a Special Fund account exclusively for the restoration and maintenance of bus #3270. Please make a donation today to continue the restoration of bus #3270!

Make a "Pacific Bus Museum" donation to the Special Funds account for for bus #3270.

Support Bus #3270

The Pacific Bus Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt, volunteer organization registered in the state of California. We were granted tax-exempt status as a non-profit corporation by the IRS under 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Tax ID # 1683391. Donations to the Pacific Bus Museum are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

Restoration Status

#3270 is operable, cosmetically restored and overall mechanically sound. New upholstery is needed for a number of passenger seat backs and cushions. The front dash and ceiling areas need repainting.

Ownership Snapshot

Original Owner: San Francisco Municipal Railway #3270

Acquired From: Bus Enthusiast Bill Wong in 1991

Current Livery: San Francisco Municipal Railway #3270 - 38 Geary

Technical Specs

Year Built: 1970

Manufacturer: General Motors Truck & Coach Division, Pontiac, MI

Model: T8H 5305

Serial#: 332

Powertrain: GM 8V-71 Diesel engine with ”Jake Brakes” and VS2 3-speed automatic transmission

Body: Aluminum monocoque body construction

Length: 40 ft

Width: 102 in (wide format)

Seating: 46 passengers, transit seats, with two-and-one seating

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