Ford psv with auto gearbox
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• A Self-Changing Gears Type 350 semi-automatic gearbox is a feature of a Ford R226 single-deck psv chassis equipped with a Duple 36ft 53-passenger bus body that was recently delivered to the Wolverhampton garage of the West Midlands PTE. Ford says that the transmission will give passengers a smoother ride and that its introduction is aimed at reducing operating costs. The gearbox is a five speed unit and is the first automatic transmission to be fitted to a Ford pm; chassis.
Designed for high density town service. the bus will used by the PTE to gain operating experience with this type of vehicle and will be run alongside 72-seat double-deckers for comparative purposes. It is finished in the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive's colours of royal blue and cream. Equipment details include Michelin tubeless tyres and 24V electrics. The vehicle is powered by the Ford Turbo 360 diesel engine that develops 150 bhp. Gross vehicle weight is 26.1001b.
Designed for high-density town service, this Ford Duple-bodied 53-passenger bus is equipped with a Self-Changing Gears fivespeed semi-automatic gearbox. It will be used in Wolverhampton.