Motor Coach Industries MC-8

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Motor Coach Industries MC-8
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Years of manufacture 1973 to 1978
Length 40 feet
Width 96 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel

The Motor Coach Industries MC-8 was a 40-foot intercity motor coach produced from 1973 to 1978 and was the successor to the MC-7. The MC-8 featured an enlarged windshield with destination sign at the top right side. Its appearance is more squared than the MC-7, and its stepped roofline is less prominent.

To increase production space for Greyhound, MCI established Transportation Manufacturing Corporation in Roswell, New Mexico. Together with MCI's facilities in Manitoba and North Dakota, a total of 4,475 MC-8 coaches were produced.

From 1974 to 1977, MCI produced 29 right-hand drive MC-8 coaches for Ansett Pioneer of Australia. In 1978, they produced 50 MC-8 coaches for new freeway express service in Taiwan.

Specifications

Dimensions

  • Length: 39 ft 11½ in
  • Width: 8 ft
  • Height: 10 ft 10 in
  • Wheelbase: 285 in
  • Approximate Vehicle Weight: 26,760 lb

Engine

Transmission

  • Dana Model 8844A (four forward and one reverse) with two plate dry disc type, 15" diameter clutch, with air assist
  • Allison HT-740 (four forward and one reverse)

Air Conditioning

  • 3 cylinder compressor, belt driven off the main engine

Suspension

  • Air ride type, which operates automatically and maintaines a constant ride height

Steering

  • Hydraulic - power steering is standard

Brakes

  • Service: Air operated two shoe service brakes are installed at each axl
  • Emergency: Air operated Bendix-Westinghouse DD-3 emergency and parking brakes are used at rear driving axle

Electrical

  • 24 volt negative ground. Two heavy duty 25 plate, 204 ampere hour capacity batteries

Seating Capacity

  • 43, 47 or 49 passenger recliners with restroom

Parcel Racks

  • Inside parcel racks - 109 cu. ft.

Luggage Compartments

  • Underfloor enclosed compartments - 300 cu. ft.

Fuel Tank

  • 144 gallon capacity

Operators

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References

MCI MC-8 product page
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