Kitsap Transit 800-806

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Kitsap Transit 800-806 were 1983 Gillig Phantom 35' (35/96TA6V71) buses. They were the 1st order of Gillig Phantoms to be built with Detroit Diesel 6V71TA engines. They originally were spec'd with Allison HT-740 transmissions. Their rear door sections were modified by Kitsap Trasit, who installed full sized wheelchair lifts. Their VINs had the 1985 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engine code.

Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
Detroit Diesel 6V71TA Allison MT-647

Details

Fleet
Number
Thumbnail Build
Date
VIN License Plate Status/Disposal Notes
800 3/1983 15GCB0912D1080447 C 58815
Retired circa 2005.
  • Auctioned off on 9/10/2005.[1]
  • Bought a private owner. The owner painted it purple and used it as a Washington Huskies Football tailgating bus. It was spotted in a yard in 2019 & 2020.[2][3]
  • Sold to a 2nd private owner circa 2022. It was used in a bus derbie in June 2022 and was rear ended.[4]
    • Sold to a scrapper in June 2022.
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801 3/1983 15GCB0914D1080448 C 58816 Retired circa 2005.
Auctioned off
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802 3/1983 15GCB0916D1080449 C 58817 Retired circa 2005.
Auctioned off
803 3/1983 15GCB0913D1080451 C 58819
Retired circa 2005.
  • Auctioned off on 9/10/2005.[1]
  • Bought by Zacher's Auto Salvage in Harbor City, CA.
    • Scrapped in February 2008.[5]
Circa 2001, the bus's turbo blew out while operating on the east side of Bremerton and it caught on fire. It was down for about 4 months. A Phantom (unknown fleet number, likely Ex-OCTA) that was just received from Transit Sales International was used for parts to restore 803.
804 3/1983 15GCB0911D1080450 C 58818
Retired circa 2005.
  • Auctioned off.
  • Bought by Zacher's Auto Salvage in Harbor City, CA.[6]
It was used as the "Missouri Bus" for a number of years. It sported battleship graphics airbrushed onto the sides, added a taped commercial tourism announcement system, and was used as a special shuttle from the Bremerton Ferry Terminal out to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for guests to visit the battleship Missouri in it's last days in layup before being shipped off to Hawaii.
805 3/1983 15GCB0915D1080452 C 58823 Retired circa 2005.
Auctioned off on 9/10/2005.[1]
806 3/3/1983 15GCB0917D1080453 C 58836
Retired circa 2005.
  • Auctioned off
  • Bought by a private owner in Kitsap County.
  • It was leased to SeaTac Motorcoach of Puyallup, WA and later GLM Charter Services in Puyallup, WA, for use as a shuttle at Mt. Rainier.
  • Afterward it returned to the private owner and is currently down due to electrical issues.

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