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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:57 am    Post subject: Searching for information on this bus. Jerry Garcia Fan Bus Reply with quote

Does anyone remember this bus being used by the Discover Credit Card Co.?
They used it to promote their new Jerry Garcia "Private Issue" credit card. It was painted to match the Jerry Garcia artwork that was displayed on the special credit card.

It was unveiled in San Francisco or Hollywood in 1997. It went on a 9 city tour/food drive. I believe the last stop on the tour was Buses & Balloons in 1997.

Please provide any information you have and post photos. I am the new owner of this bus and it has a really neat history that I am trying to piece together.

I will post more photos and information as I come across it.

Thanks everyone.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll need a miracle to find that bus.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

crofty wrote:
You'll need a miracle to find that bus.

I own the bus now, just looking for information to put the story together.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No real problem "1956vw". It's just an etiquette thing with many of us. All caps is like shouting, kind of a no-no here. No worries.

"Crofty", I think he actually "is" the newest owner of the Bus in question. I believe that he is now looking for background info on it's history. I think that I remember it briefly during the credit card promotion. I wonder if you can get to the right people (a promotions dept?) and see if they can turn you on to who they bought it from, who did the prep and resto of it for them, etc?

Good luck on the search, hopefully someone on here can add to your history and maybe add some photos, etc!

Welcome and congratulations on scoring the Bus!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jerry Garcia Bus, "need a Miracle" no Heads in here I guess.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a total loss, I quietly chuckled Crofty.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Miracle --- caught it right away.. On the bus since 1986..
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are your plans for it? Is it really Jerry's?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recall a build thread on it somewhere. Maybe on this site? It was more like self-promotion IIRC. But still interesting. Sorry, I don't remember any specifics. 1997, really? That just seems so far in the past. Like last century or something!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your picture brings back old memories. I remember it was all in memory of Jerry Garcia. Everybody got one of the blue magnet teardrops you see below the headlight. Mine was inside my bus still when I sold it in 2012. I don't know much more, but thanks for the early morning busses and balloons memories.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1956vw wrote:
crofty wrote:
You'll need a miracle to find that bus.

I own the bus now, just looking for information to put the story together.

Hey, post up some current photos. Was this a custom paint job or a printed plastic wrap?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok this is cool and not the typical bus you see everyday. Judging by the sheen this looks painted and not vinyl wrapped.

Was this painted by Jerry? Hard to say but this article seems to hint at that.
Either way this is cool and it sounds like it's built to drive.

Here is what I found just doing a quick search. Apologies if you already found this info. Good luck have fun and don't forget to enjoy it!

http://adage.com/article/news/events-promotions-pr...van/70314/
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bus was painted after Jerry Garcia passed. This was in 1997, Garcia died in 95 (I think).

Discover Credit Card had the bus painted to match the Jerry Garcia artwork that was used on the new Jerry Garcia (tribute) "Private Issue Credit Card". I have an actual card, I will post that picture.

Here is the interesting part: Discover bought the bus from a man in Penn. who was a couple steps away from buying it from the original owner. The bus had 17,000 original miles on it when he bought it. He showed it and won many awards due to it's originality, including at the AACA in Hershy Pennsylvania in 1993, that's the badge on the front bumper. Check May, 1989 VW Trends page 42 if you have it.

Discover bought it from him with 22,000 original miles. Discover painted, did their promotional campaign and food drive touring the country (transporting it thankfully), raffled it off as a prize. Every time a person used their "Jerry Garcia Private Issue" card they were entered to win the bus after the tour.

The winners did not want it!!! Discover bought it from them instead of giving it to them and continued to use it. After they were finished with it, they donated it to a church.

The church painted the outside only, sold it to a collector car sales company who sold it to someone in Fargo North Dakota. They owned it for about 10 years and I purchased it from them with 24,680 original miles on it.

It is a 1959, still has all original interior and interior paint (headliner was replaced last year though). Original Bastard engine, trans etc. This is only the second set of tires it has had on it. It is an amazing bus, I will start another thread on the bus as it is now but I want as much information as possible on the time frame when it was in the Garcia themed paint job. Someone who worked on that campaign is scheduled to call me next week.

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This is the credit card

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Here is an article on the winners.

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These are when I first saw it in person when buying it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a vinyl wrap to me, otherwise, they painted over the windows instead of that perforated vinyl they use on wraps.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was paint of some sort. There is still a little evidence if looking very carefully on the popout window inner frame rubber.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is another picture I found online.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking Bus !! And waaay cool low miles Cool I really don't care that it had anything to do w/ a credit card co.or the Jerry conection, don't get me wrong I like the Dead, seen them many a time at Red Rocks, I just prefer the low miles sweet condition Bus over all that other who-haa.... Laughing
I do remember that credit card coming out, I thought 'ol Jerry was rolling over in his grave on that... Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're driving a 1987 Honda Accord, and they can't decide whether they WANT the bus?? What's the matter with some people? Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We who are part of this hobby may not understand it. However, the folks who won the contest were not part of our obsession and viewed it in a practical sense. At least the bus is now in the hands of a Sambanista!
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