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Old 07-22-2019, 09:33 AM   #1
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1959 Chevy Short Bus for sale

Even though I just registered on this site, I have been here as a guest off and on over the years. I've read threads that you guys/gals don't like for "newbies" to just come and post stuff for sale. I respect that, since it's "your site". So, just delete it if you like, I won't be upset.

In case there is someone looking for this type of bus, here it is.


After much deliberation Iíve decided to let my 1959 Chevy chassis and a Carpenter bus body go to the next owner. This bus is in really good shape, especially for being 60 years old this year.
I purchased it in February 2011 and spent the next two years working on it to get it on the road. It runs and drives really good.
> It has the original Chevy 235-6cyl. engine and 4 speed transmission. 89,855 miles on the clock, but the speedometer is not currently working.
> Lights, wipers, heater, signals, etc. are all in working condition.
> It has the hard to find 22.5 wheels, which are powder coated. Tires are in good condition Ė one is new.
The frame is as solid as a rock Ė no rust. The body doesnít look great, but really doesnít need much work. All windows raise and lower as they should. It has most of the original seats Ė missing three. I installed original Carpenter bus overhead shelves Ė which I donít think you will find anywhere. Iíll even throw in my vintage Air Way Compass with it Ė because it looks like they go together!
I really like this bus, but I donít drive it much. Itís time for someone else to enjoy it and take it to the next level. Whether you keep it original or have plans to convert it to an RV (which seems to be very popular), you have a very solid start. Priced at $12,500

Here are some pics (if it works):
https://photos.google.com/album/AF1Q...9tOJwf6Shn0uac

You may contact me through message.
Thanks,
Victor
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:40 AM   #2
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Old 07-22-2019, 04:35 PM   #3
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https://photos.app.goo.gl/jASgN11xXNsMhB2g7

See if this works. I don't know how to correct the one I already posted.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:26 PM   #4
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That one works. Good luck on the sale!
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:56 PM   #5
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Kewl looking bus!!

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Old 07-23-2019, 12:59 AM   #6
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Got your pm. Yeah, pm here is cumbetsome. I'll email after work, about 6 am your time. Would it be possible to see a picture of the info plate? (Particularly interested in the GVW)
What's the closest real airport?
I've been looking for a 5 window Viking. Too bad about the original engine. That's something that'll have to change right away!
It's going to be quite an adventure if I buy this and drive it back to California!
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Old 07-23-2019, 09:30 AM   #7
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GVW is either 10,500 or 12,000 depending on whether you use 6 ply or 8 ply tires. This is according to the shop manual.
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:53 PM   #8
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Nice bus, too bad it's not a Ford though. Always partial to 59 Fords over the Chevies.
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Old 07-23-2019, 05:50 PM   #9
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Reality is setting, and I'm going to have to bow out. The logistics of seeing the bus before making a commitment, then getting it across the continent, will just be too much.
Thanks, and good luck!
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:55 AM   #10
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Price reduced.

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Even though I just registered on this site, I have been here as a guest off and on over the years. I've read threads that you guys/gals don't like for "newbies" to just come and post stuff for sale. I respect that, since it's "your site". So, just delete it if you like, I won't be upset.

In case there is someone looking for this type of bus, here it is.


After much deliberation Iíve decided to let my 1959 Chevy chassis and a Carpenter bus body go to the next owner. This bus is in really good shape, especially for being 60 years old this year.
I purchased it in February 2011 and spent the next two years working on it to get it on the road. It runs and drives really good.
> It has the original Chevy 235-6cyl. engine and 4 speed transmission. 89,855 miles on the clock, but the speedometer is not currently working.
> Lights, wipers, heater, signals, etc. are all in working condition.
> It has the hard to find 22.5 wheels, which are powder coated. Tires are in good condition Ė one is new.
The frame is as solid as a rock Ė no rust. The body doesnít look great, but really doesnít need much work. All windows raise and lower as they should. It has most of the original seats Ė missing three. I installed original Carpenter bus overhead shelves Ė which I donít think you will find anywhere.
I really like this bus, but I donít drive it much. Itís time for someone else to enjoy it and take it to the next level. Whether you keep it original or have plans to convert it to an RV (which seems to be very popular), you have a very solid start. Priced at $10,950 price reduced.

Here are some pics (if it works):
https://photos.google.com/album/AF1Q...9tOJwf6Shn0uac

You may contact me through message.
Thanks,
Victor
Edited original post. Priced reduced.
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Old 10-01-2019, 09:20 AM   #11
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Edited original post. Priced reduced.

Link in post #10 does not work.

Nevermind, link in post #3 works, cool looking bus !
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Old 10-01-2019, 11:51 AM   #12
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It looks nice/vintage and should eventually sell.
Please take the following with a grain of salt, as it is not intended to be critical or condescending toward you or to your sale:
Trouble is most of us here on this site are more interested in busses selling for half of your asking price, or less!

If it was fully restored and road ready, your current pricing might be more attractive to the right buyer.

You might also want to put it on faceplant marketplace, craigslist, etc. for more coverage and a wider range of viewers to pull from?
Good luck...
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:26 PM   #13
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Compare it to what you could have from Tango for $12K.
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:47 PM   #14
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Compare it to what you could have from Tango for $12K.
Since his passing, is anything happening with his bus?
(Sorry for the thread hijack, OP)
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:51 PM   #15
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Since his passing, is anything happening with his bus?
(Sorry for the thread hijack, OP)
Don't know, waiting to here from his daughter.
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Old 10-03-2019, 03:11 PM   #16
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Since his passing, is anything happening with his bus?
(Sorry for the thread hijack, OP)
No apologies needed. I know of Tango from the Stovebolt site.
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