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Old 06-26-2009, 01:48 AM   #1
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1951 IHC Aggie Tailgater

well i was in the process of typing the entire story behind this lil bus out, and my computer freaked out and i lost it. i'll repost tomorrow. Short if it, 1951 IHC L153 SchooMaster, with a 455 Olds and a Turbo 400 tranny.

Now I'll type out the story. Aquired this little jewel in Feb '09, it was a "free" kind of deal, as in a friend was moving to Terlingua, and knew i was looking for a bus, so for the picking up, it was mine. Note it was not free for long. Headed out in a Peterbilt to haul the bus back. So myself one of my very best friends, his honey and my darling wife headed south toward Austin.

Some where in Williamson County i was running a bit faster then i was suppose to be, a sheirf pulled us over,he was a pretty friendly fellow and let me go with just a warning. We were running late when we got started, and this just delay us longer. we called ahead to the location of the bus, to make sure somebody would be there. it was located at a impound/repo place, and not it was not impounded or repoed, just stored there, my friend had at one point in time rented a house from the owners.

We managed to in contact with them, and their yard hand agreed to wait on us for 50 buck, thus the end of the "free" bus. Got there about 5:35, found what shows in the pictures below. the lock on the gate did not have a key any longer, so the yard hand found a pair of bolt cutters (which the owner informed me, he repoed form somebody) and cut the lock. what we found was 2 flat tires, and a bus that had apperantly been sitting for 12 years, or at least that was the last time it was inspected.

Note that on this little jaunt we did take a pickup, tools and an air compressor. aired up the flat tires, chained on and pulled it out. proceeded to load it on our drop deck with out any problems. less the concern about working off of a fairly narrow 2 lane road, in the end, we had it chained, boomed and hit the road just after dusk.

found a place to part the Pete, and ran into Austin for dinner, and thats how all this got started.
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:57 AM   #2
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Re: 1951 IHC Aggie Tailgater

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Old 06-26-2009, 09:42 AM   #3
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I've made a fair bit of progress on the bus, luckly the 455 was in good shape. a new carb/air cleaner, electronic distrubtor, some clean gas, a battery and an oil change and about 2 week of work, and i had the old girl where she would start.

First thing we did was gut the inside, then it was missing a drive line so i hunted for the pieces to make that up, next i tackled the brakes, as it had none. a new mastercylinder, 4 wheel cylinders, rebuilt hydravac brake booster, i did learn in this process that the rear axle has been replaced. one of the first things i ordered was an orginal parts manual for the bus. after realizing the wheel cylinders that i ordered for the rear of the bus wouldn't fit, i made do, took the new ones apart, pulled the old ones and rebuilt them.

back to the driveline, luckly we managed to find out out of an International truck of some sort from an old trucking friend of my dads, and i won a suburban dirve shaft from ebay, and had our local machine shop build the driveshaft out for me, bought a new yoke for the rearend to match the truck drivehsaft. once that was assembled, added some ATF to the turbo 400, and lookly there, it ran under its own power, and it even stopped.

While taking it around the look from our house (my wife was dirving) she is a former aTm bus driver, the tranny cooler fell from where it was placed in front of the raidator and drug until the bus bled out, and wouldn't move any more. removed the cooler for the time being and spliced the lines together, some more atf and a way we went!

oh i added an air compressor and an air ride drivers seat.

other major work, i've completely rewired the bus, with a new wiring harness, before she had 3 circuits, now she has 20! new lights all the way around, all LED, didn't do HID headlights, yet

That brings us to abount now, spend that last week working on a cracked exhaust manifold, almost have that all back together. my plans for the rest of the summer, work up the inteior to the point that it is useful, have come across some transit type bus seats, have to pick them up yet. as for the rest of the summer a generator, and rooftop ac unit is to come. paint and dressing up is going to have to wait until next year. i fully intend to have the bus at the first football game, even if it killls me!

if you have any questions please feel free to ask, i've had alot of fun working on the old gal!
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:13 AM   #4
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yeah it is in pretty ok shape, little bit of cancer here and there, but nothing that isn't workable. so far i've been pretty impressed with the drum brakes, it will sure enough put you into the windshield if you get on them.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:56 PM   #5
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Yeah i had been considering the antique plates, haven't decided what i'm going to do just yet, thanks! Gig'em
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:40 PM   #6
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Re: 1951 IHC Aggie Tailgater

Are you going to setup around Kleberg this season? What are your plans for paint? I could see that thing sporting some flames. No shame in not being painted the first season. I had a yellow dog for my first season.
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:01 PM   #7
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i will be there this season. assuming i can get a get a parking spot. have my name on the list. as for paint, looking at the pictures anything that is dark brown will be maroon, and the rest white. note this is not going to be this season. next year will be paint (maybe). this year it will be just a chocolate brown aggie bus

i like the flames idea, maybe fenders feed into some maroon flames down the side. whats the paint scheme on your shortie?
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:16 AM   #8
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My paint is just a simple two tone scheme - maroon on the bottom, white on top. We were going to do flames originally, but my original painter backed out so I kept it simple.



You might be able to park your bus in a regular spot at Kleberg. Mine fits in a standard parking space.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:28 AM   #9
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Looks like it's all workable. I like old vehicles anyway. I love the fringe around the window. Kind af an Indian version of DingoBalls. Have fun and good luck!
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:35 PM   #10
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slick looking paint man, even if it is simple like the fancy shiney rims too! pretty sure my bus won't fit in a normal parking spot. esp w/ the extended rear bumper on it.

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Looks like it's all workable. I like old vehicles anyway. I love the fringe around the window. Kind af an Indian version of DingoBalls. Have fun and good luck!
Yeah it has been pretty easy thus far. fringe had to go, i've got the sub floor in, fixing to start building the seating inside. will post some more pics before long.
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