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Old 05-26-2017, 03:30 PM   #1
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1977 Superior Pioneer bus

Anyone know anything about the Superior Pioneer bus? What chassis does it have? This one is said to have a Chevy 350 engine. It needs a new starter; is that a difficult job?
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Old 05-26-2017, 04:14 PM   #2
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Changing the starter motor is pretty easy. Just be sure to get an EXACT replacement because while many starters will "fit" the 350 engine, they may not match the trans or ring gear. If yours has shims between the starter motor and the block, keep track of their location for reinstallation. With that engine your bus will have a Chevy/GMC 0ne ton or ton and a half frame. Type the vin into google and you'll soon know.

My little bus has an early model Superior body. I did a little research on Superior and came up with the following history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superior_Coach_Company.

Great looking little bus! Jack
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:38 PM   #3
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I always wanted a Superior!!
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:47 PM   #4
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Ha, Ha. How could anything be better than "Superior"?

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Old 05-26-2017, 09:59 PM   #5
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while the First bus I ever drove was a Bluebird.. (I was 11 or 12 years old)... the one I was most fond of was my school bus driver's own Personal 1974 Superior International Gasser.. (with factory A/C).. she let me drive her bus around whenever i wanted (I had my license by then).. till I took it home one night and my dad Forbid me to *EVER* own a school bus... that was silly , impractical, and a waste.. I knew at that moment I would someday have busses of my own
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Why was he so hostile? Did you bring the (she) bus driver home with you too?

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Why was he so hostile? Did you bring the (she) bus driver home with you too?

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he is just that way.. im a decently succesful business owner and he still slams me for not goping to college... he has a beef I believe for being a control freak.. and also I believe.. for me not going into business with him but going and starting my own...

a *BIG* chip on his shoulder seems to be my being gay.. knowing I wont be a "chip off the old block" t ocarry on his family name....

it didnt really stop me though.. I always wanted school busses.. ever since I was about 12 or so.. then when I got one I quickly lost interest in it.. I felt bad because I was putting time into a project that id never be able to show off to my father.. so I boight a monte carlo and built it into a Hotrod.. of which he approved... while that bus sat in a garage nearly untouched for years... when it was damaged in a fire.. the insurance paid me a good sum.. and it re-ignited my interest in busses.. id not spoken to my father in 2 years when I bought the carpenter last year... and the 2 busses i have now bring that big smile to my face every time I drive them.. just like i always dreamed they would as a kid...
-Christopher
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Old 05-26-2017, 10:53 PM   #8
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Sounds to me like it worked out just fine. I know what you mean about the smile on your face when you see your bus. I feel the same way--too much fun!

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Leave the negative stuff beside the road...hop on the bus...and just drive off into the sunset.

The "road less traveled" is always interesting...but it's a lot more fun in a skoolie!
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