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Old 05-08-2010, 11:24 AM   #1
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My 1946 Wayne/Chevy

Hey everyone, I've been lurking around here for a while, but finally joined and thought I'd introduce myself and the bus. My dad bought this bus many years ago and used it for the boy scouts, and various other things. Well, it's been sitting on the farm for a long time now, but have been getting geared up to do a major restore job on it. It's a 1946 Wayne bus body with a Chevy chassis. I bought a 1985 Chevy 1ton cube van so I could update the chassis, and rebuilding a 454 and 400 trans. to power this Art Deco style bus. I know it's going to be lots of work, but the end project should be lots of fun. Any help I get from here will be much appreciated!
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Old 05-08-2010, 12:15 PM   #2
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That will be one fun project! As many will say- keep us posted w/ lots o pics.
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:25 PM   #3
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That is way cool! Any questions about the cube van stuff I'll be glad to help. My prior ride to my bus (for 22 years) was a GMC 14 ft cube van. 1st suggestion is come up with 16" rims rather than the 16.5's. They are taller and have a better selection of tire choices.
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:21 PM   #4
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Cool! How close are the wheelbases? What are ya' gonna do inside the bus?

And welcome!

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It looks like I'm going to have to add 12"-13" to the frame lengthwise and maybe cut and add elsewhere. Inside I'm thinking about seating all the way around the outside with a coffee table/cooler in the center. A good tailgate party bus. I'm up for any suggestions.
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:24 PM   #5
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That is way cool! Any questions about the cube van stuff I'll be glad to help. My prior ride to my bus (for 22 years) was a GMC 14 ft cube van. 1st suggestion is come up with 16" rims rather than the 16.5's. They are taller and have a better selection of tire choices.
Thanks for the offer! Any idea what the gear ratio is? I haven't checked it out yet. I'm going to keep the 16.5's for now cause the tires are like new, but maybe in the future go up to a 20" to fill up the wheel well. Not for sure, just an idea, but that's a long way down the road.
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Old 05-09-2010, 05:36 PM   #6
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Almost surely 4:10's. I have heard there were 3:89's also-but never came across a set.
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Old 05-10-2010, 06:47 PM   #7
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Since the axle is so close to the back end of the frame already, I wouldn't gain near enough. So it looks like I'll have to cut the frame. As long as it's cut and re welded square, boxed in, and trussed I don't think there will be an issue with it. Afterwards send it to the frame shop to check alignment and all should be good. Thanks for the suggestion though. I'm going to try and mock everything up within the next month so I can get an idea how much and where to cut, drive shaft lengths, trans. cross member...etc. Should be tons o fun
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:41 AM   #8
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will be intrested in seeing how you come along, in the middle of doing a rear axle swap and a front clip on my 51 international.
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Hope to see/hear more about your project. I just bought what I think is the same unit. A '46 Chevy Shorty (160" wheelbase) with a Wayne body. If you are still checking in, please give us an update.

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PS...How do you add photos to the Galleries? Don't see any such button or whatever there. Thanks in advance.
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