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Old 10-04-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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Where to Find Info on my 1978 Chevrolet Short Bus

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Here's the story: we found a 1978 Chevrolet Short Bus on craigslist at the beginning of the summer with my wife's intention of making it a mobile pop-up shop (playing off the food truck craze). We had to get new tires, new brakes, full tune-up, new muffler, etc, spent more on the repairs than the original cost of the bus itself. Now, we've gotten to the point where it's mobile, demo'ed the inside, and are actually using it... Going forward, I want to get all paperwork in order (the previous owner rebuilt the engine, kept it in a barn for 20 years, and kept a notebook full of logs and maintenance information), and I want to find out more about this bus (when people come up and ask "wow, what kind of bus is that?" and I say "1978 Chevy" but I want to know more about it...). Are there good resources online for us to look specifically for info, where do we start (besides this place, which is awesome, btw), and do you guys have any kind of referral network for parts, repair shops, etc? Thanks so much, looking forward to sharing more stories soon!
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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Re: Where to Find Info on my 1978 Chevrolet Short Bus

Welcome to the madhouse --- going back to '78 could be tricky, but it looks a bit like some of the Blue Bird's from that era. There were some shorty's with that type of front end as I recall. If you can find a makers plate to confirm her DNA, they should have some data. Blue Bird in particular has always been good at keeping info available on their units going back quite a ways.

Meanwhile...I noticed that there is an extra "t" in the "http" portion of your link. Works fine when it is removed.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:23 PM   #3
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The blog is fun...needs more pics and stories
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:37 AM   #4
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Re: Where to Find Info on my 1978 Chevrolet Short Bus

I don't think it's a Bluebird, no "eyebrows" over the side windows. There should be tags and number plates somewhere that tells the builder.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #5
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Re: Where to Find Info on my 1978 Chevrolet Short Bus

The body of that bus is a Superior (Sheller Globe) Pacemaker Type B.
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