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Old 07-07-2019, 03:49 PM   #1
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1948 gmc pd3751

Hello new friends!

I have another thread ( I'm in love with a '61 MCI ) and everybody has been so helpful! I opened this in a new thread because it's a different bus. I found this bus conversion and I am drooling over the exterior and dreaming of the possibilities to update the interior! But like the previous bus, this one is an oldie..a real oldie. 1948 GMC PD3751. I am posting the info listed about the mechanics and some pics and hoping I can encourage you knowledgeable folks to give me some feedback!


Here is a great classic bus, converted to an RV. This 1948 GMC PD3751 Silverside has been totally transformed to be the motor home or recreational vehicle of your dreams. The engine has been totally overhauled and has approximately 20,000 miles on it at time of posting. The transmission has also received a total overhaul. This bus has also received an upgrade of air ride suspension as well as a new clutch, radiator and exhaust. Backup power is provided by a 5kw Onan generator. Bus still has original oil bath air cleaners; a conversion kit is available from ABC bus to change to paper filtration.

Update 3-25-2019: Fan belt idler repaired, air foot valve replaced, new batteries, several filters changed, air pump repaired.


(I am pretty sure it needs tires, but the interior is in really good shape except for some aesthetical issues and it needs a new bathroom) and yes, I notice that is is sitting in an area with some snow so I have messaged the seller for additional pics and info regarding rust...
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:53 PM   #2
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:57 PM   #3
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:00 PM   #4
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I have a number of friends that own silversides, one travels around the country in his doing antique bus repair. About 90% of old buses for sale state that the engine was recently overhauled, ask for proof. An inframe could be $10,000 or more. I've heard figures as high as $10,000 per cylinder for total out of bus rebuild. Remember that bus is 71 years old, there are some parts that are made of unobtainium. If you aren't prepaired/able to do you own repairs you have been warned.
That being said, I would love to own one. The pictures look like it's pretty straight.
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:46 PM   #5
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Ugh. I know. I'm sure there aren't a whole lot of them lying around for parts either. I'm hoping somebody who owns one or knows somebody who works on them will chime up and give me more info..If I can obtain proof that the engine and tranny were rebuilt and the other repairs were done, would it still be a mine field? The body is in amazing shape ( unless we find a bunch of hidden rust or something) and the inside is dreamy and only needs minimal work. I really really want this bus but like you said it could end up being a nightmare if we have to put in 20k in the engine
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:00 PM   #6
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Hey Somewhere..if you happen to have contact info for one of your friends that own a silver side or be willing to pass my contact info on that would be amazing..if that's too weird, I get it. Maybe I can find a forum specifically for people interested in these buses?
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Very cool, looks like an old locomotive from the rear.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:05 PM   #8
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I know! I think the back end is my favorite part! Looks BA! too bad all signs are pointing to a big NO for this bus ( tears) but even if it is mechanically sound, the stick shift is going to kill the deal. If I ever decide to have something stationary then I will definitely do one of these!
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OMG, really?!!
The manual tranny is your deal-breaker?
Post her link, please: Might just be one of us snatch up the slack on that beautiful be-yotch!!!
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About 90% of old buses for sale state that the engine was recently overhauled, ask for proof. An inframe could be $10,000 or more. I've heard figures as high as $10,000 per cylinder for total out of bus rebuild.
I second asking proof of any overhaul, but $10k a cylinder? DAMN, that's high! I've heard most 2-strokes can be done for $1,000 a cylinder, but perhaps that is doing the work yourself.

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Remember that bus is 71 years old, there are some parts that are made of unobtainium. If you aren't prepaired/able to do you own repairs you have been warned.
*Yoda voice* THAT is the way of things... The way of The Force...


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OMG, really?!!
The manual tranny is your deal-breaker?
Post her link, please: Might just be one of us snatch up the slack on that beautiful be-yotch!!!
She looks like something that came outta, Atlas Shrugged"
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In this case, I back INeedABus' thought process. Purgatory and hell take many forms. Long hills with gearing that doesn't allow staying in one gear for the climb falls into those realms. Trust me, once you've driven an 80,000-lb vehicle up a mountain with a 10-speed versus a 13/18-speed, you'll know what I'm talking about. If this were a 9-speed, I would echo your sentiment, but a 4-speed is going to be a pain in the ass traveling through mountains, and it won't be much fun on hills either.

Also, being a 40s GMC, there is very little doubt it has a GM Diesel (aka 2-stroke Detroit), which are as well-known for slowing WAY down on hills as they are for their immortality. The lack of reasonable split between the forward gears will only exacerbate this. However, if I were looking to drive this thing on long, flat highways, never getting near mountains or hilly areas, well... Shut up and take my money!
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