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Old 01-03-2017, 04:00 PM   #1
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"46 Express", aka "The SoKool Bus"

Wile looking for a transportation vehicle for a developing vinegar business (yes, vinegar), I stumbled upon the 46 Express. I needed a vehicle to use for travelling to farmer's markets, food fair's and other events. I found the 46 on a website out of N.J. and fell in love with the art deco styling of the old Chevy. Upon investigation of the website, I found a lot of really bad reviews and though that the idea buying the old Chevy was dead. However, I found photo's of the 46 on other websites...websites for photography. Upon inspection of these photo's, I noticed that the bus had a Minnesota license plate. I also noticed a small decal in the rear window. It just so happened that I was able to enlarge the photo and found the name of the rod shop that had updated the bus. I found phone info for the rod shop and made a call. The rod shop owner gave me the name and number of the owner and I made another call. A few weeks later, I made a trip from CA to MINN and ended up buying the bus. Now, I have plans to use the bust for wine tours, as well as for transportation for the vinegar business. The Skoolie site has already provided information that I have found to be immensely valuable and I plan on participating very soon.

So, hello to all...
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Old 01-03-2017, 04:31 PM   #2
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hello! where about in minnesota did you buy it?
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Old 01-03-2017, 04:34 PM   #3
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Old 01-03-2017, 05:07 PM   #4
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Since you mention transpiration for wine tours...
Be cautious of the requirements within your state for transporting passengers for your business. Gubberment wants their money too, and they'll get it! One way or the other.
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Old 01-03-2017, 05:30 PM   #5
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Wowser! ANOTHER '46 on this forum? --- Welcome...and we absolutely must see more pix. Somehow your '46 looks to be a little further along than mine. And longer too.
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:08 PM   #6
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Tango: I've been reading the thread about your bus. What you're doing is exactly what I've been planning, except I know less. I'm on page 80 of the thread! NO...don't tell me how it ends, I want to be surprised. The problems that you've already solved are just what I've been stressing about (read as $$$). I'm SURE I'll be asking questions.

Stu & Filo: I'm in the central valley of CA, south of Sacramento/east of San Francisco, outside of the city of Lodi.

Burl: I found the 46 outside of Alexandria, MN, about two hours sw of Minneapolis. The people that I bought it from were so friendly. When I first drove the 46 it was 12 degrees out, and was a great way to test the heaters. We went the trucking broker route to transport, but found that to be very difficult. The "BS" meter was near off the scale with these people. So, in my brilliant mind, I decided to try (emphasize try) to drive it home. We made it 700 miles, at an average speed of 33 mph, all on secondary roads. Couldn't make it past Wichita, KS. We found a trucker in Omaha and the 46 will be here on Friday (5 days, total).
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:13 PM   #7
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:16 PM   #8
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Is it finished inside? ....pics?
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:29 PM   #9
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I can't take any credit for the work that's already been done. Conversation with the prior owner notes that the 46 has 15k original miles! The body is all original; original windows (windshield has been replaced); 235 ci "Stovebolt" motor; original wheels; fresh paint; 2T chassis with the 6.17 rear end (hey Tango, sound familiar?). The body is a 27' Superior (pretty sure). The governed speed of 35 mph is no joke! Here are some more photo's.
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:40 PM   #10
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Better take the scenic route driving that fast!

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