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Old 01-18-2015, 09:00 PM   #1
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lurker with a 56 ford

i've enjoyed watching people's projects around here for a couple of years... thank you.
i've been wanting a bus but i had to be old and cute for my wife to even consider.. an di finally found it:
a 56 ford/superior b600. not in such bad shape either. just missing the motor. no broken glass. only one window removed for a chimney at one point.


i went to look at it but was still on the fence until he told me his price... $500. sold! i don't care at that price if i don't have the whole project lined out... has the title too.





still haven't decided exactly how i want to build this... i do have an extra nv4500 trans and was thinking to put in a cummins. wife is excited to be my minion for sanding and bodywork (i'll probably just sandblast the entire body..)

anyway, i'm a forester and live out in the woods all sumer long and the woman gets tired of camping in the back of the truck and cooking in the open. -wonderful, ain't she? so this needs to be good for dry living/sleeping/cooking space and be both dependable and reasonably fuel efficient. i'm a decent mechanic and enjoy welding/fab work so i have no doubts except choosing the right color.
this will be a gradual project. better to take our time and make it what we want than try move in too soon and never finish. i'm guessing it'll take a couple of years at least.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:27 AM   #2
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cool, welcome and pics are a good thing
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:57 AM   #3
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What a great find! There was a 70 IH shorty for sale in my area for the past year for around 1k... nowhere near as cool as this but still so much more character than a newer bus. My entire interest in converting a bus started out with this ad:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/sale...a1113-not.html

It was for a an old 1940 or 50-something Mercedes Benz la1113 4x4 which was a bus in a former life, and that had been converted to a expedition camper and driven literally around the world back in the 60's I think. The ad used to have a link to a slide show with pictures of the bus the way it used to be in various locations all over the globe. It was absolutely beautiful (though it's a rust heap now) and I wish I could find the slideshow again, the bookmark I had doesn't work anymore. Anyway, ever since I saw this I'd always thought that if I could find a bus from that era I would restore to look just like that old MB....
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:24 AM   #4
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Here's an idea of what that old LA 1113 looked like but it was much cooler looking :

The inside was all carved wood panelling, persian rugs, brass oil lamps... everything hand crafted and oozing with quality.. I have GOT to find those pictures somewhere...
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:45 PM   #5
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Yeah a 4x4 Benz would awesome.
I had been hoping for an international since my family is partial to ihc... ( I have a kb5) but never found one to my liking that was within my price range.

Thanks for the welcome..
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:58 AM   #6
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bluejeans, that is a cool find! gotta love a ford with a well rounded beautiful butt! cummins? man, that ford just screams for a pwerstroke. and those curves and fenders would look really good painted like the bus in RV movie.
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:11 AM   #7
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Nice find! Real fun looking project. Welcome and keep us updated!
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:09 PM   #8
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bluejeans, that is a cool find! gotta love a ford with a well rounded beautiful butt! cummins? man, that ford just screams for a pwerstroke. and those curves and fenders would look really good painted like the bus in RV movie.
Power stroke is a great idea... It would be much more fitting being a ford and all... Though I wouldn't be and to use extra parts from my dodge which is what I had in mind... Have to give it more thought.
I don't think I've ever seen rv...
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:27 PM   #9
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Gotta LOVE that old iron.! Even though just about every bus has something cool about it, there REALLY IS something extra special about the ones that wear classic sheet metal like that. My first one had a 1958 Dodge Power Wagon nose piece. OMG it was so ugly it was beautiful.!!

FYI: For anyone considering one of these beasts... And you're thinking it would cost too much to fix it up?? You WILL spend about the same money no matter what year it is. Why not save an old beauty queen while you're at it.??
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:48 PM   #10
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Welcome! Outstanding Find! --- Love the full ribbed siding. And I would consider the motor being missing a plus. Much easier to work with since something more economical and reliable is in order anyway. If you are thinking Cummins...check out 4BTswaps.com. They have been a big help for me and my 4BTAA. And you have much more room in the front end of yours than is in mine. Piece-O-Cake.

Best of luck with the build and keep the pix coming.
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