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foggymorn 09-12-2006 10:55 PM

on a foggymorn, Myrtle the bus is born. a 1949 chevy shorty
Well I am still trying to figure all of this out, so please be patient with me. While I have not figured out how to post a pic in this dialoge....I have posted an album, or is it a sub album? anyway it is # 147 in the skoolie album. If anyone is willing to share their knowledge on posting pics here please reply!!! So back to the bus. Her name is Myrtle (she looks like a turtle) I have finally got everything stripped out that I am planning to take out. Oh except for the flooring that was under the carpet. I plan on doing that tomorrow as well as filling the holes from the old seat mounts. My next project will be to pull the nails from a truck load of wood that I got from My friends. We have been re-modeling their house. That was what we thought anyway... It ended up being way worse the more we tore out the more rot we exposed...anyway long story short...I was able to bring home a whole truck loead of 2x4's, 1x4's, 1x6's, and some great rustic 1x12's that I plan on using to box my toilet so that it looks like an old outhouse! Someone asked me the other day if this was an old hippie bus, a resounding YES, and it will be again! It has been hard work, but I am loving it. THe floor plan is still kicking my ass.... I think I have 15 now. the wheel wells and the small amount of space are making it hard to get everything I want in it. My gosh last night I drempt about fitting a soccer field in it. I woke up wondering what my subconsious is trying to tell me! lol :) O.k I better get back to the drawing board. If anyone has good floorplan ideas please let me know. One more thing, is it ok to just black out the windows and then stick a piece of carpet cut to fit between the window and the wood work that will cover it on the inside? That is what I am thinking about doing. For two main reasons. I like the look of the windows from the outside, when they are blacked out. It also alows me to keep these beautiful 49 windows incase I ever decide to change something, and need to expose the window again. The interior of the bus is aprox 7 1/2 ft wide, and 17 ft long(not including the 3 or 4 ft between the captains seat and dash). That old nose adds about 6 or 7 ft . from bumper to bumper she is 27ft. Thanks abunch

Steve 09-12-2006 11:34 PM

Here is the albumn:

foggymorn, hit the quote next to this quote to see how I did these pictures.

foggymorn 09-13-2006 08:53 AM

steve, thanks for the help.

captainkf 09-13-2006 09:02 AM

So much possibility, however it looks like an epic undertaking. How is the mechanical on her? That would be my biggest concern. The possibility of breaking down in the middle of nowhere and the inability to find parts for a very vintage machine. However, it will be somthing special when it's done. Did you purchase it off the previous "hippy" owners? It would be great to see some pictures when she was in her hayday (sp?). Anyways keep us posted and good luck. -Richard

foggymorn 09-13-2006 10:31 AM

I will try to make a long story short. My husband has a 93 fxr, he was teaching me to ride. I loved it so I bought my own bike. my budget was limited so I got a sporty. Unbelievably it was harder to ride than his big bike! I wrecked it the third time out. I hurt myself and it scared me to death. later lionel wanted me to trade my bike for some old car that had been chopped but needs finished(my husband does body,paint,and frame work. we often have cool projects) I told him no, if I was going to do any wheelin and dealin it would be for something that I wanted. Then I started thinking WOW what do I want? It took me one day to realize tha I just might have the power to get my bus. I have wanted one for as long as I can remember. I started looking on line and calling the bus barns. It looked like I would have to sell my bike first, one was wrecked! then one day I see this bus parked in front of a motorhome that was for sale so I called the number. The bus was not for sale but had been in the past. I told the lady that I didn't have any money only a harley to trade. Her husband called me back rather quickly and the deal was on. I got the bus and 2 thousand dollars.....he got a wrecked sporty. Sweet deal if ya ask me. Now I had to find a way to tell my husband! :shock: As for the mechanics I don't know much. I know that she startedright up and drove us home. She needs tires and brakes and a set of king pins for sure. I am a harley widow in the sunny months so going through her will wait until winter. All the guys at the shop keep telling me that she would make a "killer Rat Rod" whatever that is. Lionel and I are having a hard time deciding wether we should leave her stock or not. I have found several stovebolter web sites that offer much info along with where to get parts. But we have not decided what to do just yet. All I know about the previous owner is that the bus was given to him as a gift. THe guy who gave it to him did the conversion work seen in the pics in 2000. So for now I will work on the inside, maybee start some body work. But I go back to school next monday so after that the project will slow down. Can anyone tell me what a wayne body is? Some one asked me the other day if I had a wayne body. I dunno

Steve 09-13-2006 11:22 AM


Originally Posted by foggymorn
Can anyone tell me what a wayne body is? Some one asked me the other day if I had a wayne body. I dunno

The chassis of buses are made by the manufacturer such as Chevy, Ford, or International.

The bodies of buses however are made by a coach company such as Wayne, Ward, or Blue Bird.

So your bus is a Chevrolet truck with Wayne coachwork (from the windsheild back).

foggymorn 09-13-2006 11:58 AM

cool Steve thanks! I have been trying to run the serial number That is on a metal manufacturing plate insaide the bus. I wanted to know the make and model as they are left blank on the plate. It was manufactured by Valley bus & Equipment co. in Fresno Ca. model is left blank. Serial # C49 109 and the gross rating is left blank. Can you tell me more about the bus? What are the differences between the Wayne , Ward or Blue bird. I know mine is very round inside. Short and round. I love the roundness off the dash area, but wish it were a little taller. I want to put a deck on top. I think the bus is a 1 1/2 ton, in 49 chevrolet made two different buses. the other was a 3 ton. the only way I know how to tell is by measuring the wheel base? is that the right word? is 166 in and the other is 199 or something liike that. I have not had the chance to measure it yet. Back to the deck...I am not sure how to tell how much weight it can haul. or what the best way to go about building one is. Any help would be great.

foggymorn 09-13-2006 12:02 PM

Hey steve How do you get a picture off your bus up there by your name? Does one have to earn it with so many posts? I would like to have myrtle under my name :lol:

Steve 09-13-2006 01:06 PM

I did one for you since you said you are new to this. If you want to change it in the future take a look at this topic for instructions.

How to get an avatar.

the_experience03 09-13-2006 01:26 PM

Gorgeous bus...I WILL own a cool old bus like that one day. In the meantime I'm stuck with my more modern '89 Ford-Wayne.

Wheelbase was the correct term. measure between the wheels from middle to middle.

As for figuring out what you can haul....I wouldn't worry too much about it as long as you keep things reasonable. Start by getting the bus weighed. Most scales will give you specific axle weights as well as total weight. Next you're going to have to climb under and find a tag on the rear axle or try and figure out some other way of identifying it. Assuming the tires are matched to the max gross axle weight, subtract what the scale says from what the max weight is....that how much more the rear axle can handle. I don't think you need to worry too much about the front axle as you won't be adding much weight on that end of things, but keep it reasonable. I've said it before of old buses...I'd atleast think about upgrading to a later model rear axle as it's relatively cheap, makes parts easier and cheaper to come by, and just plain gives piece of mind.

To learn more about the coach body (assuming it is in fact a Wayne-I haven't looked at many pictures), I would condier joining the Wayne Bus Enthusiats club on yahoo. Those guys are amazing with many of them coming from bus driving pasts or from working at Wayne.

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