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Old 08-30-2020, 04:42 PM   #1
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We might be in over our heads...

We just picked up our new bus up here in Idaho. It's a 1951 GMC bus, and just searching on the google we haven't been able to find another one quite like it. The previous owner said that it was an Air Force bus back in the day, and it looks like somebody might have already taken measures to convert it because there's already a hole in the roof for a wood stove, and the seats have already been removed. We ended up replacing the clutch in a field and getting it to run to drive it almost 200 miles to get it home. We understand that this project is going to be a ton of work, but my wife and I enjoy tinkering with older cars.
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Old 08-30-2020, 04:46 PM   #2
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Welcome!

That is a really awesome find. It's cool that you both enjoy older vehicles. You definitely have a labor of love there.

I for one cannot wait to see what you do with it. It looks like it will be quite a fun project. I doubt there's another like it anywhere, and that's before you even do anything to it.

Good luck!
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Old 08-30-2020, 05:00 PM   #3
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Thanks, we've been really excited to get started on it, we've been running through a couple of different designs using Google SketchUp like we saw some other people doing on this forum.
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Old 08-30-2020, 05:19 PM   #4
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There's something about old busses that really excite some of us, myself included.
Glad to see you've taken the first steps in "saving" this relic from many days gone by, and potentially the crusher.

As you are likely aware, there are plenty of mechanical parts still available, and everything else can be made or bought to complete a conversion on the bus.

If you're truly feeling you're in over your heads, it can always be sold without finishing the conversion. Trick is to sell it before you've invested too much $$ in it.

Good luck on your project, and post pics of your progress. It should be a real head turner when its done!
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Old 08-30-2020, 05:31 PM   #5
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yeah!! another classic!!! cant wait to see what you guys do with it.. Love these old busses!!!
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Old 08-30-2020, 05:33 PM   #6
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I just was tempted by a 1963 Step Van, it looked really cool, but then some here would not like it, it wasn't a School Bus..

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Old 08-30-2020, 05:35 PM   #7
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I just was tempted by a 1963 Step Van, it looked really cool, but then some here would not like it, it wasn't a School Bus..


theres a lot of non-bus conversions that show up to skoolie-swarm each year and we have seen some other types of conversions here.. if you want it go get it and build it!! heck im here and I dont even convert my busses.. they stil have seats
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Old 08-30-2020, 06:06 PM   #8
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I just was tempted by a 1963 Step Van, it looked really cool, but then some here would not like it, it wasn't a School Bus..

If you buy it and restore it or convert it, I'll follow the thread and encourage you along the way. I love seeing older vehicles given new life like that. I respect craftsmanship regardless og whether it's a bus or not.
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Old 08-30-2020, 06:42 PM   #9
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Welcome and congrats on that beauty! The body looks real solid. We'd love to see more pics ---inside, under hood etc. What drive line does it have?
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Old 08-30-2020, 08:51 PM   #10
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Congrats on that fantastic looking old bus.
Great piece of history you have there, thanks for taking that on to keep her alive
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Old 08-30-2020, 09:41 PM   #11
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Nice bus. Looks like it has brackets for 100lb propane tanks on the rear?
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Old 08-30-2020, 09:58 PM   #12
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With this kind of age, rust is always a big issue, you will definintely be in over your head if the chassis and suspension and mounting etc is rusted out. Good luck post the pics! We love pics!
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Old 08-31-2020, 02:58 PM   #13
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Welcome and congrats on that beauty! The body looks real solid. We'd love to see more pics ---inside, under hood etc. What drive line does it have?
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Hey thanks, yeah it's an old straight six, 4.1 L 248. Here's some more pictures of the interior and of the engine bay
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Old 08-31-2020, 03:00 PM   #14
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Nice bus. Looks like it has brackets for 100lb propane tanks on the rear?
Yeah that's what we were thinking. We're thinking about using them for propane in our build for sure.
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Old 08-31-2020, 03:24 PM   #15
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That's a great motor--full pressure oil 60# and insert bearings. It is a couple of inches longer than the Chevy 235 etc. Definitely a keeper! What art the first 4 entries on the block just behind the distributor?

I meant to ask earlier, what are your plans for this beauty?
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Old 08-31-2020, 03:29 PM   #16
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Hey thanks, yeah it's an old straight six, 4.1 L 248. Here's some more pictures of the interior and of the engine bay
What is that hole lookin thing in the floor? Maybe that's where they shoved the paratrooper trainees out while going down the road!!
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Old 08-31-2020, 04:26 PM   #17
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That's a great motor--full pressure oil 60# and insert bearings. It is a couple of inches longer than the Chevy 235 etc. Definitely a keeper! What art the first 4 entries on the block just behind the distributor?

I meant to ask earlier, what are your plans for this beauty?
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I'm pretty sure the only numbers behind the distributor were 248, which was how we decided the size of the engine. And yeah, we were really impressed with it, it drove all the way home with minimal tinkering, besides replacing the clutch. We were planning on making it our home until we find/build something more permanent. Were thinking were going to work outside in, maybe painting it red with a white roof and grill.
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Old 08-31-2020, 04:28 PM   #18
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What is that hole lookin thing in the floor? Maybe that's where they shoved the paratrooper trainees out while going down the road!!
That's funny :P yeah that's where the spare tire went.
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Old 08-31-2020, 05:00 PM   #19
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great find.
you didnt have old fuel and or trash in the fuel tank.
or did you decide to run it home on a jerry can?
i love it.
definetly look and springs and mount and obviously the brake lines and hardware.
might be off a few years but is that an old oil soaked breather filter?
what did it take to get it to fire?
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Old 08-31-2020, 05:08 PM   #20
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Your power wagon in the picture? I had several 47 Dodge trucks, not Power wagons though.
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