We came across this old school bus close to our property, and the land owner said we could have it and the contents.. It turned out to be a bigger job than we thought, as it took us all day to blaze a road and uncover the vines and tree roots that had grown into it.. We'll have to come back later to get it with bigger equipment.
1937 Chevy School Bus / Motor Home project..Part 1
We were originally going to take the body off the original chassis, and put
it on the 1985 Chevrolet 1 ton truck chassis, but changed our minds..
We're instead going to leave the body on the original frame rails,
and change out all the running with the '85 Chevy truck..
We're changing out the rear end with the narrow "cab & chassis" truck 4/11
rear end, and keeping the original '37 springs and hangers, as they were
fine.. We did have to cut the back part of the frame rails, and bring them
in about 1 3/4 inches on each side, to make it work.. These "cab and
Chassis" rear ends are a lot narrower than the dually rear ends, and is the
exact width we needed.
The 1987 and earlier Chevrolet truck front ends, actually unbolt, and the
whole unit rolls out.. So that makes an easy swap.. We hoped that we could
simply roll the front end under our old chassis, make brackets, and bolt it
up, but that made the bus sit way too high in the front..
In order to drop the bus down about 6 inches in the front, we cut the front
frame section out, and added a new box frame section on top of it, and then
we boxed the plates on it for additional strength.. It was easier and a
whole lot cheaper, than buying a dropped spindle kit, and shorter coil
springs.. Plus we couldn't have gotten 6 inches doing it that way.. We are
keeping the complete front end purely stock, with the steering box,
steering arms, torsion bar, etc., in the original positions.. That way
there should be no problems with bump steer, rough riding, or anything..
Also, we didn't want to run tiny tires and wheels in the front either..
We're going to widen the front fenders 3" each, so it will look right..
1937 Chevy School Bus / Motor Home...part 2
We're putting the mid 1980's Chevrolet 1 ton dually (cab & chassis) front
end under the bus.. We were able to lower the front end by almost 6 inches
by cutting the original frame out and adding the thick boxed channel iron
on top of it.. It was WAY cheaper than buying the dropped spindles kit and
shorter coil springs.. If we had used the other frame rails from the Frito
truck, we would have had the same problem with the bus sitting too high in
the front.. We kept the steering box, torsion bar, everything in the exact
position it was in, under the stock Chevrolet truck.. So there should be no
problem with bump steer or anything..
Old Kenworth logging truck parked in the forest for years
On a property with acres of old abandoned logging machines. A 90 ft Madill
on a heavy duty truck chassis, Gulf Oil fuel truck...all grown over by the
Blog with still photos is at
Old School Bus Graveyard Tour
A collection of my antique school bus's.
I plan on putting the bodies on the chassis in the video,
although I may just restore one or two with the original running gears.
Going to make a motor home out of the 1937 Chevy bus, probably within the
The Old Truck Runs Again!
Please stop by and give us a "like!" - http://www.JohnsOldTruck.com
I've been in love with this 1949 Chevy 3100 for over 30 years. It used to
belong to my brother, but as often happens life gets in the way and it sat
in his garage until he needed the space and we made a deal in 2004.
Thanks Brian & Jim! Your help means more than you know...
And thanks to all for watching and sharing!
Old cars in the woods
My dad and I went to a place in south western Virginia and found this place
, it had old cars , old farm equipment , an old house full of antiques ,
and the like , just out in the middle of the woods , the guy that let us on
the property said it was his home place , some of the cars had been there
the better part of 40-50 years..
Abandoned Cars Part 4: The Semi Trucks
This is part 4 of 5 to my Abandoned Cars series. The trucks are Mack,
Peterbuilt, Freightliner, and International Harvester models. All pictures
were found on Google images. The song is AC/DC-Highway to Hell.