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..
I found a free abandoned house in the woods on a property I own.
In February 2002 I bought this and a few other properties at a tax auction.
Two of the properties I had never even seen before last week. I was
surprised to find that this one has a well and an abandoned house on it.
Pretty cool. I am thinking of the options. Off grid solar powered cabin
Part 2 is now online! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3JDDm8uGzo
Old dozer start up
This old dozer hasn't been started for over 20 years (check out the tree
growing behind the blade). All we did was hook 24v up to it and sprayed
Aeroguard (yes mozzie repllent) into the intake and wound it over. we didnt
even put any fuel in it! must of ran on what was just left in the lines!