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#732962 - Thu Mar 24 2011 04:02 PM Tango's '46 Shorty Bus
Tango Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
Posts: 840
Loc: Texas
As is with an '80's 350 gas sucker. Hoping to mod with a little Cummins 4d torquer. A little interior redo to outfit as a combo camper & mobile workshop.

'46 Shorty Bus http://www.flickr.com/photos/tango88/5539343633/
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#732980 - Thu Mar 24 2011 04:58 PM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
squeeze Offline
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Registered: Sun Jul 08 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 5814
Loc: Vancouver Island
sweet lookin ride Tango, a welcome addition to the garage

Bill
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#733126 - Fri Mar 25 2011 09:20 AM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: squeeze]
Rich'sToys Offline
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Registered: Wed Jul 28 2004 12:00 PM
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Loc: Janesville, Mn
Cool bus!!
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#740369 - Mon Apr 18 2011 02:55 PM Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Rich'sToys]
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Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
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Hello All --- Well, I finally got a look at this darlin' up close & personal. And I am very happy to say, it is in better shape than I had even hoped for! Sure, , it needs a ton (or in this case...a ton & a half, since that's the chassis it's on) of work, but it is a great little starter platform. Very little rust with only a couple of small replacement patches needed next to the front fenders and one "wrinkle" next to the entry door. The latex house paint is peeling, but that's coming off anyway. Mechanically it is surprisingly solid. Recent brake rebuild, working parking brake (a big deal, actually) and a snazzy new custom, aluminum radiator. The 1980's vintage 350 motor runs great but will be (hopefully) replaced with a Cummins 4BTAA. The original 4-speed tranny sounds good but hoping for an Allison auto with 5 speeds. And speaking of speed, as with nearly all these old hill climbers and house movers, tops is maybe 55. If the Allison gears won't bring that up enough, then a new rearend will be in order.

And BTW...I am still in the process of looking for a reliable transport service to get it from Utah to Houston, so if anyone here has any recommendations, experience, horror stories...please...pass them along. That business is so BS intensive that it's as scary as it is annoying, so a personal reference will go a long ways with me.

I have just started laying out the interior as well as a couple of exterior mods. As you can see in the pix, it has already undergone some degree of conversion so I have a bit of a head-start there. Not much space to work with, but hey, not that much to build out either! If I can figure out how to do the drawings in Google Sketch, I'll post as I go.

Many thanks to everyone who makes this Board so very cool!

I have started an album here...
Tango's '46 Chevy Skoolie Project
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
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More pix on Flickr

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#744257 - Mon May 02 2011 10:54 PM Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango]
Tango Offline
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Howdy All-- just added a couple of images created with Google SketchUp. Great little free program for rendering in real 3D. Took a couple of days to figure out the basics but I have to say, for anyone doing an RV floorplan...this is the trick set up. And like I said, free to boot. The pix are in an album I just started for the purpose of keeping up with this conversion project. I did finally find a transporter so my Shorty should be here mid-June. Then I can finally get going in the real world instead of just "virtual".

Here is the album...
Tango's '46 Chevy Shorty
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

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#744265 - Mon May 02 2011 11:43 PM Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango]
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Registered: Tue Dec 11 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 15436
Loc: Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
coming along real good Tango. I like the wood stove, or is it gas? Nice project. I's say its KOOOL.
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#744355 - Tue May 03 2011 10:34 AM Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Achipmunk]
Tango Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
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Loc: Texas
Howdy Achip...the stove is a very nice little wood burner. Unfortunately, it will not work into the new floorplan in its' present location. I will definitely have to remove it to accommodate the bed, just hope I can find a spot for it somewhere else. Might come in handy if I ever decide to leave the Tropics and head North.
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
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#748568 - Fri May 20 2011 02:14 PM Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango]
Tango Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
Posts: 840
Loc: Texas
Howdy All --- I just snagged a clean YOM (year of manufacture) Texas license plate for my '46. Hoo-yah! And I only need one. It seems Texas only issued single plates during WWII to save on metal.
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
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#749906 - Thu May 26 2011 10:49 AM Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango]
Tango Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
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Loc: Texas
Still (anxiously) awaiting the arrival of my Shorty, but in the meantime, continue with planning. And besides all the books and literature I have been able to find on the 1-1/2 ton Chevy truck chassis, I have only ordered two parts so far. A repop of the front Chevy emblem (the original was heavily painted over)...and, the above mentioned license plate. Still on the hunt for a good 4BT Cummins engine and a 5 or 6 speed tranny. Good thing I'm in no rush, there is a lot to get done (and buy) before this dumplin' is ready for the road.

Given the very small interior I have to work with, I am now designing an enlarged roof-rack system and an extended rear bumper deck. Wondering if anyone has tried or built a slide-out style rear deck that can be extended when parked (?). Hey...if they can do it with whole bedrooms...why not a portable patio for enjoying Margaritas ?
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
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#750655 - Mon May 30 2011 11:15 AM Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango]
Tango Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
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Loc: Texas
Just a reminder that Memorial is about more than 75% off furniture sales.

Take a moment to remember those who paid for the freedoms you enjoy everyday in this country and say "Thank You" to those who paid full price on your behalf.

Every time I meet another Vet for the first time, I respond with "Thank you and Welcome Home". Try it. You might be surprised at how much it means to them. No matter how long it's been.
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In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

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