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1961 Chevrolet Apache 30 Panel School Bus
04 September 2007
From Max :
Ok, Here's my addition to the Gallery. After many, many years of searching, I have finally found "my project." I had been wanting something totally strange and odd to build as a camping unit. (I didn't want average or ordinary.) So here she is: a 1961 Chevrolet Apache 30 Panel, converted to a School bus, (coach work is unknown). The original 235 cubic inch 6 cylinder and 4 speed transmission are under the hood.
I've known about this bus for a few years, through my work. Through a bit of wheeling an dealing, I have her at home. I really only knew it was a Chev, but the year was unknown. Thank God I took lots of pics, specially of the hood lights. And thanks to this site, I was able to figure what year and model it was. (Although this will be confirmed with info from Chevrolet of Canada.)
I found her on a farm, sitting in a pile of weeds. (Here's another angle) She had been there since 2001, when she was retired. The last owners had used her as a run-about since they got her from another farm in 1973. The previous owner also tells me the bus was in service somewhere around my hometown (Nobleford, Alberta). (It would be cool to find out exactly where she served!)
This is such a great find. I have never seen anything like'r, anywheres (hence her name). If any of you have, please let me know!
After I'm done with the restoration, I plan on driving her to the place she served and take a few black and white photos. Plans are easy.
I will restore her back to the school days (on the exterior). But inside will be a simple - late 60's / early 70's retro camper conversion -- not hippy style. I have already spotted a late 1960's trailer, that has a very nice "period correct" interior. Or I may just build from fresh. I'm really unsure at this time.
I've done alot of building on campers and vans, etc., but this is my first bus and restoration. So, it should be interesting, nonetheless.
I really think the nick-name suits us "1 of a kind" (cuz we're both "ODD"). I hope you's enjoy the pics. Remember this, all you need is a good truck and a tow-bar. Oh, and maybe tires that hold air. Then almost anything is possible.
Have a Great Day