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1947 3800 Suburban For Sale-$8500
#1371688 Sat Aug 01 2020 09:12 PM
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Wyoming rural school bus from 1947 - a 3800 series 1 ton Chevrolet long wheelbase 138 inch suburban in amazing shape rust-wise.

Was in Colorado until roughly 20 years ago when it was purchased by a farmer in Northfield, MN who used it in summer and fall. Very little rust on this.

Has the hard to find rear windows without cracks. Doors in back are not all beaten in. Interior sheet metal is in excellent condition given the age of this truck. Not all dented up from cargo thrown in. Has the original plywood floor.

The windows on the side were done in 1947 by a conversion company. There is a riveted tag for this on the truck.

It has a 235 inch upgraded engine from the original 216. Engine ran excellent when this was put away for storage inside 12 years ago. Assume it will need to be trailered now.

This would make an excellent commercial vehicle advertisement or a great candidate for modernizing with upgraded brakes and engine.

Comes with 17 inch split rims that have some problems holding air consistently.

Paint has been applied within the last 15 years over the school bus colors from the late 40s.

Paint is in poor condition. Comes with a single bench seat. No rear seats are present. Front seat is not the split one that it likely had originally.

There is some rust perforation on door bottoms inside, but outside surfaces all seem solid. Bring a magnet to determine!

Located about 1 hour from St. Paul, MN in Western WI.

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Re: 1947 3800 Suburban For Sale-$8500
R. Solberg #1371733 Sun Aug 02 2020 01:30 AM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,167
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That is not a Chevrolet/GM/GMC 1 ton Suburban truck.
There was no such truck model.

It is a standard 1 ton Panel Truck that was converted to have side windows (and rear seats).

That conversion was not done by Chevrolet/GM/GMC factories - it was done by other companies.
Some of those companies might have been listed the the official Chevrolet Truck "Silver Book".

A dealer could arrange for a Silver Book adaptation as part of the original purchase. The standard model was shipped to the "converter's" factory. The conversion was done by that other company; and, the converted truck was shipped back to the dealer, who delivered the converted truck to the buyer.

Members here and at oldGMCtrucks.com have reported that 1-ton size/style conversion on special "crew vans/panels" used by the military, by forestry crews, fire crews, and by crews in oil fields or air ports. Various types of side windows (stationary and sliding) and rear seats or benches have been reported/posted.

If you have seen Panel Truck rear interior side walls and Suburban interior rear interior, you would recognize the Panel Truck interior side walls in photos attached above.

Nonetheless, that is a very nice, very rare, and very useful truck.

What is the code on the Vehicle ID Plate attached to the cab between the driver's side hinges?
And the code on the additional plate, added by the "converter".

Last edited by tclederman; Sun Aug 02 2020 12:00 PM. Reason: edited last sentence for clarity

Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 1947 3800 Suburban For Sale-$8500
R. Solberg #1371769 Sun Aug 02 2020 11:50 AM
Joined: Aug 2005
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Tim, he mentions the conversion was done in '47 and the truck has a riveted tag for the conversion.


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Re: 1947 3800 Suburban For Sale-$8500
R. Solberg #1371771 Sun Aug 02 2020 12:02 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,167
ace skiver
Yes, Tiny - I have edited the last sentence in my earlier post (that mentioned an additional tag).

Thanks


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 1947 3800 Suburban For Sale-$8500
R. Solberg #1372098 Tue Aug 04 2020 09:11 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,762
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Looks to be in great shape.

John


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