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Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango] #760245 Wed Jul 06 2011 05:09 PM
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Well, it looks like I am going to have to get to work soon. My bus should be here in about a week and...I just did a deal for a running Cummins 4BTAA and Allison 545 tranny to re-power this little darlin'. Anyone in the Houston area in the market for a good running Chevy 350?


1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
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More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango] #760297 Wed Jul 06 2011 10:18 PM
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Tango, glad to see its happening. Be sure to drink plenty of liquid in this hot weather. I know once you start you will not want to stop!!
I'd post the engine in the Parts for Sale in the Swap Meet. Surely someone would like to have it. Be sure to put a price on it.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Achipmunk] #760483 Thu Jul 07 2011 02:40 PM
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Thanks Chip...will do, as soon as it gets yanked out.


1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango] #765120 Sun Jul 24 2011 04:16 PM
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My Cummins 4BTAA & Alison 545 combo arrived on Friday and I finally got a look. The tech at Diesel Specialists will do a full body scan for general condition, run it, then we are planning on a dyno check out. I want that puppy in top shape before the transplant. May flip the exhaust manifold & turbo since I have a lot more height than width under that old Chevy hood. Getting desperate to have my bus here though. Is there such a thing as a "reliable/no BS" transport service in this country?


1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango] #766155 Wed Jul 27 2011 10:48 PM
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Latest update...Finally found an owner/operator with the right gear and he is on his way to Utah to pick up my bus!!! Should be here in about a week or so. HooRah!


1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango] #768386 Thu Aug 04 2011 02:18 AM
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Well, after dealing with transport broker bozos for two months I finally found a fully insured independent who got my bus here in short order and for a lot less than the so called "Pros". Great guy by the name of Okie Newton. He works out of Texas City near Houston, but pretty much covers the country. If anyone is looking for a hauler, I'll be more than happy to pass along his contact info.

Here are a few pix of "Bringing Home Baby"...

The Arrival

About to Offload

In the work bay

I immediately started gutting the interior, but with the heat index here way over 110 in the shade, I didn't last too long.

Let the fun begin...


1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango] #768407 Thu Aug 04 2011 04:03 AM
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Nice bus.

Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Bart] #768411 Thu Aug 04 2011 04:12 AM
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What a Kool Project, Can't wait to see the progress.

Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Gmans 46] #769402 Sun Aug 07 2011 08:03 PM
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Just spent the last few days gutting the interior and checking things out. Below are a few pix as the rip out continues. The only serious rust I have found was right where I expected it...around the wheel wells. But the big surprise was that this Wayne body is 100% screwed together, inside and out...no rivets! So far I've only had to grind a few, most have yielded to a hand impact driver. And the old galvanized floor is in rock-solid shape. Pretty amazing condition overall. Especially when you consider that at 65...it is old enough to qualify for Medicare!

And if anyone knows what (if any) colors were used on the Wayne body tag, I would appreciate the sharing. I want to try and restore it as well.

Interior tear out
Windows have the original glass
Rusted wheel well rails
Wayne Body Tag


1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
Re: Updated Pix of '46... [Re: Tango] #769665 Mon Aug 08 2011 06:20 PM
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Tango, thanks for sharing some pics. I must congratulate you on your efforts to do a first class job. At least you have some "room" to move around in the bus!!! Thanks for keeping us posted and keep up the good work.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
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