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Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango] #893721 Thu Nov 01 2012 12:37 PM
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"Measure twice...cut three times?"

Makin' big ol' holes in expensive metal can make a strong man cringe.


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

All my best --- Tango
Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango] #894525 Sun Nov 04 2012 11:29 PM
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Got the rear duct for the A/C finished up today except for paint (still a long ways off). Modeled it after a rear engine duct on a '30's era transit bus I saw years ago. Just liked the Art Deco, industrial look of it. Was a royal pain to put together but I like the way it turned out. New pix now in the Flickr album.


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

All my best --- Tango
Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango] #898516 Thu Nov 22 2012 11:42 AM
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Hot-Ziggity! --- my new Allison 2200MH tranny arrived! It will be on it's way shortly to the shop that will be mating it to the Cummins 4BT in a week or so...then the fun begins. Stuffing that package into my chassis will likely be...interesting. Gotta find a whole new steering gear set up as the original is inside the frame rails and, short of a miracle, will probably be in the way. Looking for a late model power steering set up from a 1.5 ton or maybe a bread van (P20/P30). Any suggestions?


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

All my best --- Tango
Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango] #901373 Wed Dec 05 2012 10:16 AM
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Drove out to take a look at some possible gears last weekend. Fellow had a 1.5 T flatbed sitting in front of his house that his wife is using as a rose arbor. Long story short...still no 5.43 gears. The ring & pinion turned out to be another set of the "Optional" 6.14:1 gears. Too bad, as they were in great shape. Beginning to believe that just about everyone who bought a Chevy truck from '41 to early '47 opted for the Optional granny gears as that is all I've seen during the past year of searching.

Is there really any such thing as 5.43 gears...or are they up there with the Easter Bunny & Santa?

The hunt continues.


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

All my best --- Tango
Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango] #903947 Sun Dec 16 2012 10:15 AM
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Will finally pick up my new Allison 6-speed on Monday! From Stewart & Stevenson, it goes out to Diesel Specialists to be mounted onto the Cummins 4BTAA. Then the fun begins. I have a feeling stuffing all that metal into my narrow Art Deco front end is going to get...uh...interesting.

Still on the hunt for the mythical 5.43 ring & pinion set.


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

All my best --- Tango
Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango] #904075 Sun Dec 16 2012 09:34 PM
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Tango, there should be a song made up about "tango's expos on shorty the bus"

...and, as all songs have an ending I'm sure Shorty will have one to. Thanks for keeping us updated.


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.
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Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango] #904083 Sun Dec 16 2012 09:56 PM
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Hey Chip --- just wish the ending was in sight! Got to visit the old girl today for the first time in a month...no wonder this is taking so long.


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

All my best --- Tango
Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango] #920535 Sun Feb 17 2013 02:01 PM
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Well Howdy --- After more than a year of thinking that the Big Bolt Chevy trucks came standard with a 5.43 rear end and had the "option" of a 6.17...I just discovered it is the other way around! That is contrary to what I had heard and been told (online & off). No wonder I have had no luck finding that particular ring & pinion set.

I finally got my hands on a real '42 to '46 Chevy truck manual and it clearly states that it is the 5.43 that was the optional equipment.

I may be stuck with what I have or have to do a Frankenstein transplant on the whole center section.

Ah well...

Onward!


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

All my best --- Tango
Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango] #920546 Sun Feb 17 2013 02:38 PM
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Tango, hang in there man. There is LOTS of chapters in a good book. Keep writing and then one day you'll reach the end...... Thanks for checking in.


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: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango] #920571 Sun Feb 17 2013 04:18 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement Chip --- I should be wrapping up my current commission project by mid-March and then have a little bit of the Summer to get back to work on the old gal. My engine & tranny are mated and waiting to be picked up but right now I don't have the time to sleep let alone work on anything else.

But soon...


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

All my best --- Tango
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