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Restoring/Upgrading an Old 1960's Bus - NEED SOME INSIGHT

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05-29-2017 15:01:01

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Well....something a little different than tractors for once. I've bought an old 1960's bus (school bus sized "greyhound style" bus) for my future Father In-Law. I was riding the backroads near where they live and spotted an old Blue Bus in a guys yard almost hidden from view. Having heard the story about his late Father's and Grandfather's Bus Transit Company, I knew they had Blue Buses (only just a few buses because it was a family owned business). This business was called "Joiner Transit" based out of Florence, Alabama. They offered Greyhound Services and had their own line. His dad passed away when he was an early teenager in the early 1970's; and the company has since been just a memory. Upon pulling up to look at this bus, I quickly spotted "Joiner Transit" on the side.......and even more clearer on the other side!!!! Oh my, what have I found!?!? Well his birthday was actually that day and I was headed to town to get a birthday card. How nice would it be to snap a picture to go along with that card!! I did just that and he was very emotional saying that was the very bus he and his sisters took on a trip with his dad all the way to Canada camping along the way. One of the last memories he had with him. Well....I had already talked to the old man who owned it as a storage building for his antique car parts and he told me he would sell me the bus if I wanted it. Well I knew I did but didn't play my cards just yet. When I heard my future FIL say "Man, I ought to buy that old Bus and bring it up here to the Farm!", I knew I HAD to go back and buy the bus as a surprise for him! With the help of an uncle in the family, we used his LoBoy to load and haul the bus about 4 miles to their farm. What a find, and piece of family history!!!

Now the task to restore the bus is about to begin. The uncle who helped me haul it has a MF Tractor & Industrial Compressor Dealership; so I have access to a big shop and parts accounts. The other uncle owns a Sand Blasting Service Company so we can get it cleaned up. I am just wondering if anyone here has or just knows what all is possible when fixing up something like this. I know they would want it so they could hire a driver and go to dinner in it with friends and family, and maybe some day-trips. They have a motorhome now they do that with, so what fun would it be to do it with the old family bus~!!

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06-21-2017 05:27:15

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 Re: Restoring/Upgrading an Old 1960's Bus - NEED SOME INSIGH in reply to RTR, 05-29-2017 15:01:01  
that is a unusual find never seen that style on a ford chassis out here, mechanically, the bus should be very close to a large ford truck, f750 or 800, tune up parts and things like belts hoses ect are available in a good parts store, may have to overnite them, carquest, napa ect have this ability,, things like brake parts are a little harder to find, but still out there may have to search ebay ect for them, you need to take it apart and measure the brake shoes, there is more than 1 size, im sure the bus has hydroboost on the brakes, a kit is out there to rebuild that i have one on my desk for a 57 chevy now,for seals ect remove the seal and take it to a good parts store, all seals have a number on them which will cross to whichever brand that store handles, good luck !

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