1963 Yellow American School Bus

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1963 Yellow American School Bus

Post by dankp » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:36 pm

I just wanted to say hello and introduce my bus, my name is Daniel, I am currently building a rather unique bus which some of you may have seen already, this is certainly not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but it's mine for sure. 8)

It's a 1963 11 window, which was used as school transportation in Utha USA, at the Notre Dame high school between 1970-76. It has the original logos from when it was used at the school plus the original bench seats.

It was discovered hiding in a field and was recused and has slowly begun an amazing journey ending up with me in sunny Kent. (After I managed to convince the wife this was the dream bus and could be something very special 8O , honest love :lol: )

My plans are to get it road legal/registered and turn it into an amazing maintained rusty bundle of joy and cannot wait to get it on the show scene sometime this year :D


THIS IS ITS STORY SO FAR

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It was tidy up by the previously owner having a lot of work done to the suspension, engine etc and was advertised on the samba, and that's where I came in.

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It came across with some amazing old documents including bus tickets that were used by the pupils back in the early 70's arriving in kent around December time after nearly a 6 month wait, the longest 6 months I've had to endure!



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Once the school bus arrived over here, James at Veedubs handle the issue of getting it to an MOT'able stage
Basically replacing all the underside including structural, plus cills, lots of new metal but also aiming to keep as much of the original metal as possible.

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It then had all the electrics overhauled and the engine sorted
Meaning he went in for MOT and passed first time !
This is where I can't say thank you enough to James, he worked flat of for a while week achieving a pass by the friday, just unbelievable and a true friend.

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Future plans are front wheel arch tubbing, Safari windows , new chrome torque thrusts and a nice helping of ankorwax/ cill painting.


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This is no way a big budget build, in realality is a no budget, calling on favours of real honest people and learning as I go build, Ive fallen in love with this old split and will stay true to what I belive in, I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I do.

So that's kind of where I'm at , a big thanks to a couple of individuals in the usa (you know who you are) for saving the bus and without the support of my fellow Paintscrapers, who constantly put up with me and my pictures plus my wife for buying 2 tonne of pig iron, this amazing bus probably wouldn't be ready to grace the uk show scene.

I will continue to update this thread as and when I do things and I look forward to meeting you all, come and say hi you won't miss me !


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Re: 1963 Yellow American School Bus

Post by skyway100 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:01 pm

Very nice bus mate I like alot

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Re: 1963 Yellow American School Bus

Post by clymoj » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:46 pm

Mate I've seen this on Facebook and what an awesome bus. Really like it.
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Re: 1963 Yellow American School Bus

Post by dankp » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:54 pm

clymoj wrote:Mate I've seen this on Facebook and what an awesome bus. Really like it.

Thanks mate, I thought it was time I got on here, thanks for the comment 8)


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Post by Max Last » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:19 pm

Very nice, saw it on bookface and thesamba, i even chipped in with a big up for ankor wax on one of them.
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Re: 1963 Yellow American School Bus

Post by dankp » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:28 pm

Max Last wrote:Very nice, saw it on bookface and thesamba, i even chipped in with a big up for ankor wax on one of them.

Well you won't get rid of me now !
And the ankorwax arrived today too 8)

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Post by Choc » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:55 pm

dankp wrote:Well you won't get rid of me now !
And the ankorwax arrived today too 8)
Well, has the anchor wax been applied yet? :roll:

Bus looking great so far, keep at it. :D

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Post by Austin » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:12 pm

What did you spray the underside with bud?

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Post by berpsta » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:24 pm

Very nice bus fella awesome patina what happened to the lights on the roof? I'm thinking it looks good on its steels proper suit it, enjoy look forward to seeing more
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Re: 1963 Yellow American School Bus

Post by dankp » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:28 am

Choc wrote:
dankp wrote:Well you won't get rid of me now !
And the ankorwax arrived today too 8)
Well, has the anchor wax been applied yet? :roll:

Bus looking great so far, keep at it. :D

Going over today for a a few hours I'll post up results

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Re: 1963 Yellow American School Bus

Post by dankp » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:30 am

berpsta wrote:Very nice bus fella awesome patina what happened to the lights on the roof? I'm thinking it looks good on its steels proper suit it, enjoy look forward to seeing more

The lights were lost in the rescue but watch this space as I've got something special coming across the pond as we speak , as for the wheels the steelies will always be avalivible but have my heart set in a little bling 8)

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Re: 1963 Yellow American School Bus

Post by dankp » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:43 am

Austin wrote:What did you spray the underside with bud?

Hi mate , James used Car body schutz's for the underside once all the metal was in place hope that helps

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Post by SAMBA VAN MAN » Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:51 pm

Luv it :wink:
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Re: 1963 Yellow American School Bus

Post by skyway100 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:29 pm

James put the pounds ok to much skol

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Re: 1963 Yellow American School Bus

Post by dankp » Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:27 pm

Roof ankorwaxed today

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And all pop outs sorted

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