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Old 04-25-2012
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TJtheman007's Toy Hauler Build (1956 GMC Scenicruiser Bus)

Hey Guys,

So I now own this... I'll start with a few pictures and let you ponder.

I got this for.... Well.... if you wanna know, PM me.... Lets put it like this, it was a FANTASTIC deal!!!!

The possibilities are wide open.


Let the build begin!!!


YOU TUBE LINK!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/v/m0R8KOwjR_o

(It used to be a Greyhound bus. There were only 1000 ever made. This one is 858 of 1000. The name of the bus is Scenicruiser and was made by GM. They also go by the model: PD4501. These buses were produced from 1954-1956. This one was produced near the end of the production line)





Seeing as the pictures are not showing up now, here is a link to my photobucket page: http://photobucket.com/1956Scenicruiser
















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Enjoy!

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NICE! You should definitely make it amphibious
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I hope you got a really good deal, otherwise it looks like a money pit.
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Now that looks like a sweet project!!
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Thanks guys!


As far as the financial decision, it was a GREAT DEAL!!!

however, now it looks like i may need to spend another $1600 to have the clutch replaced in it. bought it from the previous owner and everything seemed to be great... drove about 25 miles from his house (After stopping and putting $80 of Diesel into the 160 Gallon tank) and the clutch went out on it. Started loosing speed, pulled to the side of the road, and even though i could get it into gear, the bus wouldn't move anywhere.

What can you expend from a 56 year-old vehicle?

Still gets 10MPG though!!!!!
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That is too dang cool! I can't wait to see some updates on this.
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You might wanna look into proper licencing. It's a bus w/ airbrakes and you might need a commercial/ bus driver license.
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Oh, how I love buses! Especially old ones! I used to be excited for school field trips, not because of where we were going, but because of the rides on the chartered buses. Is it a 2 stroke Detroit? V6 or V8?
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Holy crap you BOUGHT A BUS!

This is too good.
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this is precisely why my future wife will control the checkbook haha, as i would come home with many, many motorized things...

crazy purchase, good luck with it man! could be an awesome hauler...i was really hoping to see one of the school bus variety..
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You might wanna look into proper licencing. It's a bus w/ airbrakes and you might need a commercial/ bus driver license.
Regarding Licensing, CDL is not needed in Illinois unless it is over 26,001 lbs. I have checked this with law enforcement along with CDL/non-CDL material. Even though there are air brakes, CDL is not necessary.


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Oh, how I love buses! Especially old ones! I used to be excited for school field trips, not because of where we were going, but because of the rides on the chartered buses. Is it a 2 stroke Detroit? V6 or V8?
It is a v8: 8v71. Starts right up no problem!!! ... Just need to do some clutch work



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Holy crap you BOUGHT A BUS!

This is too good.

It is too good!!!! Im really excited to get started on it. It will be a LONG project... both in length (40 foot long) and long in a lot of time spent working on it.






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this is precisely why my future wife will control the checkbook haha, as i would come home with many, many motorized things...

crazy purchase, good luck with it man! could be an awesome hauler...i was really hoping to see one of the school bus variety..
The bad thing is that I control the check book... and this bus makes 5 vehicles between the wife and I. We own them all - no payments or anything.

I did have to write out a contact for this one though, haha, the wife wants a vacation in turn for me getting the bus, and wants to make sure that she gets ample time with me... crazy, but she is very low maintenance, so I need to honor her requests when she does request. It is rare when she requests things of me. Love this woman!!! She is not really a gear head, but she somewhat understands my passions.



This is a crazy purchase, but for the price I go, I couldn't turn it down! If i did, this bus was going to the scrapper So instead, I saved it!!!

There are only about 200 of these buses left (1000 originally) and only about 20 are road worthy - Mine being 1 of the 20.... minus the clutch needing to be replaced



Thanks guys!!

I have some crazy plans in store for this! Fold down balcony from the passenger side, maybe some slide-outs, fold out balcony in the rear (above the engine) for the master bedroom, Slide out hot tub from a storage compartment.....


Hopefully it doesn't end up like my hot tub trailer idea - Although I now have a hot tub at home, so not a huge bummer. https://www.ranger-forums.com/showth...ot+tub+trailer
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Pictures are fixed!!!

Hopefully it will stay fixed.....
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Yea ! You will need a CDL to drive any vehicle over 26,001 lbs a 4501 conversion will be over that when you get everything in it ! Also if you are planing to pull any trailer with it ! It will fall into CDL anyway with the combination vehicle over 26,001 lbs ! Start looking to get your CDL !
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I remember the homemade hot tub thread. Lol, good with this.
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I love to drive big vehicles, specially if they are slow, heavy and equipped with air brakes... The feel of driving this mammuts is so cool!!!

Nice move on this purchase, congrats!
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lol good luck with it!
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That is fricken' epic! Good luck man.
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Does it shift like a normal transmission, or does it shift like a semi-truck transmission (matching engine speed and road speed)?
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Does it shift like a normal transmission, or does it shift like a semi-truck transmission (matching engine speed and road speed)?
It shifts like a truck -one better: there is no syncro in these... so matching the speed is... well interesting.
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Road trip!!!!! i say you drive across america and meet all the forum members lol. Sweet bus!
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Pretty cool bus. I bet its a minimum $40,000 restore and thats on the cheap side.

I hope you update this thread with your progess.
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So i have an update.

As of yesterday I had the bus towed home. I will now be working on the clutch myself.

The tow 1.5 hours each way wat $675.. but its home.


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Hooking up





Home!







Also, picked up a little salt shaker version on my bus from my brother-in-law. Pretty cool i thought!
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You should have bought AAA for the year and then called and said it broke down. They would have towed it for free and AAA would have only cost you $100 for the year.
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