This listing is for the most significant and most hard to find parts of what I believe could be a 1936 GMC school bus. I originally assumed the chassis was a Chevrolet but a very kind early Chevrolet truck enthusiast pointed out that this chassis has the 5 hole wheels made by Motor Wheel rather than the typical 10 hole wheels that Chevrolet used on trucks of this vintage. I was recently informed that the body on this bus was very likely built by the Hicks Body Company of Lebanon Indiana. If you have access to information that does or does not support this belief, please let me know either way. For a lot more information about this pioneering school bus body company, please do an internet search for "Hicks Bus Body".
A GMC or Chevrolet truck of the same vintage can be used as a donor vehicle to supply most of the missing parts to complete this beast mechanically. I found the last 3 photos of this listing on the internet.
I have included them here to give you some idea as to what a 1935 GMC truck looks like. Please notice that the cab and fenders on the green truck look just like those on a 1935 Chevrolet truck.
They tend to curve around the wheel rather than flow back as the Chevrolet fenders do. Engine, transmission, radiator, hood, grille, front fenders, front bumper, headlamps. And other parts to complete this bus. PLEASE contact me if you have any idea where I might get these parts or a parts truck. The missing seats and 1 of the 4 vent caps on the top of the roof will have to be fabricated.
This vehicle may not be unique but there can't be many buses of this size and vintage, especially with sheet metal as nice as this jewel in the rough has on it. It is believed that it was used as a city bus sometime into the 1950's or perhaps even into the early 1960's. It was then retired on a ranch outside of Great Falls. It was used there for spare truck parts as well as a bunk house for hired hands in the summer time.The ranch owners children and grandchildren also spent some time playing in it as they were growing up. As you can see, this bus is missing the engine, transmission, radiator, hood, grille, front fenders, headlamps, 2 of the dual wheels (I recently found 2 of these wheels) on the rear axle, the seats assemblies, 1 of the 4 sheet metal roof vents and many other lesser parts. Thankfully, the unique body is very complete and is still in relatively good condition thanks to our relatively dry climate here in central Montana. The average annual precipitation in this area is only about 12 inches and our humidity is very dry here so vehicles do not decompose here like they do in the wetter and more humid parts of this country.
I will have an updated report of any rust in the body of this bus in a week or so but I don't recall seeing any rusted out sheet metal on it. This bus had 6 rows of seats with an aisle down the center of the body.
I believe all of the vertically sliding windows are present as is the original door which is often missing on buses of this vintage. The dash appears to be missing all of the gauges but they would be common to the other GMC trucks of this vintage. This bus is approximately 32 feet long, 8 feet wide and 9 feet high when rolling on the proper wheels and tires.
This bus body could be mounted on a Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, International, Diamond T, Studebaker, Sterling, Federal, Dodge or other chassis of this vintage because the width of the frame rails on truck chassis was standardized in the early 1930's. One could replace the existing cowl with the appropriate cowl if one where to mount this body on a different make of chassis. This bus could be a great promotional vehicle for a modern day bus line.
It could also be made into a mobile retail outlet of some kind. I could find no evidence of any builder's tag when I looked at it briefly and took these photos a few years ago. My friend that owned this bus is into collectible tractors and wanted one of mine so we traded a while ago.My friend and I moved this bus since these photos were taken so he could burn the buildings that it was setting near. I will attempt to find and install 2 more of the correct wheels along with some 20 tires to make it easier to load and transport. I have a very nice smaller 1954 International "Superior" bodied school bus as well as a very nice straight and solid 1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor sedan project that I will be listing here soon so please check my listings every few days. I will be adding more information as well as more and better photos soon. The item "1936 GMC Hicks School Bus Body Vintage Truck Street Rat Rod 1932 1933 1934 1935" is in sale since Tuesday, November 10, 2015.
This item is in the category "eBay Motors\Parts & Accessories\Vintage Car & Truck Parts\Exterior\Other". The seller is "toysanyone" and is located in Bozeman, Montana. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.