Have you ever seen a school bus?


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Post Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:04 pm

Have you ever seen a school bus?

Have you ever seen a school bus.

I have read about them and see a few in some marketing material, but never seen one in person.
Until..... I was driving cross country from Texas to Oregon during the winter of 2017. I chose to take the 'high' road to save me about 5 hours drive time.
Since I was by myself without the co-pilot I was doing this on the cheap, driving and sleeping in the mobile motel called U-Haul. Anyway, one morning as I was travelling through New Mexico I passed by what I thought might have the shape of an International. It was a quick flash, as I was out in the middle of no-where and not expecting or looking for anything in particular. Plus I remember not being 100% yet as I had not been able to obtain a morning coffee yet.
Being the curious sort, I stopped and walked back down the road. There was no way I would even attempt to turn around, and I thought it would be better to walk than to back up a U-Haul and car trailer 1/4 mile or so down the shoulder.
I went to the property and the owner had a proper 4 legged furry property alarm barking away. Which caused the owner to come out and see 'what the heck is going on'. Which is a good thing for me as this was all being a gate, and growing up in Texas I was taught not to open a gate and enter a property unless you knew the fella because some people prefer to be left alone and might have an itchy trigger finger.
The owner and I spoke for about 15 minutes. He told me that many people have offered to buy the School Bus from him, but he did not want to sell it. To be honest, even though I thought it was very cool I did not want to buy it because I have enough projects as it is. But is has full filled a bucket list item of sorts as that I always wanted to see one in person.
I don't know if the owner ever looks at this site, maybe he does. If so I want to thank him for taking the time to talk to me and show me the bus.

I hope you guys enjoy the pictures. I did look inside, and he had stuff stored in it. So out of respect I did not take any inside pictures. Maybe I should have asked....
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Post Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:49 pm

Re: Have you ever seen a school bus?

this was my brother's bus
wedding066.jpg


my buddy had a 1960 bus,

member smogguy has a 1956 bus, he's not on here anymore
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Post Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:56 pm

Re: Have you ever seen a school bus?

I like how the bent grill gives the bus a grumpy look.. adds character


come to think of it allot of people these days have bent grills.. :)
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Post Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:09 am

Re: Have you ever seen a school bus?

About a decade ago one of the members of this forum lived in a converted IHC bus. She also drove an IHC gravel truck. I don't remember her staying on the forum very long. Lloyd, do you remember?
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Post Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:30 pm

Re: Have you ever seen a school bus?

Hey, thanks for sharing !!!! I love those curved rear windows on each side of the emergency exit door !!!! :-)

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Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:25 pm

Re: Have you ever seen a school bus?

http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/b/blue_bird/blue_bird.htm
This same company built crewcabs for IHC from cab parts set from IHC.
http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/o/orrville/orrville.htm
The pictures are of my Orrville Crewcab as it was the first time I saw it.
http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/c/crown_s ... _steel.htm
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Post Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:25 am

Re: Have you ever seen a school bus?

I've seen pics of older and newer, but this may be the first S series bus I've seen. Thanks for sharing. Pathfinder coach is new to me.

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Post Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:11 pm

Re: Have you ever seen a school bus?

dean466 wrote:I've seen pics of older and newer, but this may be the first S series bus I've seen. Thanks for sharing. Pathfinder coach is new to me.

Dean


smogguy has a 56 bus, he posted pics on here in the past
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Post Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:41 pm

Re: Have you ever seen a school bus?

I remember her, but do not remember her name. Memory is not so great.

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Post Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:40 pm

Re: Have you ever seen a school bus?

My dad owned a S series short bus when I was a kid. It was a 4x4 that was originally purchased by the local school to go out and pick kids up when the weather was bad; we used it as our firewood/hunting truck.
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