They say its more ecological to ride the bus,   but none of my busses get better than 10 miles per gallon.

   The following 37 Chevrolets are busses.  My favorite is the "Flx" but the Superior runs best and recently took me to a distant  truck show in Spokane.  (2000 miles+ round trip).
    The green Crown has 157"   "SD" chassis and the Brown Superior has 131"  "SB" chassis.


 I modified a sales brochure photo of a 157" WB Superior to look like my 131".  I wonder how many school kids  were backed over with no right mirrors on these busses?

    Here's a clearer photo of my Superior Shorty in Humbolt County.   Looking at the drawing above and photo below, notice the 4 vents and grab bar by door.  There is a very short piece of running board between the cowl and front fender that collects leaves and causes rust.  It's bad enough that someone used a J. C. Whitney's idea of a passenger car grille,  but  to install it, they tack welded it to the chrome trim.  And, of course,  I have 3 mirrors and turn signals for safety.


Here are some other 37 Chev School busses listed in alphabetical order.  Compare the styling of the Hockney to that of the Flxible and you wouldn't believe they are the same make & year.

Bender  Cleveland, Ohio
Delphi   Delphi, Ind.


Hicks   Lebanon, Ind.
Hockney   Wilson, NC


Pacific Foundry  Seattle, Wash
Rex Watson   Canastota,  New York  ( Left, from school bus brochure,  is on a 157" truck chassis.  Right, from Silver book,  is a Rex Watson on a stretched passenger chassis. )


 Superior    Lima, Ohio  (157" WB pictured here.  My brown bus in a superior on 131" chassis)     36 Dodge with Superior body
Wayne    Richmond, Ind.  (Look at all the Waynes pictured below)


1940 Chev/Wayne
1946 Chev/Wayne   Changing a rear tire on these Waynes, with skirted rear duals,  is a lot of fun on a steep dirt road.  Block 3 wheels after digging a pit for the blocks.  Remove spare from under body.  Loosen Lug bolts.  Jack up axle.  Jack up body till Jack sinks in mud.  Place large heavy plywood under jack and try again till body clears rear wheels.  Move quickly away as it skitters sideways into substantial tree.  Plywood under both jacks.  Up again with tree preventing sideways movement.  Gingerly replace inner dual with bald, rotten (but air holding) spare.  Friend returns from hitching to town, at beginning of operation. She forgot valve stem but remembered beer.  Keep "friend" away from bus long enough to lower jacks.  Scrape off clearance light on the tree as you drive away.    **The details of this bus' purchase are at the end of the page.

    The 46 Chev/Wayne above has 3 round gauges like the 36 Deluxe passenger and trux did.  In 1940 all trux except the school bus chassis used a rectangular gauge of the 40 passenger car.    They always unload all the old stuff on the busses.  Seat belts have been mandatory on automobiles for years and a fine is given if you are not wearing one.  They are not available on school busses.  It shows how concerned the law makers are about child safety when the $$ comes out of their pocket.
     The 1956 GMC/Wayne pictured below, is unusual in that it originally came with a 6 Volt positive ground system.  Another example of manufacturers using old stock in busses.  This is the only Task Force I've seen with a 6 volt system.

I Looked at a 37 Wayne 20 years ago with a wheelbase too long to fit on my trailer.  (My trailer will just fit a 157" chassis.)  I explained to the owner that I still wanted to buy it but would need to find a truck long enough to haul it.  Two weeks later when I called to tell him I had found a long truck, he said he had a scrap man torch it last week.  Below is an ad for the 38  201" WB School bus chassis.  The parts book does not list the 201" nor the 187" WB, used on the Flxible and many foreign 37 Chev busses.

Tho it's not listed in the parts book or production figures, below is a photo of many 1938 -  201" WB chassis in North Carolina at what I assume is the Hockney plant.

39 Bus Brochure
41 Bus


European Busses

The European 37 Chev busses come in 2 varieties.  Above appears to use a GMC COE chassis with a "Bow Tie" on the grille and a 216 for power.  A Hercules Diesel was the optional engine.  Below is Cab Forward design.  (That means the cab is forward of the axle.  Modern Chrysler's "cab forward" means you sit behind the front axle with less foot room.)


Small Busses

I have seen several long Panels converted into School Busses in many years.  Click photo to view other Panel trux Click this line to view Suburban Carryalls.

**I took the Shorty Superior to Anaheim with girlfriend and 2 daughters.  I brought a towbar to retrieve a Suburban Carryall from a friend.  Girlfriend mentioned to friend that she could use another bus for her mobile condominium.  We were able to locate a chap being harassed by the Anaheim police cuz his choice of dwellings was the 1946 Chev/Wayne pictured previously in this article.  It started and ran but required tremendous  brake pedal effort to slow it down, despite the vacuum assist.    500 miles later at my garage, when I inspected the brakes, I discovered that only one rear facing piston would move.  The other 7 wheel cylinder pistons would break before they would move using a sledge hammer.
      Her 46 Wayne has a later 235 and 5 speed overdrive Clark. (Click for transmission info)      My 37 Superior has a later 235 with stock transmission and 2 speed GMC rearend.  It has the optional Ventilated Disc Brake that pulsate then heat and fade quicker than the stock  Drum brakes.

We got moving permits for both vehicles.   Below I was hitching the Burb to the Bus.

      We got an early start from Anaheim and caravaned till Santa Barbara.  She left me in the dust on the next hill.   Her bus weighed more but I was towing a Suburban.  Good thing we didn't have to go down the hill with our brakes.  On a straight stretch of Hiway 101 before King City, I saw her parked beside the road.  I coasted to a stop and thanked her for waiting for us.  She explained that she ran out of gas, as her new acquisition didn't have a working fuel gauge.
    This is the suburban from the City of Beverly Hills.   (click here to look at Burbs)     Fortunately, no sport car owners wanted to test their antilock brakes infront of either of us.

    Thanx to this site the former owner of the Superior emailed some photos of when he drove it from Arkansas to Oregon around 1976.  He had an oppertunity  to paint the bus but was not pleased with the grille misinstallation.
As he bought it:                                                                    Heading West with his son scouting the way:        

More Busses

    For a continuation of the bus page, click below to view the Flxible.  Too many photos to place on same page.
The Flxible bus was of Inter-city variety with COE design.  Click on the picture to obtain more info on the Flxible.


Here's a bus site from Wollongong, Australia.  (Wollongong has historic light house location.)  < http://www.dions.com.au/Historic%20Gallery/pages/1937%20Chevrolet%20Maple%20Leaf%20-%20Crown%20St%20Wollongong.htm >
  Here is another Bus site called the Bus Yard. <A HREF=http://members.aol.com/njtbus/Classic.htm>
 The Pacific Bus Museum  web site <http://www.pacbus.org/>.   Please bookmark this site to return.
  This sounds interesting :             <  http://www.busnuts.com  >

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