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1939 Chevrolet Heavy-Duty School Bus Wayne

1939 Chevrolet Heavy-Duty in Hoosiers, Movie, 1986 IMDB

Class: Bus, School — Model origin: US

1939 Chevrolet Heavy-Duty School Bus Wayne

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle


nzcarnerd NZ

2008-09-14 10:22

1938 or 1939 Chevrolet.

Ddey65 US

2008-09-14 15:16

nzcarnerd wrote 1938 or 1939 Chevrolet.

Looks more to me like a '40 Chevy.

big dave VA

2008-09-14 17:07

I think the chrome band at the top of the grille would be wider on a 1940. I make it as a 1939.

CougarTim US

2015-06-24 22:19

This actual bus was at a car show I visited last weekend. It was accompanied by a newspaper article written about the bus in The Washington Times in 2000 (the article is not available online without an account on their website).

Some history from the article:
- Bought new in 1939 by a school district in Indiana
- Sold in 1949 and converted to a proto-RV by its new owner
- Owned by the same family ever since except for a brief period in the 1990s
- School bus seating re-installed by the filmmakers in 1986; 20 passenger capacity
- At the time of filming it had a 1953 engine; currently has a 1955 engine
- Built on a 1⅜ Ton Chevrolet truck chassis (eLMeR, make of that what you will)
- Dimensions: 8'4" high x 7'11" wide x 22'6" long (2.54 x 2.41 x 6.86 in meters)

A plaque on the dash indicates the "All-Steel Motor Coach Body" was built by Wayne.

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Full text of the article (large image): http://i.imgur.com/rls3xIP.jpg

-- Last edit: 2015-06-24 22:21:44


2015-06-25 03:00

CougarTim wrote [...]
- Built on a 1⅜ Ton Chevrolet truck chassis (eLMeR, make of that what you will)[...]

Let's just use what Chevrolet made of it :D
I assume that it has been made made on the Chassis plus flat face cowl option of the only heavy-duty model available at that time, the 1½-ton called... Heavy Duty. From what I understand, being a 1939 model gives it a V-Something Chevrolet model code, depending on its wheelbase.

⇒ 1939 Chevrolet Heavy-Duty School Bus (as we do now for the 1941-42 Art Deco models)?

[Image: 1939brochureexcerpt.jpg]
(1939 Brochure excerpt)

-- Last edit: 2015-06-25 03:12:07

IHateFreedom US

2020-12-30 03:57

Massey-Ferguson or maybe a Massey-Harris tractor in the background?

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