1947 Chevrolet School Bus
School days, school days
Dear old golden rule days
Reading and writing' and rith-me-tic
Taught to the tune of the hickory stick
You were my queen in calico
I was your bashful barefoot beau
And you wrote on my slate, "I love you, Joe"
When we were a couple of kids
I can hear the bell ringing in this consignment. Get to your room
and listen up, we are about to learn something about our latest
consignment. A 1947 Chevrolet originally titled as a station wagon
until the Kowalski Customs Company got ahold of a 1986 Wolfington
bus of Exton, PA rear "box" and magically mated the two, with the
offspring being the Kool Bus! All excellent, with modern
conveniences, a new engine, and a complete restoration. Your story
of walking miles to school in shoes that were passed down from your
siblings just went right out of the folding entry door.
Quickly get your assigned seat, as 12 passengers can pile into this
yellow submarine with its 1947 Chevrolet front, and 1986 Wolfington
school bus box on back. The grille has been blackened as have the
bumpers, and these are topped off above by a large bulbous front
swinging hood with a big Chevrolet badge up front. Rounded fenders
have a single chrome bezel headlight in front and frame 16.5 inch
chromed front wheels with large wheel nuts in the center just like
the big guys. The back is the box with yellow and black paint that
is nearly perfect with no rust, tinted windows, a rounded back
looking more like 1947 than 1986 (It most definitely was modded on
to emulate an old bus) with its emergency exit door and flashing
lights, you'll keep back 500 feet. Another black curved bumper with
a centrally located step for the emergency door exit, and a 3-inch
chrome exhaust tips peeking out the bottom. On back are dually
tires which wrap 16.5-inch dish wheels in chrome, and ready for the
Watch your step as you enter the ribbed rubber covered floor, it
will take you 3 steps up to get to your seat and do it sweet. You
are greeted by the single driver's seat in black vinyl with all the
controls and door handle mechanism, a wood dash and round gauges. A
late model Chevy steering wheel fronts this dash and has the
automatic shifter on the column. Above is a central control panel
with toggles for the lights and air conditioning and a volt gauge.
Behind the driver's compartment are a lineup of 6 black vinyl
covered benches which will seat two comfortably. These float on
more rubber ribbed floors and behind these seats in back are a few
mechanicals for the A/C, heat, and a circulating fan. White painted
metal is covering the rest of the interior on the sides and roof
interior. Please be reminded you will be stopping at all RR
crossings where the folding door will be opened to complete the
STOP/LOOK and LISTEN requirement.
A flip of the clamshell front hinged hood allows full access to the
engine bay which is a Rube Goldberg-esque maze of wires, hoses,
bolt ons and maybe even the kitchen sink is there I just cannot see
it immediately. Underneath all this gaggle is a 350ci V8 engine,
backed by a 4-speed automatic and a Dana 60 rear.
Some surface rust, some patina, but overall a solid frame and floor
pan and a big fuel tank on back. A like new exhaust system is
snaking its way towards the back through independent coil spring
suspension upfront and leaf springs on back. Power disc brakes are
on the front, and power drums are on back.
It's not every day one gets to drive a 1947 Kool Bus so I hopped on
and fired it up. It sprang to life effortlessly, and it was off to
my route and picking up the kids. Nice smooth acceleration, good
solid braking, and quick and responsive power steering allowed me
to handle this fairly large vehicle with ease. All lighting was
working, and I was able to hold up traffic on main street for a
good solid hour with my every block stops.
A special interest vehicle all buttoned up bus in fab shape, and
road ready, student or adult willing and able to transport to
wherever. An individual in the transport business could utilize
this as a promotional tool and have a maintenance free head turner.
So, sit down and shut up, and we will get to our destination on
time, blinking lights lit, and safety always in mind. Totally
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.