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  • Pat K
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    Fresh one rolling into the dirty shop today. Getting it unloaded/cleaned out.

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    We will build it if it comes.

    John Jones
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    Douglas E Fresh
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    Plans for this one?

    Von_hansel
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    Hot DAMN that’s a bad ass panel!

    Looks straight and fairly dry.

    Can’t wait to see how you guys work your magic on it

    Audrey Jones
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    Abby Approved!!

    this is a pretty cool logod bus!! I heard is OG L31 under there too… 😏

    mitch
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    Nice to see this thing emptied out and under a roof! It’s a pseudo-roller now ha. I’ll be following along on here. Not sure if anyone would be interested in the backstory on this thing…

    mitch

    Von_hansel
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    Not sure if anyone would be interested in the backstory on this thing… mitch

     

    Yes please 🙂

    mitch
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    I was out in the CA high desert pulling these water towers down for a lady who was controlling this abandoned estate. I saw an old station wagon that was sinking in the sand and then I saw this bus surrounded by desert pinion pines sitting on 4×4 boards. It had more rat nest and rat mummies than any car I’ve seen. The owner who had passed away used this bus as a cabin for visitors as evidenced by the cut bulkhead and luggage tray and the replacement with flat sheet metal patches. He was a big alien conspiracy guy and had hand painted ufo and astronomy signs all over. I pulled all of the cars and metal out of the desert and back to my house along with the family business files from “Whittier Sheet Metal.” The bus was 1 of 2 sister buses used for the family sheet metal business in Los Angeles during the 60s-70s. I found the original insurance info that listed all the business’ service vehicles. The other bus might still be out there, who knows. But I have original business records with the drivers mileage and fuel trip logs and the information on the sheet metal worker assigned to drive it the majority of its working life. My only guess is that this bus and the station wagon traveled to the family desert home and never left. The brown and green spray paint matched the pines well so maybe it was done to camouflage it years ago and could be the reason no one ever found it for decades.

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    Franz
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    Super cool. My favorite part is that it still has the original ladder attached.

    Von_hansel
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    Sweet story. Thank you for sharing.

    A lot of great buses have been found in the high desert. Another one added to the list

    tlambert
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    Nice history with the bus. Cool find for sure. Can’t wait to see what your plans are.

    Tim

    Vwfool
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    Such a cool bus. Can’t wait to see this come together

    mitch
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    Yes the ladder and the weird side mount brackets are real cool. One bracket and the ladder were on the ground when found. But all survived sitting out under the trees in the dry desert.

    mitch
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    Nice history with the bus. Cool find for sure. Can’t wait to see what your plans are.

    Plans are stock logo patina. Stock-as modified by the sheet metal company. Getting rid of the son’s weird cabin modifications and making it drivable.

    mitch
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    Sweet story. Thank you for sharing. A lot of great buses have been found in the high desert. Another one added to the list

    The environment is perfect for patina; acid rains, sand blasting winds, and intense sun. And the primer on this bus protected the original dove blue as seen from the minor wet sanding done on the driver door.

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