Pat KModeratorJune 30, 2021 at 11:30 amPost count: 2159
Fresh one rolling into the dirty shop today. Getting it unloaded/cleaned out.
Mitch you out there?
We will build it if it comes.Von_hanselParticipantJune 30, 2021 at 1:55 pmPost count: 27
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 itAudrey JonesModeratorJune 30, 2021 at 1:56 pmPost count: 644
this is a pretty cool logod bus!! I heard is OG L31 under there too… 😏mitchParticipantJune 30, 2021 at 2:14 pmPost count: 17
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…
mitchVon_hanselParticipantJune 30, 2021 at 2:23 pmPost count: 27mitchParticipantJune 30, 2021 at 3:29 pmPost count: 17
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.
FranzModeratorJune 30, 2021 at 4:46 pmPost count: 4355
Super cool. My favorite part is that it still has the original ladder attached.Von_hanselParticipantJune 30, 2021 at 5:28 pmPost count: 27
Sweet story. Thank you for sharing.
A lot of great buses have been found in the high desert. Another one added to the listtlambertParticipantJune 30, 2021 at 8:10 pmPost count: 444
Nice history with the bus. Cool find for sure. Can’t wait to see what your plans are.
TimVwfoolParticipantJune 30, 2021 at 10:41 pmPost count: 499
Such a cool bus. Can’t wait to see this come togethermitchParticipantJuly 1, 2021 at 8:13 amPost count: 17
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.mitchParticipantJuly 1, 2021 at 8:22 amPost count: 17mitchParticipantJuly 1, 2021 at 9:33 amPost count: 17
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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