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  1. Baipin

    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Hah, yup! I have no idea how someone would think welding high tensile studs (and melting halfway through the nuts) to a cast part, would go well... jeeze. I've since been able to find a new one, and that should be here within a week or so. I think you and the others are right on the 14 bolt...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Thanks for the tips guys. Much appreciated. I've also considered a Rockwell, or Detroit rear end from another school bus; have seen a good number already in 4.56 (what the D60 front is). Obviously I'd be adapting from 8x6.5 to a 10 bolt "big truck" pattern to match the rear, if I go with such a...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Ah yeah, good idea with the frame notching to keep it out of complete shear loading. That's giving me some ideas... Sleeving just won't be possible (with my skills and tools anyways) for the oddball curves on the front of the frame. But, I think something like this would work nicely...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Made a couple of the offset shackles; same 3/8" thickness as the originals, but 1.5" wide instead of the original 1.125". I'll head down to the bus today and see how they look. Fun tip: Railroad track cut in half makes for an excellent press punch!
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Thank you for all the input. The axle physics you mention make sense... I think I'll head down to the bus tomorrow, cut off the rusted part, and see what I have to work with. My main worries about welding on new hangers there is that the hangers and the crossmember won't necessarily be under the...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Alright guys, could use some help here... So, the front axle's springs this bus came with are 44" long and the shackles are on the front. I'm guessing front shackles + short springs will make for one helluva rough ride? The current plan is to run 47" chevy springs, Dead simple to install; I...
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    CA Central Canada WANTED: SM465 Shifter Parts + NP205 Speedo Gear

    Looking to buy one of the following parts for a SM465 shifter - it's held in by a roll pin and sits at the very end of the shifter. I'm in Ontario, Canada. Will pay for shipping anywhere in North America. What it looks like installed: I'm also looking for a NP205 speedo gear. GM part #...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Well, much has happened but not the kind of stuff that's worth photographing - just picking up parts, and moving the bus to its storage location for me to have a bit of space to work on the axles, trans, and such. I'll be able to fully enclose the thing with a tent or pole barn if need be - so...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Yeah, that'd be the easiest. I worry about shear forces bending the bolt through the shackle though, since it isn't pressed up against the hanger. I might be overthinking this though... I figure I could just give it a shot and see what happens.
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Ah cool! That makes two like this I've seen then; the Ranger shackle and a Nissan one... so I guess there's nothing inherently wrong with the design. Moving the spring centers inward 1/2" on each side allows it to mate up with the spring hangers that are 1/2" outward of the Dana 60 spring...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Thanks for the kind words about the build everyone. Running into one of my first hurdles here... I am trying to keep the existing spring hanger (orange) because for lack of a better word it's skookum as hell... and also because I could not fit one for 3" wide springs (note the downward...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    I'll keep an eye out - thanks! Not sure what bringing vehicles cross border is like nowadays though. As for converting to 4x4, am I right that it basically involves the following: Find axles with same ratios, correct GAWR. Remove front axle and springs. Fab new 3" spring hangers (it has 2"...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Picked this up too! Not 100% sure what I'll do for the rear... Kodiak/Topkick axle perhaps? Has a GMC T-170 2-speed currently under the bus Oh yeah, it definitely would. That was my initial plan actually! 4x4 ambulances and dump trucks are unicorns around here though. I've found 2 4x4 IH 4300...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Took delivery of the bus a few days ago... Didn't want to start it before I had a look over the engine. Good thing, considering the carb wanted to leak fuel and drip it down near the generator! Ha! But I got it to run... https://gofile.io/d/ADXYsh Picked this up too! Not 100% sure what...
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    1959 GMC Bus - 4x4 Build

    Hah, great idea! I know someone who was looking for a fire ring anyways...