1940 Chevrolet School Bus Custom Woody/Hot Rod/Street Rod
2008 - On The Road (FINALLY!!)
Here is the mock up of the complete shortened Wayne body on the
new chassis. Each front fender will have to be widened 3"
due to the wider track of the '84 chassis.
(2004) The beginnings of the body work, stripping the layers of old
paint. The surfboard was made by Dextra in the 60's, just under
(Late 2004) Metal work is pretty much finished. The rust
has been replaced with new metal. The rear side window has been
redesigned for a tighter fit and a slider. The rear door has been
completely reworked and the back window openings have been reshaped.
I created pinch welded seams for the back glass to remove the gap
between the inner and outer body panels the was the original body
(June 2006) I finally got the modifications to the body
smoothed enough for the Sherwin Williams 7000 series dark cherry paint.
The tail/brake lights and turn lights are "stop warning" lights
from the front of a vintage school bus. Two have red glass lenses
and the other two have amber lenses. All four lenses are
imprinted with the word "STOP". The engine is a Cadillac 500.
(2006) Here I am fitting the wood for the sides. I used a marine grade hardwood called Okume.
I used a clear spar varnish for the wood. The trim is the
original bump guard from the Wayne body. I color matched the
center portion and wood grained the raised portions. I used
stainless pan bolts where ever the bolt heads would show.
(2007) Getting close. The top is on! I still need to
have the grill plated, cut and install glass, add weatherstripping,
and have the exhaust installed and add the roof rack and surf
board to finish the exterior. At this point, there is still no
The finished project. After countless hours and more dollars than
I care to admit to, I believe the results are worth the effort.
I am proud of the fact that I did all the work myself. The
only things I hired out were the engine/transmission rebuilds and the
exhaust work. Everything else, from design, to fabrication, to
body and paint, to upholstery, to assembly, was done by myself
with limited resources.