Barndoor Panel Bus Project in Southern
Here is a very reasonable Barndoor Panel
project that is at a price that will fit a lot of budgets. Yes, it
needs work, but many original parts are included and due to the fact
that it's here in Southern California, many potential buyers will only
be looking at a short ride on a trailer rather than cross-country
hauling on a transport truck.
This early 1955 Barndoor was
found in a barn in the North Eastern United States a handful of years
back. The Bus had been parked for decades prior to its liberation, take
note of the vintage bias ply tires on it that have been on it since
back in the day! It made its way out West and many parts have been
collected for its eventual revival.
Some of the many features
include having both correct Barndoor pressed bumpers, NOS Barndoor
replacement/European semaphore Bus taillights, a pair of core
semaphores, a very nice and clean rebuilt 36hp
engine, original Barndoor 16 inch wheels, correct Barndoor transaxle,
proper Barndoor front beam, original Barndoor gas tank, original
Barndoor only decklid T handle, blown seams but impressive original
upholstery Barndoor front seat, ratty but present front floor mat, a
later original brakelight bulb holder and bezel, beautiful speedo pod,
great original paint in the cab, correct Barndoor 3 spoke steering wheel
and button, a pair of brand new Mark Lapriore reproduction mirror arms,
and last but certainly not least, the correct, very rare, and extremely
valuable correct 1955 Barndoor US Spec "Egg" sealed beam headlights!
body obviously needs a good amount of welding and work, mainly down low
in the normal spots you'd expect to see. The Bus will definitely need
the cargo floor, both rockers, front floor outer sections, some patches
on the doglegs at best, and likely a good deal more. Above the
beltline, the body is impressively
solid, and seems to be unmolested. There is also the obvious large
sections of paint that peeled off down to bare metal leaving the ugly
surface rusted spots all around. Additionally, there is some damage on
the passengers rear quarter that had thick filler on it that has since
been removed. There are some skims of filler on the body that almost
seem as though they didn't work out the dents, filled them, and then put
on the next layer of paint. I'm sure they could be worked out pretty
well with some time and now with Gerson's Klassic Fab metal, this Bus
will be a whole lot easier to revive than years ago. Other good news is
that all of the doors are correct original Barndoor doors as well.
interior is extremely original with original paint throughout. The
orignal Dove Blue paint in the cab is impressive and will look very nice
after some polishing. The front seat is correct, original, and only
little cleaning and seam restitching. The dash is beautiful and
complete with a nice looking original speedo and original dash grab
handle, too. The floor mat is there but is split down the middle. The
original 3 spoke steering wheel is also in decent condition and is
complete with the original horn button. One of the interior ribbed cab
door handles is missing but that is an easy and cheap part to find.
rear compartment is impressively clean and original for a Bus of this
era as well. Years ago somebody glued some sound deadening panels
inside the rear with a black tar like adhesive and there are a lot of
dabs of it all over the walls. I think it will likely come off with a
little effort with a razor blade and/or solvents. The original bulkhead
is in great shape and unmolested, too.
Mechanically the Bus will
need a thorough going over due to the very long storage. A very clean
rebuilt 36hp engine is included and the transaxle and front beam are
the unmolested original Barndoor units. The wiring in the engine
compartment will need attention and the front of the harness will likely
need some tidying as well. Obviously it will need the brake system
rebuilt and although the cool old bias plies hold air and look awesome
it will need new tires as well.
This is a great opportunity to
get your hands on a very doable Barndoor Bus for a very small price
compared to most you'll see. I'm certain that somebody will step up on
this one quickly so act quick if you intend to be the new owner!
Please note that this Bus is located in West Covina, California.
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