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1945 Bus Restoration
Submitted By admin on 10/02/05
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This Document originally posted in the "Aubrey Falconer" Group

Update 2: The project still has far to go, but has already come a long way. It now serves as Aubrey's full time base of operations!

 
1945 Beck Mainliner.
Air brakes, smooth running 6 cyl 500+- cu in International engine, custom RV windows, integrated radiant heating, and no interior - so I get to start from scratch. This is going to be an awesome mobile workstation :)
 
Legend has it that this bus was produced in a special group along with 19 others for high class transport of homecoming WWII soldiers.
 
 
 
 

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Re: Aubrey's Latest Project
2 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2010/02/05 - 14:07 GMT
Well that should be interesting to restore, plus a challenge.
How did you happen to come upon this bus anyhow?
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2 weeks - 19,756v
Posted 2010/02/05 - 16:27 GMT
Local Craigslist posting. It was over an hour and a half from my home, but it sure was a blast to get it here!
 
Runs great, and cruised @ 60 mph nearly the whole way.
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2 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2010/02/05 - 16:42 GMT
Please keep this thread updated on the restoration process, I'm quite intrigued to see how this ole' bus transforms.
 
Seems like the interior needs a lot of work, I would suggest sand-blasting as your first option.
 
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4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2010/02/10 - 7:31 GMT
...or just blasting! Lol! Seriously though, super-cool rig! 
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4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2010/02/05 - 19:08 GMT
lol. I can see it now - if you don't like where your office is located, you just move it;)  Quite handy. 
I still think the white triangle shape down the front looks like a nose...gives it character:p  And I love the fin on the back:)
Are you going to keep it the same exterior color?  And are you going to raise the roof?
I can hardly wait to see what it looks like after you're through restoring it!
 
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14 hours - 2,434v
Posted 2010/02/08 - 2:44 GMT
Looks interesting... Should be neat to see it finished...
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Re: Aubrey's Latest Project
2 hours - 249v
Posted 2010/02/09 - 6:38 GMT
Aubrey, I cant wait to come visit and stay in your bus! When You were a baby, I used to take you all over the place in my 1971 VW Bus.  Hope to see you soon, Aunt Anna
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13 hours - 1,294v
Posted 2010/02/10 - 1:38 GMT
Nice bus!
 
Boy, that is going to take some work!
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Re: Aubrey's Latest Project
6 days - 21,100v
Posted 2010/02/10 - 21:57 GMT
whoa!!!!  dats AWSOME!!!!   when its done, whe should make it a vehical on Mars Explorer!!  :D!!  
 
and, is this bus all yours?!?!    Cants wait to see it compleated!!  :D!!1
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Re: Aubrey's Latest Project
5 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2010/02/10 - 23:30 GMT
Nice workstation! Where did you get it?
 
And if I may ask, what do you need it for?
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11 hours - 1,299v
Posted 2010/03/12 - 2:31 GMT
sweet
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Re: Aubrey's Latest Project
11 hours - 1,007v
Posted 2010/03/18 - 19:14 GMT
You know what this might mean... Mars Explorer Tour Bus!
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Re: Aubrey's Latest Project
1 week - 17,200v
Posted 2010/05/07 - 19:07 GMT
I cant wait to see the finished project.
It could easily become the greatest mobile office when it's done.
 
I can imagine you sitting there behind a vintage desk with your beloved Mac.
 
This is indeed a cool rig.
 
 
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14 hours - 1,741v
Posted 2010/06/03 - 23:27 GMT
where did you get the bus?
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17 minutes - 36v
Posted 2010/10/14 - 22:33 GMT
no power steering! Nice job. hope you have fun with it!!!!
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Re: Aubrey's Latest Project
1 day - 5,338v
Posted 2010/11/08 - 23:09 GMT
That looks like fun, are you gonna travel the states and do you work on the road? Ah, next time there is a bus that is up for grabs tell me, cause I want to have so fun with it. :-) 
I probably would not make it a cool workstation like you are planning, I would probably blow it up, or make it like a floating station that you can make it go on the water as well as on land. So good luck with your project!
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19 minutes - 23v
Posted 2011/03/27 - 23:16 GMT
I like your Beck. I have a 1951 Beck. I think it is a called a silverliner. Do you have any literature on these busesrear view I just changed out the clutch
 
front view, has an old Cummins C180 diesel
 
I drove it a coulpe of miles after I changed out the clutch but at the least I will need to readjust the injectors. it smokes alot. As you can see it has alot of rust.
It was converted to a RV but everything in it is electric. The Bus is in Tenessee.
 
:John
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Re: Aubrey's Latest Project
2 weeks - 19,756v
Posted 2011/07/25 - 4:58 GMT
Thanks for sharing!
I am sure it was spectacular in it's day.
 
If you ever do decide to invest the time to restore it, we would all love to see the results.
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19 minutes - 23v
Posted 2011/03/27 - 23:25 GMT
Poor pictures but thought you might like to see themQuite a few parts labeled Flxible but this bus is not a flxibleRust front end I have the ability to repair all the rust but boy I don't know if I want to do this project The rectangle windows are origonal Beck
 
:John
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Re: Aubrey's Latest Project
1 day - 9,357v
Posted 2011/05/25 - 1:17 GMT
Good luck Aubrey, hope you succeed!
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Re: Aubrey's Latest Project
4 days - 12,819v
Posted 2011/07/25 - 16:04 GMT
You should get another bus, cut off the bottom of bus 2 and cut of the top o bus 1. Then stick em' together.... :P
 
Or get one of those 2 story london buses. XD


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