BF Classified: 1947 Chevrolet 3800 Advanced Design Panel Truck

Seller’s Description: 1947 Panel one-ton Chevy with 138-inch wheelbase. This was a rural school bus in Wyoming and was professionally converted by Winter Weiss Company of Denver, CO for that purpose. A riveted tag indicates that. About 20 years ago the truck was brought to rural Minnesota where a farmer used it in summers and fall. The truck received an upgrade to the 235 engine along the way and ran nicely upon storage about 12 years ago. Assume it needs trailering now. Has nonethanol gasoline in the tank.

This has the retainer ring style 17-inch rims. Tires imperfect on holding air. Tinwork inside the truck is in remarkable condition with few dings. The truck shows no signs of the typical abuse these suffered at the hands of plumbers and the like who threw cargo into these with great abandon. Has a single bench front seat, not the split one that this originally had. Plywood floor. The dash is painted but is not butchered up with modifications. Radio blanking plate appears unmolested.

Truck located about 75 minutes from St. Paul, MN. It has been stored in a weather-tight barn for 12 years. Not a rust bucket. Door bottoms on the inside have some rust, one running board rusted, but body overall in good condition all things considered. Rear doors retain the curved glass windows. Doors are not all banged in and trashed and still open and close.

Price: $6500
Location: Milltown, WI
Mileage: not known
Title Status: Clean

Seller’s Listing: Here on craigslist

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  1. geomechs geomechs Member

    Boy there were lots of these out west when I was a kid. The smaller bus routes ran these at first but eventually they graduated to the full-fledged 3-ton chassis. There were some of these got sold off to become campers which I think fared out quite well, a lot better than when they had to pack a bunch of rowdy kids down those long old graveled roads. It’s interesting how you remember seeing five or six of these lined up at the school then they all but vanish. Incidentally it looks like someone didn’t like 12 psi oil pressure so decided to do an upgrade somewhere along the line. That looks like a 235 under the hood…

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  2. Tom

    Anybody else questioning the body structure integrity ?, improvised pics. I see painted over patch or bondo work in a few different panels.Oh and the shotty spray paint job that it is ..all the runs and bubbles in the paint,visible in some pics.And the chipped away yellow showing that red (likely orig. Color) showing st the rocker/ running board klevel.not to mention all the overspray on runners, door jambs ,etc.. I’d say a Magnet over the body is a good in person inspection idea for any potential buyer. Would make a great . Restored mod.Or Custom .

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    • Glenn Schwass Member

      Amazing shape even if there is some rust bondoed over. Can’t tell what was spraying all over the exhaust? I have never seen one like this so thank you for posting it. Hope it goes to a dry home…

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  3. R.Lee

    8,500, uhuh, it will rust into the ground before that price is met.

    Is the truck worth more money to restore or is it a parts truck for a better specimen.

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  4. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Gray primer for the interior, yellow brush paint on the hood and other places for that good ol’ honest truck finish. SMH The ask is optimistic. I started school when these were being phased out on smaller routes in suburban Virginia replaced by Chevy and GMC Bluebird bodies with emergency entrances and far more safe.

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  5. TimM

    Nice looking truck but as others have said there could be a multitude of sins under the brushed on paint!! The oil on the exhaust pipe might be a rear main seal I can’t think of anywhere else that the exhaust would have got that much liquid from just sitting!!! If it running it could be gas but it would have evaporated quickly and not left the stains!! It’s worth saving if it’s not bondo on four tires!!!

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