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Oddball '70's Chevrolet C50

Posted By Jeff Lakaszcyck Friday, September 17, 2010 4:43 PM
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The front axel is a FO70 GM.

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I had noticed the Superior emblem on the side of the bus and went to their website, found a lot of interesting information but nothing on the slope nose. So, Spanky, I'm assuming that Superior made all the front sheetmetal also? The cowl does not look stock chevy and the fenders don't either, the rear fender section changes arc and comes closer to the tire.. About the only thing that looks stock to me is the side lite and the "C/50" emblem. The Chevy chassis came with basic guages and steering column and Superior did the rest?

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That was a "School Bus only" design used by Superior Bus Company, back in the mid, to late 70's. That is indeed a Chevrolet chassis. I've been a School bus mechanic, for the past 29 years. Saw some of these same pictures in a School Bus Fleet magazine years ago.

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I agree with David, sloped for the rug rats. They should have keeped building them as many children have been run over by drivers who did not see them.

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I remember seeing some of these on Fleet Carrier trucks coming out of Pontiac back in the early to mid 70's. School buses were all this hood was used for,simply so the driver had a better view of the front. Kind of hard to see the rug rats over a regular hood. When GM started putting these slope hoods,although not as steep,on the Brigadier in the mid '80's,I liked it,being the runt I am. Not too sure how many were built,don't see anything in my GM book about them.

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Never saw one before.  Great idea and agree that it was ahead of it's time. 

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Very similar to this current Bluebird

http://www.blue-bird.com/product.aspx?category=School&item=Vision


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That looks like an prototype "vision" exercise, slope hood with little windows in the cowl. This was before the bumper "gate" and half round mirrors hung all over the busses  now.

Ahead of it's time, looks pretty good ,actually, most of the new stuff is slope nose now. Perhaps cooling was an issue back then.


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Odd that there is no Chevrolet or GMC emblem anywhere,  although that C/50 emblem is very much 70s Chevy

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Does anyone recognise this slope nose Chevrolet ? I found these 2 photos in the Life Collection, I don't recall seeing a Chevy like this before. There is not much info, the overturned bus caption reads "9M bus overturned to demonstrate safety exit". These look to be about 1970, give or take a couple of years.



 


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