• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Jeff Ismail

1954 IH R185 Chassis / School Bus

Jon B.

New member
Hello !

Just registered for this forum. Glad to have found it!!

I may be completely alone in my adventure as I'm staring a total restoration of a '54 IH school bus with a Superior Coach school bus body.

Is it possible anyone here has any restoration experience in separating a bus body from the chassis? This isn't a small bus! 64 passenger capacity. There is floor and cross-member rust from the rear dual wheels to the rear bumper. I'm afraid to begin with attempts to lift the body before seeking advice on what I might do to support what may be a rusted out floor in the rear of the bus. A challenge for sure. Yes, I wish to restore both chassis and body. The bus was the very first our father purchased and is part of our family history as my dad actually met my mother when he did a bus trip for her church group. I'm progressing with as much thought and care as I can but would really like input.
For those interested in the IH chassis, it has an inline six but I'm not sure what actual size it is. I'm also trying to find the chassis ID which I'm told is located on the left front of the chassis. I've found no ID plate but have found "50" punched into the steel frame only inches from the front left chassis rail. Any help locating chassis ID info would also be of great help.

Thanks for any help!

Jon Burnett / Spencer, Wi.