1955 Barndoor Panel Bus!

1955 Barndoor Panel Bus, Fresh, Beautiful, Solid, and Stylish!

This February of 1955 Barndoor Panel was originally owned by the H.J. Wood agricultural service company of Boise, Idaho and has been in hardcore Bus collector hands since.  The main reason for the strong collector interest is because it has been a way drier and more solid example than most Barndoors that are still living today!

It has a long list of cool features including the stunning and fresh Dove Blue paint that shines like crazy and reflects like a mirror, the mega low stance, reliable running gear including a 1641cc engine, straight axle transmission, adjustable spring plates, narrowed Barndoor front beam, beautiful reproduction safaris front and rear, original and powder coated HWE full length roof rack, new interior, correct Barndoor headlights and taillights, and most importantly, this Bus only required a small amount of welding during the build, so it's mostly original German metal!  Additionally the Bus is currently featured in the most recent issue of Airmighty Magazine issue #22 and it took both the "Promoters Choice" and "First In Class" honors at the 2015 Portland Bug-In show, the only show it has been entered in to date!

Prior to the build, the owner spent approximately 150 hours carefully peeling back the paint, and uncovered the original "H.J. Wood Company" logos that covered both sides of the Bus!  They were HUGE and in bold block letters on the entire top panel section, along with additional lower panel and front door logos, all of which were meticulously documented, photos taken, measurements, and most importantly, full-size tracings of them were made so that they could easily be redone in the future should that be desired!

The body is way above average, only required a small amount of welding during the build, had an incredibly small amount of rust, and the single stage PPG L31 Dove Blue is an excellent match.  The finish is super impressive, was professionally done by the guys at Project VW, is crazy straight, and shines like mad.  To get a 61 year old commercial Panel Bus to look this good is an achievement, especially considering that it is vastly original German metal!  The welding and metal replacement was minimal and included the lower nose, lower corners, cargo rocker, battery tray, decklid, apron, and a small spot on the original driver's side rocker!  The bulkhead wall was replaced many years ago with an original section from another Barndoor Bus.  The floors are all original-to-the-Bus!  There is some light perforation on the passenger's front floor but it was left alone as it wasn't serious and the owner opted to keep the original German floors.  Just contemplate how few Barndoor Buses worldwide can make the same claim.  The metal work was done to a high standard and cannot be easily detected.  The underside is clean and dry and there are some old dents and dings from its 61 years of use but they were left alone as it was built to be driven and you'd have to have it on a lift to even see the bottom.

The interior is all fresh from the flat grey paint in the cargo area, the new commercial paneling in the cab from Greg and Clara, the semi-suede black leather seat upholstery from the crew at Project VW, and the original Barndoor steering wheel which is still wearing most of the original finish on it, too.  Other details to note include the handmade front floor mat, the correct door handles, correct Barndoor 60mph speedo and bakelite pod, the original dash grab handle, and the original footrest bar, too.

Mechanically the Bus is a driver and features a reliable 1641cc engine that was built a while back by the legendary George Schmidt of The Butcher Shop in Slam Gabriel, the freeway flier straight axle rear setup also from George, adjustable spring plates to fine tune the stance, and the original Barndoor front beam that has been narrowed, has adjusters, and post-Barndoor dropped spindles and brakes.  The steering box was mildly raised and shortened for added ground clearance and the body was not modified at all in the lowering process, no tubs!  It sits this low with full respect to the original body!  The wheels are 15 inch Bus wheels which were powdercoated gloss black and wrapped in low profile tires.  The exhaust is a custom stainless steel setup that was specially made by the guys at Get Bent Exhaust in Portland, it has a grey coating, all fits comfortably beneath the apron with no clearance issues, utilizes the stock early Bus 36hp tip for a nice look, and has a great sound, too!

Overall this beautiful Barndoor Panel is a show stopper, way above average, and started with a super dry Bus that would be hard to source these days!  Somebody is going to get an awesome Bus!  As always, seriously interested parties can contact me for more details and history.  Thanks!


Please note that this 1955 is located in Portland, Oregon.

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