If this 1941 Brockway B25 school bus could talk, it could tell a few tales. Owned by Peter Grimm of Troy, New York, the 8-passenger bus has a 6-cylinder Continental engine with a 4-speed transmission. Originally a school bus, the Brockway also served as a support vehicle for a fire department that used it to transport all kinds of things. The bus’ second owner removed the seats and then used it to transport large tents for events such as weddings and graduations. The tents were loaded from the rear and the poles were allowed to stick out the back with the rear door secured in the open position. The Brockway’s third owner, Jonathan Thompson, converted the bus into a motor home and even had a stove with the pipe sticking out of the roof. He lived in the vehicle during college then parked it outside at his farm after graduation, which is where Peter found it in 2001. Three years and $30,000 later, the restoration was complete. A master carpenter hand-selected the logs at a local sawmill and then dictated how they were to be cut so he could properly rebuild the bus’ wood framework. Now restored to its original glory, the Brockway bus draws lots of attention at the shows, which makes all of the time and money invested well worth it to Peter Grimm. To see more neat “Old Time Trucks” visit their newly-redesigned website at www.oldtimetrucks.org today.
If This Old Bus Could Talk!
John & Shirley Sponholtz have been involved with old trucks for over 20 years. Shirley was editor at Wheels of Time for 12 years before going out on her own and starting Old Time Trucks magazine in 2004. John is an avid photographer who enjoys taking pictures of odd and/or rare trucks (he provides most of the pictures for this article and their magazine). John & Shirley, who are from Richmond, Indiana, have been regular contributors to 10-4 Magazine since 2006.