Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Rarer 1941 Steelcraft Bus

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Sunny and +3 C/ 37 F

A Rarer 1941 Steelcraft Bus

   I was pleasantly surprised to receive an e-mail from Mr. Christopher Ferrone of Chicago, Illinois (USA). He asked had my winter had been, and presented me with a series of photos of a 1941 Steelcraft bus.  If you follow my Blog, Chris is the president of a  called Americoach Systems, Inc. which is a Specialized Transport Technology, Safety, Management and Logistics company. How Chris manages to restore and customize toys on top of being the president of a busy company is beyond me, But I assume it's his passion and his liking to work with his hands. 

  As far as the winter was up here, it was "varied". Warmer than usual but February and March were cold, and March 21 and 22 still had snow.  Unfortunately, we don't really have a spring to speak of up here in Montreal, Quebec (Canada).  While our west coast of British Columbia now has their flowers starting to grow, we still have cold weather. The warm weather doesn't really start here until mid-May.

   As far as the 1941 Steelcraft bus goes, it is rare. As Chris explained  for the toy being "special", the reason being that it was manufactured in 1941 during the WWII years. Metal was being used for the war effort, and many toy manufacturers were asked to use wood  instead of metal by the USA government. 

Christopher also happens to have a Trailways (successful American bus  company) bus franchise. 


For a 75 year old toy, it's actually in a very good condition 

The paint has been removed, the lettering removed, and auto body filler has been added to smooth out any dents or rust.


The finished Steelcraft bus, beside a smaller Trailways bus. Notice the red and yellow colour theme that CHris used on his restoration.



A nice trio of photos illustrating the finished final result. 
I'm sure this toy will be around for another 75 years!

  And so once again, Chris has done a fabulous job restoring an old toy.

Thanks Chris for another fine toy and helping out with my blog.

Thanks for dropping by,
and as always, 
have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman
toysearcher@gmail.com