STORY OF 1945 METRO VAN
Our 1942 International Metro Van was originally used as a bread delivery truck in California back in the good old days of home delivered bread and milk. When we found the old bread van it was living in a field on a ranch in Bieber, Ca just out of Susanville, CA. The owner had it for sale for $1,500 which was more than we wanted to pay. We made him an offer of $1000 which he quickly declined. At that point, since we certainly didn’t need another project we ended the negotiations and went on our way. Four months later we received a phone call from the owner asking if we still had the $1,000 we previously had offered and the rest is history. The project was tackled here at Superglo where we took the body off and put it on a 2004 Chevy S-10 chassis. We used everything from the S-10. The 4.3 Vortec V-6 engine, steering column, running gear, body mounts & rubbers, even the dash, which is hidden behind the original. We made our own airbag system to get it on the ground and added 20x10 and 18x8 five-spoke wheels. The body was left stock in its "as found" patina which continues to get better with time. We are able to drive it anywhere we want to go in comfort. The best part are the smiles and thumbs up we get from folks of all ages everywhere we go.