Too Cool For School: Twin-Turbocharged LS Spool Bus

As the days go by, it’s getting more challenging to stand out in the crowd of LS-swapped and powered vehicles. The swaps keep getting wilder as YouTubers try and find something different that will gain more traction for their channel. While installing an LS engine in a first-gen Camaro is cool, there’s just no shock factor. People have already seen it and done it, which makes it old news.

Recently we wrote an article on an LS-swapped Snowcat, which is an interesting combination. And while it got a lot of attention, the latest build from the guys over at Deathwish will surely surpass it. This might be one of the weirdest ones so far as the crew decided to build a school bus.

The LS-powered short bus, now known as the Spool Bus, might have had an average life up until this point hauling kids to and from school. But those days are over. The Deathwish crew went to work and made quick progress on the bus. The entire goal of this build was to simply “pop wheelies.”

If you want to yank the front tires off the ground driving a bus, several things need to happen. You will start by shortening the wheelbase, adding more power, and removing as much weight as possible. In the case of this video, if these tips don’t work, move a group of friends to the back of the bus and have the driver bounce it until the tires get some hang time. While we would never recommend doing any of this, it does make for a fun viewing experience seeing the short yellow bus with the frontend in the air. However, we would much rather see the Spool Bus with a big converter, a real transbrake, Whipple supercharger, without all of the passengers packed in the back reaching for the sky.

We have a feeling that Team Deathwish will get more spool into the Spool Bus for better wheelie popping footage. We hope so anyway.

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Brian Havins

A gearhead for life, Brian is obsessed with all things fast. Banging gears, turning wrenches, and praying while spraying are just a few of his favorite things.
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