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Old 09-25-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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1991 Int Blue bird long snout

Been reading on here for a long time.... About 10 Years off and on. Finally gonna start a conversion of my own.

I will be picking up my bus in about 2 weeks from a local school dist.

As the title says it is a 91 International with a dt360. The body has 190K on it. The motor was replaced at about 105K. I has a spicer 6 plus which is a six speed plus granny gear. It is a 13 window bus. 6'3'' int height. The body and undercarriage are extremely clean for a bus this old. I am getting all the service records since the new engine. The school is retiring the bus as it is time for a clutch. The clutch will get it home but I will be changing it almost immediatly. I also got the service guy to get rid of the 20'' tires with split rims and replace them with 22.5's for a few hundred more.

Sorry no pics yet....

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Old 09-25-2012, 11:15 PM   #2
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Hey Rex --- sounds pretty sweet. How'za 'bout some pix?
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:00 AM   #3
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Re: 1991 Int Blue bird long snout

its cheaper than scrap price...
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:37 AM   #4
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Re: 1991 Int Blue bird long snout

My plans are to do a pretty full conversion. I want to skin the exterior and put in RV windows. Insulate and finish the whole interior roof, walls, and floor. The interior from back to front will be garage area, sleeping bunks both sides, bathroom and storage taking up both sides, kitchen taking up both sides, then living area. I think i measured 27' from the back wall to the back of the drivers seat. I think I can make this work with about 5 to 6 feet for each of the above listed items.


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Old 09-26-2012, 11:36 AM   #5
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Re: 1991 Int Blue bird long snout

Are you planning on raising the roof ? Insulating floor and ceiling, head room? Just wondering? I am using flor and ceiling insulation, but I am only 5'8" tall. Looks like you got a good deal on that one...
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:57 PM   #6
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I dont plan too. I have gone back and forth and back and forth on weather to do the raise or not. I dont have an indoor shop nor a good welder right now. I think I will remove almost all the windows and skin over them. I will install some RV windows. I am thinking 1/2'' insulation on the floor. I will probably pull down the ceiling and re-insulate it with ridged foam.

This is all subject to change but as I am 6'1'' I cant afford to loose much height.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #7
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Re: 1991 Int Blue bird long snout

Sounds like you have a great plan! It will be fun following you build.

Be sure to keep us up to date with pics when you can!
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:47 PM   #8
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Finally got it home. Fun to learn the 7 speed with a clutch that is shot. Parked it behind the garage and took the ditch a little steep the second time. Have about 100 pounds of sod hanging from back bumper for the night.

Pics to follow.

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Re: 1991 Int Blue bird long snout

Hey Rex --- I'm guessing your Bird probably has about a dozen feet hanging out behind the rear wheels (at least my Bird did) which makes for some interesting issues. I wound up with a wide roller under the rear frame right at the bumper that helped negotiate steep drives and such. The roller style seems to work much better than the type with separate small wheels, especially on soft turf. It can also provide an indication of just how low you can safely hang tanks, gensets, storage boxes and the like in that area. Just a thought.
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Hey Rex --- I'm guessing your Bird probably has about a dozen feet hanging out behind the rear wheels (at least my Bird did) which makes for some interesting issues. I wound up with a wide roller under the rear frame right at the bumper that helped negotiate steep drives and such. The roller style seems to work much better than the type with separate small wheels, especially on soft turf. It can also provide an indication of just how low you can safely hang tanks, gensets, storage boxes and the like in that area. Just a thought.

That's a great idea. I was wondering about something like this. Do you have pictures?
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