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Old 02-24-2018, 06:56 PM   #1
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1999 TC2000 Blue Bird 15 window project

AAAND we're off! Made a 400 mile trip to pick up our new bus yesterday, and the ride home was largely uneventful (albeit slow). The major items of note are: 1) it's got an occasional wicked front end shimmy - usually around 50-55 mph. Bearings were cool the whole trip home, so I will be checking for worn tie rod ends and king pins. Other thoughts and ideas are welcome. 2) Several of the lights behind the multifunction instrument panel are burned out. Had to use a flashlight after dark to see the speedometer.

Today we started removing seats and got 3/4 of them out without too much headache. Only 1 or 2 of the nuts had rusted - most of them I removed with a socket in my drill from the top without a helper below. Ended up with about .75 in change and a Bluetooth earpiece.
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:57 PM   #2
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Doing good. That's just not fair that you can unbolt your seats from the top.

You were right, that bus had way to many seats in it. That's a beauty.
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Old 02-24-2018, 09:10 PM   #3
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I'm jealous. What engine and tranny? What mileage? I'm looking for a long bus with rear engine, preferably the 8.3 Cummins. The only one I've found is a 90 passenger, but high on price and miles.
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Old 02-24-2018, 10:09 PM   #4
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I'm jealous. What engine and tranny? What mileage? I'm looking for a long bus with rear engine, preferably the 8.3 Cummins. The only one I've found is a 90 passenger, but high on price and miles.
Engine is Cummins 5.9 - since we're flat landers, I trust it'll be fine. Tranny is Allison 643 (still have to verify this - going by auction description). Miles was 116,647 - but I just put 407 more on it so around 117 and some change. Has air brakes and storage underneath.
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Old 02-24-2018, 11:05 PM   #5
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I get kind of queasy thinking about sealing 15 windows on one side.

I'm sure you're going to do great with this build. It's sounding good so far.
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Old 02-24-2018, 11:28 PM   #6
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Well, I've located my ideal bus, it's a 2000 SafTLiner ER 84 passenger with 169k miles. It has a Cat 3126 7.2L mated to a MD3060 trans. I'm really looking for this same bus with the Cummins 8.3L. Gotta love that under storage!
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Old 03-11-2018, 08:27 PM   #7
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OK, two weeks in - we've gotten all the seats removed, and have begun the arduous task of removing a bazillion rivets in the ceiling and inner wall panels. Lessons learned: 1) the much discussed air hammer method of removing rivets is the easiest. However, the trick is in the grind of the chisel. It needs to be almost as sharp as a wood chisel. Also, an 8 gallon air compressor capable of at least 4 cfm is necessary. I tried it with a portable 3 gallon compressor, and almost ruined it trying to keep up. 2) The wall rivets are much easier, and can be removed with a hand sledge and sharpened cold chisel. I can do them with about 6-10 medium blows in as many seconds.

Found a couple more hidden treasures - a 1978 dime from Netherlands, and a 1999 vintage un-opened bag of Cheese Puffs in one of the storage bins. Hadn't found it earlier because evidently they never used the bins and they were pretty well siezed up. Had to spray the mechanisms with lithium grease and they finally gave up the booty inside. Cheese Puffs, anyone??

Oh, and I took it to top off the fuel tank after the 400 plus mile pickup. Was stoked to find that we averaged 10.6 MPG including multiple idles. Have started a log so that I can watch for trends and get a better average over time.
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