or is it ... resurrected??
My son and I bought a school bus to convert into a camper. It's a 41 pax, Bluebird on a International chassis, sprouting a DT466 in a conventional configuration.
After loosing 4 tents this year and 2 tents last year in storms, having slept through countless thunderstorms and Wisconsin Summer Monsoons, we decided that we needed to upgrade our camping quarters. So a search was started along the usual lines such as eBay and Craigslist. Turns out a local school district here had excess buses stored in a field. Been sitting there for over year. They had five 41 pax buses, 4 Thomas with DT444(?) and the Bluebird with a DT466. The Thomas build bodies all had moderate to severe Wisconsin Cancer, the Bluebird seemed ok, started right up too after sitting there for over a year. Had a few problems though, tires were slicks, crevasses the size of the grand canyon in the side walls, cluster was missing too... and last but not least, it blew a brake line when we pulled it forward a bit
However the guy representing the school district was amicable to our plight and installed a cluster for us, fixed the brake line and had the shop find us reasonable tires and a deal was stuck.
And so it came to be that Betsie Bus is now adorning our driveway.
Did notice the coolant container was empty, when i got home,a quick look in the oil did not show coolant though. That started the search for approved coolant for the DT466. That was a learning experience all by itself.
insurance was a breeze through GMAC
We have since started the removal of the seats, pulling and replacing of the floor is next.
scrounging of RV parts has started with the find of a LP fridge and a Inverter. more to follow. Oh yeah, i managed to procure two sets (read rows) of leather clad airline seats when Midwest Airlines went belly up, so they will find their way onto the bus too post-haste.
We're planning on 4 bunks, gas stove, running water, fridge, dining area, 120 volt & LP gas to comply with the Wisconsin conversion requirements.
our next hurdle will be painting, temps have dropped considerably, so no painting outside, spray roll or brush...
So this leaves us in a catch 22 situation, we need to register the bus as an RV to drive it with our regular license, we need the bus to get the building materials to be placed in the bus so that we can register it as an RV, according to the DMV we will need to present the bus to an Officer of the Law to sign required DMV paperwork, and without the paperwork we won't get license plates.... oh well, another conundrum to solve.
At least, here i know I am not alone
More to follow,
and before I forget, one of the doors has rusted away around the hinges, at the bottom.... how does one remove those doors??
anybody has one for a Bluebird they wanna depart with??