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Old 09-21-2009, 10:34 PM   #1
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BOZO WITH A SKOOLIE!!!!!!!

Hi folks!! After trying to get my account activated the last couple of days, I can finally join this great bunch of people. (The activation email was in my spam folder)

Anyway, I'm from Mass and last Saturday me and a buddy went to look at a 91 International BlueBird DTA360 190K about 2 hours into New Hampshire. They were asking $1,300.00 Good price. But it ended up being a rot box. So we had a back up plan to stop at BUS & CHASSIS LLC in Brentwood NH on the way back. Lots of skoolies on the lot! Great family run operation too! I would recommend them if anyone is looking for a skoolie!

Actually they have a nice deal on some 99 International Bluebird conventionals with the 444E, hydraulic brakes and just over 100k for $2000!! Great buy! They are quick!

So I actually found a bus way in the back, a 92 International BlueBird Conventional 77 passenger, factory tinted windows, DTA360 with 191k for $2250. The rear undercarriage is a bit rusty and scaling from sitting a few months. It might sound crazy. But I actually like this bus better than the 99's. I like the old school dash and OF COURSE THE DTA360!

Now a little about what my purpose is for it.

Me and my girlfriend have a part time concession business and we travel a bit, so I was thinking this would be a great idea for a camper so we don't get croaked on hotels. Just like most everybody, we toyed with the idea of a RV but I like the idea of the rugged chassis, body and being able to personalize it the way we want it. Besides buses are more fun!

I am also a transit bus mechanic and drive school bus part time, so I have a bit of a head start which will help. I've just never really done carpentry before. Thats what I'm nervous about.

Well enough of the chatter and let me post some pics!
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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Re: BOZO WITH A SKOOLIE!!!!!!!

Here is some more pics!
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:50 PM   #3
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Congrats! I actually have dibs on an IDENTICAL bus here in Wisconsin for only $750. She is going to be crushed in one week if nobody buys her. Unfortunately I'm lower than broke right now.
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:57 PM   #4
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WOW! That is a great deal. They must not know what they have! Rob a bank if you have too. Thats a steal!
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:42 PM   #5
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Well, so far my superiors have not said anything about working on our own stuff once in while at work. So hopefully I can keep doing what I am doing.

Are you refering to the DTA360? If so, that is a MUCH better engine than the 444.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:47 PM   #6
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I know what you mean about the smaller motor. But it is a much better motor. And I actually like the older dash setup (91 & older) on the bluebirds.

Of course the better deal would have been the 99 bluebird international for 2k. But I really liked this one.
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:56 AM   #7
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Yes smitty. I do need to start on the floor plan. Thanks!! I will update with pics!!
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:46 AM   #8
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Little bit of progress on day 2 and 3. I only have a few hours a day during the week to work on it in between my 2 jobs. Some grinding, tearing up the rubber and some of the plywood.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:50 AM   #9
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getting rid of the mid section heater.
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:42 PM   #10
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I'm thinking I probably will take out the side wall panels and put in some insulation. I think the best thing to do None of the windows will be taken out or blocked with sheetmetal. I think it takes away from the look of the bus too much. I still need to do a floor plan.
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