This is our bus, The Phoenix, a 40' 1996 Bluebird TC 2000 with a 6BT Cummins engine, Alison AT 643 trans, and around 167k miles.
She's everything we wanted in a bus: flat front, 40', with five large storage bays. She came home from Colorado last week, and we’ve been removing seats, decals, and a whole lot of screws bit by bit.
This is the interior. We were happy to discover an interior ceiling height of at least 6'3". It was a handicapped bus, which sounded great (yay, fewer seats!), but we quickly realized that removing the wheelchair rails makes up for any work saved removing seats. There’s also a Ricon chair lift, which we’re hoping to sell.
With every emergency exit sign (we had 6 of them), an existential saying.
We assembled a bench out of the bus seats. I’m hoping to incorporate these into the build, because some of them have 5-point children’s harnesses, and we have kids.
Can anyone recommend a way to remove the wheelchair rails over the windows? They’re secured with bolts, and I can’t get a socket wrench in there to remove them. I’d rather not grind them out if there’s a better way.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to sharing our build here.