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Old 10-15-2018, 06:45 AM   #1
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Hey, conventional Blue Bird skoolies...

I'm thinking of replacing my driver's side emergency door with something a little taller than 54". If I do, I wouldn't mind something wider than 24". So, for you conventional Blue Birds and/or FE Blue Birds I suppose, what are the dimensions on your rear door?

Any one willing to part with theirs?
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Old 10-15-2018, 06:55 AM   #2
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Mine isn't very tall but you could replace yours with an RV door, storm door, steel exterior door. On my bus, (1990 Bluebird) I don't think I'd have any room to make the door taller. I haven't done a roof raise.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:06 AM   #3
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Mine isn't very tall but you could replace yours with an RV door, storm door, steel exterior door. On my bus, (1990 Bluebird) I don't think I'd have any room to make the door taller. I haven't done a roof raise.
If you don't mind, can you measure not very tall? 6' would be nice but I don't know if theygo that tall without coming from a wheelchair bus with the roof cut out. But those are side doors not rear doors. Maybe (hoping) the rear doors are taller. I know there were NOT any wheelchair buses at the salvage yard when I was out there last but that's been a year now.

Roof raise or not, I'd want either a taller door or delete it altogether. Deleting seems to be common with the Youtubers yet the For Sale section here doesn't have any posts unless you go back to 2016 or older.

It's a skoolie. It will always look like a skoolie. And I'm actually ok with that so unless an RV door can be had and is available for free AND the skoolie door is $500, I'd prefer to stick with a skoolie door.
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:34 AM   #4
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Anyone; measurements?

Looking at the school buses on the top at the top of the windows. Makes sense. But also makes for a door that is shorter than 6 feet. The wheelchair buses bump out the curved roof for a taller door but how wide are those?
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:50 AM   #5
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My back door is roughly 55" tall and 39 1/4" wide
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There is probably a foot or more of space above the door that could be cut into and framed out to make the opening taller
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My back door is roughly 55" tall and 39 1/4" wide
Nothing personal but that just plain sucks!!
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:53 AM   #8
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There is probably a foot or more of space above the door that could be cut into and framed out to make the opening taller
Mine has more than that now. I'd just like a door that is already made that tall. It'll be stronger, straighter, truer than anything I craft.
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Yeah, it works for us. I have my bed back there, raised up with fresh tank under it. It makes for easy access to some of the other things I have back there.
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I think for any decent welder/metal worker, it would be easy enough to cut into the roof cap and frame out a door opening.
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