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Old 10-10-2009, 05:04 PM   #1
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Looking for advice for my first skoolie project vehicle

Hi gang,

I am looking at a 1993 Bluebird International PC200 with about 60k miles. It is a flatnose, has the GM 427 gas engine, and the 87545 tranny with a gear ratio in rear end at 7.17 . Also it has hydraulic brakes.

Tires are good, it drove well, the engine looks a little dusty but the hoses and the seals I could see were in good shape. There are a good number of storage compartments underneath. I guess it will get about 9-10mpg.

My budget is about $2500 for the coach, but their asking 4300 for it.

Let me know what you think about this bus and its prospect as a good skoolie conversion, an if you know anything about this model specifically please tell me.

I am familiar with RV conversions and am considering setting this bus up for year-round living and driving in the Rocky Mountains and possibly a trip to the East coast next year.

I will post pictures once I get them up on my server.

Chris
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:51 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for advie for my first skoolie project vehicle

Ditto S=itty (don't have a = on this keyboard)--diesel. diesel, diesel, diesel. Also an =t643 trans=ission for lock up on 3rd & 4th.
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Old 10-11-2009, 02:53 AM   #3
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Is the button missing or dead? If its just missing, find a key you NEVER Use and pop it off with a screwdriver and put it into the M key. If its dead, you might try opening the keyboard and cleaning inside and between the sheets of plastic... Or go to an office supply store and just get a 10 buck keyboard.

I got two keyboards, both missing the ESC key, so I popped off a key from one to use on the other. Both work just fine, so when the first dies, I take out the insides and keep the rest for the other keyboard.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:32 PM   #4
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It's a laptop that I dropped a cup of coffee onto/into. Got it clean & dry, though two+ keys don't work. This is with the keyboard disasse=bled and contacts under keys ju+ped. Replacle+ent KYBD is $60, laptop worth $20.
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Old 10-11-2009, 03:18 PM   #5
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. Replacle+ent KYBD is $60, laptop worth $20.
Hard left turn on this thread = priceless
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Old 10-11-2009, 07:16 PM   #6
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Replacement keyboard is about 7-12 bucks with tax in CA, not great, but works and is USB. Hell, if your really lucky, you might get a keyboard for 2 bucks at a Goodwill/SalvationArmy or even less at a Yard/Garage sale.
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:57 PM   #7
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Hadn't thought to use an external KYBD. & yes I a= sorry for hijacking the thread
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:15 PM   #8
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Technically, I hijacked the thread... I am sorry, and I would like to Apologize.
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Old 10-12-2009, 01:26 AM   #9
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Back on topic then I suppose.

I'm new here too, but from what I've learned so far is that what you described doesn't sound like much of a deal, let alone a good buy.

Also, you have not provided enough information about your potential bus for anybody that actually knew what they were talking about to offer you any meaningful advice.

That being said, it seems that a common theme around here is to take your time with your bus purchase, and get it right the first time (and also fully and carefully analyze keyboard any M key replacements).
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:30 AM   #10
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Um... Tips I have picked up here.

1. Pictures are great. Lets you remember what you saw, and allows others to point out things.
2. Listen to what the Sales Weenie says when you ask him questions, and I do mean LISTEN. There is Always something that they dont say. You have to catch them trying to avoid it...
3. Look for Rust, bad paint, and general Crud/Crap. If it looks like there is too much Rust or Crud, might consider walking. Bubbled paint indicates rust, single bubble is a rivet.
4. If they have the bus running when you show up... You need a new battery, and maybe have a short. I have heard two stories where this has happened, maybe three, cant remember.
5. Test Drive it on City Streets AND the Freeway. Anything less than 20miles and you cant be sure that the bus is all that they claim. No Test Drive, not a good idea.
6. Auction Sites are NOT for trusting people. Too many times have people bought vehicles that "Run Great" or are "In Great Shape" and arn't.

I am sure there are others, but I am too tired at the moment to remember them. So I will invite others to fill out the list.
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