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Old 03-06-2013, 11:52 PM   #1
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My 90 bluebird

Iíve been lurking on this site for a couple of years now, in the process of doing a schoolie conversion and only now, getting around to posting my little story. Iíve always like the idea of doing a schoolie conversion primarily because of how well they are built. I work for a company that occasionally does maintenance for a private church school. This bus was their back up bus that nobody wanted to drive because it was a standard. A year before I bought it, I had completely gone thru the brakes, shortly afterwards, the #2 cylinder began to blow oil and they decided to give up on it. I had approached them earlier about buying the bus, but didnít have money at the time - they wanted $2500 for it. When I got up some money, I offered them $1500, they refused that and sold it to me for $1000 - yup, they sold it to me for less than what I offered!

So now some info on the bus itself. Itís a 1990 Bluebird International Conventional, 38 feet. I wanted a Conventional because, if I got into a wreck, thereíd better be 5 feet of engine and frame in front of me. It has an International DT466, thatís soon to get an in frame. Five speed spicer transmission. The body is in very good condition, as was the interior. Despite the bad cylinder, it starts in half a crank and runs like a charm.

Iím setting it up to where dinette, kitchen, pantry and all gas appliances are on the driverís side. Passenger side will have the navigatorís chair, fold out bench seat, bathroom and cabinetry. The back quarter of the bus is a bedroom with twin beds.

With the help of my better half, Faith, and a few friends, Iíve been slowly making progress with its construction. I now have many of the walls in, most major furnishings, and beginning to put in plumbing and electrical.

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Old 03-07-2013, 08:44 AM   #2
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Re: My 90 bluebird

Welcome! And congrats, sounds like you got pretty lucky with your bus! Per roach711, linking photos is as follows:Once you've got your pictures uploaded to*photobucket, click the "Library" button to display your pics. Mouse over the picture you want to link to and a star shape will appear in the upper right corner. Mouse over the star and a menu will pop up. Click "Get Links" and another menu will pop up. Click the field beneath "IMG Codes" and it will briefly flash "Copied".Now come back to your Skoolie message and right-click/paste the link within the message where you want the picture to appear. To verify that the link is working, scroll down to the bottom of the message window and click the "Preview" button. If the message looks good, click "Submit" and you're done.

Looking forward to seeing what you have built!
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:37 PM   #3
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Re: My 90 bluebird

Well, after a long time, I finally got some vacation time at work and permission to do the infame on my engine. YAY!
It's a dt 466. got the reman kit with the 4 ring pistons, liners, bearings and gaskets. The job actually went very easy. Liners popped right out. I had it together and running in 2 days. Then things went south. There was a popping noise under the valve cover. Pulled it to see a valve rocking back and forth. Valve guide was gone!. Shoulda checked the head while it was out.
Anyhoo, I have a parts engine at home so pulled it out to take the head, caught the pallet rack it was under with the forklift and brought down the whole thing! What a mess. Well not that big of a mess, wasn't much on it and one side was anchored.
Not only was the head good but it was a reman! YAY. Should of just put that head on in the first place.
Next day , 6 am, at work changing it out. By lunch time my better half Faith came by with food. We ate, I spent another hour buttoning it up and drive home.

Man does it run great! Still smokes from all the oil in the exhaust but I'm HAPPY!









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Old 07-11-2013, 11:13 PM   #4
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Re: My 90 bluebird

A Big Ol' Skoolie Welcome! --- Sounds like a great combination to me. A Blue Bird...a DT...and all owned by a diesel tech!
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:11 AM   #5
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Re: My 90 bluebird

your bus is running good. what area of Washington are you in?
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:36 AM   #6
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I'm from Port Angeles.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:53 AM   #7
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Re: My 90 bluebird

Am I the only 1 weirded out by the dog nose bus with a rear engine compartment???? Is that a trunk? I mean, really, what is that all about??!!? You got a really good score and great bus but please, PLEASE explain this to me.......
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:00 AM   #8
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Re: My 90 bluebird

Thats just a really big cargo compartment. Takes the full width of the bus and 2 ft in. That may be where the genset goes.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:12 AM   #9
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Re: My 90 bluebird

Quote:
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I'm from Port Angeles.
wow, your not that far away from me. there is a few of us from Washington on here. when all our buses are done we should all meet up at a campground somewhere.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:21 AM   #10
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Re: My 90 bluebird

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Thats just a really big cargo compartment. Takes the full width of the bus and 2 ft in. That may be where the genset goes.
So let me get this straight..... you have a 38' long bus with a trunk?!?! You sir are in a class all your own . It's not counter-culture enough to just make an old school bus into a motor-home, you have to go and say "belly-bins are too mainstream, what I need is a trunk!" Hipsters are out of control these days I tell you!!!

I wish I had a trunk..all I have is a stupid elevator.
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