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Old 10-09-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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Outside Found Bus

After a few months of lurking around the forums my boyfriend Will and I are so excited to start our own conversion thread! We picked up our bus in late September and the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of purchasing, registration/title change, and storing it in CA (we'll be in Colorado for the winter) as we won't be starting the conversion until next March. Until then, let the planning begin!

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2001 BlueBird Conventional w/GMC B-Series chassis
Caterpillar 3126 6-cylinder 7.2L Diesel
Allison Automatic Trans
101,520 Miles
37' long, 8' wide
29' x 7'6" x 6'2" interior living space
Underbelly storage on the driver's side
Most of the seats removed already
Already painted white!











More about Will and I on our blog, if you're curious: http://www.outsidefound.com

Look forward to getting to know you all!
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:10 PM   #2
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Re: Outside Found Bus

Welcome Guys! --- Congrats on the find. I couldn't get any of the pix on your blog to load so have only seen what's here. Pulling together the particulars on your engine, tranny & rear end will help give you a handle on a number of things. Example...all Allison transmissions are well built, but there are huge differences from model to model as regards mpg, mph and keeping he engine in its' "sweet spot". There should be a data plate that has all that info...somewhere on the bus.

Not all that familiar with the Cat engines but others here should have some knowledge to share.

Once again...welcome to the madness!
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:20 PM   #3
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Re: Outside Found Bus

Interesting you have the 4x2 seating instead of the more customary 3x3 seating. Some operators order them that way because they think you can squeeze five normal sized people across with 4x2 seating where with 3x3 you can only really squeeze four normal sized people. The reality is one person sits by themselves and two have some decent room on the other side of the aisle.

I am not a big fan of Blue Birds, GM chassis buses, or Cat engines. Having said that, it would appear as if you found a pretty nice bus.

Good luck and happy trails.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:29 PM   #4
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Re: Outside Found Bus

I am the most jealous thing on the board right now. I want a dognose that looks like that.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:37 PM   #5
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Nice find!!!
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:45 PM   #6
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Welcome!!! That is one nice ride you found
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Old 12-26-2014, 01:00 PM   #7
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quick update!

Update we're back in CA for the holidays and sneaking some bus time as well. Got her back from the mechanic a few days ago with brand new shocks and seals all around, he seems pretty happy with the way it's running.

We pulled the remaining 5 seats out with an angle grinder and are now starting to tape out layouts so that we can make some firm plans. We're headed back to Colorado for a few more months before bus building starts but Will's Dad & Grandpa have offered to start building out some of the pieces (couches, counters, etc) while we're away.

Next up is figuring out how to pull all of the dang rivets out of the ceiling (we're planning to pull all of the existing insulation and replace with spray foam.) We've tried drilling a few and it works, just takes a long time. Might try using the angle grinder to see if that helps things go faster we aren't trying to save the metal panels, so we don't mind if they get messed up in the process. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-26-2014, 01:42 PM   #8
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Looks like you got a great start to a cool project. I'm in the same town as you right now, perhaps I can be of some help to you down the road, or at minimum we can have a skoolie campout someday when we get our respective projects done.

Good job on the find, where did you get it? I'm still on the hunt myself, so any unturned stones are always helpful.
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:54 PM   #9
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Hey there! Though we live in Colorado, we're doing our conversion in Auburn, CA where my boyfriend's parents live. We got lucky enough to find the bus out here, in Grass Valley. Appreciate the offer for help though!
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:39 PM   #10
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Welcome! Great bus, love the underbelly storage, nice spot for batteries for solar
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