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Old 04-13-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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Scotts first bus

OK! After many years of looking and drooling and wanting, I have my first bus

I told the wife that if she wanted to travel in the coming years, she would have to help me get a bus to convert because I was NOT going to do the motel-to-motel thing.....She surprised the daylights out of me and said ok

I found a 1984 Blue Bird All American 40' diesel pusher in VERY good condition for $2000. Motor is Cat interstate 3208 non turbo with 4 speed automatic.( I am not sure yet what kind of auto, but will know as soon as I can get under without swimming, raining here)

I have been told this is not a very common bus as most AA are front motor.

I have just got off the phone with the school district mechanic that worked on this bus for it's lifetime and for a minimal contribution to his coffee fund, he will give me all the old manuals and records he has on it.


Two weeks after purchase, I have all seats out and am getting ready to take up the smelly rubber and make repairs to the wood flooring. I am also considering mounting the black water tank inside of the cargo bay to keep it out of site and keep it safe. Ideas?

I have been drawing up many different floor plans, and have not yet decided on anything except the main bedroom will be in back.

I will post more as I get it done, but suffice it to say I am one happy camper at this point. (Then again, I have not started the registration process or gotten it insured. It will be sitting for a while yet while I work on it. I wonder if my broad-form insurance will cover me for liability while driving my motor home?)
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:35 PM   #2
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Re: Scotts first bus

Oh Yes! and for those of you who are super observant....I ran over my own address marker while trying to back it into my driveway, punching a hole in the almost-new tire. Even that didn't make me mad, until i realized that I don't have a way to take the tire off to get it fixed. Waiting on NAPA for a lug wrench and bar.

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Old 04-13-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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Great Bus!!! you said there is a wood floor under the rubber? Im not sure about it but I think you will be surprised if there is metal but Im not sure. As for floor plans go look at the photo page and look at every bus on there and you will lean alot. one thing I learned was after removing all seats get some chalk and draw out you floor plan so know what will fit and you wont have to build and tear back down. Also if your going to paint the inside do it first before anything. Enjoy. smitty500
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:22 AM   #4
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I'm not positive about the wood. In the Gillig transit bus I drive at my slavery site, they have a thin wood covering over metal. There are some soft spots so I was guessing it was rotted wood, I hope.

I bought her thru a dealer who was selling for school district. I am a little worried about the lack of turbo, but I turn 50 this year and am slowing down anyhow!

Can anyone tell me how the windows come out? there are two screws on each side on the inside, but are there any on the outside? or are they glue/sealed in?

This is absolutly the best site i think I have ever seen for people wanting to help each other. If there is ever a continental gathering, I am definatly going to be there!
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:49 AM   #5
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Nice looking bus.

I believe you will find that the windows are easily removed by taking out a few screws. The frames will fall right out into your hands.
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:02 AM   #6
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Pooring down rain here today. I sat inside and removed the four screws and very big washers,two on each side, but frame seemed to be stuck. made me wonder if maybe some type of adhesive sealer was used. Or screws from outside. I will have to give it another try tomorrow.
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:13 AM   #7
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Re: Scotts first bus

Granted your bus is a Blue Bird and mine is a Thomas but my windows were not exactly falling out into my hands. I had to remove the cladding between the windows and the sills on the bottoms on the outside of the bus. For a full explanation of my experience check out our blog at,

http://www.fuzzytravel.com/waalner/5794 ... rsion.html

under the heading "Stripping the beast and still fixing the brakes"

Great looking bus! Jealous...a little...
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Re: Scotts first bus

Quote:
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Hey my AA has a bigger engine than yours though!
Last time I checked, the 3208 was a 10.4L engine (636ci).

That's one seriously nice bus. In fact, it is almost exactly what I was looking for (although I wanted one like that with the 8.3L cummins). Still, I'm quite happy with my Thomas.

Scott, you've got a great bus to start from. Go have fun!

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Old 04-14-2009, 10:07 PM   #9
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Re: Scotts first bus

I have the same bus, except an '83 with flat glass for the windsheild.

The floor is rubber over plywood on top of a steel deck. Mine had rotten plywood from coolant leaking from splice connections in the heater loop hoses.

The windows are held in by the four screws, but the butyl sealant will hold them in. Gentle prying takes care of that.

The CAT 3208 is a common motor, though you can only expect 500,000 miles from it.
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Old 04-15-2009, 01:41 AM   #10
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Thanks for the info! I am going to try and run a knife around the windows before prying to see if it helps. Also, can you tell me where the fuse box is? My headlights don't work and want to start with the fuse before moving on.

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