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Old 05-03-2007, 10:10 PM   #1
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Swinada's Bus Conversion progress...

It is official, as of today we have joined the Skoolie owner club.
I didnt see our bus yet, but it is ours. I wasnt able to make it to the auction, but a friend happend to be there and bid for me. I didnt really want a big thing like this, but the price was right.
It is a Thomas ?56Pax? flat nose with a Cummins 6CTA, 250 hp, Allison A/T. No clue what year it is or gear ratio etc. Apparently it has 320'000km that would be 200'000 miles.
I'll pick it up next week, and then the adventure can begin.









I will keep you posted on our progress, and of course will come back many times for tips and hints.

Ah, almost forgot, I paid $1750 Canadian, with auction fee and taxes probably just short of 2K Can.
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:36 PM   #2
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Congrats to you. Now let the insanity begin!!
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:11 PM   #3
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Looking good. It might be 56 adult passengers but more like 84 kids. I think I bid on one Thomas with the bigger windshield and it was a 1991. They changed somewhere around '90. My '89 Bluebird with that motor got 10.5 miles per gallon. Good luck.
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:35 PM   #4
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Oh, yeah, you got a good 'un!!! I'm counting 14 windows so you have a 40' (well, about 39' and a few inches) 84 passenger bus. It's a '90 or newer (probably '90 to '94). It looks like the roof is the low line one, which is okay. It has the deep windshield (goes about 6" lower than normal - can somebody say v i s i b i l i t y?) and the cool raised dash. From the angle the steering wheel is at, it looks like a tilt wheel (oh yeah!) and I bet it's an air door. What's really intigueing is that in addition to the normal emergency exit door on the driver's side it looks like there's another one on the passenger side AND it looks wider than normal. I would say it's a wheelchair lift but there's no mechanism visible on the inside... Having a wide door like that is VERY cool and unique. Are those overhead racks on the inside passenger side? If so, it may be geared as an activity bus (Oh, yeah!!!) And you're lowered on both sides- I'll bet those storage compartments go all the way across. And WOW what a price!! If the tires are halfway decent I am very jealous!! Chrome mirrors- I bet they're heated!!

The mileage is pretty decent- Do you have access to the maintanence records? If not, find out the schood district it belonged to and get in touch with the head mechanic to see what's been done to it. Better yet, drive it to the bus garage and see if some of the mechanics will come out and reminicse for you...

Congratulations! I was hoping you'd get a real bus like the rest of us Thomas RE SafTLiner owners!
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:50 PM   #5
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What's a Bluebird, Swiss Cheese?
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Old 05-04-2007, 12:59 AM   #6
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wow, I just ran a VIN number check and it came back with being a 1996 has been registered in BC all of its live.
Cant wait to go and pick it up.
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:34 AM   #7
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Congratulations! Now if you can JV with Elliott, you can have it looking like your avatar in just a few days (based on the record-setting roof lift).
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:04 PM   #8
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Hey, you have a newer bus than the one I've been running on a route the last few days! I've been driving a '95. It's got 189k miles and it runs strong up and down the one lane hollows of TN. The bus runs a long route (about 1 1/2 hours one way) and will be replaced next year. If yours has 200k in less time it's definately been covering some ground!
Hey CrazyCal I have nothing against the BB's- I'll take one of those anyday over the newer Thomas'! Especially an All American! BUT the RE Thomas are vury, vury nice...
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:48 PM   #9
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Pfft....real buses were made by low ball bidder Wayne and powered by crazy Ford inline diesels with everything stamped in Spanish.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:40 PM   #10
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That one is made by Freightliner.... and the bay doors underneath are something I sure wish my Thomas had on it. That should save you tons of work instead of having to manufacture under carriage storage bays...
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