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Old 08-19-2008, 08:17 PM   #1
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Hey New To The Site, New To Bus Ownership!

Just bought a 1993 Bluebird School Bus, 90,000 original miles all original bus!
Cummings Diesel with Allison Trans. Great Runner, Great Shape!

Cant wait to see what I do with her!
They topped of the tank! I basically bought her for $300.00 considering the fuel cost.
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:18 PM   #2
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:51 PM   #3
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Gotta love the column shift. A Ford is the only way to get it too. Ford air brakes have always seemed to have a delightful sound of their own too, even though my components are all off the shelf Bendex stuff.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:32 PM   #4
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The mechanics at the Portsmouth (Va) Bus Barn told me the F700 is a superior bus, that I should stay away from the B600... Looks like a nice clean bus you have there too!!
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:27 AM   #5
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Question, what is the difference between a B700 and a F700?
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:22 AM   #6
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B bus chassis with a front end and fierwall up to the bottom of the windshield, no cab, F series is a cab and chassis.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:21 PM   #7
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In Ford lingo, the B700 would be considered a "Cut-a-way" of the F700... Much like the E350 van's they use for Motor homes & ambulances etc, they too are considered "Cut-a-way's" by Ford... It's just their wording for it, they are not actually cut away units, they are partitially built that way.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:09 PM   #8
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Thanks I cant wait to see what she morphs into. Still need to get her registered in Oregon as an RV... Bed and Food Cooking... Any easy ideas to accomplish this?

Love this website forum... so much to read and study and to many tangents... hard to stayed focused.. to many goodies here... Thanks all
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:36 PM   #9
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Took seats out of bus... used this site as a refrence to start the project.

I started off by removing all the inside perimeter nuts and bolts by my self... seemed to be easier with the lack of room and comfort as I layed on the floor to perform this, took about 2 hours or so (for just over half the seats)

Used my friends to help.

Two on deck , two below the bus outside. Went like clockwork.... Quite a few of the bolts just broke from rust and pressure.
This took about 30 minutes max. ( Thanks guys).





Then I removed the conduit cover over the driver side lenght of the bus above all the windows.... This gave me access to the OEM speakers ...and wiring harness.
I removed the old speakers and installed new Clarion speakers witched matched the existing holes. I used the old wiring to pull the new wiring into place.
All the new wiring was run up to the front by the existing stereo/pa system....

I removed the old stereo and lost internal PA usage but outdoor PA still works. I wired my new Clarion Deck, it has a USB connection to plug in USB thumb drives with MP3's as a source.
While in this stage I replaced the old Bus antenna with brand new one... Got all the radio stations loud and clear now! The bus jams.... sometimes I just sit in it jamming out and day dreaming....

Ran wire up and down conduit : 2 RG6 , 3 Cat V, Speaker Wires

Should I remove the existing alarm/ emergency door and window wiring?

I threw a cabinet and microwave at midpoint down the bus for the "Kitchen" still need to get the bus registered and legal... soon

I'll post pics later today!
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How much did you say you paid for that bus? A tank of fuel is only a hundred or two. With such low milage, you may have gotten a real bargain.
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