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Old 02-28-2007, 10:59 AM   #1
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Took the plunge! 1989 Blue Bird All American RE 8.3 Cummins

I just got back to California from Arizona with my new (used) bus. I can't believe I bought a bus. Here's the scoop. It's a 1989 84 passenger with 35,000 original miles (bullshit! gesundheit) and an Allison 6 speed (bullshit! gesundheit. There must be a draft in here as well as in between the sellers ears!). I bought it anyways. Maybe I'm the one with the draft in between the ears. Some reasons I chose this bus.

1. It had 35k original miles???
2. It was an AZ bus with not a speck of rust.
3. Someone had already pulled all of the seats except for 4.
4. It had an Onan 6.5 kw generator installed (bullshit! gesundheit. I must be catching a cold). Try a 4kw something else.
5. A rooftop A/C unit had been installed.
6. The seller had bought a bunch of stuff out of a wrecked rv for the bus that was included, like an electric/propane reefer, stove, microwave, sink, cabinets, small inverter, propane tank, matress and I'm sure I left some stuff out. Also included were about 10 sheets of plywood and 20 2x4s.
7. It runs at 1800+/- rpm at 60 mph. Can you say 4.10 rearend?

It also had two fancypants sideview mirrors that he said cost over $500 each new. Who knows.

Anyways, I thought there were more positives than negatives, so I bought it. But not until he knocked another $500 off for the worthless crap that he called tires that were on the bus. Did I mention the two nice aluminum rims on the bus?

So there's my story and I'm stickin' to it!! I will try to put up some pics when I figure it out. What do you think?
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:19 PM   #2
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Thanks. Here's a stab at it.

http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Sk.../bluebird_001/
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:13 PM   #3
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Welcome Crazycal, nice looking "coolbus" . It's a great length and nice it comes with a bunch of the expensive rv fixin's. keep us posted.

Now I know this may be taken as a bit forward, however I am going to ask; how much?

Good luck and have fun.

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Old 02-28-2007, 10:07 PM   #4
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She's a looker all right! Nice bus, nice size, lots of potential, and the seats already out! Good for you, and welcome to the asylum!
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:21 PM   #5
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From one person in CA to the other person in the other CA, I will have a little fun(light hearted). When I went to Arizona, I took along my wiffle bat. I didn't know what kind of crap I would run into. When I got to the bus, I was a little surprised about a couple of things. "The bus has 35000 original miles" the owner told me over the phone. Yes, the mileage did read 34,899. It also had over 13000 hours. That works out to about 2.5 miles per hour or a s***load of idle time. "It has air ride suspension" he said. I think he meant it has an air ride seat which has to be pumped up every 15 minutes. "I installed an Onan 6.5 kw generator" was another statement made to me. It has a 4 kw something else. Over the phone, I asked him if I bought the bus, would I have any problems driving it back to California. "Absolutely not" he told me. So, after looking at the bus and talking with a friend on the phone(who knows a hell of a lot more about buses than I do), I decided that the bus seemed like a solid rustfree foundation to start my first (I hope to be saying that for a long time) conversion. Before anything was said about price, I pointed out the ****, sorry I mean s**t he had for tires. He replied that new tires could be had $225 each. He thought he could trick me with a math problem, but I was too smart for him. I pulled out my wiffle bat which just happens to have a calculator built into the grip and figured out that new tires were going to cost me a boatload of cash( you thought I was going to use the s-word again, didn't you?). I told him that even at $225(thats US, not Canadian Dollars), that was still a bunch of money. I might has been a little upset about him not being exactly truthful with me. That might have caused me to forget to reholster my wiffle bat/calculator as I was waving my arms around (no I'm not Italian). He said he would drop the price from $5500 to $4000. I said "OK, I'll take it. Wrap her up."
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Solar, recoil, single, and a little of both!!!
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