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Old 01-22-2018, 11:02 PM   #1
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Tool Bus aka Pac-Man

We bought this today!

1987 International Blue Bird
Dt466 engine (rebuilt)
Mt643 transmission (rebuilt)
28ft
225k miles

We purchased this directly from the school district that bought it new, where is had most recently been the service vehicle aka tool bus. So we have a file of itís complete service records. It has a large rear trunk that bumps into the passenger space, which I havenít seen before. There is currently a big air compressor mounted in there for tire filling. They couldnít have been nicer. Even tossed in some expensive bus seats that have car seat style restraints. (We have small children so this is a huge bonus!)

Despite having found a friendly title office to change it to rv, weíre not quite legal yet because back in 1987 someone missed a letter in the VIN on the title. So we need a VIN inspection with the state patrol, who is apparently scheduled out until into Feb. This may have also been the source of confusion with trying to get an insurance quote today as well. 😅
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:55 AM   #2
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We bought this today!

1987 International Blue Bird
Dt466 engine (rebuilt)
Mt643 transmission (rebuilt)
28ft
225k miles

We purchased this directly from the school district that bought it new, where is had most recently been the service vehicle aka tool bus. So we have a file of itís complete service records. It has a large rear trunk that bumps into the passenger space, which I havenít seen before. There is currently a big air compressor mounted in there for tire filling. They couldnít have been nicer. Even tossed in some expensive bus seats that have car seat style restraints. (We have small children so this is a huge bonus!)

Despite having found a friendly title office to change it to rv, weíre not quite legal yet because back in 1987 someone missed a letter in the VIN on the title. So we need a VIN inspection with the state patrol, who is apparently scheduled out until into Feb. This may have also been the source of confusion with trying to get an insurance quote today as well.
Hopefully the VIN gets fixed this go'round...sounds really cool that you got setting for the kids...welcome to skoolieville...

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Old 01-23-2018, 06:57 AM   #3
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how sweet an old S-series!!!!!!! my favorite blue bird body and chassis combo
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:15 AM   #4
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Dude thats a pretty sweet bus!
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:37 AM   #5
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Dude thats a pretty sweet bus!
looks like the schools knew what they had and made one of their best runners a keeper and work truck!!!
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:37 AM   #6
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Welcome...and a most excellent find! Great chassis and outstanding engine & tranny combo.

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Old 01-23-2018, 10:35 AM   #7
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I’ve lurking on the board as a guest for awhile. You have all been so educational! When I saw this come up, we basically dropped every, threw the kids in the car and drove 150 miles to go see it.
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Old 01-23-2018, 03:21 PM   #8
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Good score, I like the old S-series internationals as well. Something about the way they look.
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:26 PM   #9
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Been working on the bed situation. We have two small children who both end up in our bed most nights.

Finally decided on twin bunk over a pull out king. It designed so that all the mattresses will fit in the bottom bunk leaving the top as a table/counter.

As another option (camping with friends instead of kids it could be left as twin bunks and either leave the third mattress home or put it on the floor.

Anyway itís pretty rough still. It proved to be much more fiddley than I expected to both get it to pull without binding and to get it all over the wheel arches with minimal clearance. The top bunk is on the todo list for tomorrow.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:01 AM   #10
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Cool.
Nicely done
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