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Old 11-28-2017, 09:37 AM   #1
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I am wanting to convert a school bus. My preference would be a flat nose, rear engine bus. I don't want a 40 footer. Do they come in a shorter length? I appreciate your help. Thank you. Debbie

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Old 11-28-2017, 02:24 PM   #2
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I am wanting to convert a school bus. My preference would be a flat nose, rear engine bus. I don't want a 40 footer. Do they come in a shorter length? I appreciate your help. Thank you. Debbie

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Yes. Many shorter buses are front engine, but a few rear-engine ones are out there.
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Old 11-28-2017, 03:51 PM   #3
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Yes. Many shorter buses are front engine, but a few rear-engine ones are out there.
Thank you, Brad. I appreciate your response.

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There are SOME 36' Thomas diesel pushers that MIGHT still be found in Maryland..... Keep you eye on GovDeals or some of the other auction sites. I know Porkchopsandwiches and another builder got their 36' buses from MD. I'm not sure if anyone built a shorter diesel pusher than Thomas. Please correct me if I'm wrong.....

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Old 11-28-2017, 05:41 PM   #5
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There are SOME 36' Thomas diesel pushers that MIGHT still be found in Maryland..... Keep you eye on GovDeals or some of the other auction sites. I know Porkchopsandwiches and another builder got their 36' buses from MD. I'm not sure if anyone built a shorter diesel pusher than Thomas. Please correct me if I'm wrong.....

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Thank you, M. I'll keep my eye open

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Old 11-28-2017, 07:30 PM   #7
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Good luck on your search! Took me awhile to find what I wanted.
Thank you, Johnny. What do you have?


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You're looking for one of the unicorn buses. I'm told they're out there. The medium size rear engine (RE) buses, not the unicorns.

You don't want a 40 footer, so possibly a front engine (FE) bus would work. It's much easier to find a medium FE bus. For example I have a 26" Bluebird FE that is amazingly maneuverable. There is an engine housing hump near the front entry door. Some of us don't mind listening to the engine while we're driving.

We've, on this site, had long debates about who has the most floorspace in FE or RE buses. It's a little like comparing apples and oranges, but we each have our preferences.

The dognose buses will be more comfortable for a newer bus driver because of the more normal location of the front axle, but the FE or RE buses will get you more floorspace with a slightly different driving experience.

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You're looking for one of the unicorn buses. I'm told they're out there. The medium size rear engine (RE) buses, not the unicorns.

You don't want a 40 footer, so possibly a front engine (FE) bus would work. It's much easier to find a medium FE bus. For example I have a 26" Bluebird FE that is amazingly maneuverable. There is an engine housing hump near the front entry door. Some of us don't mind listening to the engine while we're driving.

We've, on this site, had long debates about who has the most floorspace in FE or RE buses. It's a little like comparing apples and oranges, but we each have our preferences.

The dognose buses will be more comfortable for a newer bus driver because of the more normal location of the front axle, but the FE or RE buses will get you more floorspace with a slightly different driving experience.

Good luck.
Thank you, Robin. I'm going look your bus up.

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Yes. Many shorter buses are front engine, but a few rear-engine ones are out there.
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