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Old 01-07-2017, 09:02 PM   #1
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Help! Before I lose my MiNd!!!

Okay. I'm about to lose my mind trying to find the interior dimensions of a 1998 International 72 passenger bus! Can anyone give me a round about figure?

We're considering purchasing one, but need to know if it'll work with size needs.

Thank you so much!!!
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:06 PM   #2
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Did you Google "1999 international bus dimensions" and look at the images?
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:17 PM   #3
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It's a d3800 international with a 444e Diesel engine. That's about all I know.
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:17 PM   #4
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Okay. I'm about to lose my mind trying to find the interior dimensions of a 1998 International 72 passenger bus! Can anyone give me a round about figure?



We're considering purchasing one, but need to know if it'll work with size needs.



Thank you so much!!!


Is it a rear engine bus?


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Old 01-07-2017, 09:19 PM   #5
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Yes, I googled everything, hence the mind loss! Lol! Please don't tell me you found something on your first try. I googled as many different ways as I could find.
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:20 PM   #6
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Front engine. Regular front....still not sure of the lingo.
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:51 PM   #7
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I have the same bus as you (1998 Intl 3800 w/BB coachworks) but with a DT466 engine. As soon as it gets light, I'll measure whatever you want. Give me a list!
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:57 PM   #8
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Is it a Thomas, Blue Bird, IC?

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Old 01-07-2017, 10:03 PM   #9
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In case it's not clear from the above, there are a zillion configurations.

International started it. Who did the body work (e.g., Bluebird, IC, Thomas)?

Buses come in three common types: engine out front ("Conventional"), flat front with engine next to driver (Front Engine), engine behind ("pusher" or Rear Engine).

Because of this, plus the different options available (all sorts), you get brain freeze trying to research this - which you've experienced. But it also means you have to be very, very specific when asking here. By doing so, however, you can sometimes find someone with nearly or exactly the same bus. Looks like you lucked out with Mr. Coyote - who has a tape measure and stands at the ready. Well, tomorrow, anyway. But you might describe for him in greater detail what you are investigating, if possible, to ensure his numbers will be useful to you.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:19 PM   #10
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THANK YOU! My brain is spinning. I'm just glad we finally decided on a bus instead of a motorhome. It took us a long time, but know that we decided, it feels right. The husband told me to gather all the data and draw out the plans and he'll do all the work. Easier said than done!
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:22 PM   #11
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So is it a Bluebird, a Thomas, or.... What?
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:23 PM   #12
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Awesome!! I would totally appreciate that. We need the measurements from front to back, and then interior behind the driver's seat to the back of the bus. Thank you very much!!

So how do you like yours? Is it your first?
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:25 PM   #13
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Bluebird, I think. The seller didn't get back to me yet.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:37 PM   #14
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Bluebird, I think. The seller didn't get back to me yet.
Must be frustrating... but we're happy for you that you have a bus on the way and a husband and wife in cahoots for the project. Wish you the best!
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:41 PM   #15
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Can you post pictures of the bus? More the merrier 😊

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Old 01-07-2017, 11:32 PM   #16
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The width is around seven and a half feet. Does that help?
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Old 01-08-2017, 04:05 AM   #17
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In WA state the spe'c for seat spacing is an average of 27.5", center to center.

Some buses have the maximum. Others squeeze together to get the maximum seating capacity. Which is why two buses that are identical in length will have different passenger capacity.

72-pax = 12-rows of seat = approximately 330" for a maximum spacing for length. Depending upon seat spacing the row may or may not be the same from right to left. Depending upon emergency exit and emergency door placement all seating may not have identical knee spacing.

I hope this helps.
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:13 AM   #18
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Yes, thank you! Though that was one piece I was able to find while googling. We're pretty sure this is the size we can make work. We need room for bunks, a small (naturally) work area for me, and some how figure out how to make storage for the hubby's tools. Easy, right! ha.
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:35 AM   #19
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i've got a 3800 (conventional type) with 77 passengers so it shouldnt be too far off. bus overall outside is around 38', from right behind the drivers side it is about 30' 6" and side to side roughly 7' 4" so you have almost 210sq ft to play with. these are not exact but what i remember off the top of my head. after i completely gutted my bus, i went and took 100+ measurements, from back to back from top to bottom between windows, ribs, you name it and then put them in sketch up. here is just one pic, this is after i raised the roof though. its layered so everything isnt included in this pic, just the bus shell. but hopefully that info helped!

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THANK YOU! My brain is spinning. I'm just glad we finally decided on a bus instead of a motorhome. It took us a long time, but know that we decided, it feels right. The husband told me to gather all the data and draw out the plans and he'll do all the work. Easier said than done!
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