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Old 11-10-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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Hey whazzat thing in that Bluebird?

I'm asking about some sort of ducting or airflow management. Specifically, on a bus I'm considering bidding on.

Go to PublicSurplus.com
click "Search" off the top bar
in the "Keyword" enter "1486919"
You should get one hit, "Bus #26". Click through.
Look at picture 2 of 6.

See all the way in the back, on the curb side? There's a large black duct of some sort right where I'd want to put something else useful, like the corner of my bed. There's a fairly small set of louvers on the outside of the bus corresponding to that location.

What's up with that, all you Bluebird lovers? Is it clean air for the air filter for the engine? Input air for the HVAC? for a cooler of some sort? Can I reroute it to pick up air somewhere else and get right of the intrustion into the passenger compartment?

Also, while you're there, do you see anything out of kilter? Anything that would keep you from bidding on it? It's a Michigan bus, but it appears to be amazinly rust-free for all that. Usually OH and MI buses are rustbuckets by they time they are surplussed. Can it look that good on the outside and still be a nightmare? I don't think I can make an opportunity to get from DC to MI to look at it in the next couple weeks.

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Old 11-10-2015, 12:44 PM   #2
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:15 PM   #3
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Air intake.
Well, I didn't think it was a snorkel.

Air intake for what? And can I relocate it?

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Old 11-10-2015, 01:18 PM   #4
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Air intake for the engine.

It is a rear engine bus.

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Old 11-10-2015, 01:41 PM   #5
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Well, I didn't think it was a snorkel.

Air intake for what? And can I relocate it?

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Old 11-10-2015, 02:00 PM   #6
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Move the engine!!
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Move the engine!!
If you want.

I was just thinking more about moving the intake.

I would move the intake to the front of the bus, by going underneath, between the frame rails with a 6 or 8 inch pipe.

This would get you nice clean air. Unlike the factory air intake that gets clogged up completely with dust.

At the shop we run around 80 rear engine buses. Drivers must blow the intake out with compressed air as part of his daily pre trip check list.

That's how bad the factory setups are.

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Well, I didn't think it was a snorkel.

Air intake for what? And can I relocate it?

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You can't be serious.
I'm dead serious. Me and every other RE bus owner puts the master bedroom there. I don't need/want to loose that much cubic to that thing, nor do I want a noise & heat conduit into the bedroom.

I could run a piece of 6" stainless up the outside like a stack and try to make some stylin' out of it, but it's definitely something to keep in mind.

I'd love to hear from someone who actually owns this setup and find out what their experience with it is like.

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