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Old 03-26-2017, 03:32 PM   #1
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Out Looking at a 2006 Blue Bird

Has anyone converted a blue bird bus approximately 35 feet was used as a city bus and Trenton New Jersey bi-fold doors handicap lifts just putting it out there to see what anybody thinks about it

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Old 03-26-2017, 04:02 PM   #2
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I like the windows on those buses, but probably wouldn't like the miles. Is that propane or NG?
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:04 PM   #3
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No it is diesel

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That's cool. If you really want discussion on this bus you're going to need to put a lot more information on here. Milage, engine, trans, rear end gear ratio, tire condition and age.

The city buses often have been used up before they sell them. The gearing is designed for stop and start at city speeds. However, it's possible and it's been done.

Get more information on the bus, then the shark feeding frenzy begins.
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:07 PM   #5
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everything ive seen of Jersey is they beat the snot out of their equipment and all the start and stop in traffic and nasty roads might make for a pretty worn out bus..

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06 would likely have egr and emissions garbage.
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:38 PM   #7
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Has anyone converted a BlueBird bus approximately 40 feet is a retired rural city bus down by Trenton, New Jersey. So I am going to put in out there for deep discussion . Would this bus be a nay or yay? The pictures are in the original posting.

Year: 2006
Body Manufacturer and Model: Blue Bird
Chassis: Blue Bird Rear Engine
Engine: Caterpillar C7 Diesel Engine
Transmission: Allison 5 Speed Automatic Transmission (PTS 3000)
Odometer: 147,000
Brakes: Air Brakes
Suspension: Rear Air Suspension
Air Conditioning & Heat: Dual Ducted A/C And Front And Rear Heat
Passenger Capacity: 42 Passengers
Passenger Seats: Blue Cloth
Passenger Entry Door: Air Actuated Bi-Fold Doors
Emergency Exits: 6 Emergency Exit Windows And 2 Roof Mounted Emergency Exit Hatches
Flooring: Full Rubber Floor with Ribbed Aisle
Fuel Capacity: 140 Gallons
GVWR: 36,200 lbs.
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That sounds nice with the low mileage. I've got to ask why the city would get rid of a bus with that low of mileage? The majority on this site don't seem to like cat engines and tend to avoid them. Cats are ok if you've got a good one and if you take care of it properly. Nice transmission. Everything else sounds pretty normal to me but then I'm not a bus expert.

I'd still worry about the rear end gear ratio. My understanding is many of those buses won't put up with a long freeway drive. They aren't used to being run that hard for that long with low rear end gears.

I'm curious to know why you're looking at city buses? I'll admit, I like the windows better than school bus windows. Aren't the city bus bodies made from fiberglass?
You've got enough information on here now that people will start commenting.
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:03 PM   #9
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I have looking at several school bus. Then I looked at a couple of MCI Coaches. I want something to running from NYC to South Carolina. After that, I will be exploring other travels. Yes the motor is always my worry but I work on motors just not diesel.

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Also it was a college school (Rutgers) bus
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