View Poll Results: What year range is your current bus?
2000 or newer 8 6.78%
1995-99 31 26.27%
1990-94 25 21.19%
1985-89 21 17.80%
1980-84 12 10.17%
1975-79 6 5.08%
1970-75 2 1.69%
1965-69 5 4.24%
1964 or older 8 6.78%
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:04 PM   #11
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Re: What year is your bus?

Here it is: https://picasaweb.google.com/pmilne/Bus#

1995 BB AA/RE
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:30 PM   #12
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Year: 1984
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Re: What year is your bus?

My bus is an '84 BB AA RE, if you know what I mean. I bought in the spring of '06. Divorce, loss of job, death of parents; throughout it all, I worked on it in fits and spurts. Insulated floor, waste tanks and waste plumbing, window blanks & room partitions are in. Doing the wiring now. Haven't bought the expensive stuff yet (batteries, inverter, etc., etc., etc., etc....).

This summer I'll be able to use it. And what now? Fuel edging to 5 bucks a gallon. Yikes!
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:25 PM   #13
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Re: What year is your bus?

Our bus is 92 BB AA RE 8.3 cummins, 643 allison.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:14 PM   #14
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Re: What year is your bus?

I have a 1996 International Blue Bird 47 passenger, 7.3 turbo, auto. My wife works at the local International dealership that serviced the vehicle during its tenure as a student hauler. The service manager gave me the heads-up about the auction and condition of the bus. I won the auction in July 2010 and have camped in a bus just about once a month since. We have logged almost 2000 miles. We have had one 5 night, six day trip, and lots of three-day weekends. I'll be in the bus this weekend for a fishing tournament and the family goes next weekend for the long Easter weekend.
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:58 AM   #15
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Re: What year is your bus?

I have a 1946 Chevy. Blew the engine (235 oil dipper) on the way home.
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Old 05-22-2011, 11:20 AM   #16
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95 International Thomas DT466, turbo
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:31 PM   #17
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Year: 1989
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1989 Bluebird TC2000, aka, "Freebird"

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Old 08-24-2011, 11:50 PM   #18
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Re: What year is your bus?

I am in the minority with an early 70s bus. 1973 BB AA FE
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:50 AM   #19
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Re: What year is your bus?

I've got a 1996 International/Thomas with the mechanical injection DT446. Spent $1,000 on mechanicals so far, but it has a clean bill of health at this point.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:46 PM   #20
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Year: 1946
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Re: What year is your bus?

One more "oldie" here...a 1946 Chevy Shorty. I'm taking out the 80's vintage Chevy 350 and installing a rebuilt Cummins 4BTAA diesel (turbocharged & air-to-air intercooled). Chassis parts can be tricky but since it is built on a 1.5 truck frame, most can be had. Body parts...forget it. Wayne Coach is long gone so you make your own. Toughest part of the re-build will be the rear-end. Desperately need taller gearing. These buses were made before there was an Interstate highway system and built to handle, rough roads, deep mud & steep hills. You can pull a house with the "granny-gearing"...just don't expect to drive much over 45 or 50 without totally different gearing. Why bother with such a relic ?...'cause they just look so damn neat and make people smile! Art Deco forever!
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